The use of snowshoes can be traced back over 6000 years, when they were vital tools utilised by indigenous populations across Scandinavia, Canada and North America. By allowing easier navigation of regions which experience months of deep snow, snowshoes were of great assistance to hunters and trappers. They were also crucial for allowing communities to stay in contact during the winter months.

Snowshoes are effective as they distribute your weight evenly over a large surface area, stopping your feet from sinking completely into the deep snow.

They work at their best when there is enough snow between them and the ground (usually about 20cm).

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A lot of our trips will include snowshoeing, with excursions in the daytime and nocturnal snowshoes hunts possible also. Hotels in remote regions of Scandinavia and North America will usually allow you to hire them which enable you to explore the surrounding areas at your own pace and there are often set trails which you can navigate.

When you set off for the first time, we think the best way to have a go at snowshoeing is just to strap them on and then step out onto the snow; little instruction is required as it is more a case of mastering your coordination.

Guests will no doubt find that they take a bit of getting used to, but with a little practice you will soon be on your way.

In comparison to the seemingly more exciting activities on offer in our destinations such as husky sledding and snowmobiling, snowshoeing can seem a little on the tame side, yet we have found that guests enjoy the novelty of walking across deep snow and the peacefulness of the activity. This activity also gives you a better chance of witnessing some of the local flora and fauna at close quarters. 

With the use of snowshoes you can tackle deep snow with simplicity and make the most of your remarkable surroundings. You will understand their usefulness if you try to tackle deep snow without them on and end up stuck knee deep in snow!

Image credits:  Antti Pietikainen & SnowGames

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