Perfect first time expedition; no previous cross country skiing or winter camping experience necessary.
Ski Training/familiarisation – Ask about our 4 hrs ski training/familiarisation in Alta on Day 1. Note, you will need to arrive in Alta 1 day early.
10 Mar 2019, 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
11 Mar, 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
12 Mar, 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
13 Mar, 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
14 Mar, Expedition
Some additional fishing in the morning perhaps before progressing further across the Plateau. BLD
15 Mar, 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
16 Mar, 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
17 Mar, 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
18 Mar, 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.