Skiing and Sailing in Hjørundfjord

Hjørundfjord | Norway
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Top three reasons to go skiing and sailing in Hjørundfjord

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    Ditch the crowded resorts and avoid the tracked-out snow

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    Discover Norway’s culture by getting a taste of the regional cuisine

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    The terrain is versatile and includes couloirs, steep lines, and tree runs

Hemmed in by the Sunnmørsalpene mountain range, shimmering glaciers, and waterfalls, Hjørundfjord is a 22-mile long fjord and a bucket-list item for avid backcountry skiers. Located south from Ålesund, you’ll access this Norwegian fjord and the surrounding mountains rising from the sea on board a sailing boat and discover new backcountry spots each day. Revel in the couloirs, steep lines, and tree runs of Slogen, Skårasalen, Kolå Peninsula, and other locations far away from the crowded resorts and ski from mountain tops all the way down to the fjord! To round out the experience, you’ll visit a fjord sauna, hike to sleepy villages, and go fishing. Immerse yourself in Norwegian culture by having regional meals in a 600-year-old guesthouse and a farm restaurant that serves food grown in their own backyard. Get your skis primed and don’t forget your camera—this combo of fjords and superb skiing can only be matched by the area’s unparalleled natural scenery.

Season

February through May

Nearest city

Your adventure starts in Ålesund, Norway

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your days

Beginner to Intermediate Backcountry Skiing and Sailing Tour

8 days

Embark on an 8-day skiing and sailing odyssey adapted for beginner to intermediate backcountry skiers! Ski Hjørundfjord’s milder alpine lines and push your skills to the next level under the watchful eye of an experienced local guide. Spend your time off the slopes exploring rustic villages, tasting local delicacies, and resting your ski muscles in soothing saunas. 

Custom Backcountry Skiing and Sailing in Hjørundfjord

8 days

Set out on a 8-day voyage in Hjørundfjord as you sail and discover new backcountry skiing locations. Hone your skills on mountains that rise straight from the sea and rest up on board a comfortable sailing boat. Visit Norway’s picturesque villages tucked deep in the fjord, taste the authentic Norwegian cuisine and enjoy a steamy fjord sauna. Let your guide help you with your skiing goals and get a full experience of Norway’s captivating culture and colorful landscapes.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting at the pier in Brosundet

The adventure kicks off once you arrive in Ålesund. You’ll meet your guides in Brosundet and your sailing boat, Jolly, will be waiting in the harbor. You’ll get to know each other over a delicious dinner prepared on board and your guide will check your equipment. The group usually stays in town for the night since Ålesund is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer.

Brosundet in Ålesund, Norway

Day 2: Catch you food in Liadal/ Raudøya area

Today you’ll wake up early and get ready to catch your own food. Sail from Alesund early in the morning and head towards Liadal. In Liadal, your group will prepare shellfish traps and set the net. While you’re are waiting, use your time to explore the area. If the weather allows, go for a 3-hour sunset ski tour to Eggja and spend the night on the boat. 

Backcountry skiers in Hjørundfjord, Norway

Day 3: Ski from Liadal to Vartdal

Start your day by hoisting the traps and pulling the net. Clear out the catch and start to refine it and prepare the menu for the week. 

You’ll spend the rest of the day on the famous Kolå Peninsula, “El Dorado” of backcountry skiing. The exact peak will be defined by the conditions on the given day and determined during the briefing. What is certain is that when you reach the top, you’ll have a unique view of sharp peaks in the east, which you’ll explore in the next following days. Ski for about 10 km with 650 m in elevation gain. If the conditions are right, you’ll visit Bergehornet (1024 m) and add on 2 km to your tour. Board the boat in Vartdal and sail into Hjørundfjorden. You’ll relax in Christian Gaard, one of the most beautiful fjord farms in the area, where you can enjoy après skis and a delicious dinner in cozy surroundings.

Skiers walking in a line in Norway

Day 4: Urke

Start off the fourth day by sailing towards “Norway’s finest fjord crossing” and heading to Urke, a charming village known for its towering mountains. You’ll reach Mt. Slogen, a famous mountain that’s also known as the Queen of the Sunnmore Alps. This beautiful mountain rises from Hjørundfjord and stands at an elevation of 5,131 ft (1,564 m). Ski down to Urke Quay, where Jolly and dinner at a pub await for you. Wrap up the day with a wellness experience, perfect after a long day in the mountains. Do you dare to jump in the fjord?

Mountain Saksa view with Norwegian fjord and mountains. Below is Urke village and left is Oye village

Day 5: Bjørke

Wake up with the sunrise, feel the crisp cold air and have a warm cup of coffee before you set sail for Bjørke, the deepest point in the fjord. Choose between two fabulous hiking alternatives, Dukkhornet or Kjerringkjeftane, that will give an unreal view of the panoramic landscape. Enjoy apres-skis and bonfire combo in the evening. This is good ground for winter fishing, so you can catch a couple of hake fish. 

Bjørke is one of the oldest farm areas in the Hjørundfjord area. Graves found in Bjørke date back to about 600 AD.

Day 6: Sæbø

Kick things off with a filling breakfast and freshly brewed coffee to get ready for the day ahead of you. Continue the journey across the fjord and head to Sæbø, the navel of the world. There will be plenty of ski options and the guide will recommend the appropriate terrain for the day. The classic option is Skårasalen. Here you can go up one side of the mountain and ski down the other and enjoy superb downhill skiing all the way to the fjord. You’ll reach Skår, a village with no road connections and with only two inhabitants and a pub. Board Jolly and have dinner in Rekkedal Guest House, an old family farm where buildings date back to the 15th century!

A sailboat on crystal clear waters in Norway

Day 7: Sailing back to Ålesund

Take advantage of the last day and have a hearty breakfast as you head to Store-Standal. The guide will meet you at the quay and guide you safely to the mountains. Even though your legs may be tired by this point, you’re in the home stretch. 

After skiing down to Jolly, you’ll sail out of the fjord and head back to Ålesund, where you’ll part ways with your guides and the rest of the group.

A harbor at sunset in Norway

Day 8: Goodbye Hjørundfjord

Jolly will be berthed 3 minutes from the airport express bus. Take a few last pictures and say goodbye to your guides before heading to your plane!

Landing airplane above Norwegian Sea near Alesund, Norway
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Covid measures in Hjørundfjord, 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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Hjørundfjord, Norway, please refer to Norway’s Government website and Helse Norge Travel Advice.

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
    • 8 days of sailing and backcountry ski touring
    • Accommodations in a shared cabin (bunk or double bed)
    • All meals throughout the trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner, apres-skis)
    • All boat related expenses (gas, harbor fees, diesel)
    • Use of fishing equipment
    • Warm suits and life vest
    • Hand towels

What’s not included:

    • Transportation before and after the trip
    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Shower towels
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Soft drinks

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in good enough shape to climb anywhere from 3,280 to 4,920 ft (1,000-1,500 m) above sea level. You will be on your feet for several hours a day for 4 days, covering several miles of terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

Tour taking place from February 25 to March 4 will be adapted for beginner to intermediate skiers.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, like skinning uphill, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Ski crampons
    • Ice axe or whippet
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Wool long-sleeved top and bottom base layers
    • Wool or fleece top mid-layer
    • Insulated down or synthetic puffy jacket
    • Insulated down or synthetic jacket (has to fit over your base- and mid layer, underneath rain shell)
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Extra medium thick top layer
    • Gloves and mittens
    • Warm hats (thick and thin)
    • Hiking socks
    • Lightweight boots
    • Sunglasses
    • Waterproof shell pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Synthetic or wool underwear and socks
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 2L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen and chapstick
    • Shower towels
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 40-50L backpack)
    • Personal medications
    • Headlamp (with extra batteries)
    • Sitting mat
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

    • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from your guiding service.
    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from your guiding service.
    • Splitboards can be rented from your guiding service.

If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements. 

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For this group adventure, the max. number of participants is 7. It takes a minimum of 4 participants for this tour to operate.
    • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience. The price doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
    • The group gets confirmed at the moment that at least 4 people pay the deposit. At that time, the group will be informed that the trip has been confirmed, and therefore that they can start booking their flights.

Ski touring and sailing in Hjørundfjord 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 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.

Deposits and cancellation policy

Secure your spot with a deposit of $805 (7000 NOK). Full payment must be received within 90 days prior to departure. In the event of booking a trip less than 90 days prior to departure, the full amount must be paid within 4 days. Delay of payment is considered a breach of contract and gives your Guide the right to cancel the booking, but claim the deposit. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

  • Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure: Full refund minus the deposit
  • Cancellation less than 60 days prior to departure: Loss of deposit and 50% of the total amount 
  • Cancelation less than 30 days prior to departure: No refund. 
  • In the event of no show, there will be no refund for any given reason.

If you have booked a trip and need to stay home in quarantine due to Covid-19 and this prohibits your planned trip, you can reschedule free of charge 72 hours prior to departure. 

If you need to cancel your booking you will need to notify your guiding service electronically.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Ålesund, your meeting point, most people fly into Ålesund Airport (AES), 20 minutes away from Ålesund. From there, you can rent a car or take a taxi or bus.

You will meet your guide in Brosundet in Ålesund, where your sailing boat Jolly will be waiting for you. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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