On The Trail of the Norwegian Saboteurs Adventure
March 2020 & 2021
Experience and learn about the series of WW2 special operations known as the Norwegian Heavy Water Sabotage, the aim of which was to prevent the German nuclear weapon project from acquiring heavy water. The attack has been the subject of numerous films, dramas, documentaries and books. We follow the attack route on skis and visit the famous Svensbu/Fetter cabin on the way.
Experience the beautiful, and often harsh, winter wilderness of the Hardangervidda – the largest mountain plateau in Europe, with an average elevation of over 1100m. Our route takes us through the area where Roald Amundsen nearly died when training for his South Pole expedition. Amundsen later recalled that his ski trip across the Hardangervidda was “so strenuous and dangerous as any of my travels”.
Experience and learn about Norwegian hut-to-hut touring, allowing you to return to any of the 37 mainland national parks using any of the 550 Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) huts during winter or summer. We visit manned and unmanned huts and spend a night camping on the snow.
Experience the wildlife, food and culture of the Telemark region – from reindeer herds to berries and fungi to fishing.
Challenge yourself by learning not just how to survive in the harshest conditions but also to appreciate and enjoy them.
Day 1 - 28.03.20: Meet at Oslo airport, transfer to Rjukan, organise ski hire (if required), afternoon ski familiarisation/training. Overnight in Rjukan Fjellstue DNT - mountain lodge
Day 2 - 29.03.20: First full day of skiing: ascent to plateau from road head at Haugelibekken. Overnight at Kalhovd - manned hut. Approx 18km of skiing
Day 3 - 30.03.20: Ski to Stordalsbu - unmanned hut. Approx 20km of skiing
Day 4 - 31.03.20: Ski along the route taken by the saboteurs to Nystaul area and camp in the snow. Approx 30km of skiing
Day 5 - 01.04.20: Ski down from the plateau to Rjukan. Option to ski up to hut the saboteurs rested in just before the attack. Approx 10km of skiing. Overnight at Rjukan Fjellstue DNT - mountain lodge
Day 6 - 02.04.20: Tour of Rjukan area, Vermork. Overnight at Rjukan Fjellstue DNT - mountain lodge
Day 7 - 03.04.20: Return to Oslo, visit hydro ferry.
Inclusions: International Mountain Leader to lead the trip (guide/safety/1st Aid); all food and accommodation after arrival in Oslo to drop off back in Oslo; return transport from Oslo to Hardangervidda National Park, all transfers associated with the itinerary.
Exclusions: Flights to/from Oslo; any meals outside of the itinerary; alcoholic drinks; personal travel insurance (essential); ski and equipment hire; personal clothing and equipment; any ongoing travel/excursions post the end of the itinerary.