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Ski touring in Lofoten,
Vesterålen and Senja

On top of the world

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

Ski tourers in Henningsvær


The stunning archipelago of the Lofoten islands in Northern Norway extend far into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a vast coastal area with jagged granite mountains, providing seemingly endless opportunities for ski touring. Summit-to-sea descents, testing couloirs and open birch forests are sure to meet the ambitions of every ski adventurer, whether beginner or advanced.

Read more about ski touring in Lofoten.

Epic run
Store Trolltind (1,036 metres) is a spectacular peak in Trollfjorden. Transport by boat to the starting point is required for this tour, which offers great skiing in wild and untouched terrain.


North of Lofoten lies Vesterålen, a chain of craggy islands dominated by stunning peaks and beautiful fjords. The summits facing the open ocean on the outer side of the islands are ideal for ski touring. Due to its remote location, Vesterålen is one of the least visited skiing destinations in the north – so if you like solitude, this is the place for you.

Read more about ski touring in Vesterålen.

Epic run
Stortinden stands some 1,000 meters above Vangpollen in Sigerfjorden. The western flank is an uninterrupted steep descent that ends right at the seashore. The exposed summit offers a panorama of the jagged skyline of Hinnøya.


Senja, the second largest island in Norway, has equally great ski touring potential with peaks extending as high as 1,300 metres. Located in the county of Troms, Senja’s mountainous landscape is full of secluded hills that are perfect for shredding. There are no lifts around here. After skiing, you can go hunting for the northern lights, try ice climbing or fishing.

Epic run
Store Hesten (874 metres) has an unusually accessible run – you can start skinning right next to the the parking at Hestesletta. With spectacular views and a variety of descents, Store Hesten is considered Senja’s best ski touring mountain.

Quick facts (Lofoten, Vesterålen, Senja)

Main ski touring season
February - April

Recommended level
Experienced to experts

Types of skiing terrain
Alpine peaks
Couloirs to the ocean
Open rolling faces
Sea to summit

Types of accommodation
Hotels and B&Bs
Fisherman's cabins (rorbus)
House boats (sail and ski)

Malou Peterson

Malou Peterson about Lofoten

Ski touring enthusiast Malou Peterson dreamt of a place where mountains meet the ocean and she can both ski and surf:

"Luckily for me, I discovered Lofoten", she says. "It's wild up there, big peaks dropping dramatically into the ocean, deep fjords and endless terrain for skiing. There are millions of cool skiing runs, with everything from nice mellow descents to death walls. Whatever you prefer, Lofoten has it. You don't have to be a pro to go ski touring up there, and you don't even have to like skiing. The scenery is a good enough reason to go – it's breathtaking."

She continues, "one thing to keep in mind is the weather. It can go from the most beautiful bluebird day to a full-on snowstorm in 15 minutes, but that just adds to the adventure if you ask me. It's wild, it's beautiful and you should definitely go there if you get the chance."

Vesterålen and Senja are two destinations on her ‘must ski’ list, partly because of the varied terrain and the chance to make your own tracks. "Whatever your preference, Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja cater to all levels so they are well worth considering for any keen ski tourer!", Malou concludes.

"Best thing? The easy access to ski tours. Just park the car, put on your skins and get up there. If you stay away from the most popular tours, you will have the mountain all to yourself."

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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.

    Ski touring experiences

    Let the adventure begin.

    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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