Nordic Skiing Hut to Hut in Jämtland 4 day trip
If you want to experience a winter adventure by nordic skis, where you go from hut to hut, with the help of a local guide, this trip is for you. Easy logistics with the train: for a Thursday-Sunday trip you can get on the train in Stockholm on Wednesday evening and arrive back in the capital by Monday morning. Let us take care of the rest.
Nordic Skiing Adventure
8900 SEK per person
4 Days | Jämtland Sweden
Northern Sweden in miniature
Vålådalen consists of high mountains, majestic valleys, crystal clear rivers, and vast forests. It really is the northern parts of Sweden in miniature. People have inhabited this area since the ice age and are now also home to species such as the arctic fox and many predators.
FEBRUARY – APRIL
BEGINNER – INTERMEDIATE
‘Feel good’ winter expedition
This round trip by nordic skis follows the border between the forest and the mountains for 4 days. The distances and elevation differences each day makes for a suitable trip for beginners and intermediates alike.
The guide accompanying the trip will have local knowledge of this area with stories of accidents, animals, and historic findings. If there is time the guide will also share some insights into winter skills by hosting mini-workshops each day on topics like navigation, ski technique, winter bivouacking, and avalanche awareness. Or, if you prefer to dig a sofa to relax in the sun while drinking coffee and reading a book – that is a viable option few would say no to on a warm spring day.
The accommodation has almost everything we need, which means we can ski with a light backpack each day. Life in the mountains is quite simple, so there is no electricity but there are always things that needs to be done – it is never boring. Our water which we use to wash and dish will have to be fetched by the river and carried indoors, this can be an extreme challenge in itself. To keep the hut warm we will have to cut and chop firewood, something which can be a whole team effort each day.
In terms of eating, we will be carrying all of the food from the start, so each day we will have to prepare the meals in the light of candles and head torches. A process most people enjoy after a day of skiing.
For sleeping arrangements, the cabins in the mountains have rooms that multiple people share, there are no single bedrooms with room service. There are blankets and pillows, but everyone will have to carry bed linen and towels.
All in all, welcome to a ‘feel good’ adventure in the mountains – perfect if you would like the experience of a winter expedition without the extra effort of carrying a big backpack and going ultra-long distances.
On the morning of day 1, we will start by sorting out our equipment and the food for the trip that we will be carrying before setting off. The first day will consist of a gentle uphill through an old forest where we are treated by views of the mountains surrounding us. In the afternoon we will reach the cabin and we will have to help each other with fetching water, chopping firewood, and cooking dinner. This is all part of the experience.
Distance: 14 kilometers.
Day two is where the feeling of being out in the wild usually sets in. The ones waking up early will be responsible for making fire so the cabin gets warm and toasty. A healthy breakfast is usually accompanied by many peeks out through the window – weather means everything up here. We could be having -20C and a blizzard or +10C and not a cloud in sight. Now we head south to the next cabin, and the terrain is quite flat which is perfect for nordic skiing.
Distance: 12 kilometers
Another day starts with a healthy breakfast and lots of coffee before heading out and dusting off the snow from the skis. Today we will be going east and pass by multiple large valleys and if we have time, we will ski into one of them to explore and learn more about the history of this area. In the evening we will have to chop more firewood, collect water and maybe have a shower and try the sauna.
Distance: 16 kilometers
Last day we turn our skis down towards the forests filled with impressions from the last few days. The forest is spotted with large frozen marshes so every turn provides a new view. The lunch packages we prepared from the breakfast table are well deserved and we try to find a sunny spot to fill up our lungs with fresh air before arriving in Vålådalen where we started the trip.
Before getting back in the car that takes us back to Undersåker/Åre, it is possible to have a shower so you can get on the train in style, knowing you just spent 4 days crossing the mountains by nothing but your own strength.
Distance: 14 kilometers
Included in the price
Local and certified guide 4 days
Ski & outdoor equipment
Nordic skis, poles, boots, and ski skins will be rented on location. Ski goggles, head torches, backpacks, gaiters, and more items can be included if requested well in advance.
Accommodation in a mountain cabin
The accommodation is in a room which we may have to share with other mountain visitors.
Food that we cook together
Lunch day 1 to lunch day 4
Local transfer during the trip
From Åre/Undersåker to where we start going by skis and back again after the trip.
We start and finish in Undersåker, about 15 km east of Åre. But if you would rather start in Åre we can just pick you up there instead.
Difficulty and prerequisites:
Fitness to be physically active for up to 6 hours per day. This is a trip in relatively easy terrain, so it is a great multi-day tour for beginners. You do not have to know how to do nordic skiing, but it sure helps – if not, the guide is there to help.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions.
A packing list will be sent when we confirm the booking. Broadly speaking, you will need some clothes to wear closest to your body such as wool long johns and wool long-sleeved shirt. Shell pants and a shell jacket to protect from the elements, and some extra insulation layers to use when we are stopping for lunch. Most technical equipment / outdoor gear can be brought by us if notified well in advance. But by all means, don’t forget your camera!
Good to know:
Please mention if you are allergic to something, have special dietary needs, or take medication for anything on a regular basis when booking. Also make sure your insurance covers this activity and that your equipment is in good condition.