Lofoten Islands ski touring week trip

Discover the wild landscape of the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago north of the Arctic Circle, on this amazing ski touring trip, with IFMGA certified guide Jean-Marc.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    I invite you to join me for 7 days of high quality skiing surrounded by spectacular scenery. The wild landscape of the Lofoten Islands, an archipelago running along the Norwegian coast just north of the Arctic Circle, is the setting for an impressive week of ski touring.

    During these days, we will enjoy fantastic ski runs down virgin slopes, falling directly into the sea. This is a trip for competent skiers and ski tourers.

    The landscape of the Lofoten Islands combines rugged mountains and sharp peaks, deep fjords and picturesque villages nestled along the shoreline. In springtime the Northern Lights are frequent and spectacular and the days are long.

    Our base will be a nice, small, typical hotel, situated on the sea coast in a pretty calm fjord south of Svolvær. From there, every morning, a minibus will take us through the fjords to our drop-off point.

    Each day, we will travel along the inner coast of Vestfjorden. The waters are calmer and the weather is warmer there. We will head towards the west of the archipelago, exploring the fjords that cut through the islands.

    On this coast, we will have the opportunity to visit traditional fishing villages, with their brightly painted wooden houses.

    Our trek begins at sea level and ascend from 600 meters to 1200 meters. From that point, virgin snow covered slopes with fascinating views will bring us back to the shoreline. Then, our minibus will pick us up and take us back to the hotel to enjoy a moment to relax.

    On the last evening, we will celebrate the end of this amazing trip in a typical tavern in the port of Svolvær.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to join me on this fascinating trip. We can start planning this great ski touring week in the Lofoten Islands right away.

    I also offer another incredible 6-day ski tour in Bergen, also in Norway. And I guide many other exciting trips in different countries. You should check them out!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    2850 EUR

    Group of 2
    2850 EUR

    Group of 3
    2850 EUR

    Group of 4
    2850 EUR

    Group of 5
    2850 EUR

    Group of 6
    2850 EUR

    Group of 7
    2850 EUR

    Group of 8
    2850 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     This is the price to join a group tour
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrival in Svolvaer-Hotel

      Meeting at Svolvaer airport. We will pick up our minibus
      and travel to our hotel south of the port of Svolvaer.

    • Day 2 to 7Ski touring

      Travelling along the coast in the fjords and islands, in this isolated region of beautiful scenery, we will ski tour 6 days on different summits. The hikes are chosen each morning depending on the weather, ice, snow conditions and the fitness and wishes of the skiers. Climbs of 600 -1200 meters with 3-6 hours of walking per day.

      Next morning, on Day 8, we take our flights back home.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Advanced

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Svolvær, on the island of Austvågøya, Lofoten archipelago. There are flights from Oslo to Svolvaer.

    Accommodation

    Double room in Nyvagar Rorbuhotell, a comfortable and typical hotel.

    It is possible to stay in a single room with a supplement.

    More info

    -Your pasport must be valid for more than 6 months.

    -Insurance : I recommend you to take out insurance "Cancellation - Emergency Assistance -Repatriation" of the type offered by the "French Alpine Club", “Ski Club of Great Britain” or the“British Mountaineering Council”.

    -The Price includes accommodation for 7 nights

    -Meals included: evening meal, breakfast during the climb, picnic lunch, a light meal on return to the hotel at the end of the day.

    -Loan of an avalanche transceiver and medical supplies for the group are also included in the price.

    -Any unexpected costs incurred as a result of a change in itinerary (in agreement with the participants) due to an insufficient level in the group to undertake the planned trip or adverse weather conditions are not included in the price.

    PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

    Backpack : -You will use this bag for cabin luggage on the plane and each day skiing. The bag should not be large (approximately 30 litres) and it should contain heavy or fragile items and items that you may need between check-in at the departure airport and arrival at the destination airport. We strongly recommend that you carry your ski boots with you in the cabin in this bag or another shoe bag. During the trip you will use this backpack every day – it will contain all you need while skiing and your picnic lunch. I will tell you what you need to take with you at each stage. Do not put knives, scissors or crampons in this bag as they will be confiscated at airport security.

    Check-in bag :

    The bag should not weigh more than 20 kgs (in accordance with the airlines’ luggage allowance). Skis are usually subject to a supplement for oversize luggage. We ask you to adhere strictly to the weight allowance for luggage.

    Ski equipment:

    Touring skis with touring bindings, “skins”, “couteaux”, crampons, standard ski poles, ski touring boots with Vibram sole (recommended). We will lend you mountain harnesses and an ARVA.

    Clothing:

    Dress in the system we call ‘three layers”: Base layer in a synthetic, moisture wicking fibre (but not cotton). A second layer comprising polar fleeces or pullovers and/or a sleeveless or sleeved down vest (bring 2 top layers and 1 bottom layer). The third layer is a windbreaker (top and bottom). These are garments made of microporous fabric such as Gore Tex (trousers with a side zip opening will provide better ventilation during the climb). Three pairs of wool or terry socks, ski gloves, mittens, sweatshirts, ski hat, cap.

    Personal medical kit : Any medicines you take normally, vitamin C or multi-vitamins, painkillers -aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or similar, Imodium and Ganidan or similar, an 8-day course of broad-spectrum antibiotics (on prescription), anti-inflammatories, stretchy self-adhesive bandage (Elastoplast), a selection of plasters and disinfectant compresses and second skin or Compeed (protection against blisters available in chemists).

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide

    - The passion of virgin areas -
    Climbing, mountaineering, trekking, off-piste skiing, ski touring, heliskiing, I have used all the resources available in the mountain to explore the Alps in France, Italy, Switzerland, and also Nepal, Peru and Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Alaska, Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Turkey, Norway, Greenland and Spitsbergen…
    Currently, with the enthusiasm of being a guide, I traverse the world’s mountains and I share my passion with those whom I call “clients” but after many years of common adventures have become my friends.

     
     

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