|Lena Padukova, ski hiking with expedition sledge - off to some ice camping
|Traces in the deep snow in Northern Scandinavia, in April-May
|Camping in the snow
|My Tentipi pitched in the dark of the night. Illuminated by regular flashlights from within.
|Lower part of the tent buried in snow. Great stuff, it acts as isolation against cold and wind. The ventilation is built-in on the top of the tent.
The snow-lined forests surrounded us and we were absolutely alone there. But we were to go even further off.
We came to the village of Gjendesheim, which I had earlier visited as a guide for Besseggen, a classic trip I organised for 14 people. This time, it was absolutely deserted - the cafes were closed, the cabins empty, and both the boat quay and the surroundings were covered in deep white snow. The lake was frozen and also snow-covered, perfect for a long skiing hike.
|The sledge, packed to limit of bursting and then a bit more
|Lena Padukova, dragging the expedition sledge as the wind, snow and cold worsens
|Selfie in the snow-wind during a short rest
Since the weather was shifting from one or two degrees above zero, to freezing point, to below freezing, and due to the fact that some new snow with a different temperature was falling, it was tricky to adjust the ski wax. Dragging the sledge requires a stickier wax, otherwise you just slide backwards. But if the wax is too sticky, the snow builds up in thick layers under the skis, and suddenly all you can do is walk. We all found individual ways of handling that, some were better than others. Finally, we were at the spot we wanted to camp on - in the middle of the lake, on the ice, with great stone cliffs as a distant backdrop.
|Tent pitched again, immediately beginning to get covered with snow
|Winter beauty on a mountain lake
|My Tentipi at dusk
|Driving back: the road is excavated from the snow. The walls are 2-3 meters tall at the least.
The next expedition to the North will be on the lightest days of June, join or read more here - still some places left! Expect polar beauty and possibly polar bears.