Deposit and cancellation:
50% and strict See deposit and cancellations policy
- 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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Skis and 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)
Sailing gloves – 2 sets
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
USB cord to charge your phone
Warm sleeping bag
Printed out Insurance details
Any medication you require