Campfire in Østmarka, where wolves reside. (Photo: Oslo Outdoor)

Campfire in Østmarka, where wolves reside. (Photo: Oslo Outdoor)

Thea and Mark, the couple behind the blog letsgoslow.com, joined us for a two-days expedition in Østmarka. By clicking on the photo you can read their story about paddling in Oslo's hidden wilderness (Photo: Screenshot from www.letsgoslow.com)

Thea and Mark, the couple behind the blog letsgoslow.com, joined us for a two-days expedition in Østmarka. By clicking on the photo you can read their story about paddling in Oslo's hidden wilderness (Photo: Screenshot from www.letsgoslow.com)

A large part of Østmarka is a protected nature reserve where special rules of behaviour apply in order to protect the nature and wildlife. Whenever you follow a trial into the nature reserve you will find a sign like this. (Photo: Oslo Outdoor)

A large part of Østmarka is a protected nature reserve where special rules of behaviour apply in order to protect the nature and wildlife. Whenever you follow a trial into the nature reserve you will find a sign like this. (Photo: Oslo Outdoor)

The sound of nothing but the paddle and the canoe gliding through the water. Østmarka is a hidden gem close to Oslo.

The sound of nothing but the paddle and the canoe gliding through the water. Østmarka is a hidden gem close to Oslo.

Paddling with wolves - 3 days expedition

A true slow adventure! You will be surprised of the level of wilderness - and wildlife - you can find in these forests. A large part of the Østmarka area is a protected nature reserve.

On this 3-days expedition we paddle through the whole nature reserve, and much more. A spectacular tour where we paddle lakes, streams and rivers but perhaps also the roughest tour in our programme with a couple of challenging strecthes in between lakes. In return you will experience some magnificent places, get to know a genuine piece of Norwegian wilderness unknown to the crowds and have lots of fun.

If you go in May, September or October chances are good that you will meet no other people during the whole expedition, in particular if you avoid the weekends.

Itinerary:

DAY 1:

  • We pick you up at your hotel or another agreed pick-up point in Oslo at 09.00h for transport to Losby, approximately 25 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo (pending traffic).

  • From there we roll the canoes on canoe-trolleys about one kilometer on a gravel road before we reach the first lake.

  • A basic introduction to canoe-paddling and a security brief will be given here before we start paddling.

  • We start paddling southwards and will eventually cross into the nature reserve. There will be two or three very short portages in between the lakes this day. We stop for a light lunch on the way.

  • We arrive at the first campsite where we establish the camp and prepare a decent meal by the fire.

  • Possibilities for fishing or a short hike by foot to the nearby viewpoint of Tonekollen with great view over large parts of the nature reserve.

DAY 2:

  • The guide will wake you up to a decent cup of coffee or tea and a proper Norwegian breakfast; bread, butter, eggs, bacon and more - and honey made by Oslo Outdoor's very own honeybees. Then you are all set for the toughest day of this expedition.

  • We take down the camp and make sure we leave no traces, then we continue paddling South into the heart of Østmarka.

  • After two short portages we paddle another magnificent lake before we carry, paddle and line the canoes on small lakes and narrow streams all the way down to the North end of Børtervanna. This is a challenging part of the tour, with some portages through bush and dense forests.

  • In this area we set up the second camp and prepare another delicious meal. If the weather is bad we might arrange accomodation in a basic hut in the area, owned by the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). If we use the hut, an additional NOK 380/person will be added, which is what DNT charge non-members per night.

DAY 3:

  • After breakfast and taking down the camp we paddle southwards on Børtervanna, the largest lake in Østmarka. It is a beautiful and charming lake with many small islands, perfect for canoeing.

  • We spend most of the day on the lake, stopping on small islands for lunch, and perhaps a swim.

  • We end up in the southeastern corner of the lake where we roll the canoes on trolleys a few hundred meters down the road, where our transport is waiting to take us back to Oslo, approximately one hour drive from this point.

  • We are back in the civilization in the centre of Oslo around 17.00h.

Included:

  • Transport from Oslo to starting point and from ending point back to Oslo.

  • All meals (three light lunches, two dinners, two breakfasts).

  • 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.

Not included:

  • Sleeping bag (but we can rent you one for the cost of cleaning only).

Maximum number of participants: 6

Price: NOK 4450/person