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Photo safari with guide, winter season.

  • O. Skasliens vei 1, OPPDAL
  • +47 98693200
  •  /  km From You
Overview

Wild, beautiful, white, rough, musk ox, Dovrefjell National Park, landscape, ski / snowshoe, memories for life. Sleeping in a tent/cottage or snow cave to experience sundown and sunrise.

Seeing the musk ox in the harsh winter climate of Dovrefjell National Park is in itself an experience, and the photo motif can at times be amazing. If it is cloudy or winter stormy, the rugged musk ox is standing still against the winter snowstorm up on the mountain plateau, and posing happily for those who would come by. We want to offer you the opportunity to join us on trips like this by providing local knowledge of the area and approaching the musk ox in a safe environment and experience the outdoors in all weather conditions. Our guides have years of experience in organizing musk ox safaris in the national park, and have a burning desire that all our customers will have a great nature experience. Sleeping in a warm tent in the mountains may be unfamiliar to many, but with high quality equipment, this is a comfortable and enjoyable experience that certainly can be recommended for everyone. As a bonus, we might get lucky to see a reindeer herd or an arctic fox, so just keep your eyes open. Sign up for a wild and eventful Photo Tour! We are also glad to tell you that we can offer a dogsled as transportation in to Dovrefjell National park. Dont hesitate to contact us if this sounds tempting!

 

A couple of examples of normal programs

A one day trip:

The guide will meet you at you accommodation in Oppdal at the agreed time. We advice a time between 08.00 and 10.00. After saying hello, the guide will drive you up to the national park, and the estimated time of driving is about 40 minutes. In the car you will get to know each other, and also go through the program of the day, safety around the musk ox, among other things. If you are not staying over night in Oppdal, but coming from the south, then the guide can meet you directly in the mountains. 

The hike goes with snowshoes or skis. If you dont have any of this, then you can rent high quality snowshoes from us for a good price. We hike in our own speed, and if we see anything interesting on the way, then we take our time to enjoy and photograph. Thats why we are here! The hiking distance from the car to the musk ox will vary through the season, and anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours hiking one way is normal. When we find the musk ox, then we spend time with them as long as we find it interesting. If there are several groups with musk oxes, then we might try some of the others to get variaty with landscape and light conditions. We will also drink the coffee/tea the guide brought, and enjoy our packed lunch. Our experience is that the hours fly by, and suddenly it is time to call it a day and start on the way. The chance of finding the musk ox with our guides are about 99%. 

Equipment list for a day hike:

- Wool underwear (one pair of long johns, and two tops), a thin jacket for hiking and a thick down jacket when photographing, warm trousers, warm high shoes, gloves and mittens, hand warmers if you have, warm hat, headlamp, lunch and something to drink. And of course your camera equipment. 

 

A two day trip and one night in tent with dog sleds

Day 1: 
- The guide will meet you at your accommodation and go through equipment, and logistics about how to behave around animals, toilet procedures, food, routines in camp, among other things. 
- Drive from you accommodation to Dovrefjell National park (40 minutes). 
- Meet the musher and help to prepeare the sled (45 minutes)
- Drive the dog sled in to the location for base camp (1-2 hours, depending on the snow)
- Arrange the camp and have lunch (2 hours)
- Hike up to the musk ox (0,5 - 2 hours normally)
- Stay with the musk ox until sunset
- Go back to camp and prepear dinner (drytech). Melt snow for water, and photograph tent/stars/aurora if there is clear sky. Chilling in the tents chatting before bed time. 
- You will sleep in warm sleepingbags and on good pump up mattrasses that we provide. 

Day 2:
- Wake up early in the morning (between 06.00 and 07.00), eat breakfast and then pack our stuff. We try to reach the musk ox before sunrise. 
- Stay with the musk  
- Return to camp, eat lunch and then pack the camp down. 
- The musher pick us up at the time we want, normally between 12.00-14.00 
- Drive back to the car with the dogs, and then pack the car and drive back to Oppdal. 
- The guide leaves you where you wish 

If you choose not to use dog sleds, then we will have to carry the equipment our selves. Estimated distance to basecamp will be about 3 kilometers, and two - two and a half hours hiking. The guide will bring some extra pulks that you can borrow if you wish. 

Equipment for the tent trip:

- Wool underwear (one pair of long johns, and two tops), a thin jacket for hiking and a thick down jacket when photographing, warm trousers, warm high shoes, gloves and mittens, hand warmers if you have, warm hat, headlamp, lunch and something to drink on a thermos. And of course your camera equipment. Sleepingbags, pump up mattrasses, and tents is included in the price. We can also provide food for an additional cost. 


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Nov 15 2018 - Apr 30 2019: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun: 09:00 - 17:00
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