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Ski touring in Sunnmøre
Sunnmøre.
Photo: Nuit de la Glisse

Ski touring in Sunnmøre
and Hjørundfjord

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A powder playground

Combine unique skiing adventures with beautiful alpine mountains
and idyllic fjordscapes in Sunnmøre.

Quick facts (Sunnmøre, Hjørundfjord)

Main ski touring season
February to early May

Level recommended
Experienced to experts

Epic run
Kolåstinden (1,432 metres) is the most frequented summit of the Sunnmøre Alps. Return either by the same route you ascended, or try the alternative via the glacier to Kvanndalen for an exceptional descent.

Types of skiing terrain
Alpine peaks
Sea to summit

Types of accommodation
Hotels and B&Bs
Full service lodges
House boats (sail and ski)

Per Eivind

Per Eivind about Sunnmøre

Per Eivind didn't have to go far to pursue his passion for ski touring:

"Far up in the north-west of Norway lies Sunnmøre, with countless mountains and breathtaking nature. I feel very privileged to live in this part of the world, and very fortunate and humble to have such a vast variety of hikes to choose from, and only a short distance from my hometown, the beautiful city of Ålesund", he explains.

Each season, Per is getting closer to his goal, which is to summit all the peaks in Sunnmøre.

"Shorter hikes are doable with snowshoes and a snowboard on your back, but for frequent and longer hikes there is only one real option, which is splitboarding", he says.

"My passion is splitboarding, which is the only sensible choice if you love combining hiking with snowboarding."

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    Getting here and around

    Get in-depth travel information at Ålesund's official website.

    • Ålesund boat (ski touring)

      By boat

      Sail-to-ski expeditions depart frequently from the dock in central Ålesund.

      Express boats, ferries and the Hurtigruten coastal steamer connect the coast with passengers and goods for the local communities in the region.

    • Ålesund road (ski touring)

      By road

      From the city of Ålesund, expect a 2-hour drive to the heart of the skiing area and the Sunnmøre Alps. You can rent a car in the city centre as well as at Ålesund Airport.

      Driving from Oslo to Ålesund takes around 8 hours (520 km). From Bergen, it takes 6 hours (370 km).

    • Ålesund plane (ski touring)

      By plane

      Ålesund Airport has frequent international connections to Amsterdam and daily domestic connections to the bigger airports in Bergen, Oslo and Trondheim, where there are lots of international routes.

      The airport is located 20 minutes by car from the centre of Ålesund.

    Safety in the mountains

    Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings. This is especially the case for ski tourers - check the current situation in your area on varsom.no and make sure you follow the advise given.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
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