Ski Touring in Romsdalen

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Ski Touring Level 3 4 days 4-6 participants

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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.  

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local mountain guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary

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

Level 4 out of 5. 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.  

Preparations

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

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

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.

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 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.
  • 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 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.

Other information

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 

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1

Arrival in Isfjorden

Accommodation Grøtta Gard
Meals D

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. 

day

2-3

Ski Touring in Romsdalen

Accommodation Grøtta Gard
Meals B, L, D

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. 

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4

Ski Touring and goodbyes

Accommodation Grøtta Gard
Meals B, L

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. 

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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!

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. 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. 

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. 

TOILETRIESTOILETRIES

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 in saunas. 

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.

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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