Ski & Sail,
Lyngen and Finnmark Southbound

23,500 NOK / £2,125 per person*

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7 nights

If these dates don’t work, why not book the whole boat for dates that do! Minimum 5 participants.

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 Sunday afternoon in Alta, and finishes on Sunday in Tromsø, meaning we will have 5-6 full days of skiing in the areas of Altafjorden, Øksfjord peninsula, Malangerfjorden, Kågen and the Lyngen alps; which is a beautiful and exciting area with many choices for ascending peaks and sailing.

The ascensions 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 or with skis strapped 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 this trip we have booked Tore Karlstrøm, a local “finnmarking”, as our ski guide. Tore lives in the mountain range close to “Altafjorden” and knows these hills better than anyone else we can think of.

For most of our Ski and Sail trips we sail two boats together, with each boat having their 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 Alta and finishes in Tromsø. See Program for meeting time and more information. There is corresponding transport both ways.

The boats we will be using for Ski and Sail Lyngen and Finnmark are “Humla” and “Nirvana”, a 50 ft. and 44 ft. boat, respectively. These boats have good comfort and enough space for 6-7 participants + ski guide and skipper.

Trip Start: Various April & May 2020



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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Bavaria 44 “Nirvana” or Bavaria 50 “Humla”

Vessel Length

44 or 50 foot

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Single + double cabins, max 10

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • Trip experience with sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor on board
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide
  • Small groups – max 6 participants per ski guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and good duvets and pillows!)
  • Use of yacht’s shared equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • An environmentally friendly, sustainable, unique, exotic and exclusive Norwegian holiday
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and damn honest nature experiences
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world

Additional

  • The journey to and from the start/end location
  • We do not have our own chef, as a participant you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation of the boat
  • Possible meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski equipment and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxuries (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Travel insurance

Practical Info

What exactly is Ski and Sail?

Ski and Sail is a trip-concept where we sail to the foot of a mountain and start our skiing trip where land meets the sea. With the boat, we can easily travel from location to location and choose which mountains and which areas to explore based on weather and conditions. Ski and Sail is something Italian and French skiers have done since the ’90s, and something us Norwegians have really found joy in. Sail Norway arranges Ski and Sail trips on Helgeland, Steigen, Lofoten, Lyngen and Finnmark, and has done so for many years. Hence, we dare say that we are familiar with most of the places along the seashore.

Experience level: Medium

This trip requires some experience from randonee/alpine skiing, but you do not need to be advanced. If you have a lot of experience it is only positive, and you will be able to challenge yourself. Those with more experience often want to run steeper, and may even do multiple runs in one day. As organizers, we try to keep the level as equal as we can, so that we can choose mountains according to the level of the group. If you are in doubt this is the right trip for you, you are welcome to contact us at any time – if you are a beginner or experienced.

For most of our Ski and Sail trips, we sail two boats together, with each boat having their own ski guide. The number of boats during our trips depend on the number of participants, but more participants give us more flexibility in terms of dividing the group according to skill level and experience amongst the participants.

This is a sailing trip possible to do for most travellers! Sailing-wise the trip is not particularly difficult, but you must be prepared for sailing in rough weather. If you are a beginner, we want to turn you into a sailor as quickly as possible, and if you’re experienced you’ll get challenges and responsibility accordingly.

Travel

Check out sas.no or wideroe.no for flights to Tromsø/Alta. If you wish to extend your trip by a day or more in Hurtigruta, you can check their website www.hurtigruten.no. They have daily departures heading both North – and southbound from Tromsø. You can also take the train to Bodø and boat from there on, or drive your car the entire way. Travelling slowly gives another dimension to your vacation than to fly above all the beautiful places our country has to offer, whilst also saving the environment.

Changes in program/Itinerary

The program should be viewed as a plan, and we may adjust it according to weather and conditions. If we’re in a place without snow, we’ll sail towards the snow! With a sailboat, we are very mobile and flexible to find the snow, but this might mean visiting places that are not in the program. We have got fishing equipment and everything we need for making bonfires once we are ashore.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Alta, Norway

Getting back

Take an internal flight from Tromsø

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ship o’hoi – let’s meet and set sails!

Welcome on board! We will meet in Alta harbour at 16:00, 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. Before it’s too late in the evening we cast off towards a natural harbor where we spend the night at anchor. We eat dinner on our way, but be prepared for eating quite late.

Day 2 – 4: Ascensions in the fjords surrounding Øksfjordjøkelen

The great peninsula surrounding the Øksfjord-glacier is an unavailable eldorado for ascensions on skis, but with a boat we will be able to enter the fjords and wherever else we might want to, and maybe we will climb the glacier! If the skipper is in a good mood, maybe she will let you off in one fjord and pick you up in the next!

Day 5-6: Nordleangen / Kågen or Arnøya

The northern tip of Lyngen peninsula is in fact a perfect starting point for many of the summits in the Lyngen alps, or for the surrounding islands. We will wake up either by Arnøya or Store Kågtind. As for the rest of the trip, this depends on weather and conditions. Both peaks 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 continue sailing west. We will dock for the night at a suitable location.

Day 7: Final Summit closer to Tromsø – Ullstinden

We will set sail south in the morning and approach Ullstinden, with it’s 1093 meters above sea level will become the first peak we climb. We will be set ashore on the eastside, and come down on the westside. Starting on one side of a mountain, and being picked up on the other, is amongst the most awesome things with Ski and Sail. Once we are finished exploring the summit, we set sails towards Tromsø, and we will aim to be docked before dinner. DInner and party in Tromsø for those who want to.

Day 8: Breakfast and departure

Thank you for a great time in these fantastic surroundings, from the “Paris of the north”; Tromsø, the roads and possibilities are still many for those who want to continue exploring the north. The program is indicative and 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.

KIT LIST

Ski kit

Skis and boots

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“Kraken put together an action-packed itinerary”

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