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Snowshoes in Norway

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With tourism booming, the use of Snowshoes in Norway It begins to be implemented little by little offering this type of activities in many places or directly its rent to be as autonomous as possible. Norway is a country with such an adverse climate that walking in winter without skis or snowshoes on the mountain is practically impossible, which is why the national sport is the cross country sky or as we know it here, cross-country skiing.


Snowshoes in Norway

Enjoying snowshoes in Norway

Dawns Hemsedal with a radiant sun and temperatures not too cold. The snow accumulated during the last days has a great quality and it is necessary to use snow rackets or skis to be able to walk on it. The rackets were the first option that came to mind from the beginning and I decided to walk to the campsite inHulbak 3 kilometers from the ski resort of Hemsedal where you could practice it. The walk, despite walking on the road is very quiet and captivating. We are on an ice rink with more than a meter of snow on the sides and the only cars that can pass carry winter tires with nails.


Snowshoes in Norway

The landscape that surrounds us is so collapsed with snow that it almost completely covers the few cabins that are around me and that one barely enters his head as someone can live there. In fact they live and very comfortable, Norwegian style. Always with a good fireplace, a particular snow machine to clear the accesses and a good pantry in case a very heavy snow falls.


Snowshoes in Norway

After arriving at the campsite of Hulbak located at a height of 700 meters high I meet with the owner of this and we left the two alone to make a route of snow rackets Around the area. Total from this point wherever you go you have enough snow to build your own route. Recall that Norway allows passage and even camping almost anywhere. The only restrictions are not to do it within 200 meters of a house and that we do not pass through fields during the growing season.


Snowshoes in Norway

We begin by crossing a set of traditional Norwegian houses to take a very popular path in summer, although now it is difficult to distinguish it because it is completely hidden by snow. Quickly we began to climb a steep slope and although we were wearing good snowshoes, there was such an accumulation of this that sometimes we sank more of the account spending more effort than necessary.


Snowshoes in Norway

Quickly we began to remove layers of clothes and the truth was that the sea was comfortable to few degrees below zero and with just a sweatshirt and a thermal shirt. When the windy day lacked and a sun of justice accompanied us, the sensation of cold was scarce.


Snowshoes in Norway

In the background we began to see a series of summer cabins and put the last of these as a goal and place to be able to make our stop and be able to have a light lunch.


Snowshoes in Norway

The funny thing is that the owner of the campsite was brought moose meat Serrano ham style which was quite strong. Where is our ham that these substitutes are removed. This is accompanied by the typical drink of the area, a kind of blackberry syrup that mixes with water and produces a spice of hot drink that is very tasty and rich in sugar.


Snowshoes in Norway

After the delicious lunch we started the descent to the valley through a forest where the snow did nothing but put us difficulties. It was such amount of white powder that even using snowshoes they sank incessantly causing us to lose our balance several times.


Snowshoes in Norway

As we lost altitude, we passed several completely petrified streams and at the time they had left several ice cascades in a very good state of conservation for the practice of ice climbing.


Snowshoes in Norway

After continuing down to the valley, we began to approach the first houses. All of them covered with a white mantle and some of them without the possibility of arriving by car. That is why it is the country of cross country 😉 and even if it seems a lie, the snow rackets in Norway they are not as common as we might think.


Snowshoes in Norway

In the distance we already saw the campsite of Hulbak what marked our end of journey. One after seeing this picture you can not imagine dozens of tents on a green field. Yes, Norway besides white is green.

Our snowshoe excursion in Norway was short but very satisfying. We will have to repeat sooner or later.


Snowshoes in Norway

 

Activity carried out with the Norwegian Tourist Office

More information here.

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Practical data - Snowshoes in Norway

Where to do it?

We do it through the camping of Hulbak, outside of Hemsedal This campsite is run by a couple of pretty Dutch people.

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When to do it?

Winter is long in Norway, covering the months of November to the end of May. It is best to do it from the end of February onwards or even during Holy Week to enjoy better time and more daylight hours. In fact in some places in Norway you can practice all year round.

How to get?

It can be reached by bus from Oslo from a service called Hemsedal express. Buses leave from the central station and must be booked in advance and depart at 09:40/21:40/16:45 Fridays returning at 14:15/16:45 Sunday for an approximate price of 1000 crowns depending on the selected schedule. This bus optionally includes 2 days of ski pass for the ski resort.

Where to sleep in Hemsedal

Hemsedal It is not cheap and it is best to find an apartment for a group of people over 4. This way it will be much cheaper. If you only go as a couple, you already know what your turn. As an example we attach the cheapest places for groups of 2 people:

  • Hulbak Camping: area of ​​campsites and cabins on the outskirts of Hemsedal and in a really beautiful place.
  • Skarsnuten Hotel: one of the most luxurious options in the area
  • Fanitullen Aparments: apartments for +6 cheaper people
  • Skarsnuten Aparments: apartments from 2 people with a reduced price

What clothes do I have to wear for sleds with dogs?

Here we must guess if or if with in costumes. It is very important that we consult the meteorological part of the area and dress according to the temperature. This can vary from 0 degrees to 20 below zero, the thermal sensation being much higher due to the wind. It is advisable to carry the following:

  • Thermal meshes under a pair of pants with a membrane that cuts the wind
  • Long Sleeve Thermal T-Shirt
  • Sweatshirt by polartec or similar
  • Feathers, primaloft or similar and this must be protected above by a windbreaker jacket. Sometimes an additional layer is necessary
  • Sunglasses. Optional blizzard glasses
  • Thick gloves
  • Thick cap and optional panties but recommended
  • Boots and some good socks
  • A thermos with optional hot drink.

Other activities

In addition to all the activities related to skiing, there is one that you should not miss and are the dogs sledding through the snow. A really fascinating activity, which will make you climb the adrenaline in the company of some nice animals.

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If we do not have a rental car and time is short, it is best to take us on a comfortable tour.

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Do not forget to check the weather

As a final fact, check the official website of the Norwegian meteorological agency in case you get a shower, although in summer the weather is usually very pleasant.

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