IO: Norway's Massiv Route (Two Weeks)

Michael Martin @michaelmartin1

Dulles International Airport - Dulles, VA
1 Saarinen Cir

Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 1:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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So, with Patrick Martino (Moses), who's currently with State in Oslo, we've planned to spend two weeks this summer backpacking some of Norway's best scenery. DCUL's resident Norwegians--Jo and Karine--also advised us about this route. In essence, we're going to fly to Oslo on 7/26. Then, 7/27 or so, we're going to take a combination of trains and a bus from Oslo to the start at Breheimen. Then, we'll start walking south on the Massiv route (https://massiv.dnt.no). The entire route is 350 kilometers long (that's 218 miles), so I'm a little unsure if we'll hike the whole thing (I suppose we could). We've set it up so that you can come for one week or two. The most spectacular scenery is in the first half of the trip, including Norway's Jotunheimen park. There will be opportunities for adventuresome side trips (including glaciers and climbing). Provisionally, we're thinking to end at Geiterygghytta - Finsehytta, where there is excellent rail connections. South of this point, the route becomes less mountainous ... but who knows how it shakes out. We'd return to Oslo on Saturday, 8/10, and the States Sunday, 8/11. This itinerary will no doubt be refined over and over, but you get the gist. I am very much a guy who backpacks with the attitude of "Let's walk into the woods and see what happens." Norway has an extensive system of huts along this route, but unlike many European nations, they're also cool with our camping out. So, though we may be staying in the vicinity of the huts at times, with all the amenities that entails, we will be carrying our gear and planning to sleep out (much as we did in Corsica, but unlike the Dolomites or Switzerland). Hammock camping will be impossible as we'll be above the tree line almost the whole trip. I'm sure most people will occasionally opt to stay in a hut from time to time. These huts DO NOT take reservations (which I love): they also cannot turn people away. All that is for the good. As for food, well, there will be quite a lot of food along the route, both in huts and at a few grocery stores. So, we won't need to carry a lot of consumables, and no doubt the siren's song of hot meals in the huts will beckon. Prices in the huts are certainly not cheap ... But this won't be a trip with complicated resupply drops. Norway is definitely not an inexpensive country to visit, so you should plan for the inevitable expenses. That said, we're not going to have much in the way of hotel reservations. Moses has offered his palatial digs in Oslo. We're going in high season, so the weather should be ideal, though we should expect to see inclement weather (snow, rain) ... and, of course, bugs! Overall, this should be a great opportunity to see some of the most beautiful terrain in the world, all with a light pack. Patrick, Jen, and I would love some company. We could take seven more people. If you'd like to come, you should be a veteran club member, used to walking consecutive long days. We should know you and like you, and you should be comfortable with DC UL's tradition of cultivating independent outdoors people. This is definitely not a guided trip. So, sign up and ask questions!