Ski Touring in the Lyngen Alps

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Winter Level 4 4 days 4-6 participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Ski in one of the country's finest back country skiing mountain ranges
  • Experience skiing in remote Northern Norway, from summit to sea
  • Local guides that show the way to the finest peaks and best snow conditions
  • Accommodation at Magic Mountains Lodge
  • Good community, excellent skiing, and a beautiful setting

Lyngen is a fantastic summit area with alpine peaks and a large number of varied descents for all skill levels. We will stay at the legendary Magic Mountain Lodge where you are sure to meet like-minded freeriders from around the world, enjoy home-cooked food and share stories from the mountains during the after-ski.

Which peaks we ski are determined by the guide on the given day to ensure safe and good skiing experiences. Top peaks may be Rørnestinden (1041m), Storgalten (1219), Daltinden (1532) and Rundfjellet (1413). Our guides are certified, local, and expert in finding innovative routes with good snow. The tours are adapted to the group's skill level.

We will meet in Tromsø on Day 1 of our tour. Tromsø is easy to reach with local flights from Oslo. Here, you will be picked up to be taken to the Magic Mountain Lodge, one of the most iconic lodges in Lyngen. Owned by a local couple Henrika and Patrik, two fellow world explorers who have created a cozy and welcoming adventure lodge to greet travelers in this remote and stunning mountain area. 

If you have the time, we recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list and is a great place to relax and reflect on your amazing week hiking in one of Norway's most striking landscapes.

 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional nature guide
  • All transportation

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

This tour is level 4 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. In order to participate on this trip, you must have good physical fitness ascending and descending on skis. Ascents can vary depending on the groups ability and snow conditions, but being able to ascend 1,200 - 2,000 meters per day is an important piece when wanting to participate on this trip. It's important to have experience in backcountry skiing, skinning and be an able skier in mountain terrain. Avalanche awareness and training is important, as well as the knowledge of how to use avalanche safety equipment, such as a beacon, shovel and probe. Your guide will have the final risk management decision making on this trip in order to ensure safe ascents and descents each day. Changes in weather, snow or road conditions can change the itinerary that is listed in the day to day program.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage at the accommodation each day, so when out on ski tours, you only have to carry what you need for the day. It is imperative to have proper avalanche safety equipment, touring equipment for skiing or splitboarding, and knowledge on how to use your gear properly. Books you can purchase in order to familiarize yourself with the area in Lyngen are:

  • Ski Touring in Norway
  • Safer Ski Touring in Norway
  • Ski Touring in Troms
  • The Lyngen Alps (advanced)

How to get there?

The easiest way to get to our meeting point, Tromsø, is to take a flight within Norway from one of the main cities (Oslo, Bergen, Etc...) to Tromsø, using an airline such as Norwegian or SAS. 

Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.

Accommodation

We stay at the iconic Magic Mountains Lodge, from which it is a short distance to most of the current destinations. We sleep in shared rooms with twin beds or a double bed if desired. If you are traveling alone, we will make sure you share your room with someone of the same sex. There is no shower / toilet in every room, but good shared amenities otherwise. The standard is simple, but very nice and traditional. We eat a hearty breakfast, prepare a packed lunch to take with you, and in the evening we have a long and enjoyable dinner.

Baggage

We recommend bringing one medium bag with personal items not used when skiing. You must bring your own backcountry ski gear and equipment. We require you bring a day pack with a hip belt to use when skiing for safety equipment, food, water, cameras and layers.

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Hvitserk of Norway is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Hvitserk of Norway is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Hvitserk of Norway. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 6 people.

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel and give you advice on what to do if you stay extra days in our beautiful country. 
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day by Day

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1

Arrive Tromsø

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals D
Transportation 2 hrs

You will be picked up at Tromsø Airport or in Tromsø city center (whichever is preferred) at 16:00. Then we turn our nose to the Lyngen Alps, driving 2 hours to our Magic Mountain Lodge. After settling into our rooms, we enjoy a warm and local dinner, before the evening will be spent getting to know each other and the guide, while making a plan for tomorrow. We will discuss avalanche conditions and the best skiing areas available to us. 

 

 

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2

Ski Lyngen

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Duration 6-8 hrs

After a filling breakfast we will have our briefing for the day by our guides. A reconnaissance tour will take place on our first day, in order for the guide to get to know the group and choose terrain accordingly. The trip for the day may be demanding in elevation gain and length, but in simple terrain, so your technique and stamina can be tested in the Scandinavian Alps. This will give both you and the guide a great foundation for the next day, not to mention an ultimate ski day out in the mountains. The day ends with an apres-ski and dinner at Magic Mountain Lodge. 

 

 

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3

Ski Lyngen

Accommodation Mountain Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Duration 6-8 hrs

A new day for opportunities after a goods night sleep. Today's tour depends on the weather, snow conditions and the groups ability from yesterday. It is possible to split the group into smaller sub-groups if there is a desire to ski different areas. The thing you can be certain of is a fantastic day out skiing in these majestic mountains! Ready your body for another big day out in the mountains before returning back to the lodge to enjoy apres-ski and another local and traditional Norwegian meal. 

 

 

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4

Say Goodbye

Meals B, L
Transportation 2 hrs
Duration 6 hrs

Today is our last day of ski touring together in Lyngen. Our final day of effort and stamina to push us to a summit, before skiing down and back to our lodge. Here we will pack up our belongings, and a group transfer is scheduled to get the group to the airport by 6pm (18:00). We aim to get up early today, so that both showering and packing can be done after our ski trip, and before our departure from the lodge at 4pm (16:00). 

 

 

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Hvitserk of Norway on Vimeo.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES

Touring skis, boots and backcountry ski poles. 

HELMET

Safety first! Make sure it fits over your thin, windproof hat and does not move when you shake your head.

SKI CRAMPONS

To assist in steep ascents. Consider bringing an ice ax or whippet as well.

BEACON, SHOVEL, PROBE

Bring extra batteries for your beacon and make sure your beacon currently has above 90% battery.

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS

2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET

Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneathe your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneathe your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 

GLOVES & MITTENS

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 1 sun hat to protect your face.

HIKING SOCKS

4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that are extra thick for evenings. 

BOOTS

Bring lightweight boots.

SKI BACKPACK

Ski pack for emergency gear and daily needs: food, water, beacon, shovel, probe, layers, first aid kit, etc... 40-50 liters recommended. 

SUNGLASSES 

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. 

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. We also suggest cold cream such as Dermatone to help protect your skin. 

WATER BOTTLES

Insulated water bottle, 2 liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

SHELL PANTS

Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 

HEADLAMP

Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 

INDOOR SHOES

It is customary to leave wet shoes at the door and change into indoor slippers.

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.

COMPRESSION SACKS FOR GEAR

Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 

BALACLAVA AND BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1 liter thermos.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities and eating dinner.

SITTING MAT

Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.

SWIMMING SUIT OR SHORTS AND BRA

For sitting ine saunas. 

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL AND PEN

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

HEADSET

If you would like to listen to music or an audio book while skiing.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

 

Dates & booking

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Thu 16. Apr 2020 Sun 19. Apr 2020
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USD 1,650

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