Romsdalen is one of Norway's best ski touring areas - and it's easily accessible from large parts of the country. The mountains are alpine and majestic, and on this ski touring weekend, we will also be joined by a local mountain guide that will take us to the greatest summits and down the best slopes.
Note: 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.
- One of the countries most beautiful ski touring areas
- Local mountain guide that will show you the best summits, and the greatest snow conditions
- Overnight in a nice timber house.
Romsdalen is a beautiful ski touring area, with alpine peaks and a large number of varied slopes for both beginners and more experienced participants. Our basecamp will be in a 300 year old, newly restored timber house in Isfjorden - in other words, we will be very close to some of the best areas for ski touring. We can actually spot many of the summits and slopes that we will visit this weekend directly from our house. Which routes we will take are dependant on the snow conditions, avalanche assessment, the weather, and the wishes of the group. Some of the possible peaks we can visit are Kirketaket (1439 moh), Blånebba (1320 moh), Smørbottnfjellet (1188 moh). Around Isfjorden, close to our basecamp, there is also a number of other peaks that we can choose between. Galtåtind, Loftskartind, Hurrungen og Mjølvafjellet among others. If the conditions are good we can also do some exiting traverses that will give us great views, some easy scrambling and most importantly, great skiing experiences. If we choose to drive a little bit further there is also nice options for ski touring in Innfjorden where Skjervan, Hesten and Nonstind are some of the options.
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
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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. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with significant risk. Events can happen, and they can be of such a nature that they require professional help. If guidelines from guides and / or the company are not followed, you can be exposed to incidents that in the worst case result in serious injuries. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All accommodations
- All meals
- Local mountain guide
- All transportation within the itinerary
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Level 4 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You need to have a lot of ski touring experience for this trip. 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.
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.
To get the maximum dividend from this tour, it is an advantage if the participants have good skiing skills. Small groups allow us to be flexible en route. Choices can be made to split the groups and choose trips according to their skills. Avalanche equipment is a must for every individual, and it is an advantage if you know how to use it.
Tips for relevant literature:
- "Toppturer i Romsdalen" by Halvor Hagen
- "Toppturer i Norge" by Fri Flyt
- "Den lille snøskredboka" by Kjetil Brattlien
All of Hvitserks guests receive a discount at the Nomaden travel bookstore, www.nomaden.no. The Nomaden has a very large selection of guide books, clothing, travel equipment, and maps. You get the discount code for Nomaden's online store when you sign up for the trip.
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.
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.
We stay in Isfjorden, at Romsdal Lodge. From here there is a short distance to most of the possible ski touring destinations on this trip. We stay in an old, newly restored timber building - and sleep in double and dormitory rooms. There is not a shower/toilet in each room, but a newly refurbished shower room and separate drying room for ski touring equipment. The standard is simple but very nice. We eat a hearty breakfast, prepare a packed lunch to take with us, and in the evening we have a long and enjoyable dinner.
For daily excursions, we use our cars and organize joint transport with private cars. If you arrive by plane to Molde you can take the bus to Isfjorden/Åndalsnes, but from Oslo, it is almost as fast to catch the train. The private cars are also used as transport to the starting point for the trips, and the group shares the cost of gasoline.
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 o:
- 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.
- 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.
- Accommodation in a double / multi-bed room for three nights at Romsdal Lodge
- Simple dinner on arrival. Breakfast, lunch box and dinner the other days (dinner is not included on the departure day)
- Local guide with a maximum of six guests
Price does not include
- Transportation to/from Isfjorden
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personalized ski touring gear
Avalanche equipment, ice ax, and crampons are mandatory on this trip. This equipment may be rented by Hvitserk. If so, let us know.
For daily excursions, we use our cars and organize joint transport with private cars. The private cars are also used as transport to the starting point for the trips, and the group shares the cost of gasoline.
If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.
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
Arrival in Isfjorden
We meet at our accommodation in Isfjorden in the evening. Attendance time will be at 08.00 PM the latest. We will be served a simple dinner/supper while we meet the rest of the group. The host and the guide will greet us.
Ski Touring in Romsdalen
We eat breakfast, pack lunch and discuss today's options. We will be out skiing all day, with Blånebba, Smørbotinden, and Kirketaket as three of our main targets. We will try to find the best slopes with the best conditions. During the day our guide will teach us how to find the best tracks, show us some valuable skiing techniques and also share some knowledge about avalanches. After the trip, we will have a nice dinner at our accommodation before we relax and prepare for the next day.
Ski Touring and goodbyes
Hopefully, by this time we will start to feel all the ascents and descents in our legs. Regardless of that, we pack lunch and prepare for another day outside - but maybe we will choose an option that is a bit shorter. Isfjordsskarven is one option that offers a lot of downhill compared to the meters you are walking up. But, we are of course flexible, if the group wants a longer trip, to tick off another classic in Romsdalen, we will, of course, try to accommodate that. Either way, we will finish the day at around 4-5 PM.
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:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- 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!
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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.
Bed linens and towels are included all nights.