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Ski touring in Northern Norway stands out by combining superb Arctic skiing with the rare colour palette presented by natural phenomena like northern lights and midnight sun.

Untouched descents bathed in an ethereal blue hue. Pristine powder fields with dense white snow. The pale golden glow of the winter sun as it hangs low on the horizon. Mountains painted in the vivid colours of aurora borealis.

The northernmost parts of Norway are exposed to a range powerful overhead sights all year round – from the polar nights and northern lights of winter to the bright nights of summer. In combination with its fantastic, and in many cases still unexplored, ski potential, Northern Norway is a hot tip for your next ski touring adventure.

A few destinations of particular note are the archipelago of Lofoten, the Lyngen alps and the island of Senja. In any of these areas you can expect a thrilling skiing adventure with a seemingly endless selection of grand views.

The cities of Tromsø, Narvik and Bodø all offer easy access to untracked, crowd-free runs while providing a comfortable base for après-ski. If you want a rest day, you can take the opportunity to explore local attractions like the Arctic Cathedral and Polar Museum in Tromsø, the Museum Nord in Narvik and the beautiful former trading post of Kjerringøy near Bodø.

Find your Arctic light skiing destination

Ski touring destinations with amazing light
At 1,300 kilometres south of the North Pole, Svalbard is no doubt one of Norway’s most exotic and challenging destinations for a ski touring trip. Read more
Svalbard
Dominated by amazing peaks and surrounded by crystal-clear waters, Lyngen is a truly breathtaking destination to experience summit-to-sea ski touring. Read more
Lyngen
If the beauty of these Arctic islands doesn’t leave you breathless, the extraordinary ski touring experiences almost certainly will. Read more
Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja
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    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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