Day 1: Arrival and Introductions

Meet at 8 pm at your accommodation in Rjukan, for introductions and a course briefing. Most participants arrange to car share for the three-hour drive from Oslo airport, using the course Facebook event.

Day 2: Snow shoeing and shelter building

After breakfast indoors at the hostel, you take the first ski lift up the plateau and snowshoe for a few miles into the Hardangervidda backcountry. You will then start to build a range of snow-shelters, such as snow caves and igloos, appropriate for the conditions. In the evening, you can enjoy a nice warm meal under the stars!

Day 3: Snow shoeing on the plateau

On the third day, you wake up to warm drinks and a Norwegian breakfast, cooked up by your guides. After refuelling, you'll leave your equipment near the shelters and head out for a day of snowshoeing on the plateau. Take in the sights and learn some winter navigation skills, before heading back down the plateau. You finish at 2 pm, leaving time for warm showers at the hostel before you head home.
7 Feb 8pm
Sun 9 Feb 2pm
($102 deposit)
Based on 349 GBP
21 Feb 8pm
Sun 23 Feb 2pm
($102 deposit)
Based on 349 GBP
6 Mar 8pm
Sun 8 Mar 2pm
($102 deposit)
Based on 349 GBP
13 Mar 8pm
Sun 15 Mar 2pm
($102 deposit)
Based on 349 GBP
9 spaces
20 Mar 8pm
Sun 22 Mar 2pm
($102 deposit)
Based on 349 GBP
7 spaces

Elaine H

Reviewed on 2 Apr 18


I spent the Easter weekend snow holing with Skyhook adventure. A pretty intense couple of days in the Norwegian countryside hiking up a mountain and then learning how to build snow holes (igloos!), which you then overnight in! Fantastic experience, which I’d recommend for sure. Our two guides were fantastic. Conditions are intense however hitting a low of minus 20 Celsius overnight. Do make sure you bring the right gear - and enough food for dinner and breakfast in the hostel the night before as well as lunch on the glacier. Experience of a lifetime though!!

Cillin L

Reviewed on 6 Feb 18


As a travel photographer this adventure was perfect. The views were bliss and the tasks were very interesting. 
The team is laid back yet professional. They have great information on the history of the area, the nature of the area and of course on the task at hand.
The conditions brought me out of my comfort zone, as expected, and it was totally worth 


Reviewed on 1 Feb 18


Fantastic snow holing experience with Sky Hook adventure, weather and conditions were perfect (which obviously helps!) and the instructors were fantastic!

1. Can I come by myself?

Absolutely yes - most people book alone. It can feel a bit intimidating, but we’ll do introductions when you arrive and you’ll get to know the others in no time!

2. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for all our courses is 18.

3. What does the price include?

It includes accommodation, guides, food whilst on the plateau and all technical equipment. It excludes travel, food in Rjukan, appropriate clothing and winter mountaineering boots (these can be rented from the hostel if needed).

4. Do I need insurance?

Yes - please make sure you have travel insurance which includes ice climbing. Popular providers include the BMC and Snowcard.

5. What are the options for food?

The local supermarket has a broad selection, with equivalent prices to a higher-end supermarket in the UK (e.g. Waitrose). It is 10 minutes drive from the hostel.

6. What should I wear?

You can find a complete gear list in the course PDF, which we also email to you when you sign up for the course. 

7. How fit do I need to be?

A moderate level of fitness is required. You will be snowshoeing for around 1hour each day, building snow walls and sleeping out in sub-zero temperatures.

8. How do I get to Rjukan from the airport?

If flying, go to Oslo Gardermoen - usually most affordable with Ryan Air/Norwegian Air. Course participants typically rent a car together for the 3h drive to Rjukan. When you sign up we recommend you also join the Facebook event to arrange this. You can find the event on our Facebook page.

9. Can I stay extra nights at the hostel?

You will stay in the Rjukan Old School Hostel. You can find them on Facebook and book extra nights.

10. What happens when I arrive?

If you arrive during the day, it is likely that everyone will be out skiing or climbing. Feel free to put your feet up and make yourself a coffee before the guides come back. In the evening your guide will introduce you to the rest of the group and start your course briefing.

11. Can I arrive late at night?

Yes, no problem - just let us know when you complete your registration form. 

12. How cold will it be?

Temperatures can range from - 10 to - 25 degrees Celcius. You should come prepared and ensure that you have lots of warm layers. You are sleeping out in a snow hole after all. 

13. Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

The guides will provide you all with a sleeping bag that will be warm enough for the conditions on the plateau. 

14. Do you cater for most dietary requirements?

Absolutely! Just let us know when you complete your registration form - you can find it on your Skyhook dashboard.

15. What is the best type of rucksack to take?

You will need something that is waterproof and comfortable to carry on your back. Remember that you will be carrying everything yourself.

16. Can I leave any extra luggage at the hostel?

You will be staying in the hostel on the first night, and return there after the course. You can leave anything you don't need at the hostel. Be sure to mark your things clearly. 

17. What time will we be finished on the last day?

You will be back at the hostel around 2 pm. This should give you enough time for a quick shower and some food, before heading off back to the airport. You are more than welcome to book extra nights at the hostel if you prefer.