Arctic night ski touring in Finnmark, Norway

6 days of ski touring by night in the fjords of Finnmark, close to Alta, in the north of Norway, accompanied by a certified mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Finnmark

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Alta is located in Finnmark, Norway. It’s the “city of the northern lights”. In fact, people travel all the way up north to observe them. However, going up to 70° north in mid December is still an unusual plan for skiers. It wasn’t easy to discuss it with the locals, but we managed to do it and we have no regrets!

    It’s during this period, the darkest of the year, that ski touring in northern Norway becomes such a unique experience.

    Up there, in December, there is a very special light. In fact, it’s not dark all of the 24 hours. During part of the day, an unusual blue lights gives a new life to the environment.

    Everything looks both unreal and sharp: the mountains, the fjords, the ocean. Indeed, this vision is beyond what you can imagine.

    And when it’s truly dark, the time comes to ski with our headlamps on. There are very strong headlamps that will allow you to ski easily and having fun in the dark.

    Feel free to get in touch with me if you wish to live this unique ski touring experience in an incredible environment between sea and mountains. Another great option is to got to Finnmark for a ski touring week during the spring.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1950 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     This is the price to join a group of 6 people.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Langfjordbotn

      Arrival at the airport of Alta. We drive 80km to the place where we will stay, Langfjordbotn.

      Meeting with Moonlight Mountain Gear that will provide us with headlamps and skis for the ones who need it.

    • Day 2 to 6Five days skiing.

      Every day we go for a new ski tour. Even during the darkest periods, the region is full of possibilities. We will both ski the forests and go for the peaks.

    • Day 7Departure

      A last tour in the morning and we leave to Alta Airport.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Alta airport

    Accommodation

    We stay in a typical, cosy norwegian house, with double and triple rooms, and a sauna, of course!

    More info

    Dinners and the loan of an avalanche transceiver are included.

    Level:

    Ski touring, walking 2 to 5 hours each day.

    Physical level: 3 to 4

    Technical level: C to D

    To be sure to give you the best experience, we ski only with small groups of 6 people maximum. If you are more there will be a second guide.

    Weather and snow conditions: To make of this very special trip an experience that you will enjoy to the maximum, we need some days of stable weather and a decent snow cover. To ensure that, we will get the flight tickets and confirm the trip two weeks before departure date. I will be in close contact with you to follow the evolution of the weather and make the best decision. For that reason, no deposit will be asked from you.

    Climate: The absence of sun doesn’t help the temperatures to rise, but even in the winter the gulf stream is still on, and we can expect a coldness that is similar to what we experience in the Alpine valleys in the winter. Which means that it can go down to -20° and sometimes be a bit above freezing level.

    Equipment to rent: If you’re curious of trying this very specific gear, my partner Moonlight Mountain Gear will rent: TOURING SKIS. Depending on the snow conditions, Moonlight Mountain Gear is proposing different size of skis, all made incredibly light by the use of carbon and advanced technology. They come with super light bindings that can do both alpine touring and telemark. HEADLAMPS: the toughest and most powerful on the market, up to 6000 lumens. Bright as day is their name ! Prices on request.

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    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.

     
     
    FROM 1950 EURper person
     

     

    What People are Saying about Up Ski & Mountain Guides

     

    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
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    Serge Dumont
    La beauté des paysages est exceptionnelle. Up Ski & Mountain Guides offre un service et un encadrement remarquables. Les compétences et la qualité de travail du guide contribuent à rendre cette expérience inoubliable. Bravo à l\'équipe !!!
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    Serge Dumont
    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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    Valentine Mercier
    Ski touring in Finnmark was a wonderful experience with Explore and Share. On arriving, the Northern Lights set the stage for a week rich in adventures and explorations. Stunning decor of never ending fjords and beautiful snow conditions allowed us to ski up the mountains, reach summits, and slalom downhill in the most remote and peaceful places in Norway. The guides made sure we had a chance to be exposed to a variety of skiing domains, with changing landscapes and views. This meant we kayaked across a fjord in order to reach the start of the ski tour, and returned to have a brief swim in cold but pure water. Meeting at the restaurant-caffe place in the evening for dinner was a treat. The food was great and the warmth of the wooden built house typical of a skiing adventure trip. Seb& Charlotte
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    Seb and Charlotte
     

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