Ski Touring - around Hjørundfjorden

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Ski Touring Level 4 7 days 4-6 participants

Overview

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

  • Visit Ålesund, one of Norway's most beautiful cities.
  • Ski from the mountain top all the way down to the fjords.
  • Traditional wooden hot tub to soak your muscles after a long ski day.
  • Ferries and boat rides on the fjord.
  • Lots of big ski days!

Ski touring around the fjord of Hjørund on the west coast of Norway is Norway's answer to seeking the most beautiful and majestic mountain skiing. It truely is one of Norway's most dramatic and stunning landscapes, not to mention the excellent skiing options. 

The tour around the Hjørundfjord is a randonee (backcountry) skiing tour, where we ski from village to village, carrying relatively light rucksacks. We ski to summits, explore valleys and numerous destinations en route. We bring everything we need for the week's tour in our rucksacks. The daily legs around the fjord are tough, with ascents of up to 1,200-1,300 meters. We stay in high-quality, unique accommodations, including in the village of Trandal, which has a population of five or six and to which there is no road, and at the charming design hotel Villa Norangdal and the beautiful Sagafjord Hotel in Sæbø. Staying in such great accommodations on a fantastic skiing tour makes this a truly unique journey in our opinion, and well worth traveling from far and wide to experience!

Ålesund, which is the closest city for this tour, has good connections (direct flights) to several foreign cities (KLM, among others, operates daily flights). Norwegian and SAS also operate several daily flights to Oslo.


What's included

See more of what's included and not here.

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 4 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.

How to get there?

Solavågen is the meeting point, right outside Ålesund and offers good connections throughout the world. Solavågen is where the tour ends and Ålesund Airport offers good connections (direct flights) to several foreign cities (KLM, among others, operates daily flights). Norwegian and SAS also operate several daily flights to Oslo.

Accommodation

We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 3000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each 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.  

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.

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
  • Meals as described in the program
  • All local transportation from/to Solavågen
  • Professional ski guide

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel in Ålesund/Solavågen in advance
  • Drinks and snacks.

Other information

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

First ski day to Trandal

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals D
Duration 6-8hrs
Climb 1200m
Descent 1200m
Distance 13km

We meet at the meeting point on the ferry port at Solavågen, right outside Ålesund. From there we take the ferry over the fjord and a short taxi-ride to Hundeidvik on the Hjørundfjord. The day's leg is around 13 km with an ascent of 1,200 meters. If the conditions are good, we can ski to the top of Blåbretinden. Crampons and ice axes might be needed on the final part up to the summit. From Blåbretind (1,476 meters), we ski down to the roadless village of Trandal on the Hjørundfjord. This village only has five or six inhabitants. Despite the fact that Trandal only has a handful of inhabitants, the pub at our accommodation is very popular, and we'll probably be served fresh fish straight from the fjord for dinner.

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2

Up from the fjord

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1500m
Descent 1500m
Distance 6-8hrs

We get an early start and head up the Lissjedalen valley to Råna (1,586 meters). This leg is steep and demanding in parts (and can only be done if the conditions are good), but the surroundings are spectacular. If we head for the top of Råna, this leg has an ascent of 1,500 meters. From Råna, we ski down Nordkopen to Urke. Hopefully, we'll manage a trip to the small, local shop at Urke before it closes. Here we can buy snacks for the trip and we spend the night at a lovely guesthouse that serves good, local food.

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3

A classic summit and design hotel

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Duration 6-8hrs
Climb 1500m
Descent 1500m

Slogen is the day's destination, and the 1,564-metre high summit is a classic in Sunnmøre. From the top, we ski down to Norangsdalen valley and arrive at Villa Norangdal. This is a unique and beautiful design hotel where each individual room has been individually decorated. The hotel is imbued with the history of Norwegian mountain sports. There are few things better than easing yourself into a heated outdoor jacuzzi with a magical view of the mountains after a long day's skiing. Followed by a lovely dinner, we end the evening planning the next day in front of the fire in the lovely Slingsbystuen lounge.

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4

Down the fjord

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1000m
Descent 1000m

We strap on our skis on the hotel steps and ski across Blæja and the Kårdalstindene mountains. If visibility is good, we can see across large parts of the Hjørundfjord and right out to sea. Excellent skiing down Kårdalen valley down to the fjord. Here, we are picked up by a taxi boat and cross the fjord to our accommodation for the next two nights: Sæbø.

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5

Skiing a classic summit

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Duration 5hrs
Climb 1500m
Descent 1500m
Distance 4km

We'll stay two nights at Sæbø, and spend the day skiing to the top of Skårasalen. This is one of the classic destinations in the area. We make our way up from the back side, and ski down to Skår, a little farm by the fjord. From here, we take a taxi boat or ferry to Sæbø where we spend the night.

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6

Spectacular views

Accommodation Guest House
Meals B, L, D
Climb 1300m
Descent 800m

After a good breakfast at Sagafjord, we take a taxi a short distance up to Litledalen valley where we start the ascent up to Dalegubben (1,344 metres). Crampons and ice axes are often required for the final part up to the summit, and there is again a good chance of spectacular views from the top. Fantastic skiing down the almost 800-metre side from Dalegubben down to Nøvedalen. Spend the night at Standaleidet (400 metres).

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7

The last leg of the trip

Meals B, L
Duration 5-7hrs
Climb 1400m
Descent 1400m
Distance 5km

The last leg of the Hjørundfjord trip starts at Standaleidet (roughly 400 metres), and we make our way to the top of Kolåstind or Svinetind, before we end the day by skiing down to Ytre Standal or down to Molladalen and Barstadvik. From here, we take a taxi a short distance to Festøya, where we take the ferry back to Solavågen. 

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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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Fri 1. May 2020 Thu 7. May 2020
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NOK 19 900

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