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Skiing and Sailing in Hjørundfjord

Hjørundfjord | Norway
Trip Highlights

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

5 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Backcountry Skiing and Sailing in Hjørundfjord

5 days

Set out on a 5-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.

Trip Highlights

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 leaves as soon as possible, but you can also set sail the next day and stay in town for the night since Ålesund is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer.

Brosundet in Ålesund, Norway

Day 2: First ski trip

Today marks the first ski trip of this thrilling tour! Your guide will meet you at the port and you’ll have a short briefing about the upcoming adventures. You’ll then head to the Kolå Peninsula, a premier backcountry skiing destination in this area. The exact skiing spot will usually be determined during briefings and will depend on the conditions on a given day. Spend your day carving big turns and skiing some great runs and once you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with epic views of jagged peaks and coastal landscapes in all directions. After you’re done skiing, you’ll relax in Christian Gaard, one of the most beautiful fjord farms in the area.

Backcountry skiers in Hjørundfjord, Norway

Day 3: Urke

Start off the third day by heading to Urke, a charming village known for its towering mountains that has been visited by kings and queens as well as emperors and writers for years. Today 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). You’ll then make your way from Urke into Langsæterdalen, a valley with stunning landscapes infused with Norway’s cultural history. Wrap up the day with a wellness experience at the Urke fjord sauna and have dinner at Urke Kaihus.

Backcountry skiers pointing at beautiful landscapes in Hjørundfjord

Day 4: 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. This picturesque village is an ideal gateway to many adventures in the mountains. One such mountain 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 then reach Skår, a village with no road connections and with only two inhabitants and a pub. You’ll get back to Jolly and have dinner in Rekkedal Guest House, an old family farm where buildings date back to the 15th century!

Backcountry skier going downhill in Hjørundfjord

Day 5: Sailing back to Ålesund

Take advantage of the last day and have a hearty breakfast and morning coffee 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.

Backcountry skier observing the landscape in Hjørundfjord
Things to know

Things to know

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, the Visit Norway 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
    • 5-day sailing and backcountry ski touring adventure
    • Accommodations in a shared cabin (bunk or double bed)
    • All meals throughout the trip (breakfast, lunch, dinner, after-ski with 3 dinners)
    • Snacks
    • 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.lly good times sa

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 people for this group adventure to operate.
    • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for this group adventure, so it’s the perfect opportunity to ski and sail with friends and family. 
    • If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.

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

The deposit invoice of 7000 nok ($805) will be sent from JGTS after registration and is due within 7 days (not working days). 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. If you book a trip less than 90 days prior to arrival, the invoice must be paid in full within 4 days including the deposit. Delay of payment of deposit and total amount is considered a breach of contract and gives JGTS the right to cancel the booking, but claim the deposit. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If you need to cancel your booking you will need to notify your guiding service electronically. 
    • Not paying the invoice does not imply that you cancel the booking. You will be given a written confirmation of your cancellation. 
    • Cancellation 60 days or more prior to departure – loss of deposit – full refund.
    • Cancellation less than 60 days prior to departure – loss of deposit – 50% of the total amount will be refunded. 
    • Cancelation less than 30 days prior to departure will result in no refund. 
    • In the event of no show, there is 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 hrs prior to departure within the same season.

Getting there and meeting location

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

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, 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.

The participants can stay on the boat for one more night if they need to take the plane early the day after the last day (Day 6). You will not be in the harbor before Day 5.

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