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What is Åsnes Academy?

Our task at Åsnes Academy is to facilitate, inspire and help you achieve your nature dreams. We want to break down barriers, give you access to unimaginable amounts of knowledge, information about winter outdoor activities and outdoor activities in general. With easy access to all the knowledge we have accumulated over a long time, we will make it easier for you when you are going outside your comfort zone in search of wonderful nature experiences.

Winter outdoors

Finally, the winter is back. Outdoor life during wintertime has a lot to offer, however it’s always something to learn before you go explore.  

Planning your trip

Planning your trip

Dressing for adventure: what to wear in the wild Norwegian grandmothers have it right: always wear wool against the skin. Beginning with wool as the first layer, the three-layer principle

Short midweek tour with great skiing and views

Short midweek tour with great skiing and views

Bli med vår ambassadør, Anders Møller Vestergård, på en liten om inspirerende omvisning i sunnmørsalpene! Dansken vår “kjører ikke ski som en danske”!

Building a winter windbreak for you tent

Building a winter windbreak for you tent

To build a windbreak from snow, or not to build a windbreak from snow? This question comes up a lot. Here’s our advice – with a tip for those who’d rather not make the effort…

13 tips for better orienteering.

13 tips for better orienteering.

Few of us set out into the winter mountains when the weather’s bad and visibility’s poor. And we’re careful for good reason. It’s risky. When nature shows its muscles, it forces us to reflect. Even so, Norway’s a country with plenty of mountains and even more weather. If we only headed out when the sun was shining, the season would be very short. We head out when the weather’s less than perfect – which means we need to be able to find our way with a map and compass. Here are 13 tips for using a map and compass, then, for those of us hitting the mountains in winter.

Life-saving first aid in the wilds

Life-saving first aid in the wilds

A bad fall. A collision. Exposure. Preparation might save a life. As always, it’s a matter of planning and the right packing. With a little knowledge, some practice (and some way to contact the emergency services) you’ll have the basics covered. This could make a life-saving difference.

Tips for taking a dog into the wilds

Tips for taking a dog into the wilds

Positive training and positive experiences in the outdoors make for a confident dog. But setting out in winter is something a little different – especially if you’re overnighting. So we’ve put together some good rules, tips and tricks to make the experience the best it can be. There’s nothing to prevent these tips being applied in your everyday life with your dog, either!

Long adventures and expeditions

Here you will find useful tips and maybe inspiration for your next adventure or expedition. Long adventures and especially during winter requires good planning and preparations, why not start already now!

The expert panel

We have carefully combed the country and have gathered the best of expert expertise on winter outdoor activities, skiing and everything between heaven and earth. Our collection of experts consists of nothing less than “Norway’s most versatile adventurers” and “the leading polar explorers of our time”.

Børge og Ousland Explorers

The leading polar explorer of our time and the world's leading guide company on demanding expeditions.

Aleksander Gamme

Norway's, and perhaps the world's, most versatile adventurers and polar explorers. You never know what's his next adventure will be

Christian Iversen Styve

Adventurer, very experienced polar guide and photographer.

All you need to know about Climbing Skins

Climbing skins are probably the most underrated of all the ski equipment you have. The idea of choosing the right skin and the treatment of them mostly comes second, after the sexy and critical assessments linked to skis, bindings and the best boots. But isn’t it the case that your climbing skin is a bit more critical than that? In fact, the ski traps are the decisive point of contact between yourself and the snow most of the time on a summit tour.

Everything you need to know bringing your best companion to the mountain