Ski and Sail in Lyngen and Western Finnmark southbound

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Ski Touring Level 3 8 days 8-12 participants

Your ski dreams have come true now that we are offering a Ski and Sail tour between Alta and Tromsø! Look up places like Lyngen, have you heard about  Øksfjord or Loppa as well? In short, this trip is about visiting amazing white-clad ski touring mountains in the Arctic - and several of them are barely visited.

Lyngen, Øksfjord and the other areas between Tromsø and Alta deserve to be experienced by sailboats. Right at the end of April and the beginning of May, when the spring has really accelerated in the north - our skiing and sailing trip is one of the best experiences you can have in Norway!

This trip starts in Alta and ends in Tromsø. We have 6 days to enjoy the mountains around Lyngen, Kågen, Melangen Fjord and Øksfjord Peninsula before heading to the Altafjord, an area not many people can say they have been skiing.

We plan the trips together, according to weather and conditions. When the trip of the day is complete, we sail on to the next port to prepare for another trip the next day. We are active both during the day and in the evening, where we focus fully on the experiences that nature gives ut, either behind the rudder or with skis on our feet. After the tour, we can sit at home, recovering from our trip, thinking about the wonderful experiences we had in Northern Norway.

 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Norwegian guide
  • All transportation

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact us

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

This tour is a 4 out of 5. To get the best experience out of this tour, it is an advantage that you are in good physical condition and strength, have experience skiing in the backcountry and have had a few training trips this season. We bring ski guides every day and together we will find tours suitable for the group. The ski guides help create safe, exciting and good experiences for everyone. Several of the tours have alternate descents, and you can get steeper/gentler terrain depending on skill level.

Sailing you do not need any prior knowledge! The skipper on board will give you an introduction to sailing along the way and you will become familiar with the basic things needed to control the ship. We want you to take part in the routines on the sailboat, whether it is to sail, to dock, to navigate, to keep a lookout for whales and icebergs, wash up, cook, take a cleaning session or contribute in other ways. Our tours require contribution from the participants - each one must be open to participating in this and it makes the trip all the more fun!

Please read more about our level of difficulty here.

Preparations

To get the best experience out of this tour, it is an advantage that you have good basic condition and strength, and you should have been skiing a bit and preferably have gone on some ski touring trips earlier. Avalanche equipment is a must for every individual as well as the knowledge in how to use it. 

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your medication.

Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Accommodation

Our Ski & Sailboats are size 44-50 feet. The boats are comfortable with 4-5 double cabins, toilets, and showers. The boat is our "cabin" which allows us to wake up to new places every day. At the same time, the boats are real sailboats, which means that sometimes we also get to sail and feel the silence and feeling of sailing with the wind. There is a good plan on food along the way; together we prepare meals, occasionally we eat fresh fish, and everyone contributes a bit on the making of this. Onboard we have a light boat for landing and fishing gear for the lofot cod.

Insurance

You must have adequate health and accident insurance that will also cover any repatriation. Remember to bring proof of travel insurance on your trip.

Some general things to be aware of:

  • Some insurance companies use the number of meters above sea level as a criterion for what the insurance covers and whether they call it an expedition or not. Pay special attention to this - and check it carefully.
  • Some insurance companies require an extension if the individual journey goes beyond a certain duration.
  • Make sure the insurance covers the selected geographical area.
  • Some insurance companies have an upper limit on their cancellation and sickness insurance.

We recommend that you check that your insurance covers the following:

  • Cancellation insurance - must be taken out at the time of booking the trip. Check that the total amount of the cancellation insurance covers the total amount of your trip. If it does not, you should purchase additional cancellation insurance that covers the remaining amount.
  • Luggage
  • Responsibility
  • Delays
  • Lost the purpose of the journey. (For example, you can travel to Africa if you break your arm before departure. But it may not be possible to climb Kilimanjaro and sleep in a tent. Therefore, you should have insurance that covers the loss of the purpose of the trip.)

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

The weather and snow conditions will affect the day-to-day program. The guide will choose the trips according to the conditions. 

Price includes

  • Accommodation and transportation at sea
  • Food as mentioned in the day to day program
  • Local guide and skipper
  • Bed linen, comforter and pillow
  • A sustainable Norwegian holiday with spectacular experiences

Price does not include

  • Transportation to/from Tromsø and/or Alta
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal ski touring equipment
  • Meals not mentioned in the day to day program

Other information

This is an international trip we have in collaboration with our partner SeilNorge. Most of the participants are Norwegians, but there may be some international travelers as well. SeilNorge is responsible for the practical implementation of the tour. Things will be very similar to when you are on other trips with Hvitserk, and during the trip, you will get to know both Hvitserk and SeilNorge.

It is mandatory to bring avalanche equipment, ice ax, and crampons. It is possible to rent from us. Let us know well ahead of time if you need to rent this. It might not be necessary, but good to have if the conditions demand it. 

Day by Day

day

1

We set sails

Accommodation Boat
Meals D

Welcome aboard! We meet at the dock in Alta at 4.00 PM. Before we set sails, we become familiar with both the boat and the equipment, before we go through safety routines on board. Before it gets too late in the evening, we will start our journey going to a port or a smaller harbor for the night. Dinner will be served on the way. Note that the dinner can be served quite late on the first day. 

day

2-4

Finnmark

Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

The large peninsula around the Øksfjord glacier is a fairly inaccessible eldorado for ski touring, but luckily we can access whatever area we want going by boat. The next two days will be spent exploring this area, we may even manage a trip on the glacier. If the captain is in a good mood she may drop you off in one fjord, before picking you up in another. Good times ahead!

day

5-6

Nord-Leangen/Arnøya or Kågen

Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

The northern tip of the Lyngen Peninsula is a great starting point for several of the peaks in the Lyngen Alps or the islands around. Weather and conditions and the mood on board determine what trip it will be today. After the trip, we sail towards Tromsø, and anchor at a suitable place for a new trip tomorrow. 

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7

Ullstinden

Accommodation Boat
Meals B, L, D

Today, Ullstinden at 1093 meters becomes the last peak of the trip. You are set ashore on the east side and will come down again on the west side. Starting on one side of the mountain and being picked up on the other side is one of the crudest things about this Ski & Sail Tour, in other words, we are ending this trip on a high! When the trip is over, we head towards Tromsø where we will be anchored up in the afternoon. 

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8

Breakfast and departure

Meals B

We'll have breakfast at the quay in Tromsø before we depart. On the way back we can almost guarantee you that you will be dreaming about all the great experiences you've had on this trip. Flights after breakfast are recommended, and the airport is close to the city. 

 

 

 

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Equipment list

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below if for SUMMER trips, but you can still get some good tips for Winter! Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES

Touring skis, boots and backcountry ski poles. 

HELMET

Safety first! Make sure it fits over your thin, windproof hat and does not move when you shake your head.

SKI CRAMPONS

To assist in steep ascents. Consider bringing an ice ax or whippet as well.

SKINS

You may want to bring skin wax.

SHOVEL

Small, lightweight and in aluminum, plastic shovels do not work when digging in avalanches. 

AVALANCHE BEACON

This is an investment you hopefully will not need. This one should be with you at all times on the mountain. Remember to check the batteries, must be over 80%.

AVALANCHE PROBE

This item is also required to bring at all times while on the mountain. 

ICE AX

Can be rented, let us know well ahead of departure. 

CRAMPONS

Can be rented, let us know well ahead of departure. 

BEACON, SHOVEL, PROBE

Bring extra batteries for your beacon and make sure your beacon currently has above 90% battery.

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS

2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET

Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid-layer, yet underneath your rain shell. It should be comfortable with the full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium-thick layer to add underneath your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 

GLOVES & MITTENS

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 1 sun hat to protect your face.

SOCKS

4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that are extra thick for evenings. 

HIKING BOOTS

There can be some annotations without snow and then it is good with shoes that are suitable for damp and rough terrain.

SKI BACKPACK

Ski pack for emergency gear and daily needs: food, water, beacon, shovel, probe, layers, first aid kit, etc... 40-50 liters recommended. 

SKIGLASSES / SUNGLASSES 

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. 

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. We also suggest cold cream such as Dermatone to help protect your skin. 

WATER BOTTLES

Insulated water bottle, 2-liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

SHELL PANTS

Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 

HEADLAMP

Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.

COMPRESSION SACKS FOR GEAR

Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 

BALACLAVA AND BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1-liter thermos.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities and eating dinner.

SITTING MAT

Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.

Optional:

ANTI BAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EARPLUGS

If you're a light sleeper.

JOURNAL AND PEN

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

HEADSET

If you would like to listen to music or an audiobook while skiing.

 

Dates & booking

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want. Send a request
Sat 17. Apr 2021 Sat 24. Apr 2021
Available
NOK 23 500
Fri 30. Apr 2021 Fri 7. May 2021
Available
NOK 23 500

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