Previous Trip Questions

Do I need to have my own insurance?

Yes, you need to have an insurance that covers all of your possible unforseen medical or additional expenses. We have insurance of the equipment, and of the tour package itself (as required by the Swedish governmental authority Kammarkollegiet).

How much previous experience do I need?

We expect you to have outdoor experience with summer or winter hiking including overnight camping experience. In winter we expect that you have tried cross-country, backcountry, or alpine skiing before. The trips will be physically challenging, so we expect you to be prepared for several days of continuous exercise, on the move between 6 and 10 hours per day. When you sign up for the trip, we will send out a questionnaire regarding outdoor experience for us to know the level and medical conditions of the group members.

What can I expect the weather to be like?

For our winter trips, the average daily temperature during March/April is about -10°C. During the day, we expect the temperature to be below 0°C at most times (you will probably not have troubles with keeping dry!). At night, the temperature occasionally drops down towards -25°C. In summer the average temperature is about 10°C. The Scandinavian mountains often have very unpredictable weather, which means we should be prepared for everything from snow storms to completely blue skies in both summer and winter. We cannot guarantee anything as far as weather is concerned, but on our previous trips we have had sunny or partially sunny weather on most days. There are summer days with up to temperatures of almost 30°C.

What do I need to bring?

You must bring all personal equipment and clothing (see our equipment list). We provide group and safety equipment. On arrival at the trip starting point, we will make sure you have appropriate equipment. 

In winter: will you teach me anything about skiing or winter hiking?

Upon arrival at the trip starting point, we will spend an evening going through tour details, health & safety measures, skiing/sled techniques and other vital winter know-how to ensure your safety and comfort. During the trip we also also more than happy to give you useful advice and tips!

What will we eat on the trip?

We will eat only home-dried food, i.e. no freeze-dried food. Due to our environmental commitment we only offer organic, vegetarian food. We will prepare hot food for all meals. Breakfast is often based on porridge with blueberry jam. Lunch and dinner will include dishes such as pasta with spinach, potato stew with feta cheese, beanburgers or chili stew. We also provide warm soups & drinks as well as snacks and desserts to keep morale high. We will accomodate all dietary requirements, no problem! We will try to give you a taste of the northern Swedish cuisine, such as wild berries and knäckebread. 

How far will we travel each day?

The travel distance is dependent on weather and in winter on snow conditions, but an average distance is 20km. The fact that we do long trips allow us time to reach more remote parts of the Swedish mountain wilderness.

Is it possible to see the Aurora borealis (northern lights)?

On our winter trips, yes, it is probable that we will get to see this beautiful phenomenon of Aurora borealis during one of the colder nights. We will make sure to be vigilant and wake you up if needed. In the summer you will definately have the opportunity to see the Midnight sun (the sun never sets), but not the Aurora borealis.

I do not have the equipment and/or clothing needed, what do I do?

Try to find friends or relatives that might have spare clothing or winter equipment, which is often both a cheaper and more environmental choice if you are not sure how much you will use this equipment after the trip. On the other hand, if you know for sure you will be using a piece of equipment/clothing for some time, don’t feel bad buying it. You might even get a hold of things through a second hand market. If buying is not an option, there is a possibility to rent equipment from us.

How does using petroleum derivatives as fuel for the stoves comply with your environmental ambitions?

Regarding the alternatives on the market, there is no fuel close to the energy:weight ratio of petroleum. Due to the low temperatures, a lot of fuel is needed and therefore it is of great importance how many liters of water every kilogram of fuel can generate. At the same time, we do not want to combust completely unpurified fuels in the pristine winter landscape. As a compromise, we have chosen to bring purified alchylat gas (alkylatbensin) which is free from carcinogens and thus does not contaminate our direct surroundings with toxic substances (the greatest impact is that of CO2, leading to global warming). 

How will we sleep?

We will sleep either in mountain cabins or in tents, depending on the trip. The cabins do not have electricity but often have a fireplace and always a gas stove. They are simple, but very comfortable.

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