Norway’s Jotunheimen National Park is already renowned as a winter wonderland of fairy-tale snow-globe beauty, but throw in some husky sledding, warm crackling fires and nature to knock your socks off? We think the ski slopes can wait for a day.
Glide through this diamond encrusted world Grace Kelly-style, wrapped in reindeer fur and pulled by a team of inexhaustibly happy husky dogs, your better half probably sweating slightly as they steer on the back. Time to switch over? Maybe not – you look too good.
Spend a few hours sailing 15km around the snow-peaked mountain of Jotunheimen’s fave ski resort, Beitostølen, passing wide-open plains untouched by footprints, Norway’s deep fir forests and sparkling fjords and lakes, before stopping off for well-earned coffee and cookies in a classic wooden Norwegian lavvo – think snug wooden tepee, complete with roaring fire.
Keep your ice-emperor vibes going strong and stay for warming local stew, or go full wilderness and set out for the whole day, soaring across 35-50km of Jotunheimen’s ice-cool landscape, bonding with your six new husky pals and checking out how Santa rides to work.
In classic The Aficionados style, we like to delve right into the heart of the place, from luxe yacht vibes darling, to immersion in nature pure – and this is Norway through and through. You can book a Beito husky sledding tour right from the fairy-tale cabin comfort of your own boutique Norway stay, Herangtunet, and change up that classic skiing routine.
Get suited and booted in style in your forest den of fun, urban comfort, and dine like a local on the best that Norway has to offer, from restaurant to fire-pit. You’ll come back a sledding pro, and will be returning to see your new best friend, husky Loke, the next year – we are sure of it.
Delve deeper into a world of snow-filled winter wonderlands with our special Edit, get closer to Norway’s nature of a different kind with Snohetta’s snowy architectural masterpiece, the reindeer pavilion, delve deep into the Valdres woods in search of the evasive Rakfisk andwander a 40,000-square km art gallery, Artscape Nordland. Settle down into the landscape in minimalist, Ex Machina style at Alstad's famous Juvet Landscape Hotel and for some post husky sledding ski fun, check out our tight Ski Edit.