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Backcountry skiing in Norway

Experience surreal runs above the Arctic Circle - enjoy the best of backcountry skiing in Norway!
Skier skiing on a fjord in Svalbard.
The Svalbard Archipelago
Norway's crown of islands in the High Arctic
A skier shredding in the Lyngen Alps, Norway
Lyngen Alps
Skiers’ paradise with a twist
A skier shredding slopes in Lofoten, Norway
More of the Arctic Circle
Shred & sail under the midnight sun
Single woman ascending a snow covered slope on skis with the fjords and mountains in the background.
Women’s trips
Ski in a welcoming all-women environment
Skier skiing on a fjord in Svalbard.
The Svalbard Archipelago
Norway's crown of islands in the High Arctic
8 days /  From $5,860 /  3 Trips
A skier shredding in the Lyngen Alps, Norway
Lyngen Alps
Skiers’ paradise with a twist
8 days /  From $4,435 /  2 Trips
A skier shredding slopes in Lofoten, Norway
More of the Arctic Circle
Shred & sail under the midnight sun
8 days /  From $5,860 /  3 Trips
Single woman ascending a snow covered slope on skis with the fjords and mountains in the background.
Women’s trips
Ski in a welcoming all-women environment
8 days /  From $4,435 /  1 Trip

Norway backcountry ski tours

What do people think of our Backcountry Skiing in Norway?
Bob Hall

Romain is exceptional in his knowledge and disposition, He read our group perfectly and pushed jus hard enough!

Betsy E.

Tom Wolfe coordinated a fabulous ski and sail trip to Svalbard. It was an amazing trip that took into consideration the goals and capabilities of each of the guests, while keeping safety top of mind. Tom is not only a professional guide, he’s a really nice guy too. I look forward to skiing with him (and the other guides) again in the future.

Eric Despain

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.

Louise Lumley

Fabulous crew, lovely people, great food, fun and accommodating. Excellent well appointed boat with unbelievably experienced skipper.

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A backcountry adventure like no other

Supreme alpine terrain with no one in sight

Imagine sailing among soaring icebergs carving through untouched powder snow beneath the midnight sun. That’s what skiing in Norway is all about. Substantial snowfall combined with cold temperatures and low humidity create light, dry, and powdery snow, with excellent glide and control. Let your guides lead you to thrilling descents and pristine powder stashes. 

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Expedition to northern Svalbard by sailing boat, reflection
Three skiers running fast down a slope overlooking av wide fjord with snow covered mountains in the background.

Arctic wonders enjoyed in unique ways

The journey itself is an adventure

  • Sailing through Norway’s majestic fjords allows you to soak in the scenery, witness wildlife, and experience the serenity of the Arctic.

Midnight sun

  • Constant daylight during the summer allows more time for skiing & exploration – you can even hit the slopes in the middle of the night.

Travel made easy

  • Getting deeper into the Norwegian wilderness takes some planning. Leave the logistics to us and spend time making memories.
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Best backcountry skiing destinations in Norway

Svalbard

  • Svalbard offers long, challenging descents on glaciers and remote mountains. Due to the remoteness, most backcountry skiing here involves multi-day expeditions with endless ski touring options.

The Lyngen Alps

  • The Lyngen Alps are a haven for freeriders with a wide variety of lines to choose from. Expect long descents with plenty of lift-accessed runs in the area for warming up or adding variety.

Lofoten

  • Lofoten offers a combination of backcountry and lift-accessed terrain. Ski touring allows access to remote areas and incredible views, while lifts provide options for warming up or enjoying groomed runs.
Back country Ski touring in Norway, Lofoten

Frequently asked questions about backcountry skiing in Norway

  • Norway is a fantastic skiing destination for all types of skiers, and here’s why:

    • Options for All Levels: Norway boasts resorts and terrain suited for beginners, intermediates, and experts. Many resorts have gentle slopes and ski schools for learning, while backcountry areas offer challenging off-piste adventures.
    • Long Season and Reliable Snow: Thanks to its location, Norway has a long ski season stretching from November to May. The cold temperatures ensure consistent and reliable snowfall.
    • Breathtaking Scenery: Skiing in Norway is about more than just the slopes. Imagine carving fresh tracks down mountains with stunning views of fjords, glaciers, and snow-capped peaks.
    • Après-Ski Activities: After a day on the slopes, there are plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the Norwegian culture. Sample delicious local cuisine, soak in a warm outdoor bath, or explore charming villages with Viking heritage.
  • Norway offers incredible skiing opportunities around the fjords.

    The mountains surrounding the fjords are a haven for backcountry skiers. They offer epic descents with dramatic fjord views as the backdrop. Also, several ski resorts are located near the fjords in Norway, offering groomed runs with stunning fjord vistas. You can enjoy the comfort and amenities of a resort while still experiencing the majestic scenery.

    For adventurous skiers, ski touring allows you to explore the fjordland at your own pace. Traverse pristine valleys, ascend snowy peaks, and enjoy the tranquility of the winter fjords.

  • Backcountry skiing in Norway has a slightly shorter window compared to resort skiing due to avalanche risks. Here’s a breakdown of the suitable months:

    Safe Season

    • December to April is generally considered the safe window for backcountry skiing in most areas of Norway.

    Prime Months

    • March and April are the prime months for backcountry skiing across Norway. By this time, the days are getting longer, providing more daylight for your adventures. You’ll also typically find a reliable snowpack that’s well-suited for descents.

    Shoulder Season

    • May can be an option for experienced backcountry skiers who are comfortable managing variable snow conditions. Avalanche risk can be higher in May, so it’s crucial to have advanced avalanche safety knowledge and equipment.

    If you’re planning on skiing beyond the Arctic Circle, like in Svalbard, May is the perfect time to visit.

  • Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world. But, if you make smart choices, backcountry skiing in Norway can be a fantastic and unforgettable adventure without breaking the bank.

    First off, by carefully planning your trip and researching budget-friendly options for transportation, accommodation, and food, you can bring down the costs considerably.

    Also, shoulder seasons (early December or late April/May) may offer slightly cheaper options for flights and accommodation compared to peak winter months.

    Finally, if you already own your own avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel), backcountry skis or splitboard, and appropriate clothing, you can avoid significant gear rental costs.

    Never save money on safety, though, and make sure to hire a guide for your first skiing or ski touring adventure in Norway.

  • Backcountry skiing in Norway is not recommended for beginners. 

    Norway’s backcountry areas often involve steep mountains, glaciers, and unpredictable weather conditions. These factors require strong skiing skills, excellent navigation abilities, and knowledge of avalanche safety. 

    Also, avalanches are a significant danger in Norway’s backcountry. You’ll need proper training in avalanche rescue techniques and the use of avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel) to navigate this terrain safely.

    If this is your first time skiing in Norway, make sure to go with a guide. They’ll assess your skill level, help you choose the right tracks, and keep you safe on the slopes.

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