Ski Touring Expedition in Northern Norway

Ski Touring Expedition in Northern Norway

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Ski Touring Expedition in Northern Norway (Norway)

A ski adventure on the Finnmark plateau with huskies and winter camping

Ski touring in Norway: Finnmark

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Northern Lights from your tent!

For dates up to early April, this experience offers very good chances for Northern Lights during your tour.

Overview

  • Required: Good health and good level of fitness and used to outdoors. Previous ski experience desirable but not essential (note that novice skiers should have additional fitness). Minimum age 15.
  • Duration: 9 days/8 nights.
  • Accommodation: Four nights in cabins, four nights winter camping.
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An exciting and adventurous ski tour in the far north of Norway, Ski Touring Expedition in Northern Norway takes you across the stunning expanse of the Finnmark Plateau on a ski expedition combining cabin accommodation and wild camping along the way.

Particpants will be divided into teams of 2-3 persons, who will work and camp together during the tour. Accompanying you will be 2-4 huskies per tour. Having the dogs with you brings an added dimension to your ski touring experience, ensuring there's always a wonderfully warming partner for a hug if you're feeling chilly!

Ski Touring Expedition in Northern Norway takes place during the "spring winter" between late March and early May - a stunning time to be out in the far north, with typically milder temperatures and long hours of daylight but good skiing conditions and possibilities for ice fishing along the way.

The terrain of the plateau is generally flat and easy to ski. Distances covered each day vary between 4km-22km (total distance covered around 80km) and you will be skiing off tracks for much of the tour. This experience is suitable not only for experienced skiers but also for novices (with suitable level of fitness, novice skiers are recommended to join the introductory course before the tour begins). For four nights of the tour you will make camp beneath the stars. Weather conditions are typically good, with mild, sunny days and cold nights. However, as an Arctic region, the weather can also be challenging, and weather conditions can have a significant impact on the level of challenge experienced during the tour. The element of winter camping will also add to the level of challenge compared to a cabin-cabin experience. You will be in very capable hands with an experienced local guide and the tour has a focus on enjoyment, good food, and above all, safety.

If you have a taste for adventure and an appreciation of the beauty of the wide open spaces of the far north, Ski Touring Expedition in Northern Norway is the ideal choice for an unforgettable experience!

Northern Lights

Finnmark is an excellent area for viewing the Northern Lights. Weather conditions in the area are generally stable, with low precipitation and clear skies, and you will be travelling far from sources of light pollution. Chances to see the Northern Lights on your tour are therefore very good, though can never of course be guaranteed. Displays are most likely to be seen for tours up until around early April, after which the nights become much lighter.

Itinerary

Day 1

NB: If you have chosen to add the introductory ski training, this will take place on this day. You must therefore plan to arrive in Alta the day before and overnight locally - please contact us for accommodation suggestions.

Transfer from Alta airport (if arriving this day) on arrival to local guest house/cabin, where you will stay for the night (shared sleeping accommodation). Dinner together with your guide. You will check through your equipment together to ensure everything is suitable and discuss the route ahead.

Day 2

Final preparations, packing of equipment and the start of your tour. Today is an easy-going introduction, with a short tour of around 4km to your accommodation for the night at a mountain cabin (shared sleeping accommodation). For the main ski tour, participants will be divided into teams of 2-3 persons, who will work together during the trip and share tent. On this day, you will also be shown how to use the tents and other equipment during the tour, and be given advice on handling the huskies who will join you for the tour and on safety procedures.

Day 3

You will be joined by the dogs for the first time on this day and your ski tour across the Finnmark Plateau begins! The Alaskan Huskies are friendly and sociable and also provide assistance by pulling some of the equipment needed for the tour. After breakfast, you will begin skiing, following tracks for approx half the day and then continuing off tracks. The terrain already has a wild and treeless feeling, with views stretching to the horizon. Later in the day, you will make camp in the wilderness for your first night under canvas and prepare dinner together.

Day 4

Today combines skiing and ice fishing. You will make camp by a lake ideal for ice fishing, and spend some time ice fishing if you arrive in good time - a wonderful and meditative way to experience the winter landscape. With luck you may be having fresh Arctic Char, brown trout or grayling for dinner!

Day 5

After a leisurely start and the chance to do some ice fishing before lunch if you wish, you will set off for another day's skiing, making camp at suitable spot later in the day.

Day 6

A gentle uphill section for the first kilometres of the day brings you to the highest point on your ski tour across the Finnmark Plateau for stunning views and a great photo opportunity before descending to make camp for the night for your last night under canvas.

Day 7

Today's tour brings you from the open mountain landscape down into the forest. Accommodation this night is at a mountain cabin, where facililties are simple but cosy, heated with wood-burning stove (shared sleeping accommodation, no shower facilities).

Day 8

By now you will be well used to skiing in this Arctic landscape, ready for the longest day's skiing on the tour, approx. 22km. The first 15km takes you on tracks through the forest and mainly downhill, before finishing with a 7km stretch across frozen river ice to end at the Husky Lodge. Here you take care of the dogs and your equipment and have dinner together to reflect your Arctic adventure. Sauna and outside hot-tub can be arranged (at additional charge payable locally*) for those who would like the ultimate relaxing end to their ski tour! Overnight accommodation in uniquely designed cabins at the Husky Lodge (shared 2-person rooms, single room occupancy is available for additional supplement).

* Use of these facilities is discussed/agreed with the other members of your group locally. Approx. charges: Sauna 100 NOK (about £11)/person, min. charge 400 NOK; outdoor hot-tub 250 NOK/person (approx. £27), min. charge 2000 NOK

Day 9

Breakfast before transfer to Karasjok for departure.

Dates & Prices

Dates

  • 08.03-16.03.15
  • 30.03-07.04.15
  • 12.04-20.04.15

Additional tour dates can be added on request from min. 4 persons.

The Price

Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

£1716/person

NB: Please note that ski equipment is not included - please see "What the price does not include" below.

What The Price Includes

Accommodation

  • Three nights' shared sleeping accommodation in simple mountain cabins.
  • Four nights' winter camping (tents shared per 2-3 person team).
  • One night in 2-person rooms in uniquely-designed cabins at the Husky Lodge. Shower/WC in separate building.

Meals

All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.

Equipment

A number of additional equipment/clothing items are available to borrow free of charge or for a small fee payable locally, but must be advised in advance. Details will be given in booking documentation.

  • Camping and expedition equipment including tent, stove and pulk (sled), stoves, cutlery and cooking equipment.
  • Warm winter sleeping bag.
  • Warm winter boots for use around camp in the evenings (please provide shoe size in advance).

Guide

  • Instruction in handling the huskies.
  • Services of local guide.

Transfers

  • Transfer from Alta airport on arrival (for guests arriving Day 1 - guests arriving one day early for introductory ski tour should make own arrangements for transfer to overnight accommodation). Local transfer to Karasjok on departure.

What The Price Does Not Include

  • Ski equipment: Skis, poles and skins for the tour are available to hire - please see "Optional extras" below.
  • Alcoholic drinks.

Optional extras

Skis provided are old-style wooden army skis, not as light or advanced as modern equivalents but very suitable for a tour of this type. You must bring your own boots. These skis can be used with warm winter boots suitable for winter hiking and do not require special ski boots.

  • Introductory ski course: If you are a beginner or would like to improve your technique before the tour, we strongly recommend an introductory course. This takes place on the start day and guests choosing this option must arrive in Alta the day before and overnight locally (please contact us for accommodation suggestions), duration approx. 4 hours. Price £100/person.
  • Ski equipment (skis, poles and skins): £66/person
  • A number of additional items such as warm, windproof hat and/or warm mittens are available to hire at 50 NOK each (about £5), payable locally. Items available will be specified in your booking documentation. Please advise in advance if required.
  • Single occupancy for night at the Husky Lodge (Day 8) is possible on request for additional supplement. Please ask for details.
  • Extra nights: You are welcome to extend your stay with additional nights in cabins at the Husky Lodge after your main tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

Practical Info

Health requirements/experience

This tour has a moderate/hard level of challenge and is suitable for participants with a good level of general health and fitness. Daily distances covered are between 4km and 22km. Previous ski experience and/or experience of winter camping will certainly be helpful but are not essential. The skiing required is not technical, though note that participants with limited technique will find the tour more physically challenging and we recommend if possible that you have at least some experience of cross country skiing/ski touring. Minimum age 15 if accompanied by adult, otherwise 18.

You should enjoy outdoor life and be comfortable living in close proximity with others. The possibility of challenging weather conditions can also significantly impact the level of challenge experienced during your tour. The element of winter camping also adds to the level of challenge.

Average temperatures during the tour season are around -6 degrees C, though can reach -25 degrees C. Hours of daylight are long at this time, with sunrise/sunset around 06.00/17.30 in mid-March and 04.30/21.30 in mid-April.

Equipment/clothes needed

A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing.

Groups

Max. group size 8 participants. No minimum.

Additional Notes

This provider has a detailed environmental policy.

Location

Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

By Air

Fly to Oslo then onward by domestic flight to Alta on arrival. For return journey, you can choose to fly out from Lakselv (approx. 1 hour by local bus from Karasjok) or return to Alta (approx. 4 hours by local bus). Local transfer to Karasjok is included.

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