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Three skiers just done mountain-to-beach-skiing in Senja
Three skiers just done mountain-to-beach-skiing in Senja
Ski touring at Senja.
Photo: Pete Oswald /
Ski touring at Senja.
Photo: Pete Oswald /

Ski touring in Lofoten,
Vesterålen and Senja

If the beauty of these Arctic islands doesn’t leave you breathless, the extraordinary ski touring experiences almost certainly will.

With a location deep into the Arctic Circle, the quaint fishing villages at the foot of the mountains in Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja offer a convenient base for a genuine Norwegian adventure. Here you will find plenty of rorbuer, traditional fisherman’s cabins that have been converted into charming holiday lodges. Expect a friendly welcome from the locals as they serve up a combination of fresh flavours and vibrant culture.

Several of the lodges offer transportation to the skiing areas by boat. These tailor-made expeditions cruise along the islands' vast coastlines and deliver the passengers within reach of that coveted powder snow. Operated by professional guides who will help you to access the best available runs, the programs are adapted according to the weather and local conditions.

An early winter visit to this region gives you a splendid chance to spot the mystic beauty of the northern lights. On the other hand, the long skiing season also allows visitors to enjoy the magic of the midnight sun during late spring and early summer.

This picture-perfect area further offers a range of exciting rest-day activities. From Arctic wave surfing at the Unstad Surf Camp to sea eagle and whale safaris, the islands of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja are a paradise for any winter adventurer.

Stay safe and find out about the avalanche risk before you set out.

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Ski touring in Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja
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    Getting here and around

    In many cases, you can get to the foot of the mountain by public transportation, but the easiest way to get around is by renting a car. Get in-depth travel information at the official websites for Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja.

    • Lofoten (ski touring)

      Get to Lofoten

      There are frequent and regular flights between Bodø Airport and Tromsø Airport on the mainland and Lofoten's three airports: Svolvær Airport, Leknes Airport and Røst Airport.

      Flight time from Oslo to Bodø and Tromsø is around 1,5 hours and an additional 20–30 minutes from there to Lofoten.

    • Vesterålen (ski toruing)

      Get to Vesterålen

      There are frequent and regular flights from all the major cities in Norway to Harstad/Narvik Airport, which is the closest airport to Vesterålen. An airport bus service takes you to Sortland in Vesterålen in about 2 hours.

      Other airports in Vesterålen are Stokmarknes Airport and Andøya Airport, to which you can fly from Tromsø Airport on a regular basis.

    • Senja (ski touring)

      Get to Senja

      Bardufoss Airport near Finnsnes offers several daily connections to Oslo.

      You can also fly to Tromsø Airport or Harstad Airport and go by boat to Senja.

    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 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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