Norway Ski Tour
Our Norway Ski Tour trips are centred around the Lyngen Alps, which should be on every off-piste skiers wish list.
The area provides amazing ski touring terrain away from the crowds.
Skinning from a beach drop off to an island mountain summit, followed by superb untracked snow to our pick up at the sea really is an amazing experience.
The skiable terrain here is vast with peaks and slopes to suit every off piste skier. There is also tree skiing in case the weather is bad!
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We fly into Tromso and get a transfer north to the Lygen Alps. For most of the ski touring season the area has 24 hr sunlight, which allows for unlimited ski touring. We use a local fisherman boat to hop from island to island, discovering the best of the ski touring in the area.
- Guides expenses and fees
- In resort transport
- Full board chalet accommodation
What's not included
- Transport to/from Tromso
- Equipment rental
- Travel insurance
Who is this for?
Ski touring in Norway is a great fist Ski Expedition. You will love this trip if you have done some ski touring before, enjoy off piste skiing (but you don’t need to be a jedi- there is terrain here to suit everyone) and like a bit of adventure! Its a great combination of remote physical ski touring, earning your turns, in amazing terrain without the hardships of expedition living…
Accommodation and huts
We stay in comfortable and clean lodgings that provide breakfast and dinner. You guide will drive you from the lodging to the days ski area.
Arrive Tromso airport early afternoon and meet up with the rest of the team. Transfer (2.5hrs) to our
lodgings, either by speed boat or minibus, and settle in. We have a safety briefing and also a
discussion about the next days plans.
Sunday – Friday:
6 days ski touring. Each evening we have a discussion about the following days plan. We will ski a wide
variety of locations (different every day), some accessed by speed boat and some by minibus,
depending on the conditions on the day. Each day we will skin from sea-shore to one or 2 summits
seeking out great terrain, views and snow. Most days we will be traversing mountains and/or islands,
getting picked up from a different location to the drop-off point. This week really is quite a unique
We take our return transfer (2.5 hrs) to Tromso airport, and our flights home. If possible return flights
leaving around lunchtime are most convenient.
Good fitness will make it more fun and you’ll get more out of your week! Although we will tailor the course
to your ability, we definitely recommend getting as fit as possible before you start. The process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal – and having a goal will help you focus on your training. Ski mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Probably the best training is going for a long hill walk or cycle as this simulates the real thing as closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather requires mental strength!).
However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so alternatives such as jogging, cycling and gym workouts are just as good. The focus should be on training Cardiovascular Endurance for long days in the mountains. For cardio cycling, running and rowing machines are much better than weight training, which you should try and exercise for up to a couple of
hours at a time, 4 times a week. Also yoga, swimming and Pilates help with core stability and balance, with squats and cycling a good way to strengthen your legs. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury. Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times – this really helps with keeping the motivation up and preparing for the ski tour. If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals. Remember training does not work overnight and the fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years. Consider training for a good couple of months before coming out to Iceland.
Unfortunately we can’t recommend a specific brand and model for each item on the kit list, as what is available
is constantly changing and, of course, different people are different shapes and sizes with different budgets!
However, in general, we use and endorse Mountain Hardwear products because in our experience they are
If you go to a good retailers such as Snow & Rock, explain to them you will be climbing Mont Blanc and they
will be able to advise you on what is best for you. Bring this list with you..
1. Skis with touring bindings – we recommend skis that you will enjoy skiing on, but are not too heavy,
eg Rossignol B3 (80-90mm underfoot) with fritchi bindings.
2. Skins and ski crampons.
3. Poles – NOT collapsible
4. Boots – these must fit and be comfortable. We feel it is best not to rent boots. Rather buy some and
have them fitted professionally – this will make your week much more comfortable, fun and blister
free! ‘Fit’ is more important than whether a boot is ‘stiff enough’ or not. I use a touring boot that is
designed to ski well, rather than ultra light. If your regular down-hill boots are very comfortable, they
may be suitable, but you must try ski-touring in them before this week!
5. Rucksack – 40-50l. with ski straps
6. Water bottle – not platypus type – they freeze and leak.
7. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness (available for hire in advance – let us know on booking)
8. 2 pairs sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
9. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
10. Lightweight Goretex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves (when skinning)
11. Insulating layers. I use a thin ‘100’ weight fleece and a synthetic or down duvet jacket. Take an extra
warm layer compared to what you would wear in the alps.
12. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
14. Clothes for the lodge (like staying in a chalet)
15. Swimming suit for the hot tub!
Remember kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it!
There are several pairs of good quality skis mounted with touring bindings available for rent at the lodge – we
need to book these in advance
To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.
For expeditions we take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, we take a further 50% of the course price 4 months prior to departure and we ask for the balance to be paid 8 weeks before the course start date.
We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.
Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.
Getting to Tromso
When looking into flights Norwegian airlines (www.norwegian.no) fly direct from Gatwick to Tromso offering
very reasonably priced flights. Scandinavian airways (www.flySAS.com) fly from a number of airports to
Tromso usually via Oslo (a short connection)