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Ski and Sail the Lyngen Alps

Lyngen Alps | Norway
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Top reasons to backcountry ski and sail in Lyngen Alps

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    Majestic alpine area only 25 miles from Tromsø, but a world away in reality

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    Discover glaciers, steep couloirs, gentle bowls and tree-skiing

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    Spend days ski touring and enjoy the après and northern lights from the boat

There are very few places that backcountry skiers will enjoy as much as the Lyngen Alps. This Norwegian mountain range east of the city of Tromsø spans over 370 square miles. The peninsula boasts a spectacular 124 peaks over 1000 meters while the tallest peaks reach 1800 meters. Due to the impressive mountains and glaciers in the northern part of the peninsula, the region has become one of the world’s most popular backcountry skiing destinations. The location is also perfect for any Aurora Borealis fans—the area lies directly below the aurora oval, making your chances of spotting the northern lights higher. The whole experience gets an upgrade with a sailboat that reaches the least accessible locations with perfect virgin powder just waiting to be explored. Set out on a journey and ski the most spectacular couloirs and bowls that Norway has to offer!

Season

Mid-March through early May

Nearest city

Tromso, NO, is where your adventure starts

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Sail & Ski in the Lyngen Alps

8 days

There are around 140 glaciers on the Lyngen peninsula and over 370 square miles of snowy terrain waiting to be explored! On this 8-day ski & sail expedition you will reach the most spectacular areas and explore the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Norway. Join experienced guides and a group of like minded adrenaline-fueled adventurers and see why Lyngen Alps have been attracting those seeking a challenge for years.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Get ready for an adventure!

As you arrive at the Tromso Airport, your guides will pick you up and transfer you to the sailboat where you’ll be welcomed by the friendly crew. Check and store your gear, explore the boat and get comfortable in your cabin. As your group gathers, you’ll retrieve any needed rental gear, review the boat, and receive a safety briefing by your guides and skipper. Once you’re all set, get ready to set sail towards your first destination and share a meal with your group.

An overview of the interior

Days 2-7: Ski and sail the Lyngen Alps

Over the course of the next six days, you’ll spend most of your time skiing! Your guides have the knowledge and flexibility to select and change spots according to prevailing weather and snow conditions. After breakfast and assessment, you’ll have a say about the final choice of the spot for the day and head out for 4-8 hours of ski touring! Once you’re done for the day, return to the boat and enjoy nourishing après ski snacks. Relax and rest prior to dinner and sail on to the next day’s spot.

Powdery slopes of Lyngen Alps

Day 8: Say goodbye to Lyngen Alps

After six days of ski touring and getting to know your group, you’ll arrive at the port in the morning and disembark. Take a few last pictures, exchange contact information and head to the airport!

Glaciers, slopes, and best powder in Norway
Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Lyngen Alps, Norway

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Lyngen Alps, NO, please refer to the Visit Norway website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Eight days of sailing and skiing
    • Six days of skiing
    • Seven-night ship rental with professional skipper and chef
    • Standard offshore lifejacket and lifeline
    • Shore landings and tours with the dinghy
    • Bedding and towels
    • Onboard food (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner), hot beverages and non-alcoholic beverages
    • Fuel and all port dues

What’s not included:

    • Ski, trekking or other outdoor activity gear
    • Air fares to and from Longyearbyen
    • Food and beverages on the day of arrival until boarding
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Voice and data communication using onboard equipment
    • Insurance (personal medical, travel, cancellation, etc.)

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is ideal for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. Every day, you will travel up to 8 hours, with ascents from 4 to 9km and peaks ranging from 800m to 1500m. Slope angles are mostly below 25-30 degree over glacier plateaus, but you can reach as much as 40 degrees and deep powder if you opt for gorges and the steeper lines. All participants should feel comfortable on black level resort runs as you will be skiing on glaciated terrain with variable snow conditions. Experience with sailing is not necessary.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Due to the terrain, location and length of tour, this adventure is for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers. If you’re just starting out, we recommend heading out for some intro touring with a guide and gaining some backcountry experience.

What equipment do I need to bring?

Here’s what you’ll need to bring:

Clothing list

    • Wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
    • Long underwear top — synthetic or wool
    • Light fleece or wool sweater
    • Wind shell — nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type jacket
    • Waterproof breathable jacket
    • Warm insulated jacket — down or synthetic
    • Long underwear bottoms — synthetic or wool
    • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
    • Waterproof breathable pants
    • Warm hat — wool or synthetic
    • Brimmed cap for sun protection
    • Face warmer — scarf, neck tube or balaclava (optional)
    • Light gloves — wool, synthetic or leather
    • Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
    • Spare gloves or mitts
    • Handkerchief for blocking the sun (optional)

Snow Safety Equipment

    • Avalanche beacon with good batteries (and spares)
    • Shovel
    • Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)

Travel Equipment

    • Skis or split board
    • Ski strap
    • Ski or snowboard boots
    • Poles
    • Climbing skins
    • Skin wax (or a candle)
    • Ski crampons — mandatory
    • Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
    • Ski helmet — optional

Personal Equipment

    • Pack (30-40 litres)
    • Sunglasses (both orange and dark lenses help a lot for travel in all conditions)
    • Goggles (orange lenses)
    • Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
    • Head lamp with good batteries
    • Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L)
    • Lunch bag or container
    • Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Compeed/Second Skin blister pads)
    • Pocket knife — optional
    • Camera — optional, but recommended
    • Binoculars — optional

Glacier Gear list

    • Harness — fitted for over your ski clothing
    • Locking carabiners (x2)
    • Non-locking carabiners (x2)
    • Prussik cord (5m x 6mm) —optional
    • Sewn sling (120cm) — optional
    • Lightweight ice axe — optional, don’t bring if you don’t have one or don’t like steep skiing

If you have any questions regarding the equipment list, feel free to contact us prior to booking.

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. Your guides are able to provide any equipment subject to sufficient notice time and availability of gear. Equipment rental will be charged and included in the price.
If you wish to rent equipment during your stay (including safety gear), let us know and we can help make arrangements.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group size:

    • Small groups limited to 6 guests provide comfort, personalized attention and flexibility in the choice of landing spots / exploration or ski areas, and smoothness during embarking and disembarking.
    • Prices are per person in double bed cabins (2 persons). A single cabin (1 person) may be requested with a price surcharge. The cost doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors as young as 14 may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Lyngen Alps, most people fly into Tromsø Airport. There are no direct flights to Tromso from the USA. Most international flights to Tromsø go via Oslo and there are direct flights from London-Gatwick, Oulu/ Luleå, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Once you arrive at Tromsø, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. From there, they’ll take you to the boat that you’ll spend the next 7 days on.

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