I never usually write reviews, but for Johannes and the team I will make an exception. We did the Winter Hike to Kjeragbolten which is a 3 day hike, sleeping overnight in base camp style tents; from start to finish the experience was fantastic. We were lucky in that although my partner and I were the only two booked on the hike, it still went ahead which meant I could sneak my proposal in at the summit! In summary, Outdoorlife Norway are professional, competent, confident guides, excellent cooks, great photographers and all round good guys who went above and beyond the requirements more than once. Moreover, the hike really had a unique “expedition” experience - in the 3 days we didn’t see another soul on the mountain. This hike is the only way to reach Kjeragbolten in winter, we are both experienced hikers and campers but would not have had the skills to make this hike without going through Outdoorlife Norway. On top of all this the price is very reasonable in my opinion.
The kit they provide you with (e.g. Rab down jacket) is more than good enough to keep you comfortable in the conditions (though make sure you follow the packing guide carefully), the food and snacks they offer are ample, and on top of all that their English is excellent. I will say that you should be honest with yourself in terms of your camping and hiking ability, at points the terrain is quite steep which can be challenging in snow shoes depending on snow conditions, and camping when it is -10 degrees may not be for everyone, though I will reiterate that the kit provided is good enough to cope.
I would recommend getting the photography option - for the equivalent of £15 I now have very high standard pictures of my proposal which we will keep for a lifetime!
I’m trying to think of negatives to give the review some balance but I honestly can’t come up with many; the only one that springs to mind is that one of the guides had winter goggles which was not mentioned on the kit list, they would have come in very handy on the last day in +40mph winds so I would recommend packing these.
I hope if you’ve got this far you have found this review helpful, in summary Outdoorlife Norway 10/10!
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