Tour skiing & skating in northern Dalarna
6 day guided adventure on off-the-track touring skis and Nordic skates
to watch these woods filled up with snow
In Koppången and Anjosvarden nature reserves we’ll traverse tranquil wilderness of majestic pines crusted with snow, frozen mires with sparse trees, and the
odd ‘fäbod’, old abandoned houses from a time long gone.
a vast alpine plateau
Fulufjället national park is a mountain plateau of flat snowy expanses. After a couple of days of tour skiing at lower altitudes, we may tackle the ascent and spend all day crossing the vast wind-swept plains. This night we sleep in a rustic mountain cabin.
Try Nordic skating
One day and maybe some evenings, we step out onto lake Orsa to learn tour skating. Flying across the frozen lake, hearing the otherwordly sounds of the ice, is truly awe-inspiring. It takes a bit of practise, so see this as an intro to this glorious winter past time and future adventures.
Geared up for wintertime in the wild
Metal-edge touring skis made for off-the-track skiing, Nordic skates and ski boots provided. We stay in a charming cottage that will act as a base for our daily excursions. We cook our meals together and bring along packed lunches and thermoses for the day.
In good hAnds
No cross-country skiing experience needed. It’s more similar to hiking but on skis, than the fast-flying athletes you may be familiar with. Your snow and fun loving guides…..
What You'll Get
A Complete Package from Start to finish
The itinerary for this amazing winter adventure is adapted so you can fly in the same day and fly out on the last day. Your tour skiing guides will take you across frozen mires, through forests and up a mountain, teaching wildlife, snow and the area’s cultural heritage along the way.
- Tour skiing and skating guides
- Top quality gear – touring skis and ski boots, touring skates
- Fjällräven shell clothing, hat & gloves available for hire, 1,000 SEK.
- 4 full days of skiing and skating
- 5 nights accommodation in cottage north of Orsa. Maybe 1 of those nights spent in a mountain cabin.
- Breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinners
- Soft drinks, coffee & tea
- Pick-up and drop-off in Mora
What to Bring
- Base layers for skiing
- Day pack
- Warm sweater
- Wool socks
- Shoes for winter
- Cozy clothing for cabin chill time
- Towel (and swimwear for sauna)
- Sunglasses, sun block & toiletries
- Transfer to and from Mora
- Pre-order alcoholic beverages if you choose
Price per person
Dates: TBA, Feb or March
Group size: 7 persons plus 2 guides
Minimum age: 18 years
Fitness level: Medium
Prerequisites: No previous tour skiing or skating experience required.
Accommodation: Cottage. 4 rooms with a variety of bed configurations (Room #1: double bed. Room #2 two twin beds. Room #3 three twin beds. Room #4 two bunk beds)
Travel at locations: 30 min drive from our guest cottage north of Orsa to Koppången nature reserve. 1 hour to Anjosvarden nature reserve. 2 hous to Fulufjället. 10 min to lake Orsa.
Safety: The areas have poor cell phone reception, we carry a satelite phone in case of emergency.
Payment: We charge 1,000 SEK deposit per person at the time of booking. Remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to your trip.
Day by Day
We spend six days in a perfect location for our Scandinavian winter activities. Our base cabin is close to lake Orsa in the lowlands, Koppången and Anjosvarden nature reserves at semi-high altitudes and the alpine plateau of Fulufjället national park. We choose where to head for the day depending on weather and snow conditions.
Into the deep forests of northern Dalarna
Our cottage is located north of Orsa in the Dalarna region. We are in the land of boreal forests, mountains, lakes, mires and folklore. This is the part of Sweden we have in our minds eye when thinking of a time long gone, where many of our traditions have their roots.
When we arrive to our cabin, we settle in at our own pace and go for a stroll around this old farmstead. Later, we cook dinner together, try out our winter gear for size and just relax getting to know each other.
“Fäbod” culture is all around us. “Fäbodar” are small log houses, often by a mire in the forest, where farmers used to bring their cattle for grazing. Farmhands or maids would stay in these little cottages all summer long, and most of the ones still standing date back to the 1700s. A whole culture emerged from this way of life with cooking traditions, superstitions and folk music. This region is famous for these idyllic settings and their cultural heritage.
One of the old “fäbodar” surrounding our cottage has a sauna, and it’s a prefect way to end a day of rosy cheeks and crisp winter air. As per Swedish tradition, you can run out of the sauna, roll around in the snow, and then head back into the warmth again. A highly optional invigoration shock to the system!
Koppången Nature Reserve
Koppången is a stunning open landscape of snow-covered frozen mires and sparse trees, surrounded by deep boreal forests with tall ancient pines. It’s an ideal area for our first steps on touring skis with small variations in altitude. We may start off following the dog sledding trail, taking our time getting used to moving on skis.
We filled our thermoses with coffee and tea this morning, and a great stop for our packed lunch and a warming beverage is the “fäbod” at Blomtäkt, a log cabin from the late 1700s.
Most forest wildlife are far away by the time us humans pass through. But in the wintertime their tracks are fascinating reminders that this is their home. We may find and follow prints of lynx, wolf, wolverine, moose, red fox and grouse. If lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of some of these animals!
Anjosvarden Nature Reserve
We drive further north to the Anjosvarden nature reserve, a true wilderness, that is sometimes called Sweden’s most southern alpine mountain peak. In truth, it’s not really classified as such, but rather a fell with a high enough altitude to lack trees, the highest point is 764 m.a.s.l.
Our journey towards the peak offers some steeper inclines, but mostly quite flat terrain over frozen mires.
Mother nature offers up many types of snow. Maybe the crust is hard enough to tread on top, maybe the snow is powdery and deep. Perhaps the wind has created beautiful ripples across the snowy expanses. Either way, our touring skis are perfect for moving slowly through this amazing white landscape.
Along the way we’ll pass low lonely trees completely covered in snow. They create fantasmic shapes and forms often depicted in photographs from this wild and unique nature reserve.
Once at the top we enjoy lunch at the log shelter and if the weather is clear, we get a beautiful view of the Transtrand and Fulufjället mountains to the west.
Fulufjället National Park
If everyone feels pretty confident on their skis and the weather is right, we’ll head off for a two day excursion to a mountain cabin on Fulufjället, close to the Norwegian border.
The skis have built-in “skins”, which gives them a good grip when going uphill and it’s surprisingly easy, but strenuous. After a 3 km ascent, an expansive plateau of wind-swept snowy plains awaits. These are true alpine conditions, white as far as the eye can see, no trees and an amazing vista of the lowlands spreading out below.
After a few hours of skiing we reach the mountain cabin, light a warming fire and settle in for the night. The solitude up here and the sounds of the wind sweeping past our windows is hard to describe in words. Sometimes dogsledding expeditions make it here and we may share our rustic abode with a few more folks. We fall asleep to the huskies howling into the dark winter night.
Downhill is the tricky part of tour skiing and we’re not expecting you to master any fancy manoeuvres. We take our time and move as slow as we need to, zigzagging down to the valleys below. You can use your skins for the descent, or if you find it difficult we’ll have snow shoes too.
Nordic skating on lake Orsa
Flying across frozen lakes on touring skates is one of the best feelings winter has to offer. Yet so few outside of Scandinavia ever get the chance to experience it. There is a reason – Nordic skating requires goldilocks type conditions. The ice has to be thick enough, but it cannot be covered with snow. It also takes a bit of practise to be able to move fast.
In this particular spot we’re in luck! The ice on lake Orsa will definitely be very thick, but it may be snow-covered. However, the skating club around here plows a long wide track on the ice. It’s not the same as glistening clear ice, but the surroundings are very beautiful in their own right. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn, and we’re quite sure you’ll be prepared and inspired to return a different time to ideal skating conditions. We’re planning Nordic skating tours further south in 2022, but you do need to be comfortable on a pair of skates to join.
And who knows, maybe we’re lucky and the snow on the lake has melted away. We’re at a much lower altitude here than our areas for cross-country skiing, so it’s certainly possible!
Our base cabin is very close to the lake, and some evenings we head out for a sunset or moonlight skate.
Norrköping is the major hub of the area. We pick you up at 10.00, it’s a beautiful city to spend the night before your adventure. Our closest airports are Norrköping, Linköping and Skavsta, but you can also fly to Arlanda. Other great options are train or car.
Bus transfer 55 mins to Norrköping. flygbussarna.se/en/skavsta
Fly from London Stanstead, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Brussels, Paris, Dusseldorf, Bremen etc. ryanair.com
Combining kayaking with a visit to Stockholm? Bus transfer 80 mins to city terminal in Stockholm. Train from Stockholm to Norrköping, 65-90 mins. sj.se
Taxi 10 mins to central Norrköping. Cost 140-170 SEK.
Fly direct from Munic. Transfer from Bristol, Brno, Milan, Florence etc. flybmi.com/en
Alternatively fly another airline to Munich.
Norrköpings Taxi: +46 11 100 100
Taxi Kurir: +46 11 14 00 00
Direct train 2 hours to Norrköping. sj.se (Arlanda C – Norrköping)
Sweden’s main airport. Served by all major airlines.
We very much encourage arriving to Norrköping by train to save our precious environment! trainline.eu
Meet us at the launch in Saint Anna. Safe parking available.
Whether you have your own or a rental from the airport, a car gives you lots of flexibility. If you drive to Saint Anna, as well as shop your own food, we give you a 1,000 SEK price reduction per person.
Aim for our closest town Söderköping.
Take road 210, follow signs to S:t Anna,
Pass the bridge “Lagnöbron“, and take a left after 500 meters by the sign for “Mons Friluftsby“.
Take a right by the next sign for “Mons Friluftsby”.
Drive through the campsite to the waterfront. Parking on the left.
Spending the night in Norrköping
We’ll pick you up at any hotel or hostel in Norrköping. We recommend:
This chic little hotel in a refurbished 18th-century building has a great atmosphere. It’s located 700 meters from the train station, and also offers spa services and a great restaurant. Breakfast is included. All rooms are equipped with shower & WC, TV and Wi-Fi. The Lamp Hotel
Mention Do the North for a 10% discount!
This hostel is a more budget alternative, 1.4 kilometres from the train station. It’s located right in the city centre in the historic “Industrial Landscape” with great views of the river and the old magnificent factory buildings and chimneys. All rooms have TV and Wi-Fi. En suite or shared shower & WC. Self-serving breakfast buffet included. Pronova Hostel