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Warm layers are very important, as evening temperatures can dip down in the low 30’s.


Internal frame with waist straps; 38 - 45 liters

Qty: 1
Deuter Unisex 40L Futura or Deuter Women’s 38L Futura Pro

Backpack Cover (waterproof)

Covers your backpack

Qty: 1

Collapsible Duffel Bag

To store your belongings during the trekking section, needs to fold down and store in your pack

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Duffle Bag

Lightweight Daypack

15-25 liter lightweight, collapsible daypack to carry your rain jacket, water bottle and snacks

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack

Please keep all necessary trekking gear in your carry on, including hiking boots, headlamp, warm gloves/hat, hiking socks, rain jacket, water bottles, and layers as airlines have been extremely inconsistent with lost baggage over the past year.

Sleeping Bag Liner or Hostel Sheet

silk, cotton, synthetic

Qty: 1
Sea to Summit Premium Silk Travel Liner

Moondance Adventures will provide you with a sleeping bag and ground pad for the backpacking section of your trip.

Water Bottles

Minimum non-metal 32oz water bottles

Qty: 2
Nalgene 1L wide mouth

Plastic Container with Lid

Plastic food storage container with sealable lid

Qty: 1
Nalgene 16oz storage jar

Plastic Spoon

Qty: 1
Light My Fire Spork


With 100% UV protection

Qty: 1

Sunglasses Holders

Qty: 1
Croakies or Chums

Additional Required Items

Hiking Boots

Medium – heavy weight waterproof boots with ankle support – break them in before!

Qty: 1
Marmot, Salomon, Vasque

Tennis Shoes

A pair of comfortable, close-toed shoes

Qty: 1

River Shoes

These can be open-toed, but do need to have a back strap

Qty: 1
Chaco, Teva, Keen

Hostel Shoes

Flip flops or sandals to wear in hostels

Qty: 1


At least 4 pairs of medium-weight wool, non-cotton hiking socks. Bring at least 1 -2 heavy wool pairs for colder temperatures

Qty: 7 Pair
Smartwool or Darn Tough


Mid-calf or Knee length - must have strap to fit under hiking boots; no zippered gaiters, Velcro only!

Qty: 1
Outdoor research crocodile gaiters - Men's

Required Shoes

Long Underwear / Base Layer Top

Minimum 1 wool, medium-weight long sleeve (Wool or Capilene, NO COTTON)

Qty: 1
SmartWool Merino 150 Base Layer


Minimum of 2-3 synthetic, non-cotton t-shirts, other shirts may be cotton

Qty: 4
Patagonia Capilene T-Shirt, Marmot Windridge

Long Sleeve Shirt

Long sleeve synthetic shirt

Qty: 1
Patagonia Long Sleeve Cap Cool Daily Tee

Lightweight Top

Synthetic, non-cotton. This can be a fleece pullover, sweater or a full-zip jacket

Qty: 1
Patagonia R1 Fleece

Fleece Jacket

Synthetic, non-cotton. This needs to be heavier than the lightweight top

Qty: 1
Patagonia Synchilla or R2 Jacket

Insulating Jacket

Synthetic or down insulation, non-cotton. This can be a synthetic or down “puffy” jacket, or an additional heavyweight fleece

Qty: 1
Patagonia Nano Puff or Down Sweater

Rain Jacket with Hood

100% waterproof rain jacket with a hood - no ponchos!

Qty: 1
Patagonia Torrentshell or Marmot Precip

Sports Bra

For girls

Qty: 3

Required Clothing Items

Long Underwear / Base Layer Bottom

Minimum 1 pair wool, non-cotton medium weight, long underwear bottoms, one pair can be leggings

Qty: 1
SmartWool Merino 150 Base Layer Bottom

Quick-dry Shorts

Synthetic, non-cotton shorts

Qty: 2
Patagonia Baggies

Bathing Suit

Boys: your quick-dry shorts can double as your bathing suit

Qty: 1

Long Pants

Minimum 2 pair of synthetic, non-cotton hiking pants, but the other pair may be cotton

Qty: 2-3


Synthetic, non-cotton are best (but a couple cotton pairs are okay)

Qty: 6 Pair

Rain Pants

100% waterproof pants large enough to fit over regular pants

Qty: 1

Fleece Pants

Synthetic, non-cotton fleece pants or heavyweight long underwear bottoms

Qty: 1
Patagonia Synchilla Fleece Pants or Patagonia R1 Pants

Yoga Pants

For girls, if you prefer to wear them

Qty: 1-2

Required Clothing Items


Wool or fleece, non-cotton medium weight gloves

Qty: 1

Warm Hat

Wool or fleece, non-cotton beanie

Qty: 1


A baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat for sun protection

Qty: 1

Required Items

Dopp Kit

Contains: toothbrush, toothpaste, prescription medication, travel shampoo & soap, deodorant

Qty: 1
Patagonia Black Hole Cube 6L – M

First Aid Kit

Contains: Insect repellent, waterproof sunscreen, Band-aids, Moleskin, Chapstick w/ sun prevention, Wet Ones wipes, Dramamine, personal hand sanitizer

Qty: 1

Prescription Glasses + Contacts

If your child wears glasses and/or contacts, please bring at least one spare pair of glasses/ lenses. Contact lens wearers should bring a pair of glasses as backup in addition to contacts.

Qty: 2 Pair

Required Hygiene Items. *Please keep all toiletries in your checked luggage, except for your toothbrush and any personal/prescription medication


Personal wallet with $185 spending money and valid identification

Qty: 1

COVID-19 Vaccination Card + Copies

Valid COVID-19 vaccination card + 2 additional photocopies of your vaccination card

Qty: 2

Passport + Copies

Passport (valid for 6 months after the last day of your trip) + 2 additional photocopies of your passport

Qty: 1 + 2 Copies

Student ID

Child’s student ID for boat travel.

Qty: 1

International Travel Authorization

Original signed and notarized international travel authorization form

Qty: 1

Bandana / Buff

For additional sun and wind protection. Buffs are tube-like and can be worn up to 12 different ways providing versatile sun protection. Can even be worn as a headband!

Qty: 1

Pack Towel

Absorbent & quick to dry, large or extra-large is ideal

Qty: 1

Additional Required Items

Hydration System

Qty: 1
Camel Bak

Sock Liners (1-2)

synthetic, non-cotton liners that help wick moisture

Qty: 1-2

Digital Camera

With charger + international adapter, and a 32- 64GB memory card

Qty: 1


With charger and 32-64GB memory card

Qty: 1

A Good Book

Paperback books are less bulky

Qty: 1

Notebook with Pen

For journaling

Qty: 1

Backpacker's Pillow

A luxury to have while camping or on travel days

Qty: 1

Eye Mask

It doesn't get dark in the summer in Norway, like in Alaska

Qty: 1

Camp Chair

HIGHLY recommended

Qty: 1
Crazy Creek

Personal Protective Equipment: Mask

Two (2) reusable, breathable masks that completely cover nose and mouth and fit snuggly; Moondance will not provide masks. To be used where it is required by trip location or outfitter.

Qty: 2

Not required by highly recommended *Since we don’t allow cell phones during the course of our trips, you may not use your phone as a camera. Leaders will take photos that will be shared at the end of the summer.

Packing Tips

In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost in transit, we want you to be prepared. Therefore, wear tennis or hiking shoes on the plane. Plus, pack the following items from this packing list in your daypack / school backpack carry-on:

  • A change of clothes (underwear + t-shirt + shorts or pants)
  • Your rain jacket
  • Prescription medications & toothbrush
  • Passport, ID, money
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Card
  • Personal Protective Equipment: Mask (2)
  • Completed International Travel Authorization form

These items are already included in the packing list – they are not additional items!



During your trip you will stay in a variety of accommodations: Tents, cabins, lodges, and hotels (all single gender).


Eating utensils (plates and cutlery) will be provided throughout the trip.

If you have any special dietary restrictions/ considerations, please contact the Moondance office for further information.


Routine Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include:
Chickenpox (Varicella)
Flu (influenza)
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Fiji.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Fiji. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Fiji.


Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.


Iceland is free of dog rabies. However, rabies may still be present in wildlife species, particularly bats. CDC recommends rabies vaccination before travel only for people working directly with wildlife.

Tick-borne Encephalitis

TBE vaccine is recommended for persons who will have extensive exposure to ticks based on their planned outdoor activities and itinerary.
TBE vaccine may be considered for persons who might engage in outdoor activities in areas ticks are likely to be found.

Click here to view a map of where Moondance groups will be traveling throughout Norway. Provide this information to your physician of choice (primary care physician, travel clinic, etc.) in order to get the most accurate suggestions for immunizations and vaccinations.

Click here to see what the CDC recommends for travelers in Norway.


Norway 1, June 25 - July 11

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Sunday, June 25, 2023
  • Arrive before 3:55 PM
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023
  • Depart after 4:15 PM

Inbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Sunday, June 25, 2023Scandinavian Airlines 908Newark, NJ (EWR)6:55 PMOslo-Gardermoen (OSL)8:20 am (6/26)

Outbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Tuesday, July 11, 2023Scandinavian Airlines 246Bergen, Norway (BGO)8:00 AMOslo-Gardermoen (OSL)8:55 am (7/11)
Tuesday, July 11, 2023Scandinavian Airlines 907Oslo-Gardermoen (OSL)11:10 AMNewark, NJ (EWR)1:15 pm (7/11)

Norway 2 , July 13 - July 29, 2023

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023
  • Arrive before 3:55 PM
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Saturday, July 29, 2023
  • Depart after 4:15 PM

Inbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Thursday, July 13, 2023Scandinavian Airlines 908Newark, NJ (EWR)6:55 PMOslo-Gardermoen (OSL)8:20 am (7/14)

Outbound Flight

DateFlightDeparture CityDeparture TimeArrival CityArrival Time
Saturday, July 29, 2023Scandinavian Airlines 238Bergen, Norway (BGO)6:00 AMOslo-Gardermoen (OSL)6:50 am (7/29)
Saturday, July 29, 2023Scandinavian Airlines 907Oslo-Gardermoen (OSL)11:10 AMNewark, NJ (EWR)1:15 pm (7/29)

We highly recommend that all students fly on the same flight to and from Newark (EWR).

• We also highly recommend making your flight reservation through our partnered travel agency, Exito. They are familiar with all Moondance flights. Please follow this link to start the booking process.

• Remember when booking your child’s flight to allow at least a 3-hour layover in any connecting airport to avoid missed connections or baggage delays

Moondance highly recommends that your child fly on the direct flight from Newark to Oslo. If your child chooses to fly with the group from Newark, it is imperative that every student arrives in Newark in a timely fashion. If one individual does not arrive in Newark on time to make the group flight, it can delay the entire trip.