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, Hjørundfjord and the surrounding mountains rising from the sea will be accessed by a sailing boat, with plenty of new backcountry spots to discover during your daily ski tours. 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 sea! 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.

  • Ditch the crowded resorts and avoid the tracked-out snow

  • Discover Norwegian culture by getting a taste of the regional cuisine

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

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Beginner Backcountry Skiing and Sailing Tour
Feb 25
Custom Backcountry Skiing and Sailing in Hjørundfjord
Feb 25|Mar 05|Mar 15|+6 more

Meet your guides

Ulrik Møller
Ulrik Møller
Born in Oslo, with roots in the west of Sunnmøre, Ulrik started sailing many years ago and has thousands of miles behind the helm, both as the captain of Jolly and on other boats. He also has all the necessary safety training, certificates, and experie...
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Maria Llamosa
Maria Llamosa
Maria loves sailing and being out in nature, breathing in the fresh air, and cleansing her mind. As a crew member of Jolly, planning, timing and safety are key for her, as is making her guests feel at home on board while cooking exciting and exotic foo...
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Jolly Good Times Sailing
Jolly Good Times Sailing
Jolly Good Times Sailing
Jolly Good Times Sailing is a company which offers unique, authentic, and sustainable experiences on their sailing boat “Jolly”. Their goal is to be close to nature and provide a crafted, truly sustainable, and holistic experience while enjoying the un...
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Fjord Nature
Fjord Nature
Fjord Nature is a company whose vision is to offer the best outdoor experiences to adventurers across the world. With three base camps in Norway from Geirangerfjord to Oslofjord, they provide a wide array of activities to their customers including kaya...
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Things to know

  • 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 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
  • To enjoy this guided backcountry adventure in Hjørundfjord, 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.

  • 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 and this Hjørundfjord ski trip is no different. 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.

  • 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
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Hjørundfjord mountain 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.

Have more questions? Read our FAQ,

Life on Board

  • Your home for the week is Jolly, a 49-foot long Långedrag steel cruiser. This Dutch-built boat is equally as sturdy as it is comfy and spacious, so you can rest assured that Jolly will never fail to protect you even if the seas get rough. Its five cabins snuggly accommodate up to seven guests aboard, with whom you can mingle in the common area in the center of the boat—but don’t miss the chance to bask in the sun on its huge deck if the weather’s nice! Jolly moves with some help from the wind and can easily reach a cruising speed of 6.5-8 knots to give you a comfortable ride.

    Jolly sailboat in the Norwegian fjords.
  • There’s not a thing for you to worry about on this cruise. Jolly will take you deep into narrow fjords where towering mountains rise straight up from the sea. You’ll get to conquer those 1,700-meter peaks over the course of your 8-day adventure, after which you’ll get back to your cozy sailboat and a delicious meal. There’ll be plenty of time for exploring, so Jolly will take you to some Norwegian gems: a 500-year-old hillside farm restaurant, unique fjord pubs, and a floating fjord sauna.

    Skier on a sailboat in Norway.
  • Did we mention breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are included in this trip? Vegetarian, vegan, fish, or meat dishes—you won’t be left hungry. All of it can be prepared as Arabic, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, or Norwegian food, courtesy of Jolly’s incredible cook Maria!

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