Ski touring in the Arctic, 1-week Skiing from a lodge in Uløya, Lyngen Fjord (Self-guided)

Enjoy a unique self-guided ski touring week in Uloya, one of the most amazing skiing destinations in the world, in the Lyngen Fjord, staying in a cozy and comfortable lodge.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Lyngen Alps

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Explore one of the most unique skiing destinations in the world

  • Enjoy great ski tours on amazing powder snow

  • Stay in a cozy and comfortable lodge right next to the fjord

 

We invite you to discover one of the most spectacular ski touring destinations in the world: the magical Uløya island, in the Lyngen Fjord, north of the Arctic Circle.  Whether you are a skier looking for a unique venue to ski on your own, or you are a guide looking to take your own clients to a remote and stunning location, this 1-week program in Uloya is perfect for you!

I recommend you to watch this amazing 1 1/2 min video which has been shot by a group of friends who came to ski here in April 2017.

Located in the famous Lyngen Fjord in northern Norway, the island of Uløya is a truly extraordinary place. Beautiful peaks and steep walls falling straight into the blue sea, and lots of powder snow, make for one of the most amazing ski touring destinations in the world. 

For seven days you can enjoy incredible powder runs in Uløya and neighbouring islands, staying at our comfy, warm and fully equipped apartments at the Lyngen Outdoor Center.

Starting right from the doorstep of your lodge, you can enjoy great self-guided ski tours every day. For instance, if you choose to take a 15km tour to the summit of Blåtinden (1142m), you can ski straight down from the top of the mountain to your front door again, arriving just in time for a well deserved cold beer and a relaxing hot sauna.

Uløya is a ski touring paradise, with unique stunning landscapes. It is the only place on Earth where you can find 1000m-long slopes inclined at almost any angle, falling right into the dark blue waters of the fjords. This is the Arctic, where you can really feel like you are at the edge of the world!

Skiing conditions here are truly exceptional, making it the perfect destination for an unforgettable ski tour. We have perfect powder in Uloya almost all the time. In late spring, the snow cover is just perfect and creates a perfect surface to slide on. The snow that has melted during the day gets frozen again at night, creating a unique sliding layer several centimeters thick.

Uløya offers many great ski tours, including the famous Grand Traverse of Uløya, from Uløybukt to Havnes, a 20 km of ridge skiing, including 3 peaks. Although Skiclimb Touring is the Uløya specialty, a mix of ski-touring and mountain climbing. The best of these routes is a loop of Blåtinden, a 15km trip with an elevation of 1200m.

During your stay you will have a modern and safe boat (8.5 m or 7.2 m, 150 HP aluminium) at your disposal. So, if you fancy something different, you can take a trip to explore neighbouring islands, or a 40 minute trip across the Lyngen Fjord  enjoying a tour of the impressive Lyngen Alps.

If your thing is rock or ice climbing, virgin coulouirs, icefalls and rock walls await you here. If you’d like to enjoy a quiet day, you could also try sea fishing. Catching a 30 kg fish is not unusual here!

We offer stays for groups of 3 to 6 people in really comfortable and well equipped apartments. The island of Uloya and the Lyngen Fjord area offer a magical and scenic landscape, with plenty of small islands, inlets and rocky outcrops, allowing you to enjoy breathtaking views from almost everywhere.

If you are a mountain guide and if you wish to come with your clients in Uloya, you are more than welcome to put your base at the lodge. I’ll offer you a special deal. We can discuss about it.  

You will find the best weather and conditions for skiing in Uloya from mid-March until end of April. End of February differs from year to year. Although days are considerably shorter, you can see the beautiful Northern Lights. You do need to be prepared for all kind of weather and conditions during your stay in Uloya.

So if you are ready to explore this unique ski touring paradise in Norway, just send us a request! Book your trip and come discover this fascinating destination in Norway!

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Price per person

 
Group of 3
11000 NOK

Group of 4
11000 NOK

Group of 5
11000 NOK

Group of 6
11000 NOK

 

Price includes

 
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
 The price includes: 1) 7 nights accommodation in 4- or 8-prs apartments with 2-bed sleeping rooms. 2) Car for mainland trips. 3) Additional boat transfers mainland-island (bringing you back in case of missing the ferry). 4) Boat transfers for arrival/departure (in the absence of the ferry). 5) Additional seafishing trip + equipment.// We also offer a FULL-BOARD service, for an extra cost. Please ask for a quote. Please note that the airport transfer from Troms is not included.
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Uløybukt. Airport transfer available on request at extra cost.

Accommodation

We offer comfortably furnished apartments in a two-story building and a separate house, both located 50m from the water line, at the foot of Blåtinden (1142m).

Bed linens and towels are supplied

There is also a drying room for equipment and the entire infrastructure associated with boating and fishing.

There are three apartments in 2 houses.

The Large House:

Apartment 1: 4 bed – 80 m2, 2 bedrooms, living room with kitchen, bathroom with shower and sauna.

Apartment 2: 6/8 bed – 140 m2, two levels, living room, kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms on the 1st floor, 2 bedrooms with an extra toilet on the 2nd floor.

The Small House: Apartment 3: 6/8 bed – 100 m2, two levels, living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with sauna, additional toilet on the ground floor, 4 bedrooms on the 1st floor.

The apartments are comfortably equipped with everything you need for a home away from home. The kitchen is a modern, clean, fully equipped space with all the necessary equipment to make your stay comfortable: plates, cutlery, pots, pans, drip-coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, oven, and a dishwasher. The livingroom area is furnished with leather seating and has a traditional Norwegian fireplace. TV, DVD, and Wi-Fi (free of charge) are all here to keep you connected with the outside world should you wish.

In addition, there is a heated cellar that guests are welcome to use for drying equipment and wet clothes. There are hangers and laundry facilities, as well as several 400-litre freezers in anticipation of your successful fishing trips.

More info

CHECK-IN 14:00. CHECK-OUT 10:00

AIRPORT TRANSFER COST

Trømso: 6000 NOK return for 6 persons. 1000 NOK for every person above 6, max 8.

Sørkjosen: 1750 NOK return for 6 persons. 300 NOK for every person above 6, max 8 prs.

PRACTICAL INFO:

- We offer skis rental, but we recommend you to bring your own boots. We have a few pairs for an emergency, but you should be previously comfortable with them, ready for a week-long job! We also offer avalanche safety equipment at an extra fee.

-We accept credit card payments.

-There is free wi-fi at the lodge, however be warned that the transfer is limited and there arefluctuations of transfer speed.

-There is no ATM on the island - the closest is at a distance of about 20 km, on the mainland.

-In the vast majority of sell points cards are accepted, including ferries.

-The nearest shop is located on the other side of the island, in Havnnes (accessible only by ferry or boat).

-Petrol for the boats is also available there. The other shops are at mainland, circa 15 km from a ferry port (Storslett, Olderdalen). If required, we will arrange for the groceries to be delivered to you for an extra fee.

-Do not bring drinking water unless you require sparkling. We have a perfect quality crystal-clear drinking water straight from a tap.

FOOD

Our basic program does not include food, but you could easily get your one-week supplies on the way to the lodge. Our guests usually do this without any problems. In case you run short of supplies we deliver shopping at a small fee (500NOK) or you could just visit a store when you ski on the mainland. However, we are happy to deliver a very good full-board service as well, for NOK 4000 per week/per person.

BEST TIME AND SNOW CONDITIONS

Weather in February is more uncertain than March in April. February is really hard to predict and quite variable: it could be icy and cold. or you could have lots of powder and sun. You could actually ski on hard neve and ice, but skiing on ice is more dangerous. Usually there is no powder in February.

March and April could be too warm -with snowline at 300m- or it could be great. In contrast to February, in March and April you get a melted layer on top, which makes your skiing almost limitless.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL PRICES NOK per week per day

ski-touring set (skis, skins, poles, cramps) 2000 400

boots (selected sizes only) 1000 200

shovel + probe 400 100

detector + shovel + probe 800 200

snowshoes 1000 200

backpack 100

gogles 100

The skis are Majesty and Dynafit

Avalanche equipment by BCA

 

About the Guide

 
 

The Lyngen Outdoor Center is located in Norway´s far north, in the eastern part of the island of Uløya.

Located just 500km beyond the Arctic circle and surrounded by stunning fjords (including the famous Lyngen fjord), Uløya is a dream setting to practice a wide range of activities (ski touring, climbing and hiking are an every day occurrence here).

The Lyngen Outdoor Center team is made up of IFMGA-certified guides and outdoor lovers only. We are skiers, climbers and anglers. Our expeditions have taken us all around the world, including Himalaya, the Tian Shan Range, Patagonia, Madagscar and Mali, to name a few. We created this place to share our knowledge and passion with you.

You won't have trouble finding us: the only route on this part of the island leads straight to us. You can take a ferry to get here or we can pick you up in our "water taxi".

Our very comfortable apartments are located just 50 meters away from the water line. They offer everything you'll need for a skiing or fishing trip with your friends, including a drying room. Our boats are some of the most modern in all of the Lyngen area and a large sized pier is located just 50m away from your accommodation.

Come explore the unbelievable Arctic. We'll be happy to welcome you!

 
 
FROM 11000 NOKper person
 

 

What People are Saying about The Lyngen Outdoor Center

 

Breathtaking, awestruck, unforgettable are the first words that come to my mind after this trip in Uloya. I had some of the best ski rides of my life. Perfect slopes, fresh powder from summit to the sea and the sun setting on the Lyngen Alps. Am I in Valhalla? Pawel our guide quickly proved to be more than an experienced guide but a friend, always eager to share his love and respect for the mountains. Excellent at reading the aspiration and fitness of the group, he kept us challenged without unnecessary risks. His knowledge of the area can transform the worst whiteout into a fun and pleasurable experience. I warmly recommend this trip to all adventurous skiers. But maybe I should keep this place a secret, so it stays as it is, with entire mountains to myself and the Nordic gods...
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Benoit Tesch
The trip to Uloya was the most extraordinary i have been on. Now having recounted it more than a hundred times, my shorthand is that it\'s an Arctic island-hopping ski-touring expedition. After that photos and drone videos have to take over, since words tend to fail... It is the ultimate getaway. You are in awe of the beauty of the Arctic elements. The scenery changing from eerie monochromatic to high pigment blue; from harsh to benign. While stunning and other-worldly to look at, this could have been quite daunting to commit to on long 6 hour days in the wilderness. But our guide,  Pawel magically got it right each time, planning each day in tune with the elements, setting the right expectations for what actually transpired. He was calm, kind, and inspired an incredible appreciation and energy in our group, which kept building over the course of the week.  By the end of it, the energy was such that even Pawel couldn\'t help grinning ear to ear, same as us! One month later I still find myself day-dreaming of Uloya... I don\'t think I will ever forget the feeling of being there.
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Natalie
I fell in love with the far north on my first trip to Lyngen a few years ago - it\'s a magical place that combines a uniquely inspirational and rewarding mountaineering experience. For my second trip to the area I wanted to share the experience with a wider group of friends, some of whom had limited touring experience. With this in mind I went on Explore & Share to find the perfect guide for our holiday. They put me in touch with Pawel, who is based in Oslo and skies Lyngen very regularly. His extensive knowledge of the area was really helpful in weighing up various accommodation options across the region, and we decided to go for one of his trusted bases on Uløya. I was initially somewhat concerned about the additional logistics involved in reaching and being based on an island and how this would influence skiing possibilities. In fact Uløya provides at least as many opportunities to reach the summits that offer the best skiing / view combinations than a base on the mainland would - either by boat, car (the team have a van based on the mainland a short boat ride away), or on foot directly on the island. It is a little bit further to get to than certain other bases but a beautiful place and fantastic base to explore the surrounding mountain ranges (incl. great tours on the island itself) - and quite frankly the extra travel hour makes no difference by the time you\'ve reached the arctic circle. In Pawel we found a truly fantastic guide. He was patient and insightful, continuously reading and adapting to the team\'s experience, mood and energy levels to ensure we always had a great time. He was very supportive with the less experienced amongst us and made everyone feel very safe. He  also knows the area so well he could find the one mountain that can be skied at pace in a full whiteout (it has an uncannily smooth 25 degree face) whilst somehow finding us fresh powder to ski 7 days in a row. We had so much fun with Pawel that we\'ve started planning next year\'s trip to Georgia with him!
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Oliver
Skiing in Norway was the most spectacular experience of my life! The nature and the sceneries are just unreal. Imagine infinite beautiful mountains towering high over the deep blue sea. On top of the breathtaking nature, Pawel (our guide) and his team were incredibly welcoming and made sure everything was perfect throughout the week. They really went out of their way to make sure everyone felt at ease. Pawel is an excellent guide. He makes you feel completely safe and has excellent knowledge of the area. He would adapt our days to the weather conditions, making sure we always get the best experience. I highly recommend this trip and especially our great guide Pawel, without whom the experience would definitely not have been as amazing.
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Victoria
 

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