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Backcountry Skiing in Finnmark: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You

Go to the northern and easternmost tip of Norway, right where your feet touch the Barents Sea. In Finnmark, there is always a once-in-a-lifetime Arctic adventure waiting for you.

In this Norwegian region, you will ski directly from the mountains to the ocean, which is invaded by deep fjords. Almost half of the place is above the tree line, so there are many unexplored corners to be discovered by curious rides. Find your perfect backcountry skiing trip and the local guide that will accompany you in this arctic crazyness!

Top backcountry skiing trips | Finnmark

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Finnmark

Why should I choose Finnmark for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Natural phenomena

Finnmark and Norway are ideal for the observation of Northern Lights between September and April, or the curious midnight sun from June to August. This phenomenon makes the sun never hide on the horizon. Although there are clouds, it is visible both day and night. Visiting northern Norway in summer is a really unique experience.
It is one of the most important cities in the country. Because of its large surface, many things can be done here, such as visiting the Northern Lights Museum or its amazing cathedral. In Alta, you can also practice all kinds of winter sports: snowshoeing, splitboarding or traditional skiing.
Sami culture
The Sami are a community in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and the province of Kola, in Russia. These tribes have been inhabited the Scandinavian area for hundreds of years and lived on fishing and hunting. Today we can learn from their customs in Kautokeino, 5 hours from Vadsø (the capital of Finnmark), where there is still a large Sami community.

How can I get to Finnmark?

You have to go to Oslo and from there fly to the Alta airport. Although it is very small, it has some car rental companies, which are essential to explore Finnmark. The cars are also well-prepared for the snow seasons.

When is the best time to travel to Finnmark for Backcountry Skiing?

March is the best time to go to Finnmark so you take advantage of the snowfall at the ski resorts. June, July and August are also good months in terms of temperature and amount of daylight hours.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Finnmark region?

The official languages of Norway are: Norwegian, Bokmål, Nynorsk and Northern Sami.

What currency is accepted around Finnmark?

The Norwegian crown

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Finnmark



Bonjour Pauline et Fred, Je suis très heureux de prendre un moment aujourd’hui pour vous écrire. Le séjour au Finnmark été exceptionnel. Clément est un excellent guide. Très dévoué, soucieux de rendre l’expérience agréable, Clément est vraiment très talentueux et dévoué. Sa personnalité est agréable, il est à l’écoute de nos besoins et démontre, malgré son jeune âge, un haut niveau de compétences et de savoir-faire. Son enseignement sur recherche de victimes suite à une avalanche est de loin, la meilleure formation que j’ai reçue à ce jour. Les paysages du Finnmark sont exceptionnels, nous avons été particulièrement chanceux pour les conditions météorologiques. Nous avons vraiment eu le loisir d’admirer ces magnifiques paysages de montagnes entre ciel et mer. L’expérience de groupe a aussi été excellente, la chimie entre les participants-es a été fort agréable. Nous avons vraiment passé de bons moments ensemble.  Je vais très certainement voyager avec vous dans le futur, l’expérience a été extrêmement positive. Au plaisir de nouvelles aventures !!! Serge



I was lucky enough to spend 8 days skiing with Fred in Finnmark in May of 2017. The conditions were unusually epic that year— it snowed almost every minute I was there, or so it felt. Even so, you still need quite a bit of expertise to find the right conditions (there's no reliable freeze thaw cycle when it's constantly snowing!) and Fred did not disappoint. It was almost like he was a magician, finding us the perfect snow every single day, even on days when the conditions were tricky. Most guides are good at finding snow, but what made Fred such an outstanding guide was his passion. You could tell that not only did he love to ski, but even moreso, he loved helping other people deepen their passion for skiing. He was so incredibly encouraging, and I definitely improved my technique and confidence tremendously over the course of the week. Add that to the beauty and wonder of Finnmark, the truly magical aspect of kayaking with skis, and it really was the perfect skiing holiday. Also, the food: delicious! I hope I can be lucky enough to ski with Fred again someday.



Super disponibilité et flexibilité des guides sur place pour satisfaire les envies du groupe et tirer un maximum du cadre exceptionnel! Guides très relax et très sympa. Logement simple et exceptionnel à la foi: une maison typique norvégienne au bord du fjord. Nous avions donné une liste d envies par mail avant le voyage. Elles ont toutes pu être réalisées. Les guides et nous mêmes avons pu planifier les extras (sauna, kayak, chien de traîneau, pêche...) parfois avec les locaux la veille en fonction des envies et des conditions. On sent donc qu’on est pas dans un grand tour opérateur avec des activités en chaînes  réglées selon un planning stricte mais bien dans quelque chose de très humain et très personnalisé. Si possible, la seule info qui pourrait être communiquée plus tôt et plus clairement est le budget à prévoir pour ces « extras ». (Rating 4,5/5)



Whow! Amazing trip in Finnmark, our guide Sylvain made the trip perfect, looking every day for the best snow conditions and beautiful itineraries! Arriving on ski after a crazy descent in powder to the water in lonesome fjords and getting home by boat as well as kayaking to the start of itinerary on a perfect sunny day are unbeatable! Sauna after a powder day, dog sledging and watching northern lights in the night make the trip even more unforgettable!



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