Mar, Apr, May
If you truly love skiing, then you’ve probably dreamed of skiing in northern Norway. During this amazing 6-day ski tour in Finnmark, we’ll explore the most amazing slopes surrounded by fjords and almost reaching the sea with our skis.
The Lyngen Alps are the most popular ski destination in Norway, but they are perhaps a little too popular nowadays. If you are looking to discover a wilder area, beautiful and with great snow, Finnmark is the right place for you!
I’ve been skiing and organising trips in different Norwegian regions since 2008. The focus has always been the same: finding great spots with few skiers! I always choose lesser-known destinations where I have friends who can make the trip as special as possible.
Finnmark is a region of mountains and fjords that is a 3-hour drive away from the renowned Lyngen. For beginner ski tourers, the options from easy to moderate terrain are many, always with great sea landscapes. More advanced terrain is also available, of course. In Finnmark, you’ll find 4 different fjords within a 30 min drive, which provides a great diversity of views and terrain!
I have planned a truly amazing trip for you. Not far from the Lyngen Alps, but far from the crowds! You can set up your own private group (max 6 persons per guide) or join a group of other people who have already registered with me.
We will be staying in a comfy house in the heart of a nice and small village. A fjord is just nearby. A new adventure awaits every day as we’ll be only a short drive away from different skiing spots. We can also take fishermen boats and sea kayaks (weather allowing) to get to the base of the slope.
There are numerous options to choose from when skiing. Easier or steeper slopes, short trips or longer days, tree skiing, couloir skiing or even glacier skiing. We’ll choose a different option for you each day but there is one thing you can count on: breathtaking settings! Picure huge fjords, the sea meeting the horizon and charming little villages. I can also easily organise fishing in the fjords or dogsledding tours if you like!
All levels are welcome. It’s a region of many possibilities, and I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for. Take into account that we will be walking from 2 to 5 hours every day, so a good fitness level is required.
I strongly recommend you to read this article – Finnmark, the ski trip of a lifetime – which includes reviews from skiers who came to Finnmark with me through Explore-Share.com in the spring of 2016.
I invite you to come with me for a week and discover this true ski touring gem in Norway. Welcome to paradise!
Want to explore other spots in Norway? I also offer skiing programs in northern Norway (Senja, Tamok) and in Romsdal, which is easily reached by train from Oslo (fantastic mountains and lodging in a beautiful hotel!).
Backcountry skiing in Finnmark
The region of Finnmark is located 200 km east of Lyngen. Ski touring in Finnmark (Alta) is about wilderness, powder snow, breathtaking views and solitude: a dream spot for skiers. Mix Ski touring with kayaking, biking, dog sledding and have a one-week nordic adventure.
The spot where we ski is on the western part of Finnmarkskollektivet, a huge area with very few skiers. Because this spot is still less popular than Lyngen, accommodation is cheaper than around Tromso.
The mountains are 1200m high tops. During our 6-day ski tour, we will generally start from sea level and, with the long days in April, we will be able to do many different peaks in a week. It’s often possible to ski two peaks a day if you’ve got the stamina.
We will stay in a big house close to the water, and use different means of transportation (cars, ferries, boats or sea kayaks) to approach our day’s ski playground.
At the airport of Alta where I will come and pick you up. During our ski tour, we will be based in Langfjordbotn, 1.5-hour drive from Alta airport.
We stay in a typical norwegian house, with double and triple rooms.
- Equipment list:
-Underwear, wool preferably
-gore-tex hardshell, jacket and pants
-a thin down jacket for touring
-a warmer down jacket
-2 pairs of gloves (thin / thick)
-Touring skis and bindings
-Backpack, 30 to 40 liters
YOU CAN HIRE EQUIPMENTE ON SITE IF YOU NEED TO.
-small tool, like swiss army knife
-a piece of foam mattress, big enough to sit on it.
-ﬁrst aid kit, your own medications, sun cream.
- Beeper, probe and shovel
- ABS Bag and helmet if you are used to it
- CLIMATE: Although it is located far north, the climate in this region is not so cold. The temperatures are quite similar to those in the Alps in the same period, from -10°c to quite warm. Nothing extreme.
- It is mandatory that you get an insurance for what’s not covered by our professional insurance: medical care and repatriation.
- MONEY: A credit card is enough. If you however need some cash, there is a machine 15km away from where we live.
- FOOD: Thanks to let me know via email your preferences for breakfast and lunch. If you have a special diet (vegetarian or gluten-free) or food allergies, let me know as well. Depending on which week, we’ll have dinners either at home or in a small café 200m away from our place. Drinks are not included and, considering the Norwegian prices, the best is to bring with you what you’d like to have.
Founded by two IFMGA-certified mountain guides, Fred Buttard and Victor Charron, Up Ski and Mountain Guides is made up of a passionate group of guides and ski instructors.
Originally from Maurienne, in France, the team also spends several months a year skiing the mountains of Norway and Sweden, and travelling to off-the-beaten-path destinations, including Morocco, Albania and Japan.
Eric Tollund, Fabien Berrod, Jean Baptiste Buttard, Fabien Suiffet, Pauline Bermon, Oscar Wahlund, Clément Bléteau, Sylvain Rechu, Fred Buttard and Victor Charron are the members of our amazing team :) Get in touch with us and let's explore the mountains together.
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