Stockholm offered romantic big snowflakes slowly falling to the ground, light swirled around the houses and balloons outside the Morakniv Concept Store which opened at Kungsgatan 19 this day. I was invited to the opening party and was super happy to meet other ambassadors and several famous faces.

Oudoor cook Elle made the food in picking style that was served on wooden trays, on the floor there were big stones brought  from Dalarna and on the walls all possible knife models, the super nice gadgets that Morakniv developed together with Sandqvist and in the bookshelf there is the book Vandra to find.

If you also have the roads past Stockholm then you just have to look in and feel a scent of Dalarna and load for the next adventure.

   

 

As in winter, there are few things that go against being out. Although it sometimes takes to go out in snowy weather and too many freezing temperatures, it is usually very lovely when one comes out – at least with the right equipment, some thought and preparation. Hiking in the winter simply requires a little more preparation.

Clothing and equipment on winter hiking

It is stock in stock that applies, just like in the summer. Start with a cuddly undergarment – preferably in wool – closest to the body and then build on with intermediate layer and an outer layer that protects against cold, wind and snow. Hats, mittens and other heating accessories are of course equally important to supplement with. Please bring an extra shirt in your bag for when you stay or if it would be really cold. A dry change can be a lifesaver. If you get sweaty, you get wet and then cold and frostbite come as a letter on the post. Middle – maybe something brutal – mantra is “Sweat you so you die”. Remember to adjust the body heat using the different clothing layers.

In the shoe front, halkan is sneaky. Ice and snow make it especially important to be careful when walking and looking out where you put your feet. I like to use shoes from Icebug in the winter. Either models with extra good grip sole – made of winter tires – or with studs if it is really slippery and icy. What I like about their models is that they are soft and comfortable, not at all as hard as I can experience that other double shoes may be sometimes. Wool socks keep your toes warm! It also works to run on your regular hiking boots and supplement with a warm wool sole. If you are going out into the terrain and hiking, it is both fun and functional to use snowshoes. It is often possible to rent snowshoes if you want to try.

Sleeping outdoors in winter

Use a four-season setting that is adapted to cope with winter stress. With one such, the canvas goes all the way to the ground, it can withstand heavy snowfall and the tent pins are adapted for winter environments. A good idea may also be to pack down a snow shovel if you need to arrange around the tent site or maybe even dig a bivouac if needed. Avoid camping in sinks, where extra cold air is collected.

It is never fun to freeze when one is going to sleep – I know from my own experience that it is virtually impossible to sleep huttrande. Run on a warm and cuddly sleeping bag and you are at home. Dual sleeping mats are also underneath to close out the ground cold which can be really stressful if the temperature drops properly.

Breaks, routines, food and drinks in winter

As in the summer, it is important to wear extra clothes when you stay so that you do not get cold. Think again about the layer principle and regulate body temperature. Drink something hot on the break. For their own part, it is coffee that applies, otherwise tea, hot chocolate, mulled wine, juice, broth or hot soup from a thermos can be adequate and equally strengthening alternatives. It may be something with sugar in, so you fill up the energy pouches. It is demanding to walk and no one wins on blood sugar levels and inexperience. Whether you or your hiking buddies. Otherwise, it is always important with energy-rich food and snacks – in the winter it is especially important to focus on hot food when you are out.

The temperature can change quickly, so have the tentacles out on what’s happening around you. Also listen carefully to the body in the winter. Be wary of how it feels in toes, fingers and face – frostbite can occur quickly. Also help each other as you walk and watch each other, on each other. If you notice yourself or a friend starting to be affected by the cold, stop right away.

I never liked the school orientation and have been struggling to get to know how to read the map. Today, I give you my best tips on how to get started with navigation in a simple way.

Five tips for getting started

  1. Bring someone who can read the map and discover nature together.
  2. Read books, watch You Tube movies and read articles about online navigation.
  3. Get a basic course at your local orientation federation.
  4. Buy a map and compass and start testing yourself in areas you are familiar with.
  5. Increase the difficulty as you get comfortable.

Why is it important to navigate when walking?

First and foremost, it is for your own safety. The more inaccessible terrain you make available to you – the more important it is that you can read the map to get you safe. Avoid walking night time in the dark or in really bad weather and fog unless you have to – it can be difficult to get out of the way and an extra night in shelter from a good tent can be invaluable.

The reason for navigating with map and compass:
Scale maps are often printed on a scale of 1: 50,000 and can be purchased in different paper grades (look for maps printed on thieves – they stand against rain better than others or get a plastic pocket as protection) or to download to the mobile via Fjällsäkerhetsrådets Fjällsäkerhetsapp . Be sure to always include paper in paper form and do not trust the phone to have coverage or battery life when you’re out.

On the map you will see an overview of the choice of leader, how nature is designed with elevation curves, streams and lakes.

Read more: Common Map Symbols

Start by looking out where you are and where you are going, then you plan the best way to get there by the information you get from the map. It is often very grateful to wander in a mountain environment because there are large open landscapes and you have good guidelines to relate to.

Read more: Then take out the compass direction

Wander smart and save energy

Try to keep as high as possible, it takes a lot of energy to go up and down for slopes and sometimes it might be a better alternative to go around a mountain than above it. If now the goal is not to reach the top of course. Look for valleys you can walk through and take the safest route you can find on the map – for example, by following a stream

My first encounter with the mountains, I was quite kinky – I knew, of course, that the red wooden crossing was a mountain walk. So I followed the red markings and the migration became just more and more wet marshes and wet mosses. In the end it was so wet that I had to turn around. That day, I learned that the Red Cross marks winter leader.

Read more: Safety tips for those walking on the mountain

I hate navigation – should I really care about this?

You can manage by joining experienced leaders or guides, or a friend who is good at navigating. Or you can choose hiking areas you are familiar with and find in. But it’s always fun to understand what’s waiting for you on the trail – by reading the map and daytime in the morning, you’ll know if you’re going to pass a beautiful lookout point where you save coffee cup to, if you will need to wade and other interesting. And then it will be more fun for the navigator to be able to release some pressure from taking all the navigation decisions on their own. So the more you learn the more fun it is to be out.

What are you related to navigation? Please write your best tips, worst navigation missions, or best memories in the comment field.

When it comes to hiking, the Norwegians know what they are doing, the turquoise culture is deeply rooted in the Norwegians who have been hiking for over 200 years. Norway has dramatic nature with deep fjords, high mountain peaks and barren wilderness. Here you will find unbeatable nature experiences to discover for those who like hiking. Stay in mountain huts along the joints, in genuine hotels with modern amenities or bring your tent.

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Foto: Chris Arnesen – Visitnorway.com

Among these ten Norwegian favorites, Besseggen and Romsdalseggen get my wandering heart to hump extra hard. Views of mountain peaks and fjord landscapes are the best possible reward after a long hiking day.

1. Reisadalen in Finnmark

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Foto: C.H. – visitnorway.com

The travel valley stretches from Kautokeino in Finnmark to Saraelv in Troms. Finnmark largely consists of plain land but Reisadalen is a part that has canyon-like landscapes, steep mountain sides and lush greenery of birch and pine forests. To the east you will find the 269 meters high waterfall Molissfossen and through the valley Reisaelva flows as the valley is named after.

2. Dronningruta in Vesterålen

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Foto: C.H. – Visitnorway.com

Vesterålen is an island group located northeast of Lofoten. One of the most beautiful tours is the Queen’s Route which takes hikers past small picturesque communities, the coast and dramatic mountains. Here you can experience the midnight sun and follow along on a whale safari out on the Norwegian sea.

3. Romsdalseggen in Møre och Romsdal

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Foto: Mattias Fredriksson Photography AB – Vistinorway.com

The Romsdalseggen is designated to be one of Norway’s most beautiful and easily accessible places to walk on. The hiking trip across Romsdalseggen gives you a view of the fjord, mountain peaks, waterfalls and mountains in all directions. The trail has an increase of 800 meters and takes between six and eight hours to hike. The tour begins in Vengedalen near Molde in northern Fjord Norway. The best time to hike is between July and September.

4. Slogen in Vestlandet

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Foto: Håvard Myklebust – Visitnorway.com

Slogen is one of the most dramatic hiking trails, with steep terrain and beautiful views, in Sunnmørealpene, which is located in northern Fjord Norway. For those who want, you can book in at Hotel Union Øye, a wooden hotel from the beginning of the 19th century down by the fjord. The hike has an increase of 1,500 height meters right up from Hjørundfjord, expecting the hike to take a full day.

5. Triangeltur in Rondane

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Foto: Anders Gjengedal – Visitnorway.com

The Triangle Tour is a Norwegian classic that is great for beginners. The trip takes four to five days and starts most easily from one of the mountain huts at Dørålseter, Bjørnhollia or Rondvassbu. The walk goes around the largest mountains in the Rondane mountain massif, in the Norwegian eastern Norway. In the area there is still the ice sheet.

6. Galdhøpiggen in Oppland

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Foto: C.H. – Visitnorway.com

In northern Jotunheimen lies Galdhøpiggen, Norway and Scandinavia’s highest mountain, with its 2,469 meters above sea level. From the top you have unparalleled views of the Jotunheimens National Park. Galdhøpiggen can be reached via three different routes, the easiest can handle children while the toughest trail goes over the glacier and requires climbing knowledge.

7. Besseggen in Jotunheimen

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Foto: Chris Arnesen – Visitnorway.com

One of Norway’s most visited hiking tours is Besseggen in the National Park Kingdom. Many hikers start the day by taking the boat from Gjendeheim to Memurubu where they then begin the 8 hour long walk over steep trails overlooking the landscape of Jotunheimen.

Jotunheimen is a high mountain area in Norway that has Norway and Scandinavia’s highest mountain. The area is 3,500 square kilometers large and has its name with the meaning “The Home of the Giants”. Here are over 400 kilometers of marked trails and 40 cottages to stay overnight.

8. Aurlandsdalen in Sogn och Fordane

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Foto: Sverre Hjørnevik – Fjord Norway

The Aurland valley is called Norway’s response to the Grand Canyon. The hike starts in Geitrygghytta or Østerbø and continues to Vassbygdi. You walk by bit along the cliff and have steep mountain sides around you.

There is a mountain cottage in the area that has roots from the 17th century. It is restored and has modern facilities and is well worth a visit. In the area around Østerbø it is possible to fish in mountain lakes, hike in unmarked terrain, carry out trips on the high mountain or any of the area’s glaciers.

9. Gaustatoppen in Telemark

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Foto: Jacobsen – Visitrjukan.com

Gaustatoppen in Telemark is often called Norway’s most beautiful mountain. At the top 1 883 meters above sea level, you can buy coffee and waffles in DNT’s 100-year-old stone hut. From the top it is possible to see the Swedish border in the east and one sixth of the whole of Norway.

This has been a popular destination for Norwegians for over 200 years. Here you can walk most conveniently between June and September, the hike starts at the parking lot in Stavsro, is 8.6 kilometers long, takes five hours to complete and fits both adults and children.

10. Preikestolen in Rogaland

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Foto: Terje Rakke, Nordic Life AS – Visitnorway.com

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway is the Pulpit Rock at the Lysefjord in Stavanger. The mountain plateau is 604 meters high and is visited by more than 100,000 people every year. Lonley Planet has ranked this one of the world’s 10 most spectacular vantage points.

The best time to visit is between May and September, you get to the starting point which is about an hour’s drive from Stavanger by bus or ferry. The hiking tour itself is four kilometers simple road so expect that you will need about four hours for this tour. Save the day’s picnic to the view from Preikestolen.

Discover hiking in Norway at Visit Norway – Hiking

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Vy över Lillåudden i Västerås från den frusna mälarisen, plogad skridskobana

Some words of warning about cold and ice

1. You freeze fast: When freezing, it may be quick to suffer frostbite. Especially if you stand still after a sweaty activity. Be extra vigilant on toes, fingers and cheeks that are the first body parts to freeze.

2. Don’t get wet! Just as much as you freeze – do not cover your mouth with a scarf, buff or baraklava. The fabric is like a wet cloth against your skin, which makes you quickly cool down and risk freezing.

3. Skipping the morning shower: Do not use skin cream in the morning and do not soak in the morning before going out in the cold. During the night your skin gets a layer of fat that protects you from freezing. Don’t wash it off!

4. Beware of temperature reading! Even though the thermometer shows comfortable.

5, the actual cooling effect can be far more when it blows. You also need to be prepared for the weather to change quickly and above all that it quickly gets dark in the day. Bring a headlamp into the gasket if something unforeseen should happen.

5. Have good breaks! The most important thing when you stop for a break is that you dress extra, either with you a large thick wool sweater or a down jacket. Sit on a seat pad to get away from the snow and make sure you get warm drink – preferably one with sugar in order to replenish your body with extra energy. The chocolate or hot cup soup is great for cold winter days.

Clothing for hiking in winter

6. Stock-on-stock principle: Dress in layers so you can easily adjust the upholstery after activity. I always have underwear, warming intermediate layers and outer layers that protect against wind and wetness. Complete with proper hat, scarf and gloves.

7. Turn the backpack in the right direction! If you walk or ski with a backpack, make sure you always put the side you have on your back up when you stop for a break. If you take a sweaty and warm backpack and put it directly into the snow, ice will form on the backpack and you will quickly cool down when you continue after the break.

8. Warm on the feet: I always have double socks on my feet, regardless of the season. In the winter, I have a slightly thinner surface silk and then a thicker woolen sock. In the boots a thick sole – and in the winter, it is especially important to have a proper and stable outsole on the boot, which means that you get up from the bark and protected from direct cold.

9. Warm clothes in the morning: During the night you put your clothes at the bottom of the sleeping bag. This means that you get less air space to heat up in the sleeping bag, which is good because you keep yourself warmer. First you have warm clothes to put on you when you wake up in the morning.

10. Pack dry replacement: Always carry a dry change that you store in a waterproof bag in the gasket. Particularly important if you go through the ice or become wet. Sleeping outdoors in winter

11. Double under you: Have double sleeping mats, it protects you from the ground cold. Attach the bedding with a strap so that they do not slip around during the night.

12. Invest in a properly warm sleeping bag – you don’t want to freeze. Take the upper edge when choosing a sleeping bag. It is easier to open up the zipper on a sleeping bag that is too hot and stick out one foot at the bottom than to lie down and sleep in a too cold sleeping bag.

13. Sleep in underwear, thick socks and a nice hat. A good tip is to have a separate undercoat and socks to sleep in at night – ie not the same as you wear during the day. Then they are guaranteed dry.

14. Have a heat source in the sleeping bag: Before you go to bed in the evening, pour your water bottle (of the Nalgene type) full of hot water. It is a perfect source of heat and you will probably sleep well. Clarification: Do not use a PET bottle, you do not want to risk water baths in the sleeping bag, it is not recommended in the winter.

15. Avoid Night Jumps: Ease your natural needs before crawling into sleeping bags – you don’t want to run unnecessarily during the night. Make sure you get really hot before going to bed. Run a couple of laps around the tent, do arbor fire and frog jump. Food and drink in the winter

16. Drink plenty of water! When it’s cold you don’t feel thirsty in the same way as a hot summer day with physical activities. Therefore, remember to remind yourself to drink plenty of water. Have lukewarm water readily available in a small thermos or heat the water from your water bottle in your mouth before swallowing. You don’t want to waste unnecessary one

17. Get something hot in you! To keep the heat up while you are still, it is important that you drink something warm. Bring hot juice, chocolate or fruit soup. It gives you new energy and keeps you warm. When you wake up in the tent in the morning it can be great to have a thermos loaded with hot water, then you can drink the first morning coffee in the sleeping bag – I can guarantee you is a divine start to the day.

18. Do not take metal when cooking! It can be difficult to avoid taking metal when it is time to cook. Often both the gas container, the burner, the boilers and the cutlery are made of metal. Metal quickly dissipates heat from your body and causes you to get cold. Be sure to bring with you thin gloves with good grip that you can wear even when wearing a fine kitchen. Also make sure you know how to build together and use your kitchen so that you do not waste valuable time with frozen hands.

19. Eat hot food before going to bed: Sit down in the sleeping bag, feeling full and dry. After a meal of warm food you sleep well, the body will use its energy to digest the food.

20. Use snow for cooking: Instead of carrying lots of unnecessary kilos of water, you can easily use snow to cook. One hot tip is to use some water in the bottom of the saucepan to melt the snow, then save fuel.

Please note! Always think about safety first, especially in winter and especially if you go out on the ice. If you are unsure; Go for a course with outdoor activities, borrow a book at the library or take a knowledgeable companion with you or bring an experienced guide with you.

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