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?
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.
On this trip, you stay in the following places:
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.
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.
Meals included in the price:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
The total price for this trip is 12900NOK per person, sharing a double room.
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).
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
No single rooms are available.
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.
Here are some suggestions on what to pack:
You should be prepared for changing temperatures and weather conditions, even during the summer.
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