March 14 - March 20, 2020 - 7 days - NOK 29.500 March 21 - March 27, 2020 - 7 days - NOK 29.500 This is a trip for those who like the idea of alpine skiing and randonné in the untouched Lofoten-mountains of northern Norway. It's a trip for travellers wanting a more challenging holiday - for those who would like to experience something unique, wild, breathtaking and beautiful - no matter if you're experienced or a beginner we welcome you to our Ski and Sail adventure.
The Lofoten isles make out some of the rawest nature Norway has to offer. The area is famous for it's alpine mountains and peaks, and there are great numbers of natural pistes, offering possibilities and options for a wide range of skiers. Most of the trips offer 700 - 1000 meters of altitude and descents, and the skiing most often ends down on the beach. Many of the most spectacular places are available only by boat. That, our friends, is why we sail.
During these 5/7 days we'll explore and reach many of the most beautiful mountains in Lofoten, and in between we'll get much sailing done between one place on our way to the other. The trip starts and ends in Svolvær. The skiing we'll plan together with the skiguide, is adjusted towards the level of the group as well as weather and conditions. After skiing in the morning we'll sail in the afternoon towards the next mountain for the next day. This is an active trip where the outdoor experiences are in focus; either behind the wheel of the boat or with skiis on our legs.
On this trip we have with us a skiguide onboard for the whole trip. The guide is with us also as teacher and coach, and makes it possible for us to also do more challenging skiing and summits. Of the different places we will pass or visit along the way we can mention Svolvær, Austnesfjorden, Geitgaljertind, Trollfjord and Raftsundet
Itinerary (example of a 5 day trip)
Day 1 - Meeting on the dock in Svolvær
Day 2 - Sailing and skiing
Day 3 - Skiing
Day 4 - Skiing
Day 5 - Early morning skiing and sailing back
What is really Ski and Sail?
It's a concept where we use our sailboats as a floating chalet; we sail to the foot of the mountains and start our skiing right on the beach. By boat we are flexible, mobile and can move from place to place, and choose hillsides, faces and our areas according to the present conditions we have. Ski and Sail is a concept done by italian and french alpinists since early 1990's, and a concept that norwegians recently have started to appreciate. We in SailNorway have arranged Ski and Sail in Helgeland, Steigen, Lofoten, Lyngen and Finnmark for many years, and we dare say we know many of the best places to ski along the coast.
Experience level on this trip - medium
This trip takes some experience from randonee / skiing but you do not need to be advanced. If you do have a lot of experience it is only positive, and you will be able to challenge yourself. Those with more experience often want to run steeper, and may even do multiple runs in one day. As organizers we try to keep the level as equal as we can, so that we can choose mountains according to the level of the group. If you are in doubt this is the right trip for you, you are welcome to contact us at any time - even you are beginner or experienced.
This is a sailing trip possible to do for most travellers! Sailing-wise the trip is not particularly difficult, but you must be prepared for sailing in rough weather. If you are a beginner, we want to turn you into a sailor as quickly as possible, and if you're experienced you'll get challenges and responsibility accordingly.
We recommend all our customers to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling by train, or driving together is the best option. Traveling slowly also adds a whole other dimension to your vacation, rather than just flying above all the beautiful places our country has to offer.
Changes in the program
You may see the program as a plan that we adjust according to weather and conditions. If we're in a place without snow, we set sail to where there is more snow! With the sailboat we are flexible so we can find the best snow. Onboard we have with us a dinghy for trips ashore, we have fishing gear for the cod, and we have what we need to make a bonfire and have fun ashore. We are ready foran adventure. Are you?