Welcome to the Icebug and Forest Femmes Hiking and Running Camp in Gaustablikk/Rjukan, Norway.

For three days we will hike/run the most beautiful mountain trails there is! With us we will have experienced hiking/running guides. The running groups will not have more than 10 participants and the hiking groups will have a max of 15 participants. We will have a fast hiking group that suits more experienced hikers. If you find that your group is moving too fast just wait onthe trail for the next group.

You will need to bring all of your own required energy/food and water.  You can drink the mountain water inseveral places (read more under Mandatory Equipment).

The trail weekend fee is 950 SEK. This includes transfer buses from Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell to the start before stages 2 and 3 and back to the hotel after finishing the stages. It also includes a fold-a-cup from Wildo, a merino wool tee from Aclima and hiking/running guides during the three days. The stop at Selstali (day 2) where ”lapper” (pancakes), juice and coffee is served is also included.

Friday 28th of June – Stage 1

EAGLE’S PEAK –  17,4 km. 660 m up, 660 m down

The stage starts and finishes at the Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell. Quite hilly and technical trails. No transfer bus transportation is arranged this day. If you are not staying at the hotel, simply park your car at the hotel.

Preliminary schedule:

11:00 – Info meeting at Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell, after the info you will chose which of the different hiking/running groups you want to enter.

11:30 – Start (all groups), Stage 1 at Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell.

14:00-16:00 – Hikers & Runners finish the stage.

Saturday 29th of June – Stage 2

VEMORK VERTICAL – 17,6 km. 990 m up, 590 m down

Hilly and fairly technical trails. A beautiful stop at Selstali after 8 km where ”lapper” (pancakes), juice and coffee is served. You can chose to run/hike up to the “Gausta top” and either take the train down ore hike/run down, ore take the train up and hike/run down. The train ride is not included.

Transfer bus from Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell to the start area. Transfer bus from the finish at Gaustabanan back to the hotel. If you are not staying at the hotel – park your car at the hotel and take the bus to the start area.

Preliminary schedule:

09:00 – Bus from Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell to the start of stage 2.

13:00-16:00 – Hikers & Runners finish the stage.

14:00-18:00 – Bus transfer back to Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell.

Sunday 30th of June – Stage 3

SABOTEUR’S TRAIL –  19,7 km. 770 m up, 1 210 m down

A hilly start followed by beautiful, easy to run alpine trail. Finishes with 3 km downhill on gravel. Stage finish at Krossobanen.

Transfer bus from Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell to the start area via Rjukanbadet. Transfer bus from Krossobanen back to Rjukanbadet. The entry ticket to Rjukanbadet is not included.

If you haveyour own car, park it at Rjukanbadet and jump on the bus to the start. After the race take the transfer bus back to Rjukanbadet, get changed and take your own car home.

Note: If you are taking our bus back home you have to check out from the hotel before joining stage 3.

Preliminary schedule:

08:30 – Bus from Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell to the start of stage 3.

09:00 – Bus pick up at Rjukanbadet.

13:00-15:00 – Hikers & Runners finish the final stage.

15:00-17:00 – Transfer bus to Rjukanbadet (shower and change, entry fee not included).

For your safety, there are some things that you have to bring during the race. Due to the terrain in the mountains there will be no water/energy stations. You are able to drink fresh mountain water from creeks and springs at your own risk (it’s possible to purify the water, but it is not common to do so before drinking in Scandinavian mountains), and our hiking/running leaders will have some energy to give in case you run out of energy.

Below is a minimum of what you need to bring to the start of each stage. If you know that you require a lot of energy and water when hiking/running this far, be sure to bring the amount you need to have a pleasant day in the mountains. If you are in a hiking group, it’s recommended that you pack sandwiches.

Mandatory kit for EACH participant:

  • Water for 30 kilometers (minimum 1 litre)
  • Energy (energy bar, energy gel etc. Minimum 800 kcal)
  • Extra shell jacket
  • Extra sweater with long sleeves (minimum weight 200g, wool is recommended)
  • Shell pants (wind and waterproof)
  • First aid kit (blood stopper/plasters and bandages)
  • Fold-a-cup (to use at the mountain springs – provided in your starting kit)
  • Cell phone with at least 80% charge

NOTE 1: We will conduct random checks of participants’ gear before start. If the entire mandatory equipment is not packed, the participant will not be allowed to start. The equipment is mandatory for each participant. Even if you hike/run in pairs you must both have the complete kit when starting.

NOTE 2: WE DON’T LEAVE ANY DISPOSALS IN THE NATURE! And if we find any trash during our hike/run we stop and pick it up…

Financial, social and environmental sustainability is something we really care about at Icebug Xperience. We want our events to grow organically together with the area. We work with local entrepreneurs, and our vision is for everything consumed at the event to be made from organic, locally produced ingredients. We also want to take care of the environment in the area, thus most of the race follows existing paths and trails. We bring back our all our garbage from the trails and we don’t use any disposable cups. If we find any trash during our hike/run we stop to pick it up.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, but out of respect for other participants you will need to keep it on a leash.

I want to register my kids for Kids Camp. Is bus transfer from Oslo/Gothenburg included for them?
No. They need their own bus ticket. The price for the bus is 600 SEK per person and includes return trip.

I’m not joining the stages, but my partner/friend is. Can I travel with her/him on the bus from Oslo/Gothenburg?
Yes. Your partner/friend needs to buy bus tickets for any non-participants travelling with them, when registering.