Ski and Sail - Lofoten

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Ski Touring Level 3 5 days 8-12 participants

Overview

Note! This tour is popular with Norwegian speaking guests, but the guide will speak English and as an English Speaker you are welcome to join!


The mountains in Lofoten represent some of the most exotic terrain Norway has to offer. The excursion possibilities are endless and the most spectacular trips can only be reached by boat. The mountains are known for their alpine peaks and a large number of varied descents for all skill levels. Most trips offer between 700-1000 meters of descent, and often end at the bottom of the shore!

  • Start at the water's edge and ski up alpine peaks
  • Experience the wild, raw and beautiful Lofoten terrain
  • Sail and sleep in a cozy boat through the Lofoten Islands
  • Earn your turns and ski down to the ocean's edge

A trip for those who like challenges and being out in nature, and who want to experience something unique, wild, raw and beautiful, whether you are experienced or a beginner.

In five days we will experience and climb many of the most beautiful mountains in Lofoten, while we get some fantastic sailing on the way from one ascent to the next. The tour starts and ends in Svolvær. The ski touring trips we plan together during the trip is adapted to the group, weather and snow conditions. After each day when we are done with the day's ski trip, we sail to the next port and prepare for a new day trip.

This is an active tour where the experiences in nature receive full focus; whether it is behind the helm of the boat or with skis on your feet. 

Our skiing guide is a resource and teacher, and also gives us the opportunity to do more demanding skiing and climbs if weather, conditions and group level allow for it.

Some of the places we stop by or ski during the tour are Svolvær, Austnesfjorden, Geitgaljertind, Trollfjorden, and Raftsundet.

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • All meals as described in the program
  • Professional Guide
  • Transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under "details"

Contact

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

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Details

Difficulty

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You need to have ski touring experience out of bounds. You need to have basic avalanche knowledge, as well as the proper gear (beacon, shovel, probe, etc...) as well as the knowledge to use it. You need to be fit for 6-8 hours of skiing per day.

For 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.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You need to have avalanche equipment (probe, shovel, and beacon), crampons, an ice-ax, and a ski touring ski set-up. Most important, you need to know how to use it.  

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday, there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

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 personal 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 44-50 feet. The boats are comfortable with 4-5 double cabins, toilets, and showers. The boat is our "home" and 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. Food is well planned in advance and we prepare meals together as a group, occasionally we fish fresh fish, and everyone contributes.

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. 

Included in the price: 

  • Accommodation in a twin cabin
  • All meals served on the boat
  • Local ski guide and skipper

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to/from the meeting point in Svolvær
  • Drinks and snacks

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

This trip is organized together wilt our partner SailNorway. Even though they are the ones handling the logistics, it will be just the same as being on a Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure trip, and you will get to know both companies well on your trip. 

 It is mandatory to bring avalanche equipment. It is possible to rent from us. Let us know well ahead of time if you need to rent this. 

Day by day

day

1

Arrival Svolvær Pier

Accommodation Sailboat
Meals D

We will meet at the marina (at Bacalao) at 18:00. We go over the boats and the equipment, and set sail towards a smaller harbor for the night, not far from Svolvær. Here we have dinner and get to know each other better. It can be a late dinner this day, so you should eat before entering the boat. If you arrive in Svolvær early this day, we recommend a ski touring trip to one of the peaks near the city.

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2

Austnesfjorden

Accommodation Sailboat
Meals BLD

After an early breakfast, we go ashore in the Austnesfjord. Together with the guide, we consider the route choices for the day based on weather, snow conditions, group ability and wind. The Austnesfjord has many ski touring opportunities; Higravtindan and Geitgaljertind are the most famous and demanding, but here are also Rundtind and many other possibilities. We take it easy this first day to get to know the new terrain and the group. When we are back in the boat we sail a bit further towards the best possible starting point for the trip the next day.

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3

Austnesfjorden

Accommodation Sailboat
Meals BLD

After breakfast, we set course for today's playground, weather, snow conditions, and wind decides today's destination. If conditions are good, we stay in the Austnesfjord and try new mountains and lines. If the weather gods are on our side, we aim to climb the Geitgaljen, one of Lofoten's most spectacular peaks! If the snow is stable and nice, this summit offers a magical run down to the spring rocks. We board the boat, eat and relax a bit before sailing out of the Austnesfjord to the next destination.

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4

Trollfjorden

Accommodation Sailboat
Meals BLD

This day we start in the Trollfjord! With its steep hillsides and secluded location, this is a fjord accessible only to those who come by boat. Early in the morning, before the sun starts to warm in the mountains, we find a suitable mountain that is not among the steepest, assess conditions and go after breakfast. In the afternoon we build a small bonfire and maybe a surprise? 

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5

Skiing in Raftsundet

Meals BL

We start early with breakfast and spend the morning in the mountainside of Raftsundet. This day is our last day skiing in Lofoten together, so taking in every moment is a must! Back in the boat, we set sail for Svolvær and finish the trip around 3PM.

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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.  

This is a technical ski touring trip, you need to have or borrow a beacon, shovel and probe, and know how to use them. You must have some degree of avalanche experience. 

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 is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.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.

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. Extrememly 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 underneathe your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneathe 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.

HIKING 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. 

BOOTS

Bring lightweight boots.

SKI BACKPACK

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

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. 

INDOOR SHOES

It is customary to leave wet shoes at the door and change into indoor slippers.

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.

SWIMMING SUIT OR SHORTS AND BRA

For sitting ine saunas. 

Optional:

ANTIBAC

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.

EAR PLUGS

If youre 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 audio book while skiing.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

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

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