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Ski Expedition in Northern Norway

Crossing Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau

Ski Expedition in Northern Norway

Crossing Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau

From USD 1302

The trip across Finnmarksvidda has all the ingredients a good ski trip should have: Fantastic mountain terrain, many hours of skiing each day, sometimes a lot of changing weather and last but not least, the opportunity to see the northern lights. In the course of four days we go from Øvre Stilla and to Assebakti, via three of the mountain cabins located in the area. If you are curious about such polar expeditions, this can be a good place to start. Here, long days of skiing are combined with a nice level of comfort in the evening.

Highlights

  • One of Norway's most beautiful nordic skiing trips!
  • Chances to see the northern lights along the way
  • Accommodation in cozy mountain cabins such as Joatkajavri, Mollisjok, and Ravnastua
  • The trip gives you a taste of the expedition life
  • Chances to see herds of reindeer along the way
  • Sauna in the evenings (at all the mountain cabins)

Nordic skiing adventures are closer than you think! This trip is in fact one of the most accessible ski expeditions we have in our country. From Alta Airport it is only 45 minutes to drive to the starting point of the trip at Øvre Stilla. And from here we go into the wilderness, towards Joatkajavri Fjellstue, and further across the mountain plateau towards Mollisjok Mountain Cabin and Ravnastua before we finally end up at Assebakti.

The ski trip across Finnmarksvidda is a nice starting point for people who want to try out longer ski trips, and not only that, this area is perfect on cold, cloudless winter evenings to see the northern lights. Here, the light pollution is almost zero, which makes the visibility completely unbeatable. Come join us on one of Norway's most beautiful skiing trips this winter!

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Thu 16. Mars - Sun 19. Mars 2023

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Opening hours
Mon - Fri: 09 - 16

Opening time info (Holidays)

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Safety

  • 24 hour emergency standby team
  • Guides with training in first aid
  • First aid equipment available
  • Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field

Safety and grading of trips

Physical level

3/6 Physical

On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity.

Safety and grading of trips

Risk level

3/6 Risk

Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.

Safety and grading of trips

Training and preperations

The ski trip across Finnmarksvidda is approx. 80 km in total. The distances will vary from day to day, between 8 and 30 km. The trip does not require fitness levels beyond normal, but you should be in decent shape and have skied a lot before to get a positive experience from the trip.

The terrain itself is relatively easy and flat. On this trip, you will learn routines and get information and tips on how to best plan and carry out a winter expedition on skis.

Accommodation and food

We stay in simple but cozy mountain cabins along the way, and you will either sleep in double- or dormitory rooms. Single rooms will not be possible on this trip. We eat breakfast and dinner in the mountain cabins, and have lunch with us that we eat along the way. 

Only the first cabin have simple serving/drinks for sale outside of the regular meals. The mountain lodges do not have a shower, but there are opportunities for washing. All the mountain cabins have a sauna which will be available upon arrival. There is electricity in all the cabins, and it is possible to charge small electric devices (except during the night - power is turned off when we sleep).

Other information

The easiest way to get to Alta Airport is to either fly from- or via Oslo with either SAS or Norwegian. Widerøe also has flights to Alta from several places in Troms and Finnmark.

Since you have to carry your own backpack, we recommend packing as lightly as possible so that you do not carry too many kilos across the plateau. This is very important for a successful trip. Use a backpack that you have used on a trip before, which also has a good hip belt. Remember windproof and waterproof clothing.

TIP: Travel in your skiing clothes. We recommend that you have the most important skiing equipment in your hand luggage, for example ski boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

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Day by Day

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Day 1:To the historical Øvre Stilla

Departure from Alta Airport approx. at 12:00 PM. From the airport, we drive up to the historically important place called Øvre Stilla. We choose the route based on weather and wind conditions and arrive at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin in the afternoon/evening.

Departure from Alta Airport approx. at 12:00 PM. From the airport, we drive up to the historically important place called Øvre Stilla. We choose the route based on weather and wind conditions and arrive at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin in the afternoon/evening.

ACCOMMODATION

Joatkajavri Fjellstue

MEALS

-,-,D

TRANSPORTATION

1 hour

DURATION

2-4 hours

DISTANCE

8 km

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Day 2:Skiing across Finnmark's largest lake

We leave the nice hosts at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin before we embark on approximately 30 kilometers of skiing in easy terrain, including the crossing of Finnmark's largest lake Iešjávri. The few meters we climb at the start of the day bring us up into the arctic plateau landscape. You will now truly have the opportunity to rest your eyes on a landscape that is as vast as it is beautiful. In the middle of Finnmarksvidda is Øvre Mollisjok, the mountain cabin that has been both home and workplace for the hosts for generations. At Mollisjok we will be served dinner, and if the weather is on our side, there are few places in the world where you have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

We leave the nice hosts at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin before we embark on approximately 30 kilometers of skiing in easy terrain, including the crossing of Finnmark's largest lake Iešjávri. The few meters we climb at the start of the day bring us up into the arctic plateau landscape. You will now truly have the opportunity to rest your eyes on a landscape that is as vast as it is beautiful. In the middle of Finnmarksvidda is Øvre Mollisjok, the mountain cabin that has been both home and workplace for the hosts for generations. At Mollisjok we will be served dinner, and if the weather is on our side, there are few places in the world where you have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

ACCOMMODATION

Mollisjok Fjellstue

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

9-11 hours

DISTANCE

30 km

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Day 3:Across Orroaigiellasat

From Mollisjok we ski approximately 24 kilometers to Ravnastua. At the beginning of the day, we ski a little up in the terrain before we are on our way into an area that is known for a specific weather phenomenon. There are not many times the much-talked-about Hundevidda, or Orroaigiellasat (the Range of the Dog) as it is called by the locals, has been crossed in calm weather. With the hood over your head, you will get the feel of a proper expedition as we move in the direction of Ravnastua Mountain Cabin. Surrounded by thin forest, the cabin is beautifully situated in wild nature. Here we will be served a traditional dinner, and do not forget to write in the guest book before leaving tomorrow. 

From Mollisjok we ski approximately 24 kilometers to Ravnastua. At the beginning of the day, we ski a little up in the terrain before we are on our way into an area that is known for a specific weather phenomenon. There are not many times the much-talked-about Hundevidda, or Orroaigiellasat (the Range of the Dog) as it is called by the locals, has been crossed in calm weather. With the hood over your head, you will get the feel of a proper expedition as we move in the direction of Ravnastua Mountain Cabin. Surrounded by thin forest, the cabin is beautifully situated in wild nature. Here we will be served a traditional dinner, and do not forget to write in the guest book before leaving tomorrow. 

ACCOMMODATION

Ravnastua Fjellstue

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

6-8 hours

DISTANCE

24 km

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Day 4:The end of Finnmarksvidda

From Ravnastua Mountain Cabin we go in the direction of Karasjok. The first 9-10 kilometers of today's lap are in somewhat more hilly terrain than we have had so far, then at the end of the trip, we get a long, gentle hill down to Assebakti. When we arrive at Assebakti, we are right outside Norway's coldest place, Karasjok. The drive back is 2,5 - 3 hours depending on the weather, and on the way, we drive through a fascinating large landscape, with intriguing small communities. We plan to be back in Alta so that we can catch evening flights from 17:30 and onwards.

From Ravnastua Mountain Cabin we go in the direction of Karasjok. The first 9-10 kilometers of today's lap are in somewhat more hilly terrain than we have had so far, then at the end of the trip, we get a long, gentle hill down to Assebakti. When we arrive at Assebakti, we are right outside Norway's coldest place, Karasjok. The drive back is 2,5 - 3 hours depending on the weather, and on the way, we drive through a fascinating large landscape, with intriguing small communities. We plan to be back in Alta so that we can catch evening flights from 17:30 and onwards.

MEALS

B,L,-

TRANSPORTATION

2,5-3 hours

DURATION

3-5 hours

DISTANCE

15 km

Departure from Alta Airport approx. at 12:00 PM. From the airport, we drive up to the historically important place called Øvre Stilla. We choose the route based on weather and wind conditions and arrive at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin in the afternoon/evening.

ACCOMMODATION

Joatkajavri Fjellstue

MEALS

-,-,D

TRANSPORTATION

1 hour

DURATION

2-4 hours

DISTANCE

8 km

We leave the nice hosts at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin before we embark on approximately 30 kilometers of skiing in easy terrain, including the crossing of Finnmark's largest lake Iešjávri. The few meters we climb at the start of the day bring us up into the arctic plateau landscape. You will now truly have the opportunity to rest your eyes on a landscape that is as vast as it is beautiful. In the middle of Finnmarksvidda is Øvre Mollisjok, the mountain cabin that has been both home and workplace for the hosts for generations. At Mollisjok we will be served dinner, and if the weather is on our side, there are few places in the world where you have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

ACCOMMODATION

Mollisjok Fjellstue

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

9-11 hours

DISTANCE

30 km

From Mollisjok we ski approximately 24 kilometers to Ravnastua. At the beginning of the day, we ski a little up in the terrain before we are on our way into an area that is known for a specific weather phenomenon. There are not many times the much-talked-about Hundevidda, or Orroaigiellasat (the Range of the Dog) as it is called by the locals, has been crossed in calm weather. With the hood over your head, you will get the feel of a proper expedition as we move in the direction of Ravnastua Mountain Cabin. Surrounded by thin forest, the cabin is beautifully situated in wild nature. Here we will be served a traditional dinner, and do not forget to write in the guest book before leaving tomorrow. 

ACCOMMODATION

Ravnastua Fjellstue

MEALS

B,L,D

DURATION

6-8 hours

DISTANCE

24 km

From Ravnastua Mountain Cabin we go in the direction of Karasjok. The first 9-10 kilometers of today's lap are in somewhat more hilly terrain than we have had so far, then at the end of the trip, we get a long, gentle hill down to Assebakti. When we arrive at Assebakti, we are right outside Norway's coldest place, Karasjok. The drive back is 2,5 - 3 hours depending on the weather, and on the way, we drive through a fascinating large landscape, with intriguing small communities. We plan to be back in Alta so that we can catch evening flights from 17:30 and onwards.

MEALS

B,L,-

TRANSPORTATION

2,5-3 hours

DURATION

3-5 hours

DISTANCE

15 km

What's included in the price

Included

Not included

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.

Travel insurance

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.

Guides

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions: 004723213080 / adventure@norrona.com TIP : We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Obligatory

Clothing

We recommend wool underwear for both men and women. Wool sportstop is recommended for women.

2 sets. Not too thick, wear multiple layers if necessary.

2-3 paris. Wool is recommended.

2-3 pairs. Wool or synthetic material.

Medium thickness. Primaloft or down.

Gore-Tex or similar. Must have a decent hood, and hold out wind and rain. Should have space for midlayers underneath. Ventilation under the arms is recommended. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must be waterproof and windproof,  zips for ventilation are recommended.

Warm hat for cold days.

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of windproof over mittens for additional warmth and protection. 1 pair of thick wool mittens to wear inside the over mittens. 3 pairs in total. 

Warm ski mittens/gloves.

Equipment

50-60 liter capacity.

Remember new/extra batteries.

2-3 litres, with an insulation cover, so they dont freeze. For example Nalgene bottles with wide mouth. They can handle hot water, so you can use them to keep warm in the sleeping bag.

Nordic back country skis, preferably with steel sledges. BC bindings with manual closure, or 75mm bindings. The poles must have large baskets. 

Make sure these fit your skis.

We recommend blue and green kick wax rating. If you want to use skins, we only recommend short skins.
 

Recommended

Clothing

Fleece or wool. 

Down or primaloft.

For evenings and leasure days.

Or a face mask.

To protect your boots against mud, dust and water.

Nice to take it outside the shell trousers. Preferably with a zipper all the way.

Equipment

Band-aid, compeed, sportstape, Paracet/Ibux, medicine for soar throat, running nose, irritable stomach, etc, and personal medication. 
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

Bed linen and disposable sleep liner are included in the cabins, but if you prefer to bring your own sleep liner/light sleepingbag, you are free to do so.

Useful

Equipment

Toilet paper, antibac and waste bags for the paper.

As light at possible. 

There are few or no possibilities to buy this at the cabins. Bring such as chocolate, power bars, nuts, hot drink powder, etc. (We get mostly coffee and tea at the cabins).

We provide

All common equipment such as navigation, communication and satellite phone. In addition to this, we have a large tent that we can eat lunch in if the weather is bad. One of the guides will also pull a sled during the trip to transport this.

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