Cross-country Skiing: Sweden

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Trip code: 
CZZ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cross-Country Skiing
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–8

Discover the spectacular wilderness of central Sweden

This is a small group cross-country ski trip to the land of the Sami! Edsåsdalen is located in the heart of Jämtland, at the end of a road where the wilds of central Sweden begin. Each day we head out on a new route on and off track through the forests and uplands, exploring and enjoying these impressive surroundings. To fully make the most of this environment we spend a night at a wilderness hut far from civilisation, whilst on another we enjoy a traditional Sami dinner and a walk to a frozen waterfall. The final day is free with the option to enjoy a husky safari or downhill skiing.

Highlights

  • Beautiful isolated countryside
  • One night in wilderness hut
  • Traditional Sami dinner
  • Track and off track skiing

Key information

  • 6 days guided cross-country skiing
  • Group normally 4 to 8, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 6 nights Mountain Lodge, 1 night wilderness cabin
  • Cross-country skiing grades 2 & 3, Improvers or Intermediates

What's included

  • Airport transfer (for the group flight only)
  • 7 nights accommodation in mountain Lodge and hut
  • All breakfasts, lunch and dinners
  • Private profesional guide throughout

What's not included

  • Rental of cross country skies (SEK 780)
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Edsasdalen.

    Start Edsasdalen.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Today is spent getting to know the area with a short tour. Optional evening sauna and relax by the fire.

    Our first day is all about getting acquainted with our new surroundings. For our first outing, our goal is to reach a basic shelter where we will stop for lunch by open fire. At the end of the day we have the option to enjoy a sauna or just sit by the fireplace and relax before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Skiing in the beautiful Valadalen Natural Reserve; evening visit to the frozen waterfall at Ristafallet.

    Today we head for the Valadalen Natural Reserve; here there are plenty of tracks and trails, but our plan is to head off into the forest in search of local wildlife. Hopefully we'll spot some reindeer. If we're lucky we may also see the tracks of other animals that live in the area, including wolverine, lynx and moose.

    After an outdoor lunch we ski to an Exhibition Centre where a local guide will teach us about the wildlife and the history of the area, from the Sami people right up to the present day.

    Afterwards we head for Ristafallet waterfall, if the conditions are right we will get to go ice-caving behind the frozen falls. This is a spectacular visit regardless of the snow and ice conditions. There is a small restaurant by the falls, here we'll have dinner and get a chance to try some local cuisine, before returning to the lodge.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full day skiing further into the forests and across frozen lakes, to the wilderness hut where we overnight. Sauna and dinner by the fire.

    One of the highlights of this week is the trip out into the wilderness. Carrying our own gear we head out for the day away from civilization to the wilderness huts sourronded by lakes and mountains. The basic accommodation here after making a fire will soon start to warm and feel wonderfully cosy. The sauna just adds to the sense of adventure, especially if you choose to roll in the snow to cool off afterwards!

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Wake up in our cosy wilderness hut and ski back to civilisation.

    Waking up in our small mountain hut is a great experience, after breakfast we will head back into the wilderness. If the conditions permit we will head for the mountain top for some great views. The ascent is not steep and definitely worth the effort.

    Once back at the lodge there will be time to relax and freshen up before evening dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Full day skiing to Renfjallet (962m) the highest peak of the week. Return for a sauna and traditional Sami dinner.

    Our aim on the longest day is to reach the highest peak in the area, Renfjallet, that lies at 962m. After reaching the mountain restaurant Vita Renen for lunch you can decide to stay or continue to the summit with the chance to see wild reindeer grazing on the mountain.

    There is time for a sauna before our dinner at Vita Renen which includes traditional Sami cuisine. After our meal we don our head torches and ski back down the hill to our lodge.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Free day for further skiing or why not learn to mush on a husky safari.

    After breakfast we have a free day for optional activities. If you want to continue skiing our guide will point you to some really nice trails nearby. Alternatively you may choose to head out on a husky tour. During this 5 hour excursion you learn on all the basics you need to become a musher controlling your own 2 man sled. An outdoor lunch prepared by the guide is also included. Downhill skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all also available. All are charged locally.

    In the evening we have our final meal as a group at the Dalens Gard Mountain Lodge.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Edsåsdalen.

    End Edsasdalen.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Sweden

UK passport holders do not require a visa for Sweden.

Vaccinations

Sweden

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast and dinner is included.

Packed lunches are charged locally and usually made from the buffet breakfast. Beer (From 65SEK), wine (from 80SEK/320SEK), tea and coffee (25SEK) is free with dinner, but charged locally at other times. One evening meal is taken at the Vita Renen Mountain Restaurant, consisting of traditional Sami cuisine, including reindeer.

Weather

Edsasdalen sits at approximately 500m and at this height snow can lie from November to April, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter range from 0º to - 10ºC, though they can fall as low as - 30ºC. By mid-February the number of daylight hours will have increased from almost nothing to about 8 hours and by mid-March this will have increased further to about 12 hours. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Is this trip for you?

A maximun group size of 8 makes this trip unique, the reason being that the wilderness huts we stay in on day 4, can only accommodate that many. The huts are small but cosy with wood burning stoves and a sauna. Skiing in such a small group gives us the opportunity to really feel at one with nature, enjoying the beautiful isolation that this vast country can offer.
On the day we ski to the wilderness huts, clients will be expected to carry their overnight bag themselves. Depending on conditions the guide will pull a pulk carrying the heavier items (or alternatively a skidoo will carry them in advance), like food, drink and the emergency medical kit. All guests will need to work as a team to make this day a success.
Most skiing is done off track with some harder inclines/declines, the exact itinerary is left open and will change slightly depending on the ability of the group. This trip is not challenging, but is not recommended to first time cross-country skiers. The skiing is adventurous sometimes taking us to the top of small mountains so an ability to ascend/descend slopes is essential.

Ski Grades

Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required.  They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk.
The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.


Grade 2 Improvers
Equivalent Activity Level – Moderate, level 3
These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain, i.e more ups and downs and therefore requiring a slightly higher level of fitness.

Grade 3 Intermediates
Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3
A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks,  at the required level.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Dalens Gard Mountain Lodge and the Lyckans Lager Wilderness Huts

The Dalens Gard Mountain Lodge is located on the hillside above the dense forests surrounding Edsåsdalen. The communal areas are traditional, yet fresh and modern, with open fireplaces and a cosy lounge area with free Wi-Fi. Rooms are either twin or double with en suite facilities. Use of the sauna is free of charge.
The Wilderness Huts are two identical huts located right on the shores of the frozen lake. The sauna here is a perfect place to relax after skiing, however the traditional roll in the snow is optional! Dinner is prepared on a wood-fired stove and there is an opportunity to go out to collect firewood from the nearby forest. Our night here is a very special experience.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed February 2016
    Anna Cheer

    You deserve this trip as a reward for all your hard work learning to cross-country ski: this is the fun bit!

    We really felt that we had a taste of what it must be like to be Scandinavian on this holiday, making the most of the glorious scenery and winter activities (well, apart from being able to ski with the effortless ease of the locals, obviously!). The skiing is superb, on and off-track, rolling countryside with some achievable summits, beautiful scenery and barely any other people. We did so many things during this incredibly busy, varied week and enjoyed it all so much. We learned some animal tracks (and to identify droppings, who knew that the seasonal changes in moose poo was so interesting!), went into an ice cave behind a frozen waterfall, went night-skiing, cooked hot-dogs for lunch in a mountain hut and went snowshoeing. On the night in the wilderness hut, discovering how much we take water for granted was a real revelation. When you have chopped the wood made a fire, collected snow, melted it and then heated it up, you really appreciate your cup of tea!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The real sense of achievement on reaching the summit of Renfjallet (after lots of herring-boning uphill) and the fantastic views. Seeing herds of reindeer and a moose. The sauna with the best view in the world! Picnic lunch on the ice in the middle of a lake in brilliant sunshine, surrounded by spectacular mountains in total peace and quiet.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marieka was outstanding. She worked so hard to give a week to remember. She was great company and had a real knack for assessing mood of the group, when we needed to stop for a snack or when we were tiring and needed a boost. It was a very complicated itinerary but the whole week went astonishingly smoothly. She shopped for us, cooked for us, dealt with problems and remained unfailingly cheerful. There were some long days for us, but her days were even longer as she had to do all the organisation as well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The night in the wilderness hut is not as daunting as it sounds. It was warm and comfortable (we had to have the window open all night as it was so hot with the stove going). There are loos, but they are of the hole-in-a-plank-over-a-pit variety! Take a head torch if you’ve got one although you can borrow one, and a vacuum flask. Use the saunas. The hotel, mountain lodge and wilderness hut all have saunas worth exploring and it really helps after a day’s skiing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food was superb everywhere we ate in Sweden. I need a gluten-free diet and this was readily available, and advertised on the menu, even in the mountain restaurant. We did have some accommodation issues at the start of the week, very satisfactorily sorted by the brilliant Exodus rep, Chloe, who travelled with us, and which should not be a problem on future trips. We were extremely impressed by how this was dealt with. Top marks to Exodus.
  • Reviewed February 2016
    chloe knott

    Adventurous Sweden

    This trip was so much more than a classic cross-country week. It was one of those holidays where at times you were pushed out of your comfort zone but the sense of achievement was well worth it! We climbed up 2 mountains on skis, skied in the dark and for one of the night lit a fire to heat a lakeside sauna and slept in a really cute wilderness hut.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of a mountain and seeing a herd of wild reindeer!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marieke was brilliant, patient, kind and inspirational!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are looking for a ski trip with a difference this is it! You may even be lucky enough to see the northern lights.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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