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Fjord til fjell is the best motto to have when in Norway—it means “from the fjord to the mountain”, and it perfectly sums up our 8-day trip in Seiland. After more than 30 years of skiing and guiding all over the world, I can say that this is truly a one-of-a-kind location with some excellent ski tours and a reliable snowpack. Seiland is a remote island in the north of Norway, within the Arctic Circle, and the perfect place to experience Norwegian culture and traditions. Based out of Seiland House, we’ll take a boat every day to a different location, spend the day cruising untracked slopes of Seiland and Stjernøya Islands, and get back home to a hot tub and a sauna. Skiing in Norway doesn’t get any better than this.

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  • Wood-fired outdoor hot tub & sauna

    End your days in the best way possible—have a good meal, a glass of wine, and relax your muscles in a hot tub or sauna

  • Ski within the Arctic Circle

    You’ll be based in Seiland, a remote and crowdless island full of deep fjords and high mountains emerging from them

  • Best skiing in Norway

    Skip some popular and tracked-out spots in Northern Norway and head to this remote island of Seiland instead

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Join our 8-day ski touring adventure in Northern Norway and experience skiing like nowhere else in the world! We’ll be based in Seiland House, beautiful accommodation on its eponymous island, and go skiing to different slopes and fjords every day. All our meals will be prepared by our kind hosts, Stig and Daniela, and there’s also a Caribbean Bar where we’ll sip on cocktails. After spending the day on fresh snow and untracked slopes, we’ll return to the lodge and relax in a hot tub or a sauna.

  • Once you land in Alta Airport, make your way to the ferry terminal (shuttle service provided upon request). Catch the ferry from Alta and arrive in Seiland in the afternoon, where dinner and our cozy lodge await.

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Seiland House

    Seiland house in Northern Norway
  • We’ll have breakfast, go skiing for the day, and come back to the lodge—and rinse and repeat for the upcoming week! All our meals are included in this tour as well as transfers during the trip. So we hop into our boat, cruise to our ski location for the day, and ski our heart out. Seiland has a good snowpack and interesting tours with outstanding fall line skiing. Then we’ll return to our lodge and treat ourselves to a sauna or a hot tub, both of which are a part of our accommodation.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Seiland House

    Skiers in Northern Norway
  • After our final breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes. We’ll take you to the airport in the morning so you can fly back to Oslo. If you’d like to stay longer in the area, just ask us for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Restaurant in Seiland
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Meet your guides

Tom Wolfe
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Tom Wolfe
IFMGA/ACMG Certified Guide
Tom Wolfe is an ACMG/IFMGA-certified mountain guide who’s been guiding since moving to Canmore in 1995, the place he calls home. His winters consist of a mix of ski guiding at lodges, heli-ski operations, and remote backcountry destinations throughout western Canada. During the warmer months, Tom spends his days on water. He is a certified Paddle Canada Moving Water Canoe Instructor and Wilderness Canoe Guide.
Sawback Alpine Adventures
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Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback Alpine Adventures
Sawback was founded by Tom Wolfe in 1995, running mountain hiking trips for groups. Since then they have expanded programming to offer just about any mountaineering adventure you could imagine. Tom is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Although Sawback is primarily a one man show, many of their trips come out of partnerships with other guides.

Accommodation

5.00 (5 reviews)
Eric Despain (source: Google)

Tom is a top notch guide! In addition to delivering a great ski touring trip, he is a fun person to hang out with back at the lodge. I feel safe touring with Tom.

Ryan Foxx (source: Google)

I’ve done several trips and courses with Tom. He’s a fantastic guide. He has a tonne of knowledge, sets a friendly atmosphere on trips, and really works to make trips as good as he can for everyone on them.

Dean Prodan (source: Google)

My family and I had the adventure of a lifetime. It was an incredible experience and Sawback did an excellent job. We would highly recommend the trip and Tom to everyone.

Marilyn Friedmann (source: Google)

Tom, the guide, plus the assistant guides were so courteous and attentive to the needs, not only of myself, but of everyone in the group. Tom knows how to provide excellent customer service!

Mark Nielsen (source: Google)

Tom is a knowledgeable guide, great person and patient instructor.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day ski touring adventure in Northern Norway
      • Accommodation for 7 nights at Seiland House, a remote ski lodge with a sauna and a wood-fired outdoor hot tub (pillows, duvet, bed linen, and towels supplied)
      • All meals during the trip (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8)
      • Motorboat access to ski terrain
      • Group gear (altimeter, maps and compass, GPS, snow study kit, snow and/or bush saw, first aid kit, emergency tarp, emergency toboggan, group repair kit, radio & satellite phone, ropes for glacier travel)

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Norway
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Ski touring and mountaineering equipment
      • Guide gratuities — optional (both for guiding staff and boat crew)
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • This ski touring adventure in Northern Norway is perfect for experienced backcountry skiers capable of handling 1,500 m (4,920 feet) of climbs and descents per day. You’ll mostly ascend peaks between 700 and 1,200 m (2,300-3,940 ft).

    You’ll go for day trips from your lodge and reach your playground for the day by boat. You can expect glaciated terrain and often variable snow conditions. Late March is the start of peak season for ski touring in Northern Norway—the temperatures are mild and stable, with lows typically around -10°C and highs typically below 0°C. The snowpack is coastal, meaning deep and stable despite the low elevation, with excellent powder skiing found well into April.

  • All excursions set off from the sea and reach the peaks of a spectacular landscape of the fjords of Seiland Islands with the taste of the Arctic. Ski touring in Northern Norway means a good snowpack and interesting tours with outstanding fall line skiing.

    Every morning you’ll hop into a motorboat at Seiland House’s landing and go search for your playground for the day. Usually you’ll cover elevation differences of 800-1,300 m (2,625-4,265 ft), that’s 3-5 hours spent ascending, and then you’ll often descend along a different route to a different return point in a neighboring fjord.

  • You’ll need to bring all of the following personal equipment for ski touring in Northern Norway. Please don’t bring extra equipment. If you have any questions at all about gear, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Clothing:

      • 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 (2.4 m or longer preferred)

    Snow touring equipment:

      • Skis or split board
      • Ski crampons — must (they’re specific to your binding type, if you can’t find one to fit your binding, G3 crampons have an attachment system that works for many bindings)
      • Ski strap
      • Ski or snowboard boots
      • Poles
      • Climbing skins
      • Skin wax (or a candle)
      • Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
      • Ski helmet
      • Ski scraper

    Glacier gear

      • Harness (fitted for over your ski clothing)
      • Locking carabiners (2x)
      • Non-locking carabiners (2x)
      • Prussik cord — 5 m x 6 mm (optional)
      • Sewn sling — 120 cm (optional)
      • Lightweight ice axe (optional, don’t bring if you don’t have one or don’t like steep skiing)

    Personal equipment:

      • Pack (30-40 liters will work fine)
      • 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)
      • Tincture of Benzoin or a medical product by 3M called Cavilon (these products help the
      • Leukotape stick for the whole week if necessary)
      • Pocket knife — optional
      • Camera — optional
      • Binoculars — optional
      • Prussik cord – 5m x 6mm — optional, for contributing to emergency toboggan construction

    Personal belongings

      • Duffle bag for your clothes
      • Shoes
      • Micro spikes — especially the early season (late April/early May) trips as melt-freeze cycles can create very slippery conditions in the town
      • Comfortable clothing for travel as well as some nice clothes to wear to the restaurants
      • Slippers
      • High rubber boots for entering/exiting the motorboat (optional)
      • Personal medications and toiletries
      • Ear plugs
      • Reading material — optional
      • Chargers and adapters for electronic devices
      • Norwegian cash in NOK or Euros to pay for your beer tab, souvenirs, and gratuities
  • There are no equipment rentals on Seiland. However, your guides do rent ski gear if arranged in advance. It’s still highly recommended you bring your own equipment and that you make sure it’s in top condition.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this ski touring trip in Northern Norway, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
      • The maximum group size is 8, but two groups can be accommodated at the lodge.

    Ski touring in Northern Norway can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join ski touring in Northern Norway on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

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

  • To get to your ski touring trip in Northern Norway, you first have to get to Oslo. From Oslo Airport (OSL), catch a flight to the smaller Alta Airport (ALF). Once you get there, take the ferry to Seiland. Make sure to plan ahead in time and take into consideration all modes of transport.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so in writing. Once your booking is confirmed, you and your Guides enter into financial obligations and they cannot refund payments or release you from your contractual obligations. Therefore, it is highly recommended buying cancellation insurance to cover your losses for the case that you can’t participate or have to interrupt your trip “for any reason”.

    Your Guides do reserve the right to change guides, particular lodging or the itinerary or venue should unforeseen circumstances (guide sickness, hut or route closing etc.) force them to do so or should the physical condition of the participants, weather or mountain conditions make a continuation as planned too risky. Your Guides will not be deemed to be in default for any delay or failure to perform their obligations under this agreement resulting from acts of God, the elements, war, acts of government, civil or military authorities, natural calamities, catastrophe, fire, flood, accidents, epidemics, shortage of transportation, or any other like events beyond our reasonable control.

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