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From glaciated peaks rising directly from the Arctic waters to breathtaking fjordscapes and remote alpine summits – ski touring is a thrilling way to discover untamed Norwegian nature. It is, however, called an extreme sport for a reason.

Safety first

So, before we talk about all the amazing places you can go ski touring, it is crucial to cover the most important aspect of this activity: how to make it home in one piece.

The rule is simple: don’t go ski touring by yourself if you don't have any experience. Join a tour with guides that help you find the right equipment and show you how to use it. They will also choose routes based on your skills, the weather conditions, and avalanche risks.

“To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, you also have to be in a good physical shape and have experience from downhill skiing in varied and difficult terrain,” Sande explains.

He says that people who plan to embark on ski touring adventures should stay active throughout the year to ensure they’re fit for the fight.

Watch the videos below to get tips on how to stay safe in the mountains:

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon is a big fan of friluftsliv and the outdoors, and he has some advice for you as well.

Get ready

As the Crown Prince says, you should always check the avalanche warnings before you go ski touring. Get the latest forecast at varsom.no, or download their app, which is also available in English.

Equipment is crucial when ski touring, and Sande highlights the importance of knowing how to dress and pack smart.

“In addition to the mandatory avalanche equipment, I would highly recommend you bring hot drinks, spare mittens, and a bivouac sack for shelter in case of emergencies,” says Sande.

Our safety for ski tourers page shows you what to bring and what to wear.

Note that seasoned ski tourers should also join guided tours if they are visiting an area for the first time. In Norway, the conditions can vary from one side of the mountain to the other, and the weather can change quickly, so nothing beats local knowledge. 

If you're brand new to the ski touring world, you should check out these tips for beginners from the experts.

Where to go ski touring in Norway

Now that you’re up-to-date on what you need to know before you go ski touring – it’s time to get inspired!

What’s so great about ski touring here is that you don’t have to climb insanely difficult mountains to have a good time.

“There are trips for all levels in the most popular ski touring areas,” says Sande, who regularly goes ski touring with his kids, who are 10 and 13 years old.

He has also co-written a book for Fri Flyt called “Safer ski touring in Norway”, showcasing recommended skiing routes. So it's safe to say Sande knows a thing or two about where you should go ski touring in Norway.

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