HIKING AND SKIING ADVENTURES IN SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Second day and crossing Långfjällets nature reserve mountain plateau
JOIN US FOR AN ADVENTURE AT THE BORDERLAND
n the center of Scandinavia, in the borderlands between Sweden and Norway, is a large and exciting nature area. More than 2 000 square kilometers of protected countryside. It is called Gränslandet or translated ” the borderland” . Gränslandet is a Sami cultural landscape. Reindeer graze here and the area is a workplace for reindeer herding Sami. Our adventure to explore this area will start and end at the small mountainvillage Grövelsjön
Date: 5-9 mars 2023
Price: 7 800 SEK
The experience of skiing in this area with your pack in a sled and sleeping in a tent is hard to beat. Although it is relatively demanding, the reward is great from several perspectives. Here you have the opportunity to develop your skills, make new friends and have a magnificent nature experience. During these four days, we ski on Långfjällets mile-wide mountain plateau, camp at the foot of Dalarnas highest mountain, Storvätteshågna, ski through parts of the areas unique mountain forest and also in both Sweden and Norway.
Date: 5 – 9 mars 2023
Price: 7 800 SEK
Participants: min 3 max 6
Place: Grövelsjön, Sweden
Lars Svanerud is an experience guide and 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. We also offer personal coaching via phone and email if you want it. All participants are invited to a digital meeting approximately two weeks before departure. If you are unable to attend, we will contact you by phone to confirm, inform and give you the opportunity to get answers to any questions.
Day 1, start day
We meet at STF Grövelsjöns Fjällstation, at 09:30. Here, among others, there is STF Grövelsjön Fjälllstation and Grövelsjögården for those who want accommodation the night before we meet. At 11:00 a.m. we have distributed the common pack and food and are ready to ski off on our adventure. The mountain station is 816 meters above sea level and we start by following the winter trail up through the mountain forest and soon reach Kalfjäll. On the first day, the goal is to get a bit up the mountain and have our campsite at the foot of Dalarna’s highest mountain, Storvätteshågna. We spend a little extra time this day learning how to get a good camp site and secure tent setups. We have with us a larger camp tent where we can socialize and cook. About 8 km
Day 2 across the Norwegian border
After the first day, we ski north and cross the border to Norway and have our second camp in the magically beautiful Grötådalen. We ski all day on the mountain plataue of Långfjället before crossing the border and skiing into the Norwegian Femundens National Park. We set up camp for the night at the foot of Gröthågna in the beautiful Grötådalen.
About 16 km
Day 3 Further into Femundens National Park
We ski west above the north end of the Lake Grövelsjön further in to Norway and Femunden national park. About 14 km
Day 4, We ski again to Grövelsjön
After the usual morning routines, we ski across the border and are back in Sweden with Grövelsjön as today’s goal. During the afternoon we reach the final destination. About 14 km
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