Snow holing for total beginners

Hardangervidda - the roof of Norway - is an incredible 1.5 million acre mountain plateau. It's a formidable and inhospitable environment.

With our fun and experienced instructors, however, you'll learn how to construct the snow shelters that the Sami people have used for thousands of years, to craft warm and comfortable shelters with little more than a snow saw. Snow walls, igloos, snow holes and quinzees - you'll learn not just what these are, but how to build them from the ground up, and what it feels like to dive into your sleeping bag as the stars rise around you.

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Pre-Course Evening

Meet at 8pm at the Dale Skole (old school) Hostel in Rjukan for introductions and a briefing for the course.

We pitch the tents the night before to practice

Day 1: Shelter building on the Hardangervidda

After breakfast indoors at the hostel, we take the first ski lift up the plateau and hike for a few miles into the Hardangervidda backcountry. We then split the team up and build a range of snow-shelters, such as snow caves and igloos, appropriate for the conditions.

 We’ll rotate you throughout the day so you learn about the different options and mix with everyone in the group.

Hiking in snowshoes with the gear is hard work - but worth it with amazing terrain

Day 1: Evening Food

In the evening, we cook up a meal together and play games on the snow-table. Our favorite is Jungle Speed, and it’s possible to play from your sleeping bag if cold!

Day 2: Hiking on the plateau

On the second day, you wake up to warm drinks and Norwegian breakfast cooked up by your guides.

After refuelling, we leave our equipment near the shelters and head out for a day of snow shoeing on the plateau. We take in the sights and can teach some winter navigation skills for those who want.

We finish at 2pm, leaving time for warm showers at the hostel and last flights home.

Hiking the next day in the sun

1. Requirements

A moderate level of fitness is required (we're outside for both full days). No other experience is required.

2. Logistics

  • Fly to Oslo Gardermoen - usually most affordable with Ryan Air/Norwegian Air
  • Course participants typically rent a car together for the 3h drive to Rjukan. We recommend you use the course Facebook event to arrange this with other participants.

3. Equipment

Syhook Adventure will provide all specialist equipment. You must bring with you:

  • Appropriate cloathing and spares for the winter, including waterproof trousers and tops
  • At least 2 pairs of gloves/mitts
  • Winter hiking boots (you can also rent these from the hostel)

When you sign up, we send you a full pdf kit list.