Our adventures

Sailing on the Hurtigruten, often referred to as the world's most beautiful sea voyage, we set off on ski touring in the fantastic scenery of Northern Norway. Over the course of an action-packed week, we experience the famous Lyngen Alps, the beautiful Lofoten islands and the little-known gems of ski summits on Senja.

The Adventure Tour starts and ends in Tromsø, but the Hurtigruten ships serve as our means of transport and hotel en route. This means that during the week-long tour, we can enjoy several of the very best mountains for skiing in Northern Norway! As we take our own cars, we believe our tour offers better skiing and greater flexibility than the traditional 'skiing by boat' tour where guests stay on board sailing boats. We stay in traditional, fishermen’s style rorbu or at small, pleasant accommodation providers, and we travel while we sleep on board Hurtigruten for two nights, waking up to new, exciting skiing adventures.
The tour starts in Tromsø, from where there are several direct daily flights to Oslo (SAS and Norwegian). We first ski in the world-famous mountains on the Lyngenhalvøya peninsula (the Lyngen Alps), before we board the Hurtigruten Coastal Express in Skjervøy, and wake up the next morning in Harstad after a good night's sleep. We drive from there towards Lofoten for two days of skiing in this unique skiing terrain. Hopefully, we can ski right from the very shore, and we end our days' skiing with delicious fish for dinner. After two days here, (we know that you'll want to stay longer!), we take the Hurtigruten north from Svolvær through Raftsundet sound and the Trollfjord (two of the highlights on the Hurtigruten's journey along the Norwegian coast) to Finnsnes. Two days of skiing await us in Senja. Senja is not as well known as Lofoten and Lyngen, but, in our opinion, this skiing area is every bit as good as these two – and there's practically no one else around!

This is an exclusive experience and the combination of world-class skiing, beautiful scenery and interesting coastal culture make this Adventure Tour truly unique!

Please send us an email at [email protected] if you want to know more information. 

Day 1: Arrival Tromsø

Spend the night at a hotel in the city. Eat dinner together at a fish restaurant, where we go through the programme for the trip with the guide.

Day 2: Skiing in Lyngen

After a hearty breakfast, we drive from Tromsø and pick a suitable destination in the Lyngen Alps based on the group's wishes and skills. Accommodation in a traditional rorbu or at a guesthouse in Lyngen.

Day 3: The Lyngen Alps/Hurtigruten

After breakfast, it's time for more randonee skiing, either in the Lyngen Alps or we take the ferry across the fjord to the Kåfjord Alps, on the eastern side of the Lyngenfjord. There are great mountains for skiing in this area with spectacular views of Lyngen. After the skiing, we drive north to Skjervøy where we board the Hurtigruten Coastal Express. We eat a good dinner on the ship, and stay in comfortable double/twin cabins. Maybe you'll even see the Northern Lights from the deck? We stop in Tromsø during the evening before sailing south to Harstad.

Day 4: Lofoten

After a good breakfast on board the ship, we arrive in Harstad and head for Lofoten. There are many great destinations in Lofoten, and we let the weather and skiing conditions determine where we go. After the trip, we drive out to Henningsvær, one of the most charming fishing villages in Lofoten. Here, we stay in traditional rorbu, eat a good dinner and plan the following day's skiing.

Day 5: Lofoten/Hurtigruten

A new day of randonee skiing awaits us in the beautiful mountains of Lofoten. Maybe we'll be able to see the whole Vestfjord from the summit we pick? If we're lucky with the weather, there'll be fresh snow all the way down to the very shore. We head for Svolvær after the trip, and eat dinner at one of the best fish restaurants in Lofoten before we board the northbound Hurtigruten ship for the night.
During the evening and night, the ship sails through Raftsundet sound and north through Vesterålen to Finnsnes. If we're lucky with the weather and travel early in the season, we might even see the Northern Lights from the deck!
If any of the participants would like a day's rest, Henningsvær is a nice place to spend the day. There are great trekking and fishing opportunities. We are happy to organise a fishing trip on a traditional fishing boat if the group is interested.

Day 6: Senja

We have a relaxed morning on board Hurtigruten and eat breakfast before we arrive in Finnsnes. We drive from there to the far side of Senja. The mountains here are not as well known for skiing as those in Lofoten and in Lyngen, but in our opinion they're every bit as beautiful! We do a randonee skiing trip – hopefully with views of the open sea. We stay in lovely accommodation on the far side of Senja.

Day 7: Senja - Tromsø

There are many fantastic ski summits on Senja– and we pick the one we think will have the best skiing conditions. After the skiing trip, we head north for Tromsø where we arrive in the evening and have a final dinner in a nice restaurant in the city where we spend the night. If the group is interested, we can also arrange for the group to attend the Hurtigruten's midnight concert in the Arctic Cathedral, one of Norway's most famous churches.

Day 8: Journey home

There are several direct daily flights to Oslo from Tromsø. Why not spend the morning sightseeing in Tromsø – we can also organise dogsledding trips, or you can do another randonee skiing trip in the great terrain around Tromsø before you fly south.

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 youre 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. The weather during this time is usually dry, but rarely over 10 degrees celcius. Dress appropriately as you know your body better than anyone. 

The video below is for SUMMER gear, you can use it as a baseline in order to pack for your winter trip. The weather in Norway at this time can vary from a dry, cold winter to a more harsh climate depending on the year. Make sure you pack effective gear and try and keep weight relatively low. Welcome to Norway!

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. If comfortable, bring an ice ax as well or whippet.

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 in the 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.