Over 65 years ago, specially trained men were parachuted onto a Norwegian glacier, carrying only the most basic equipment. Their mission was to prevent the Nazi regime from building an atomic bomb. The spirit and courage these Commando’s possessed or discovered within themselves just to survive, let alone attempt one of the most audacious sabotage acts in the history of warfare, is the stuff of legends.
Join us as we re-enact this epic story in what must be one of the most challenging Battlefield tours in the world. In 3 expedition phases you will first train, then retrace the commandos route either on cross-country skis or dog sleds across the HardangerVidda, Norway before ultimately re-enacting the actual raid on the Hydro Electric power plant in Vermork complete with abseiling into the Gorge in full winter military camouflage clothing, laying of pyrotechnics and then following the Commando’s escape route out.
EE are the only company in the world to have secured dates in 2013 for this raid re-enactment to occur over the anniversary of the original raid which occurred in February 1943. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to follow the steps of the heroes of telemark in this new cutting-edge EE Adventure.
Price will depend on numbers – min 8 and max 10 participants required.
Your trek costs include:
return economy airfare from Brisbane to Oslo
all accommodation (twin share) and meals
(excludes alcoholic beverages)
all entry fees for National Parks
Alaskan dog team
adventure fitness preparation program
all transfers in country
experienced trek leaders and medic
EE trek shirt
trek gear including back pack, sleeping bag
all ski equipment throughout (skis/boots/poles)
all ski instruction during training phase by
international qualified instructor
entry into museums
personal travel insurance
Price subject to change due to currency fluctuations
Depart Brisbane for Oslo, Norway.
Fly from Oslo to Kristiansand. Transfer to overnight accommodation where a short presentation is given and the group enjoy a team dinner.
Day 3 – 7
TRAINING PHASE: These nights will be based in Evjemoen, with a full 4 days ski training and snow-craft skills on the agenda. Situated in a beautifully forested area, this training phase will concentrate on basic skiing skills in forgiving, undulating terrain suited to the novice skier. These are important skills that are necessary to enable the group to successfully complete the expedition phase of the trip. This training phase will allow the group to meet the daily rigors of learning a new skill in a winter environment.
In the main, training will occur locally at Evjemoen and in the surrounding hills at 250 meters ASL and 550 meters ASL. The ski training will initially concentrate on basic skills (Flat/downhill) on prepared tracks but also “Off-track skiing will be an important factor with the added challenges of using a rucksack and learning how to pull sledges. The whole phase will concentrate on learning many different individual skills, and promoting teamwork/cooperation within the group. A series of films covering the story of the sabotage will be shown in the evening giving everyone a taste of what is in store and an insight into how the various operations were performed and carried out during the occupation of Norway 70 years ago.
Day 8 – 12
EXPEDITION PHASE: On completion of the training phase at Evjemoen the group will be transferred by mini-bus to the Northern end of the scenic Setesdal Valley and on the southern end of the Hardangervidda. At a designated start point the sabotage group will be taken by our Norwegian snow scooter guides to the original drop zone for Operation Grouse at Fjærefit cabin on the edge of the HardangerVidda National Park at Songevatn Lake. The next morning will see the start of the re-enactment of the Heroes of Telemark Sabotage route with the group skiing to their eventual goal; the Grasfjellhytte/cabin near Rjukan.
This cabin was used as the base for Operation Freshman by Operation Grouse members October/November 1942.The next four days will see the group ski-ing the same route taken by saboteurs. Days will consist of long and short legs along unmarked trails in a high mountain challenging environment. A musher and huskies will be available from day 2 of the expedition Berunuten to Bitdal and up to the Operation Freshman landing zone at Skoland near Skinnarbu.
RE-ENACTMENT PHASE: After four nights out on the vidda, and having successfully completed the whole sabotage route, the group will ski downhill the 4/5 kilometres to our hotel at Skinnarbu arriving at approx 1430 hrs in the afternoon. Next morning, in full winter military camouflage clothing the group will be transported down towards Rjukan (15 minutes) for a full re-enactment of the attack on Vemork. From this location we will carry out a realistic attack on the former Hydro Electric power plant at Vemork covering 5 kilometers. That evening there will be a celebration dinner and the handing out of Heavy Water Diplomas to all those attending/completing the expedition. The following day sees the end of the expedition with departure from the hotel.
Day 14 – 16
Return flight to Brisbane. After breakfast travel by road to Oslo. Return to Brisbane via Frankfurt and Singapore.
Participants will undertake an eight week pre-adventure training program to prepare for the Telemark Adventure.