Krokskogen Canoe & Hiking Adventure
Krokskogen is something different. Known for its adventures, trolls and folk tales, the forests of Krokskogen used to be among the most mystical and remote forests in this part of Norway. The old King's road between Oslo and Bergen passed over Krokskogen. So did, and still do, the old pilgrimage path to Nidaros (Trondheim). Some of the traditional Norwegian folk tales originated in this area. Today you’ll find traces of civilisation even at Krokskogen, but it is still a charming wilderness area with plenty of wildlife, excellent fishing opportunities and some fantastic lakes that can easily be paddled to the deepest part of the forests.
At Krokskogen you will certainly be away from the crowds. Despite being a great area for canoeing it is not much used for paddling neither by tourists or locals.
Krokskogen is also a great area for hiking. If you want a combination of canoeing and hiking then this area will meet your expectations. Hiking on narrow trails in these deep forests is something special and will take you to viewpoints such as Oppkuven, the highest point in all of the Oslo forests, or Gyrihaugen with a spectacular view to the high mountain areas further North.
Your guide will know the best trails to hike and also where the chances are best of spotting moose - the king of the forest - which are plentiful at Krokskogen.
We guarantee an unique wilderness experience with a local touch in an area still largely unknown to most tourists and travellers.
Krokskogen Canoe & Hiking Adventure - 2 days expedition:
A unique combination of canoeing and hiking. Visit two of the most spectacular viewpoints in the Oslo forests.
Pick-up in Oslo at 08.00 on day one. The starting point is approximately 50 - 60 minutes drive from Oslo, on the western side of Nordmarka. From there we follow the waterways eastwards. On the shores of Lake Vesleflåtan we set up the camp and have a light lunch before we go for an afternoon hike into the exiting Oppkuven-Smedalen nature reserve with its old forests. We aim for Oppkuven (704 m.a.s.l.). Back in the camp we will prepare a decent dinner and enjoy the evening around the campfire.
Following a good nights sleep and a decent breakfast we take down the camp and paddle slowly westwards again where we eventually arrive at Lake Damtjern. There we leave the canoes on the shore. Following a light lunch we go for another hike. This time we follow the tracks for about 4 km to the small summit of Gyrihaugen (682 m.a.s.l.) from where we have a spectatcular view in all directions, including to the high-mountain plateaus in the North, often with snow-covered peaks. We also visit Mørkonga, a natural phenomena close to Gyrihaugen where nature has carved out a very steep and very deep ravine in the mountainside. For those who dare it is possible to walk down a small path in the midle of the ravine. The coolest photo of your holiday will be taken here!
We will be back in Oslo at approximately 18.00h., earlier if needed.
Transport from Oslo to starting point and return.
All meals (two light lunches, one dinner, one breakfast).
Skilled guide(s) that will be with you all the way.
All necessary paddling equipment (canoe, paddles, life wests).
Tents and sleeping pad (matress).
Cutlery, plates, cooking facilities.
Sleeping bag (but we can rent you one for the cost of cleaning only).
Maximum number of participants: 6
Price: NOK 3800/person