Winter Wilderness Courses 2025

9 Day nature experiences near Jotunheimen Nationalpark, Norway

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“Our winter courses provide an opportunity to reconnect and ground oneself. In the frozen white-space, experience the freedom of drawing your own path in the snow, exploring mountains and woods with minimal encounters. It’s a chance to find spaciousness, clarity, and silence, immersing in the basics of life and connecting with wild nature.”

Duration: 9 days

Dates: January, February & March 2025, Dates TBA

We also do customised courses for private groups.
Contact us for more information.

Cost:
Early Bird 1350€ (until December 15th 2024)
Regular 1500€ (registration closes 4 weeks before start).

Included:
Course, organisation, ski & equipment, food, lodging

Course instructors: Manuel & Marie

(main) Language: English

Group Size: max. 10 Participants

Booking terms & cancellationGeneral T&C apply

Difficulty: Beginner/ Introduction (read more below)

Location: (near) Vågåmo, Norway
Meeting point is parking spot of the Vågå main Bus-station.

Duration: 9 days

Dates: January, February & March 2025, Dates TBA

We also do customised courses for private groups.
Contact us for more information.

Cost:
Early Bird 1350€ (until December 15th 2024)
Regular 1500€ (registration closes 4 weeks before start).

Included:
Course, organisation, ski & equipment, food, lodging

Course instructors: Manuel & Marie

(main) Language: English

Group Size: max. 10 Participants

Booking terms & cancellationGeneral T&C apply

Difficulty: Beginner/ Introduction (read more below)

Location: (near) Vågåmo, Norway
Meeting point is parking spot of the Vågå main Bus-station.

Course Itinerary:

  • Day 1

     

    Arrival

    Skiing to the huts

  • Day 2

    Introduction

    The cold, ice & snow

     

    Day 2

  • Day 3

     

    Shelters

    Snow shelters & sleepout

  • Day 4

    Peak-trip

    Day trip, lunch snow camp

     

    Day 4

  • Day 5

     

    Preparation

    Pulka, fishing & gear

  • Day 6

    Multiday-trip

    Skiing to the lake

     

    Day 6

  • Day 7

     

    Multiday trip

    Winter camping & icefishing

  • Day 8

    Multiday trip

    Returning back to cabins

     

    Day 8

  • Day 9

     

    Departure

    Closure & sauna at lakeside

Requirements and equipment:

  • Good physical condition is necessary. We will be skiing/snowshoeing off-trail, on uneven terrain, and physical work is part of every day, this helps us to stay warm too. You will be required to carry your own luggage on the multi day trip. As a reference: If you can hike 15km on small unpaved paths carrying 15kg of luggage and going at least 500m up and 500m down, you have the basic fineness needed for coming on this trip. If you have doubts, previous injuries, etc., please reach out to us so we can assess together.
  • In this course, we will all pitch in together, whether it’s cooking, transporting equipment, keeping watch over the fire, collecting wood, or melting snow. Especially in winter, it’s important that we work together as a group, not least because it keeps us all warm. Of course, there will also be time to rest and enjoy the enchanting landscape.
  • The cabin where we will set up our base camp is beautiful and simple, without running water or electricity. Wood stoves and an open fire provide warmth and light. There are no individual rooms, and the dry toilet is outside the hut and non-heated.
  • We invite you to a media- and clock-free time. We want to do without phones during these days together, even though they will be with us in our luggage for safety reasons. Course leaders carry phones and satellite emergency transmitter, and take care of photography.
  • You will likely need to invest in some clothing and equipment. But this does not need to be expensive! We will send you a detailed packing list with tips and ideas after you register. The most important items are good winter boots (hiking shoes are not enough), warm sleeping bag(s), woollen base-layer clothing, as well as a windproof jacket/anorak.

Course location & area

Testimonials from previous participants:

From Marie, Morten and Manuel I learned how to stay, feel and travel safe in a winter terrain/ sourrounding. I am very grateful for the knowledge they gave to me. They lead the group well and were always aware of the participants. I really enjoyed the time spent in Norway in winter.

For anyone who seeks to experience the Norwegian winter in its best authentic/traditional way this trip is for you. Manuel, Marie & Morten set an amazing group experience full of learnings and overcoming challenges but also lots of fun and lots of awesome moments with the wild north. It will be certainly a trip you won’t forget.

The winter course meant to me embracing a potentially uncomfortable challenge and learning how to enjoy living outside in winter.

Meet the course leaders:

Meet the course leaders:

Manuel Sturm

Manuel Sturm

Guide in Natural Outdoor Life, Crafts & Leadership

Manuel has a degree in Natural Outdoor Living, Crafts and Leadership and has done additional courses in primitive outdoor living. He is also a NOLS Wilderness First Responder.

During his studies, Manuel has been living outside for almost 2 years, one year in a Tipi tent on an island in a lake, and the other year in a treehouse.

Manuel has been hosting winter courses and been guiding groups in winter since 2019 in Scandinavia. He is the founder of wildernessvision.no and lives in Norway in a small log cabin with his family.

Manuel speaks German, English, Dutch, Swedish and Norwegian.

In winter, I embrace life in its purest form:
The consequences of my actions are immediate.
And there is little  that is more magic than drawing your own tracks through a white  snow landscape.

Marie Eckart

Marie Eckart

Guide in Natural Outdoor Life, Crafts & Leadership

Marie has a degree in Natural outdoor living, craft and leadership and has additional training in primitive survival skills all year round. Marie has been hosting winter courses and been guiding groups in Scandinavia since 2019.

She loves to create things herself such as wooden skis, canoes, her winter sleeping bags and winter tent. She also has been working for a traditional leather tannery sewing high end outdoor clothing from reindeer leather.

She lives in Norway in a small log cabin and is also a mother of a child.

Marie speaks German, English, Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish.

The chill on my skin, a reminder so true,
Of life’s fragility, of nature’s virtue.
In winter, I find a deeper meaning,
A time of reflection,
a moment for dreaming.

In doubt? Or do you want to organise a winter adventure for a group of friends? Contact us and we can discuss your questions!

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