During your trek

During your trek

When you are on a trek, you are closer to nature. To make your trek as enjoyable as possible, it is best to let the rhythm of nature set the pace. Normally, there are only limited hours of daylight to take advantage of, so it is natural to get up at dawn and set up camp at dusk. Scandinavia's bright summer nights make it possible to let your own rhythm decide. Start early if you are a morning person or later if you are a night owl. Trekking in the bright summer nights in good weather is one of the greatest experiences you will have. You will experience nature in a completely different way and there is often a better chance to see wildlife.

Two hours to start

Morning routines take time. Experience has shown that it takes approximately two hours from when you wake up until you are ready to leave. If there are several of you, it is a good idea to agree upon what time you will be leaving so that everyone can work toward the same goal. This decreases the risk of tension between faster and slower group members.

Important breaks

Once you start your trek, it is important to find a good tempo that you can keep throughout the day, given the terrain and how heavy your pack is. Stop after the first 10-20 minutes to fix clothing and anything else that feels uncomfortable. Remove a middle layer so you do not sweat unnecessarily and smooth out any wrinkles in your socks or fix any other problems that could result in a blister. If you are part of a group, it is a good idea to decide in advance how you will take breaks during the day. One tip is to follow certain break routines. Do not forget to take off your boots and air your feet when you take a break. Take off your backpack and do some stretches to increase the flow of blood to your back and shoulders.

Set up camp when it is still light

As the day draws to a close and dusk approaches, it is time to find a campsite. You usually do not benefit much from continuing your trek in the dark - you risk getting lost and missing out on a chance to get some much-needed rest. If darkness falls before you reached your target for the day, you will have to improvise and find a new campsite.

Other routines

In some types of terrain and during certain seasons there are other conditions that will affect how you plan your day. On warm summer days or in tropical climates it is often most comfortable to trek in the morning, before the sun has had time to warm the landscape. If the path is well-known or well-marked, it can also be worth trekking at night – so you can rest during the hottest hours of the day. Even in the early spring in the mountains, or in high alpine terrains during the summer, it can also be a good idea to walk at night, when the crust is hard. This applies in particular if you are crossing glaciers or frozen streams with snow bridges.