april 19 - 24. april 2022
Ski and Sail Lyngen is an adventure for those of you who want to sail to the foot of a mountain, prepare your skis and skins on the beach, ascend and then ski down the purest, powdery hills Norway can offer. Ski and Sail is a trip for those of you who enjoy challenges and want to experience something unique, wild, raw and beautiful – whether you’re experienced or a beginner.
This trip starts in Tromsø and finishes in Alta, meaning we will have 5 full days of skiing in the areas of Lyngsalpene, Kågen, Kvænangsfjorden, Øksfjordhalvøya and for our final leg we sail through Altafjorden; not only a super exciting area for pristine randonee skiing, but also for sailing.
Springtime here in the far north are super beautfiul! With the sun high in the sky almost 24 hours a day and the glimmering peaks with its snowy hills towering above the deep blue water beneath us. The nature we visit on this trip are super spectacular and also quite untouched. We start with our skis on the beach and ascend worldclass alpine peaks. With a seaview you can almost not find anywhere else in the world while you ski!
The ski-tours we complete during our trips will be planned in plenary, according to the skill level of the group, weather, and conditions in general. After our daily ascensions we set sail for the next port and prepare ourselves for the following day. This is an active trip with full focus on the experiences this wild nature has to offer, whether it’s behind the wheel of the boat or with skis on your feet. The luxury of having a ski guide onboard also means we want to maximize our time in the mountains and ascend new hills every day. The mussel pain and tiredness can wait until we get back home:)
For most of our Ski and Sail trips we sail two boats together, with each boat having its own ski guide. The number of boats during our trip depends on the number of participants. If we have enough participants for two boats we also have more flexibility to divide the group in two according to skill level and experience amongst the participants.
This trip starts in Tromsø and finishes in Alta. See Program for meeting time and more information. There is corresponding transport both ways.
We offer this trip reversed the following week, starting in Alta and finishing in Tromsø. Read more about this trip in the activity calendar.
The boats we will be using for Ski and Sail Lyngen and Finnmark are “Humla”, "Bien" and “Nirvana”, a 50, 50 and 44 ft. boat, respectively. These boats have good comfort and enough space for 6-8 participants + ski guide and skipper. Read more about our boats here.
To see a film clip from our Ski & Sail Finnmark and Lyngen trip we did in 2018 click here.
For more articles and information about Ski and Sail, check out our blog here.
“For our Ski and Sail trips in the Lyngen alps and Finnmark we have previously only accepted group bookings, but after such a success here we have opened up for individual travelers as well! This area is incredibly rich in terms of skiing possibilities, and matches the concept of Ski and Sail perfectly. We warmly welcome you and look forward to explore the Lyngen alps and West-Finnmark with us!”
Day 1: Ship o’hoi - we meet and set sails!
Welcome on board! We will meet in Tromsø harbour at 10:00, get settled in to the boat and get to know each other. Before we set sails, we’ll walk you through safety routines while on board, and get familiar with the boat. Already this first day we get to try our skis and we aim for the mountains on our way north from Tromsø. Maybe Ullstinden at 1093 masl. will be our first peak! After the ski-tour we sail on towards Lyngen and find a suitable harbour for tomorrow's upcoming adventure.
Day 2: Nord-Lenangen and the Lyngen Alps!
The northern tip of Lyngen peninsula is in fact a perfect starting point for many of the summits in the Lyngen alps! Weather and snow conditions determine which peak we choose, but Storgalten is a good alternative here. On this mountain you will be set ashore on the westside, and come down on the east side. Starting on one side of a mountain, and being picked up on the other, is amongst the most awesome things with Ski and Sail, and serves as a flying start for our trip!
Day 3: Uløya, Kågen or Arnøya
The islands around the actual Lyngen peninsula is even as majestic, and these can only be reached by boat. We will anchor up at either Arnøya, Uløya or Kågen. As for the rest of the trip, this depends on weather and conditions. All the alternative peaks here have amazing locations and give beautiful views over the entire Lyngen area. Once the trip of the day is done, we will cook dinner and set course for Finnmark. We will find a natural harbour where we spend the night at anchor.
Day 4: Skitouring in the fjords surrounding Øksfjordjøkelen
The big peninsula around the glacier Øksfjordjøkelen are definitely a remote area. By boat we get in and out of these secret fjords. Maybe we get the chance to reach the glacier as well on our ski-tour. Weather and conditions always decide what activities may be done, but we always have a plan!
Day 5: Stjernøya and Altafjorden
Our last day for skiing, and we will find a suitable peak on our route towards Alta. After some good hours in the mountain we set our course in the Altafjord for the final destination of this trip. We'll eat dinner either underway or when we reach Alta, and maybe the pub there is open?
Day 6: Thank you for the trip!
We plan to wake up at the dock in Alta this morning, and we will clean and pack ourselves out of the boat until 10:00. The airport is not far away from the dock, but we always recommend adding some wiggle room when booking your return ticket. Bye for now! :)
Changes to the program
The program may change according to weather and conditions, but it gives an indication of how we spend the days. We start every day with a good breakfast and make a packed lunch before we go ashore. Some of the days we eat dinner right away after skiing, other days we just eat a little when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before we make a later dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, and time to look around. If the weather should be really not in favour of skiing, then we spend the day sailing or do something else fun.
Travel - in general
Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also gives another start to a holiday. Cycling, taking the train or driving a car together are good alternatives! Feel free to add some extra time before and after, since up in the north weather that can sometimes change your plans…
Getting to or from Tromsø, the fastest option is flying if you are going to the eastern part of Norway, but if you have time to travel slowly we recommend that. Taking Hurtigruten south from Tromsø to Bodø and train from there is one option.
Check out SAS, Norwegian or Widerøe for flights to and from Alta. If you are planning to travel from a city in the north or want to extend your journey by a day or more, then Hurtigruta (coastal express ferry) has departures going north and south every day. You can definitely also take the train to Bodø and and the continue by ferry, or drive a car all the way. Traveling slowly gives a different dimension to your vacation than flying over all the beautiful places our country has to offer, and it helps saving the environment.
Ordinary alpine/backcountry equipment is required for this trip, that is avalanche-/ski backpack with beacon, probe and shovel, and alpine/backcountry skis with skins and ski crampons. Avalanche backpacks can possibly be hired through us and ski equipment can be rented through our partners. In good time before departure we will send you a detailed recommended packing list for this trip.
If we are in a place without snow, we sail to where the snow is! With the sailboat we are flexible with regards to finding the best snow, but that means we may go somewhere that is not mentioned in the program or a place that we have not tested in advance. Then it's extra exciting.
Food and cooking
On our trips everyone contributes to the operation of the boat, so as long as you have not booked one of our trips with a designated chef, all take their turns in the galley during the trip. Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. In advance of the trip, we set up a menu and shop what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy and medium-advanced food. If you have allergies or preferences let us know in the registration form, and we take that into account. During the trip, we also often sail by a good restaurant or two where we stop and eat.
What we expect from you
We want you to take part in the routines onboard the sailboat, whether it is sailing, docking, navigating, looking for whales and icebergs, washing up, cooking, clean the boat or contribute in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work of the participants - and you must be open to contribute and open up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people go very well together. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least do things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting and memorable stories :)
What exactly is Ski & Sail?
Ski & Sail is a trip concept where we sail into the foothills of the mountains and start the ski trip by the edge of the water. By boat we can move from place to place, and choose mountain sides and areas based on weather and conditions. Ski & Sail is something Italian and French skiers have done in Norway since the 90s, and something Norwegians so far have only started to discovered the joys of. SailNorway has arranged Ski & Sail trips on Helgeland, in Steigen, in the Lofoten Islands, in Lyngen, Finnmark and on Svalbard for many years, and we dare say that we know many of the very best places along the coast. Skiing & Sailing is really cool!
Safety and risk - in general
Sailing wise, our trips are not difficult, and you are always welcome to join us! We have with us both people who have never sailed before and experienced sailors. However, you must be prepared for everything from no wind to sailing in harsh weather. If you are a beginner, we will try to make you a seaman/woman as soon as possible. If you are experienced you will be given responsibility and greater challenges. We take safety seriously and on our trips we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. Man-over-board, fire, abandon vessel, dismasting and grounding are some of these. Building the participants' skills on how to handle critical situations are important elements for better safety on board. On board a boat and on trips, everyone must know what to do in potentially dangerous situations. For us it is important that you as a guest and participant is trained quickly enough to be a participant not a passenger. It contributes to learning, sense of achievement and increased safety for all. It's also why our trips are considered to be sailing courses, you are trained to be one of the crewmembers on board.
We have the same mindset when it comes to skiing and alpine/backcountry trips. The first day of skiing we train and repeat search and rescue techniques, and the use of avalanche equipment. Many elements determine the safety of an alpine/backcountry trip. Good planning, humbleness in relation to weather and avalanche risk, and a dynamic group are important.
Mountain hikes and alpine/backcountry trips involves a certain risk, as does sailing. However, we as an operator, and our skippers and ski guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner. Everyone gains on this and we have no one to lose. Feel free to contact us to discuss risk.
Level of this trip - medium level
On this trip we require some experience with alpine/backcountry skiing. If you have a lot of experience it is only positive, and you will get to work on your skills and techniques. Those with a lot of experience often ski steeper slopes than the others, and may take several trips during one day. But we try to keep the level as even as possible, so we can choose the destination from the participants' level. If you are in doubt as to whether this is the trip for you, please feel free to contact us, and we can look at the level of the other participants and find a trip that suits you perfectly - whether you are a beginner or experienced.
On most of our Ski & Sail trips, we sail two boats together, with a ski guide on each boat. This depends on the number of participants, but it gives us a good opportunity to split the group into boat teams based on experience and level among the participants.
Life on board and accommodation
Life aboard a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some it can be perceived as quite intimate, which is important to be prepared for. On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the sailboat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences are quickly what will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is in double cabins, some of which have a double bed and some have a bunk bed solution. We try to put girls in a cabin with girls and vice versa, but the puzzle is not always easy so you might as well prepare yourself to share the cabin with one of the opposite sex and rather tell us if it is important for you to share with one of the same sex.
If you want to stay a night on shore under the starry sky or in your own tent, then of course you do it! Any accommodation before and after the trip must be arranged on its own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we are happy to give you some recommendations.
On the boat we have a lot of heat and a lot of good food, but not always abundance of fresh water. It will not always be possible to shower every day, but mostly every other day we are either in a harbor with enough fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or even better, take a sauna.
What kind of people join this trip - and how many are we on board?
Many come alone, some travel as couples, some travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and committed people you become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but that is not so important to us. It doesn't matter if you are young or old as long as you want to go on a trip and intend to do your part so that you and the rest of the crew will have a good trip together. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we get many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. For Ski & Seil we are mostly 1-2 boats with 7-9 people onboard each boat.
Environment and sustainability
Both sailing and alpine/backcountry trips are environmentally friendly activities and we sail as much as we can and use the engine as little as possible. We encourage crew and participants to travel as environmentally-friendly as possible, and we use local ingredients and resources as far as possible. We also have our own trips where we collect litter and clean ocean trash from beaches.
Philosophically we often say that sailing is an exercise in sustainability; we move with the wind and we have limitations on things like water, diesel, electricity and food. In order to run sustainable - knowledge, patience, agility and hard work are required. The same can be said about many other things that one tries to do in a sustainable way.
Minimum number of registered participants
We need a minimum of 5 registered participants to complete this trip. We can see pretty early whether a trip will be confirmed or not. If we have to cancel, you will get the money back and/or offered to join another trip. Since we need a certain number of registered participants to confirm a trip, please do not book your travel (flights, ferry, train, bus etc.) before we have confirmed that we run it.