Top three reasons to ski and sail along Norway’s coastline
Explore the remote regions of Norway and its versatile terrain
Revel in the summit-to-sea descents and step up your off-piste game
Your sailing ship is both comfy and durable, making it ideal for this rugged adventure
Looking for a change of the usual winter pace? If so, this skiing and sailing adventure on Norway’s spectacular coastline is exactly what you need. With so many off-piste objectives to choose from, you simply can’t go wrong. The Sunnmøre Alps boast jagged peaks and deep fjords, Lofoten’s climbs reach up to 1,000 m, Senja’s diverse landscapes gave rise to its nickname “Norway in miniature“, and the Lyngen Alps are home to 120+ peaks surpassing 1,000 m. Last but not least, the Finnmark Alps house a plethora of amazing alpine peaks allowing for long ski seasons and high-octane adventures. The acres of incredibly versatile terrain covered in fluffy powder or spring snow combined with icy vistas of the Far North make this a one-of-a-kind adventure. Add to the equation the coziness of your sailing ship and the hot shower after each skiing session and you get a picture-perfect vacation.
February through May
Your adventure begins in one of Norway’s five locations
Intermediate or advanced
Choose how you spend your days
Skiing and Sailing in Sunnmøre
Spend your days sailing and skiing in the magnificent Sunnmøre Alps and discover some of the finest ascents and descents encircled by idyllic fjords, jagged peaks, and high icy walls. With miles of light powder at your disposal, you’ll be able to carve big turns with no impediments and climb Kvitegga (1,717 m) if the weather is good. Rest up on a comfy sailing ship and enjoy freshly prepared food to get ready for each day.
Crossing from Sunnmøre to Lofoten
Get ready for a 600 km sailing trip to Lofoten along the Lomsdal-Visten and Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Parks with countless small islands and coves. Sail into the harbor of Bodo just before you get to Lofoten and rest up in the many good seafood restaurants and cozy pubs. This is a good way of stretching your sea legs for the last leg to Lofoten.
Skiing and Sailing in Lofoten
Prepare for a dynamic skiing and sailing adventure on the glorious Lofoten Islands and ski some of the most amazing runs with an expert guide monitoring your progress. These stunning islands and their rugged landscape are becoming increasingly popular with backcountry adventurers and deservedly so. With endless off-piste powder skiing, you’ll love every minute of this trip. From meadow open bowls to more demanding couloirs, Lofoten has it all.
Skiing and Sailing in Senja
Revel in the breathtaking scenery on a skiing and sailing tour of Senja, an island often referred to as „Norway in miniature“ due to its varied landscapes that cover almost the whole span of Norway’s geographical features. Take advantage of its perfect snow conditions to work on your out-of-bounds skills and enjoy your time on wide gentle slopes and challenging couloirs while your guide helps you with your technique.
Skiing and Sailing in the Lyngen Alps
Have a blast on a skiing and sailing tour of the Lyngen Alps, a scenic mountain range and one of the world’s most popular backcountry skiing destinations. Reach locations that might seem beyond reach and carve huge turns in awe-inspiring couloirs, bowls, and perfect powder. With more than 120 peaks over 1,000 meters and an expert guide by your side, you won’t run out of off-piste opportunities.
Skiing and Sailing in Finnmark
Enjoy an action-packed skiing and sailing tour of the Finnmark Alps, home to a wide range of peaks ranging from 800 to 1,000 m. This pristine snowy playground lies at the northernmost part of continental Europe, so you just know that the powder is untouched and skiing opportunities thick on the ground. Powder and soft spring snow are still available in May! Develop your backcountry skills with a guide and soak up the mega views around you.
Day 1: Flying to Norway
Start this adventure by traveling to Norway. Once you land at the end of the afternoon, you’ll be greeted by the Moondance team. They will transfer you to the ship in a van and you’ll get to know the crew and the team. Set sail immediately, enjoy your guiding service’s own Moondance beer, and have dinner while discussing the program for the next few days.
Day 2: First tour day
Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and have a delicious breakfast to kick off the day. Load the gear into a dinghy and start your adventure. Your guide will choose an easier tour for the first morning so that everyone can get used to the snow and conditions. Spend your day skiing and you’ll be rewarded with Norway’s incredible landscapes. Descend to the sea where the ship is waiting for you at the end of the day and get ready for the upcoming adventures!
Days 3 to 7: Ski and sail on Norway’s coastline
For the next five days, you’ll make one or two ascents and descents every day. You’ll wake up to the wintry Norwegian vistas and have delicious breakfast to get ready for an action-packed day ahead of you. At the end of the afternoon, you’ll usually make a long descent towards the fjord and back to the Moondance. Before dinner, you’ll keep sailing and anchor at your next destination. Every morning you’ll have a filling breakfast and your guiding service can make a packed lunch for the road. Enjoy the Moondance beer and have a delicious dinner to cap off the day. Hit the hay early because each upcoming day will be filled with adventures.
Day 8: Return journey
This thrilling adventure has unfortunately come to an end. But look on the bright side—you’ve skied on incredible terrain, pushed your skiing skills to a new level, and enjoyed some of the finest wintry vistas in the world. Have your breakfast in the morning and say goodbye to the crew. You’ll be transferred to the harbor and the airport and head home.
Meet your guides
Olivier van WarmerdamOlivier van Warmerdam
Olivier van Warmerdam
Luuk van den Engel
Luuk van den Engel
Swimming in ice cold water after a day of ski touring. Fresh fish for dinner, straight from the fjord. The trip to the Lyngen Alps really had everything I love in one program. The combination of skiing in an incredibly beautiful Norwegian mountain landscape with views over the fjords and sailing through the fjord in search of the mountain of tomorrow, was unique and challenging.
Norway’s candy shop is big, very big, and we’ve only discovered a small corner of it. Treeruns for when the weather is bad, open bowls for the better days and the countless amazingly beautiful couloirs for the ultimate dessert. Norway has it all, not to mention the views along the way. Highly recommended!
Things to know
Covid measures in 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 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 you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 6 days of of skiing and sailing
- Accommodation for 7 nights on a sailing ship
- Full board on the sailing ship
- 2 drinks per day
- Transfers from the airport to the port and back
- 9-seater van on shore for touring and logistics
- Trees for All contribution to compensate the CO2 emission of the trip
- SGR-funds & Calamiteitenfonds contribution
What’s not included:
- Transportation before and after the trip
- Accommodations in a hotel after the tour
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
- Safety equipment (can be rented from your guide)
- Alcoholic beverages and personal expenses
How fit do I need to be?
To enjoy this guided skiing and sailing trip on Norway’s coast, you need to be in very good physical shape. The climbs are between 800 and 1,800 m (2,625 ft – 5,905 ft), after which a nice descent follows. You will be on your feet for multiple hours a day for 6 full days, covering several miles of terrain every day. One long or two short trips are made per day on diverse terrain. 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.
What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?
Due to the varied terrain (wide, narrow, flat, and steep), location, and length of tour, this adventure is suitable for intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers, meaning you need to have previous backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on glaciated terrain for multiple hours every day. The terrain is very varied and you’ll ski or snowboard across large walls and couloirs. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.
What equipment do I need to bring?
- 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)
- Probe (2.4m or longer preferred)
- Skis or split board
- Ski strap
- Ski or snowboard boots
- Climbing skins
- Skin wax (or a candle)
- Ski crampons — mandatory
- Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup
- Ski helmet — optional
- Pack (30-40 L)
- 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.
NOTE: You will receive a detailed equipment list with all the necessary items well before the start of the trip from your guiding service.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and pricing:
- For this group adventure, the max. client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
Skiing and sailing on Norway’s coastline 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
A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 90 days (3 months) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.
- If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund.
- For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
- For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
- After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
Getting there and meeting location
Depending on the chosen date and region, you’ll fly to Ålesund (Sunnmøre), Harstad (Lofoten), Bardufoss (Senja), Tromsø (Lyngen) or Alta (Finmark).
To get to Sunnmøre, most people fly into Ålesund Airport, Vigra, about 20 minutes away from Sunnmøre. To get to the Lofoten Islands, most people fly into Harstad/Narvik Airport. To get to Senja, most people fly into Bardufoss Airport, just under 1.5 hours away from Senja. To get to Lyngen Alps, most people fly into Tromsø Airport, Langnes. To get to Finnmark, most people fly into Alta Airport.
You will choose one location and arrive at an airport. Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary and you get to your desired location in Norway, you’ll meet others at the airport and your guiding service will pick you up and transfer to the sailing ship in the harbor, where your adventure will begin. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.
After the last tour day, you’ll be transferred back to the harbor, spend the night in a hotel, and you’ll be taken to the airport the next morning. You’ll then fly back to your country of origin.