Cross-country skiing in the Swedish mountains
Cross country skiing over the mountains. Experience the space and the meditative in crossing the mountains on skies. Enjoy the breaks with beautiful views sitting in our dug couches eating our lunch.
We spend the nights in mountains lodges enjoy the time together during the evening.
First day we start training downhill skiing with cross country skies. Good to have knowledge when we get up on the mountains. You carry your own backpack with personal equipment during the tour.
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Cross country skies in the Swedish mountains. We crossing a almost white landscape, not that steep as in the Alps and no trees as you can see on the picture. We use “ordinary” skies for cross country skiing, skies with steel edge and back country bindings. Depending on what you prefer we went over the tops, up and then downhill, maybe with nice telemark turns, or we went around the tops, not that much up and down.
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Season: March - April
Lodging: share in double room or dorm in mountain station and mountain cottage
Get here: Plane or train to Östersund. Then bus to Ljungdalen
Pick up: In Ljungdalen
Transport: Transfer from the Östersund to Ljungdalen, back and forth on local buses is included. Detailed travel information will be provided.
Personal equipment: Clothing for winter sports, rucksack for hiking, sunglasses, sleeping bag
Equipment included: Skies and ski boots
Price: 710 EUR
Included in the price:
Day I Transfer Östersund airport to Ljungdalen, Dinner, share in double room at a hostel
Day II Breakfast, lunch package, dinner, a bed at Fältjägaren mountain lodge, rent of skies, ski ticket, guide
Day III Breakfast, lunch package, dinner, a bed at Helags mountain lodge, rent of skies, guide
Day IV Breakfast, lunch package, dinner, guide, transfer to Östersund
Not included: alcoholic drinks; transfer from the airport to Östersund (approx. 5 EUR with bus, 12 EUR for a taxi)
Choices of extras:
1.) Extra days
It is possible to extend the trip with one or more days. We will then make the trip longer passing more mountain lodges.
Price for each extra day: 96 Euro
2) Arrive earlier, depart later
For guests who want to experience more of Sweden there is of course a possibility to arrive earlier or depart later than is stated in our programmes. Stay some extra days in Ljungdalen, do some downhill skiing, fishing, more cross-country skiing. Naturguiden can help you arrange with necessary transports and accommodations.
Price: Guests undertake all extra costs themselves
Program Cross-country skiing in the Swedish mountains
Day I Arrival Östersund Transfer to Ljungdalen
Day II Skiing 15 km
Day III Skiing 12 km, summit tour
Day IV Skiing 20 km, transfer to Östersund
Arrival at Östersund airport or by train at the station. Transfer with bus to Ljungdalen. Your guide will meet you at the bus stop and show you the way to the hostel. You get your room and then we will have a nice dinner together. After dinner we try out ski boots and skies and wind down the evening by informing you about the following days, the weather forecast and all you need to know.
After breakfast buffet but before we head off for the mountains, we prepare ourselves big lunch packages. The first stage is up to the ski slope. Before we start we need some exercise in going downhill on cross country skies. It is a little tricky, but with the right technique it becomes much easier.
After exercising we eat our lunch in the ski slope and then let the ski lift pull us up towards the summit once again. This time we should not go downhill again but continue towards the very top. When passing it you get marvellous views, mountains everywhere. We will see the dramatic mountain Helags, the target for tomorrow, in front of us, but we head of towards Fältjägaren, a small cabin in the middle of noware. It starts with a small slope, your practise will come handy. Then we leave the trail and head straight in between the mountains, the guide showing the right way. We take some breaks along the way and reach Fältjägaren in the late afternoon. Fältjägaren is a small lodge with two big rooms. Built by the military after an accident when a patrol got lost in bad weather and one person froze to death. . It has no washing facilities and the toilet is in a separate building. After skiing the whole day it is now time to prepare the dinner together and end up the day around the small table in the cabin. You will probably sleep well after this long day.
You will wake up with the view of Helags, one of the highest mountains in Sweden, 1797 meters. If the weather is good enough we probably will be at the top before this day has end. After breakfast and a couple of hours skiing we reach the the mountain and start the climbing. We enjoy the day and are in no hurry. When it starts to get more steep we stop for a lunch break. We dig a cosy couch in the snow that gives us shelter. The couch is a perfect place for lunch, still with awesome views. From here we walk on the snow to the summit, leaving skies and backpacks behind. One hour later we reach the top and we will have amazing views in all directions. It feels satisfying to put our names in the guestbook after climbing an altitude difference of 800 meters.
Back to the skies and time for a short break in our cosy couch Then we continue towards Helags mountain lodge, our next stop. Downhill almost the whole way. Before we leave to our lodge we will have time to relax. After skiing the whole day it is now time to prepare the dinner together and end up the day in the warming and relaxing sauna and a nice shower.
This day we follow the marked tracks towards Ljungdalen. If we have met no people in earlier days, we will probably meet some today. It goes up and down over some minor mountains and after 13 km, you get the last part downhill from the mountain through the forest down to the village Ljungdalen. In the afternoon we are back. A welcome shower or maybe a visit to the small indoor swimming pool is waiting. A good dinner ends a fantastic tour before it is time for the bus back to Östersund.