Snowshoes have existed in one form or another for over 6000 years and were essential tools utilised by indigenous people across Scandinavia, North America and Canada. Providing the ability to traverse across areas of deep and frequent snowfall, snowshoes assisted hunters and trappers and were crucial for maintaining contact between remote communities in the winter months.
Snowshoes work by distributing your weight over a larger surface area, so that your feet don’t sink completely in the snow. They function best when there is enough snow (around 20cm) beneath them and the ground.
The majority of our trips will include snowshoeing, with both daytime snowshoe hikes and nocturnal Aurora snowshoe hunts available. They can usually also be hired from the hotel to allow you to explore the surrounding area at your own pace, or follow the marked out trails into the wilderness
What we say about it…
There is really no better way to have a go at snowshoeing than just strapping them on and stepping outside onto the snow. Little instruction is required – it is just a case of mastering your coordination!
They can take a little getting used to, so expect a few stumbles along the way, but with a little practice you will hopefully soon be striding across the snow with ease.
Snowshoeing is perhaps our most underappreciated activity as it can seem a little tame in comparison to snowmobiling or husky sledding, but it can often be the surprise hit of the trip. This is perhaps because it’s just so different to most activities and is, of course, not something you would do regularly in the UK!
With the deep snow that covers Scandinavia across the winter, snowshoes also provide an easy and fun way to navigate the terrain and access areas that would otherwise remain unexplored. Should you try walking in deep snow without them on, you will no doubt end up trapped thigh deep. Yet with snowshoes you can tackle deep snow with great simplicity and really make the most of your incredible surroundings.
What you say about it…
“Most enjoyable activity had to be snowshoeing - we did this twice - once with a guide at 32°C degrees below zero on the night we saw the Northern Lights, and also on our last free day when my wife and I went off into the wilds for a few hours alone on a bright clear day into virgin snow. Bliss.” A Craig, Nellim, January 2013
“Snowshoe climb was exhilarating and entertaining.” S Peters, Luosto, Dec 2012
“Snowshoe trekking was great fun and certainly worked up an appetite for the super food in the lodge.” C Allon, Abisko, Feb 2013
“The Northern Lights snowshoe trek was amazing.” R Stubbles, Harriniva, Jan 2013