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Norway Finnmark Arctic Adventure 2018-01-11T09:36:27+00:00

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FINNMARK ARCTIC ADVENTURE CHALLENGE, NORWAY

FINNMARK ARCTIC ADVENTURE CHALLENGE, NORWAY

Great stress free introduction to the Arctic environment on this 7 day expedition

No previous skiing or winter camping experience required.

It’s early spring deep in the Norwegian Arctic, the dark polar nights have gone and the light has returned to reveal this beautiful vast white wilderness. This easy paced expedition is designed to be a stress free, enjoyable adventure across what is rated as some of the best cross country skiing terrain in the world.

From Alta, the route works its way over the pristine crisp white ‘dry’ snow, using a mix of cabins (basic lodges) and tents for approx 80km over the 7 days. Some days are short to make use of the frozen lakes and you will experience the ice fishing. The sense of freedom and open space is immense; no roads, no people, no fixed times to adhere to. The expedition is completely self contained, save for a couple of friendly Alaskan Huskies, there to help pull the supplies (this is not a dog sled expedition!).

Your Guides will teach you everything you need to know, from the tents, cooking equipment, how to handle to Huskies and how to ice fish (dinner!) so this is a very educational trip too. The final Lodge is absolutely superb.

Cross country ski lessons (3 – 4 hrs) are available the day before the start of the expedition (you would need to arrive 1 day early).

This expedition is for any aspiring adventurer, looking to try the Arctic environment and yet not extreme. The ski distances are manageable and enjoyable even for non skiers. You will still need to be fit to cope with the rigours of such an environment but no previous experience of the Arctic is required.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2600
Land Only, from £2300
Trip Duration 9 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 7 Days UK - UK
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Guesthouse/Lodge, tents, Mountain Cabins
Most meals, see itinerary

Great stress free introduction to the Arctic environment on this 7 day expedition

No previous skiing or winter camping experience required.

It’s early spring deep in the Norwegian Arctic, the dark polar nights have gone and the light has returned to reveal this beautiful vast white wilderness. This easy paced expedition is designed to be a stress free, enjoyable adventure across what is rated as some of the best cross country skiing terrain in the world.

From Alta, the route works its way over the pristine crisp white ‘dry’ snow, using a mix of cabins (basic lodges) and tents for approx 80km over the 7 days. The sense of freedom and open space is immense; no roads, no people, no fixed times to adhere to. The expedition is completely self contained, save for a couple of friendly Alaskan Huskies, there to help pull the supplies (this is not a dog sled expedition!).

Your Guides will teach you everything you need to know, from the tents, cooking equipment, how to handle to Huskies and how to ice fish (dinner!) so this is a very educational trip too. The final Lodge is absolutely superb.

Cross country ski lessons (3 – 4 hrs) are available the day before the start of the expedition (you would need to arrive 1 day early).

This expedition is for any aspiring adventurer, looking to try the Arctic environment and yet not extreme. The ski distances are manageable and enjoyable even for non skiers. You will still need to be fit to cope with the rigours of such an environment but no previous experience of the Arctic is required.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2600
Land Only, from £2300
Trip Duration 9 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 7 Days UK - UK
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Guesthouse/Lodge, tents, Mountain Cabins
Most meals, see itinerary

Superb Arctic Adventure

No previous experience needed

Specialist equipment included

Most food

Hotels/Guesthouse/Camping

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Perfect first time expedition; no previous cross country skiing or winter camping experience necessary

Day 1, Depart London, Arrive Alta

Day 2, Final Preparations, Start Expedition

Day 3, Expedition

Day 4, Expedition

Day 5, Expedition

Days 6, Expedition

Day 7, Expedition

Day 8, Expedition – Last Day, ski into Husky Lodge

Day 9, Depart, Bus to Alta Airport, fly to London

Perfect first time expedition; no previous cross country skiing or winter camping experience necessary

Day 1, Depart London, Arrive Alta
You will be met on arrival in Alta and taken to a local guesthouse/cabin where you will stay the first night. Your Guide will go through the program and the skiing route over dinner.
He will also conduct a check of your personal outdoor equipment to make sure everybody has brought everything they need and that the equipment meets the standards that the Arctic environment requires. D

Day 2, Final Preparations, Start Expedition
After breakfast, final preparations will take place including time to make any adjustments to kit. Travel to the expedition area. It’s a nice easy introduction on Day 1 with a 4km ski to the Jotka Mountain Cabin. Based from the Cabin, in the afternoon you will be teamed up with 1 or 2 other people with whom you will work together and share a tent during the trip. You will also be shown how to put up your tent and how to use some of the equipment that you will be using on the trip. Having skiied the 4km, it’s a good time to make any additional adjustments before the journey across the Finnmark Plateau starts in earnest.
The guide will also go through safety routines, skiing routines and how to handle the dogs in the best way possible. BLD

Day 3, Expedition
After breakfast, off we go. The Alaska Huskies will help pull some of the equipment and you will be surprised to see how much these dogs love to work. Half of the day will be skiied on tracks; the rest off track. This is the first night in tents. We will now be well on our way and the landscape will be quite flat and mostly treeless. BLD

Day 4, Expedition
Today’s route passes some lakes and the group will spend some time fishing on the ice for Arctic Char, Brown Trout and Grayling. Camp is set up by a lake. BLD

Day 5, Expedition
Some additional fishing in the morning perhaps before progressing further across the Plateau. BLD

Days 6, Expedition
The first few kilometers will be in gentle uphill terrain before we reach the highest point on the trip and fabulous views. We will be skiing a few more kilometers before we make camp for the night. BLD

Day 7, Expedition
Today, a gentle descent from the barren mountains into the forest heading for the mountain cabin. This cabin has a basic standard with no shower facilities but it is heated with a wood burner! It creates an incredible cozy atmosphere in a winter wonderland outside. BLD

Day 8, Expedition – Last Day, ski into Husky Lodge
The final day will see us skiing around 15 kilometers, on tracks and mostly downhill all of the way into Husky Lodge. Husky Lodge is a very comfortable place, dinner served in the kitchen in the warm and cozy lodge atmosphere. A nice wood heated sauna and outdoor hot tub is ready on request for those tempted. BLD

Day 9, Depart, Bus to Alta Airport, fly to London
Early departure for the 4hr bus journey back to Alta to catch the flight back to London.

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
11 - 19 Mar 2018 £2700 £2300
8 - 16 Apr 2018 £2700 £2300

Deposit – £250

Group Size: 1 – 8 + the Guide(s). There will be a max of 2 Guides + Husky dog(s).

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What is included

  • International return flights London – Alta (Norway)
  • Guesthouse/Lodge in Alta and Karasjok (1 nt each), twin share
  • All meals from Day 1 dinner to Day 9 b’fast
  • Vehicle transport to start of expedition (you ski straight into the final lodge; no transport needed)
  • English speaking qualified Guide
  • Provision of snow shovels, pulks, cooking stoves
  • Hire of cross country touring skis, poles, boots and skins

What is not included

  • Transport from final Lodge to Karasjok (bus station) and subsequent bus transport to Alta airport. Budget £50. This is explained more in the Brochure.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending

Services Included

  • Guesthouse/Lodge in Alta and Karasjok (1 nt each), twin share
  • All meals from Day 1 dinner to Day 9 b’fast
  • Vehicle transport to start of expedition (you ski straight into the final lodge; no transport needed)
  • English speaking qualified Guide
  • Provision of snow shovels, pulks, cooking stoves
  • Hire of cross country touring skis, poles, boots and skins

Services Excluded

  • International and domestic flights
  • Transport from final Lodge to Karasjok (bus station) and subsequent bus transport to Alta airport. Budget £50. This is explained more in the Brochure.
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal spending

If Sole Occupation is requested – £120 (this only applies to the Guesthouse nights (2 nights; 1 on arrival and 1 prior to departure).

It does not apply to tents/cabins on the expedition (it is impractical and you would not want to be in a tent on your own; too cold!).

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your visit. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Norway.

Visa – No visa is required for Norway.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is graded as ‘Challenging’. It entails moving on cross country touring skis, pulling a pulk (lightweight fibreglass sled) behind you weighing 25 – 30kg (using a harness around the waist).

Skiing distances are between 4 – 15km daily. The skiing is generally a shuffling action in order to pull the pulk along so a good degree of strength is required. This is in addition to the physical effort required to set up camp, cook and break camp the following day.

This may be conducted in very cold weather.

This trip is designed to be enjoyable within a challenging framework. No one is trying to kill you! If you are struggling with the weight of the pulk, teamwork will take hold and some weight will be re-distributed to other expedition members and/or the dogs.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • All meals are supplied from Day 1 dinner to Day 9 b’fast.
  • On expedition – All meals are primarily freeze dried due to the nature of the environment.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Alta – guesthouse approx 30 mins outside.
  • End of expedition – Designer Lodge!
  • On expedition – high quality tents designed for the environment and possibly some basic mountain cabins.

International/domestic Flights – London (can be any of the airports) – Alta (Norway). There are no direct flights to Alta from London so they are invariably via Oslo.

Note: The expedition route is a point to point route from Alta, across country to Karasjok. Due to so many different personal travel arrangements, it is not practical to provide transport within the trip to get you back to Alta. From the final night’s lodge, your journey back to Alta’s airport is as follows:

  • Lodge to Karasjok bus station – provided by the Lodge, cost approx £20. Can be booked when there.
  • Karasjok bus station to Alta airport – public bus, duration 4hrs, cost approx £30. Buses will depart from Karasjok early enough to catch the flight Alta – London (via Oslo) same day

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible to Oslo. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

You need very little spending money on this trip and you are not close to any towns!

Norwegian Kroner (NKR) is readily available in the UK prior to travel.

There are ATM’s available. Be aware that Norway can be expensive for general everyday things such as meals.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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