HIKING AND SKIING ADVENTURES IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Second day and crossing the mountainplateu in Långfjällets naturereserve
NORTH DALARNA – WINTER EXPEDITION
In the center of Scandinavia, in the borderlands between Sweden and Norway there is a large and exciting nature area. More than 2 000 square kilometres of protected land. Here you find rare animals and plants, ancient trees and remarkable boulder terrain. Vast expanses of fells, old growth forests and crystal clear waters offer experiences for all your senses. We call it Gränslandet! You can translate Gränslandet to ”the land at the border” . Gränslandet is a Sami cultural landscape. Reindeer graze here and the area is a workplace for reindeer herding Sami.
In the north of Dalarna winter and skiing is a big thing. The tradition to ski goes way back and every year we have Vasaloppet skirace over 90 kilometers between Sälen and Mora. In the northwest part of Dalarna , close to the border of Norway the mountains rise above the forest and here we ski among wolverines, reindeers and wolflichen. During six days we ski over mountain plateaus, through forests and over ice-covered lakes. Evereything we need is packed in our pulkas which we pull behind us. Prepare yourself for an adventure with snow, cold, new friends, nature experiences, long skiing days, camp coziness and, if we’re lucky, the sky invites you to serenade the Northern Lights serenade.
Date: Next time will be during the winter 2025. Date is not set yet
Price: x xxx SEK
Participants: min 3 max 8
Place: Start and end at Grövelsjön, Sweden
Lars Svanerud is the owner of Scandinavia Adveture Travels and an experience guide which live in this area all year around. He is Certified SFLO Mountain leader and really love to be outdoor together with guests. You can count on a lot of stories from the Scandinavian mountains and forest areas but also a curiosity about you as a guest and what exactly you want to get out of the adventure. Read more about Lars at his own webpage larssvanerud.com or visit his socialmedia Instagram @larssvaneruduide.
About the place
The area for the skitour is known as Gränslandet, Borderland. Mountains, forest lakes and rivers with an area om more than 2000 sqm of protected land. Three nationalparks and six nature reserves in Sweden and Norway.
In Grövelsjön you will find cabins, mountain hotels and hostels. The start and end for our adventure are at STF Grövelsjön Mountainstation. They offers full accomodation and you can read more about the mountainstation here. Webiste for STF Grövelsjön Mountainstation . next to the mountain station there is also the possibility to rent cabins and accommodation in the Grövelsjögården hostel
Program day by day
Before the trip
We want you as our guest to have the best conditions for a good experience. Before this trip, you will receive advice and tips on how to best prepare. All participants are invited to a digital meeting approximately four weeks before departure.
Requirements for prior knowledge and how you can prepare yourself
Skiing with all your gear in a sled, sleeping in a tent, cooking outside in the snow, melting snow to get water is a demanding adventure that demands both your physical and mental abilities. You need to be a good skier and have and energy and ability to contribute to a good atmosphere in the group. You can prepare your physical ability through continuous training for both cardio and your muscles. Long walks with backpack and ski poles in varied terrain where during the hike you take in uphills to raise the heart rate and increase the strain on the muscles is good.
Packing list for winter tent trips with skis and sledges
During a trip over several days and especially in winter with accommodation in tents with little opportunity to dry clothes or enter a cabin for warmth, high demands are placed on your equipment. It needs to be able to keep you warm, be adjustable based on activity level and protect you from sun, snow, wind and rain. The packing list below is for you as a guest where you ski with a guide who, in addition to the below, has additional common safety equipment for e.g. navigation, communication and first aid.
Clothes should keep you warm and dry. Dress based on the layer on layer principle. Keep in mind that wool warms even when it is damp and that cotton is directly unsuitable next to the body
Layer 1 Should keep you warm when moving
Underwear. We prefer wool.
Layer 2 should be able to provide extra warmth in case of reduced activity or colder weather
Sweater or lined jacket
Thumb mittens (extra mittens and gloves are good to bring as it often gets damp and cold)
Layer 3 should protect you against wind, sun and precipitation
Shell jacket with a hood that protects against wind and wet precipitation
Shell trousers that protect against wind and wet precipitation
Ski goggles for protection against wind and drifting snow
Sunglasses for protection against solar radiation.
Snow gaiters. Some shell pants have snow locks that connect to the boot. If yours don’t have this, a pair of gaiters is fine.
Layer 4 should keep you warm when you are still
Warm lined down or synthetic jacket to put on during breaks and at camp
Lined trosers syntetic or down
Camp shoes. Can be a cover for boots or other warm boots
Ski equipment and transport
Touring skis with steel edge and binding intended for touring skiing
Poles with large trouser
Boots that are warm and stable
Ski skins. If you have skis for attachment to short skins, bring both short and long ones. Otherwise only long ones that were attached to the top of the ski
Sledding. If your sled has a cover, a good tip is to organize your pack in, for example, IKEA bags or some larger bags. If your sled does not have a cover, you need to ensure that the packing is packed securely from moisture and can be lashed to the sled
Camp and cooking
Tent. Tent for winter use
Snow tent pegs
Spade. Spade is for digging shelter, digging out the apse in the tent
Sleeping pad. 1 cell plastic + 1 inflatable. Altogether 2-3 layers of cellular plastic
Sleeping bag for winter alt 2 pcs 3-season bags
Kitchen including fuel and lighter (winter gas or petrol)
Base plate for the kitchen. Plywood or plastic that prevents the kitchen from sinking into the snow due to the heat
Thermoses for at least 2 liters of water
Cutlery, mug, food bowl
Dish brush, dish soap
Own medicines. It is important that you bring any medicines you take regularly or need due to, for example, allergies or other things.
In addition to what is listed above, you are of course free to bring what you yourself feel. It might be fun to have a phone to take pictures with, for example