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.
Sunnmøre is one of Norway's most beautiful areas for ski touring trips. We will hunt for the best snow, the finest peaks and the best descents. We use taxi and ferry to reach pristine mountains and we stay at one of the most beautiful hotels in Sunnmøre.
- Accommodation at Sagafjord Hotel
- Skiing in the Sunnmøre Alps
- Local guides
This is the dream trip for those who love skiing and ski touring. Based at the Sagafjord Hotel, right by the fjords with a local guide, everything is ready for us to choose the best peaks and the best descents from a short distance. Which peaks we choose depend entirely on weather and snow conditions, but we have mountains such as Slogen, Skårasalen, Blåbretindene, Blæja, Kvitegga, Randers peak or Kolåstinden - to name a few favorites. Often we use a taxi boat or ferry to cross the Hjørundfjord to get to the starting point for the ski touring. Only the boat ride is an experience in itself!
After a long days of skiing, we return to the hotel. Situated right by the fjords, maybe a refreshing dip in the fjords after ski touring or a drink in the sun? The experience is topped off with dinner before we end the evening with planning the next day in front of the fireplace.
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.
Read more about physical requirements and risk here.
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 meals as described in the program
- Local guide
- All transportation within the itinerary
See more of what's included and not here.
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Level 3 out of 6. 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.
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.
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 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.
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 at Hotel Union Øye, which for generations has been an attractive destination for royalty, writers, and adventurers. Ever since its opening in 1891, the hotel has been a place where guests come to enjoy the tranquility and good life in magnificent surroundings. The hotel's 27 rooms are all individually decorated and furnished with carefully selected activities. The rooms are also named after famous people who have stayed at the hotel throughout the years.
Every day, visitors are given the opportunity to look into the hotel's available rooms. Take a walk in the corridors and dream away in the magnificent fjord castle.
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.
Number of participants
Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 6 people.
Included in the price:
- All accommodation (double/twin room)
- Meals as described in the program
- Professional ski guide
- Ferries and/or taxi-boat if we use it
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to the meeting point Hotel Union Øye.
- Drinks and snacks.
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
Where mountains and fjords meet
Meet up at Sagafjord Hotel in Sæbø in the evening. This beautiful hotel is located right by the fjords in the middle of several of Sunnmøre's famous ski touring peaks. In the hotel's fireplace room or in the dining room we get together to plan the weekend with the guide (s), and dinner is served before we crawl to bed.
Ski touring - Endless possibilities
After a hearty and good breakfast, we will leave for today's ski trip. We decide based on the weather and snow conditions. From the hotel it is a short distance to Slogen, the mountain which is often referred to as the "Queen of the Sunnmøre Alps". Alternatively we can take a ferry across the Hjørundfjord and go on Randers Peak, or choose another spectacular tour alternative such as going on the Skårasalen with a descent straight down into the Hjørundfjord and to the roadless village of Skår. From there we take the ferry back to the cars.
Back at the hotel, the cold beers are waiting for us in the yard, or you can enjoy the view of the mountains from the pier. In the evening, we have a three-course dinner, before we end the day with tour planning in front of the fireplace.
New day, new peak!
Same procedure as yesterday, but new mountains awaits. We decide based on the conditions. Maybe Kvitegga? We can also take a ferry across the Hjørundfjord and drive up to Standalhytta. From here it is a fantastic trip up to the classics Kolåstinden or Nordre Sætretinden.
A slightly shorter alternative is Sylvkallen - from the top it is steep down into the Hjørundfjord, but the backside offers nice ski conditions. If we wish, it is also possible to take a "transitional trip" over the Blåbretinden - and end up at the quay in Trandal and then take the ferry back. Trandal is a roadless village by the Hjørundfjord - and the village has its own pub where you can try to make time for a beer before returning the ferry.
At the hotel, a lovely three-course dinner awaits.
After a good breakfast, we check out of the hotel and get ready for new ski touring opportunities. If your legs are tired after two good ski days, Blæja can be an alternative this day, if we have not already been there. This is an easy hike - but offers great views of Sunnmøre and Hjørundfjorden.
After finishing the trip we go back to the hotel - and maybe a cake or soda in the yard before returning home. If the whole group wants it, there is also an opportunity for guided off-piste skiing in the Stranda ski resort (lift tickets are not included). It may also be appropriate to drive on the road towards Stryn or towards Ålesund / Ørsta for the ski touring if this is appropriate for the return trip for the group.
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.