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Dog sledding on the Hardangervidda – 5 days

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from 12 900 NOK
Length 5 days
Travel period Feb - May, more dates
Degrees of difficulty
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The price includes

  • Accommodation x 4 – sharing a room.
  • Breakfast according to programme.
  • Packed lunch according to programme.
  • All dinners on the programme.
  • All dog sledding on the programme.
  • Professional, local guides.
  • Snow shoes for trips you make yourself.
  • Ice fishing equipment.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.
Availability : Feb-May, more dates
Authentic wilderness experience - dog sledding on the Hardangervidda

Dog sledding on the Hardangervidda – could it get any better?

A winter adventure where you get to see Hardangervidda at its best – on a sledge behind a dog team! It will be you, the dogs, and the wild, wonderful natural surroundings.
You learn how to drive your own dog team and you’re guaranteed to make some new four-legged friends. You will stay at the lovely Halne Fjellstugu and at the Skaupa mountain cabin – right out on the Hardangervidda plateau.

On the first and last days, you will also get a chance to go on a skiing trip or snowshoe trip on your own.

Maybe it could be this year’s family holiday? 

Dog sledding across Hardangervidda - an unbeatable trip! / Photo: Carmen Castrejon
A bit about the trip

On the first two days and the last night, you will stay at Halne Fjellstugu.
On day three, after a full day with your own dog team, you will stay out on the plateau at the Skaupa mountain cabin.
On the final day, you make your way back to the comfort of the Halne Fjellstugu where you’ll have a lovely warm shower and sit in front of the fire while the chef prepares a wonderful dinner.
There may also be some great stories from host and ‘mountain man’ Geirmund.

The trip starts at Halne Fjellstugu. The simplest way for you to get there is by car, or by taking the train to Geilo/Haugastøl. We can book transport from the station if you come by train.

As a participant on this tour, you get to see real passion and a wealth of experience in dog sledding, which, in turn, provides a brilliant experience for you.
We would like you to drive the dog sled yourself. You’ll be trained by professional, local, knowledgeable guides who will of course be there on the whole trip.

Highlights
  • The outstanding beauty of the Hardangervidda.
  • Wonderful hospitality at Halne Fjellstugu.
  • Atmosphere around the dinner table after a day filled with new experiences.
  • Experiences of dog sledding.
  • Your new four-legged friends...
After a day on the sled it’s nice to have a break at the cabin – right out on the plateau!! / Photo: Paul Lockhart & Carmen Castrejon

Accommodation

On this trip, you stay in the following places:

  • On the first and second nights, you’ll stay at the Halne Fjellstugu, in comfortable double rooms. All rooms have a shower and a toilet, and internet. With the window ajar, you’ll sleep well in the fresh mountain air of the Hardangervidda!
  • On the third night, you’ll stay right out on the plateau at the mountain cabin at Skaupa. 4-man rooms. The standard is simple, with candles and wood burners. We bring our own water/or melt the snow. Outside toilet.

The beds are already made up at both Halne and Skaupa. In other words, you DON’T need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Good food, and lovely hospitality all the way.

Infection control

In collaboration with our partners, we arrange our trips in accordance with the infection control advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. In order for you to feel safe, we have made adjustments to our tours to ensure that we always comply with the advice from the authorities.
It is, of course, also important that you yourself take responsibility and follow the rules at all times, uphold social distancing, wash your hands, use antibacterial hand sanitiser, and wear a mask where necessary. You must bring your own masks and antibacterial hand sanitiser.

Dining

Meals included in the price:

  • All meals according to the programme, from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last.
On these tours, you quickly make new friends – both two and four-legged! / Photo: Carmen Castrejon
Programme

The programme is preliminary, Expa Travel Norway reserves the right to make any changes throughout the trip. Weather conditions: we may have to change the order of the excursions if the weather dictates.

Day 1Arrival day Halne Fjellstugu

Arrival (in your own car/or by train) at Halne Fjellstugu. Welcome from our hosts.
You might want to explore the area by doing a skiing or snowshoe trip before having a lovely, homemade dinner.

Day 2Skiing/Snowshoe trip and warm up with the dog sled (approx. 20km)

You’ll start with a good breakfast before taking the opportunity to explore the area on your own. Perhaps you have your own skis – or you can borrow snowshoes. You should enjoy the silence before a bunch of eager huskies arrive to keep you busy. You’ll meet the dog handlers and the dogs in the afternoon, and you’ll learn how to harness the dogs and set up the team.
After a good introduction, you’ll learn how to drive your own sled.

This afternoon is «just» a 20km trip for you to get used to dog sledding.
After a delicious dinner at Fjellstugu there will be a talk with the dog handlers and you’ll prepare for the next day’s expedition.

Day 3Expedition to the mountain cabin at Skaupa

An exciting day on the Hardangervidda awaits. The trip goes to the mountain cabin at Skaupa, where you will stay for the night.
Fantastic experiences await, in these amazing natural surroundings and with your new, furry, four-legged friends.

In this simple cabin at the centre of the Hardangervidda, you’ll get to take care of the dogs and experience the simple mountain life. Raw and wild nature!

Day 4Full day on the plateau

This day is all about enjoying the dogs, the sleds and nature. Now you’ve become a real dog handler and you can just relax while you glide off into the whiteness. Tonic for the soul!

Back at Halne, they welcome you in to have a hot shower, another fantastic dinner and a calm evening in front of the fire to enjoy the mountain life before you head home the following day – many experiences richer!

Day 5Homeward journey

After a good breakfast, you have the chance to go for a skiing or snow shoe trip, before you head home.
You can make a packed lunch at breakfast.

The programme is preliminary and subject to change.

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Price & dates

Dates

Optional dates from 15th February to 15th May.
You can choose the dates on which you and your group would like to take this trip.
State your preferences in the enquiry / e-mail.

Minimum 2 people/maximum 8 people.

Price

The total price for this trip is 12900NOK per person, sharing a double room.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation x 4 – sharing a room with others on the trip.
    Beds are already made. (You don’t need to bring a sleeping bag).
  • All dog sledding on the programme.
  • All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last.
  • Professional, local guides.
  • Snow shoes for trips you make yourself.
  • Ice fishing equipment.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.

Not included in the price

  • Transport to/from Halne Fjellstugu.
  • Drinks with dinner at Halne Fjellstugu.
  • Warm winter clothes to use on the plateau.
  • Skiing equipment for your own skiing trips.
  • Any parking fees for your own car.
  • Travel insurance certificate (obligatory on our tours).

Payment/Conditions

Coronavirus terms and conditions

We make it safe for you to book your travel with us. If the scheduled trip cannot go ahead due to travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we offer a full refund. This means that you will receive a refund directly from us if the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to the area where the trip is planned at the time that your trip would have taken place.
This also applies to the paid deposit, minus the administrative fee of 495NOK.
We aim to refund you as soon as possible, and a maximum of one week after a cancelled trip.

If you wish to cancel the trip without the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs having advised against travel to your planned destination, our normal cancellation policy applies (see below).

Cancellation due to your own quarantine?

If you have to cancel your trip due to your own quarantine, insurance such as European Travel Insurance will cover your cancellation.
NB! It is important that you check the terms that apply to you with your own insurance provider.

Normal cancellation policy

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  • The payments are made by bank transfer with a KID number. You will find your KID number on ‘My pages’. All bookings are binding.
  • The first instalment (deposit) of 3,000NOK must be paid within 7 days of your booking. Any unpaid deposit gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • The final payment is made 35 days before departure. You will receive a reminder by mail a few days before the final payment is due. Any unpaid instalment gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • If you book the trip less than 35 days before departure, the full amount will be required on booking.

If, for any reason, you need to cancel the tour, you will receive a 100% refund (minus an administrative charge of 495NOK) up to 35 days before departure You can read our full terms and conditions here.

Tick the box on the registration form to indicate that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions.

There will be an additional fee for a single room/other types of room than those included in the price. See more under ‘single room/room sharing’ further down the page.

Expa Travel’s tours are covered by The Package Travel Act and our membership in the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund Reisegarantifondet gives you, as a consumer, the best possible protection.

Number of participants

The minimum amount of participants on this tour is 2 and the maximum is 8. The price requires there to be a minimum of 2 people per group. If there are fewer participants the price will increase, or the trip may be cancelled.

Single room/room sharing

Room sharing
On the first and second nights, you’ll stay at the Halne Fjellstugu, in comfortable double rooms.

On the third night, you’ll stay right out on the plateau at the mountain cabin at Skaupa. 4-man rooms.

On the fourth night, you’ll be back at the Halne Fjellstugu, double rooms.

Single rooms
No single rooms are available. 

You can take a breath of fresh air at Halne Fjellstugu where we will stay on this trip / Photo: Carmen Castrejon
Practical information

Luggage

It’s important to have warm clothes and a small backpack (that sits well) for the most important items you’ll need for one night.
Remember that you also need to have room for a packed lunch, a thermos flask and extra drinks.

Equipment

Here are some suggestions on what to pack:

  • A good, tried and tested, backpack. Usually a 30 litre bag is sufficient.
  • Water bottle.
  • Comfortable, well worn-in mountain shoes that can handle snow and low temperatures.
  • Thick wool socks, preferably a few pairs.
  • Warm and comfortable hooded winter jacket.
  • Proper winter trousers – both waterproof and windproof.
  • Fleece or thin puffer jacket. Think layers…
  • Really warm mittens that have room for thinner gloves inside them.
  • Winter hat that covers your head and ears.
  • 2 x thermal underwear.
  • Thermos flask.
  • Sunglasses/skiing goggles.
  • Comfortable casual clothes for evenings.
  • Indoor shoes for evenings.
  • Camera/mobile phone with charger/power bank.
  • Torch for your own use.
  • Travel-sized first aid kit.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper for your own use.
  • Travel insurance certificate (compulsory on our tours).
  • Small pocket knife.
  • Antibacterial masks and hand sanitiser for your own use.

You should be prepared for changing temperatures and weather conditions, even during the summer.

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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on our tours. Read more here.

Help us to help others

One of the organisations close to our heart is“SuperSelma” – a Norwegian organisation that supports children with cancer and their families. Every year, SuperSelma organises various activities that they call Glimmers of Light – a respite in the everyday lives of cancer patients and their families. It’s a fantastic organisation that we are proud to support. 
Read more here www.superselma.no
We organise our own SuperSelma cycling trip in Spain every year, and the proceeds from the trip go directly to SuperSelma.

Everyone who registers for an Expa Travel tour is given the opportunity to donate 100NOK to SuperSelma.
We appreciate all contributions!

Expa Travel reserves the right to make typing errors and currency/price changes. The programme is preliminary and subject to changes.

Send Enquiry
Questions / enquiry?

Please contact Eric on +47 926 18 805 / mail eric@expa.no

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