Winter holyday with cross country skiing
Our different winter package
Your own cross country skiing adventure
During the days 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 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.
We normally stay one night at the mountain lodge at Helags mountain. Number three among the World's best summit hikes according to National Geographic,
"Sweden's highest peak south of the Arctic Circle, Helagsfjället, also simply called Helags, stands out above the surrounding peaks of the Scandinavian Mountains right on the Norway border."
Another highlight is the arctic fox in the area. They are very rare, but with hard work from some enthusiasts that have brought out food to them for many years, they are now slowly coming back. Read more about the arctic fox project in the region
Below you have all information you need, but if you still have some more questions, don't hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or on +46 70 53 53 630.
We start with preparing breakfast together in the Mountain station kitchen. We also prepare something for lunch. Then we are ready for another day on skies. There are about 20 km between the stations/cabins. A perfect distance for most of us. Now and then we take a short break. Around lunch time we make a dug couch where we eat our lunch. If the weather is good,we take a longer break, enjoy the sun and the view. It will not get dark before eight, we have all day.
In the evening we reach our next Mountain cabin. Time to get familiar and feel at home and then time for dinner. One night we stay at a Mountain station, here we will get dinner served. Other nights we stay in Mountain cabins, less fancy but maybe more genuine. Here we prepare all food together.
Last day: We find the most convenient way for you to go back.
(Tent or snow cave is an option if you like to try that one or more nights)
In the area there are a network with Mountain stations and Mountain cabins, about 20 km in-between. We will stay both on Mountain stations and Mountain cabins.The Mountain station are more like a good hostel, and they have electricity. You can get dinner served and you have a small shop.
The Mountain cabins are nice but simple accommodation. No electricity, you have to bring in (and also out) all water. Toilets in a separate building. But a pretty good kitchen, wood to heat the house and a lot of charm. Normally 4 person in each room, bunk beds. We provide sheets and towels. But if you like, bring your sleeping bag
Clothing suitable for being active during wintertime. Maybe not same cloth as for alpine skies, might be to warm. Several layers are always good, then you can adapt. A warm jacket for the breaks, warm cloves and a cap covering your ears. Maybe also a ski mask if you have. And indoor shoes are very nice.
If you chose to stay in tent or snow cave also bring a warm sleeping bag and a camping mattress
Absolutely necessary:Sun glasses and sun protection. A good backpack for all your cloth and equipment. You also need to carry your share of the food.
Dinner, accommodation in Ljungdalen
Accommoadation in Mountain station/cabin, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, guide, rent of equipment.
Accommodation and breakfast in Ljungdalen
Not included: alcoholic drinks (and no place to buy either, except for 3,5% beer)
Day 0Travel to Ljungdalen.
Accommodation in Ljungdalen. Dinner and briefing about the tour. Then time for all preparation and sharing food and other equipment among us.
Clothes and other belongings not needed on the hike can be left here until you get back.
Day IAfter 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 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. Instead we turn more south towards Mountain cabin Fältjägaren, 14 km to go. It starts with a small slope, your practise will come handy. We take some breaks along the way and reach Fältjägaren in the late afternoon. Fältjägaren is a small lodge with two big rooms. It has no washing facilities and the toilet is in a separate building. Together, we prepare dinner and eat to just relax afterwards. You will probably sleep well after this long day.
Day IIUnlike yesterday when we ski far from the ordinary path, we have a marked path to follow today towards Helags Mountain station, 11 km away. If the weather is good and the force is with us we will climb the mountain. A good approach up the mountain is half way to the station. With or without skies depending on the situation.
We take af course several breaks along the way and reach Helags in the afternoon. Before we leave to our lodge we will have time to relax. Tonight we will have the dinner served, but first some time in the warming and relaxing sauna.
Day IIIThis day we heading towards Gåsen Mountain cabin, 18 km. Also today after a marked path. We are now more used to cross country skiing and the mountains. Everyone can take this day in their own pace, just follow the path will lead you to the cabin. If we are lucky we might see the native arctic fox. We passing not to far from where they been fed.
This day ends with a long uphill path, a good recommendation is to take a break half way, even thou you are almost there. Gåsen is a much bigger than Fältjägaren with three separate houses. But the standard is about the same. Most likely we stay in four beds room. We make dinner together and decide later about the path for tomorrow.
Day IVThis day we get off the marked tracks again, 25 km, around the mountain Härjångsfjället and down into a valley. Slightly downhill most of the way. We enjoy the day and taking some nice breaks, no hurry, the sun is up to after eight o clock. In the evening we are back at the hostel. A welcome shower or maybe a visit to the small indoor swimming pool is waiting. A good dinner ends a fantastic tour.
Last dayLast day, time to relax and to see more of Ljungdalen. Visit "Hemslöjden" where you can see or buy handicraft made by people in the village.
The bus will bring you back towards Östersund/Stockholm around 15:00
Looking forward to hear from you!