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4th March 2024 to 24th March 2024

Ski & Sail Lofotenweek

From £2300 per person

Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Sail your way through a magical ice kingdom as you explore glaciers, fjords and the incredible polar ice edge on this fantastic sailing adventure.
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Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
70 foot steal hulled expedition boat
Vessel length
70 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
6 cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Our Ski & Sail Lofoten week is a trip for those of you who like the idea of alpine/backcountry skiing in the untouched Lofoten mountains of Northern Norway. It is a trip for travelers wanting a more challenging and rewarding holiday - for you who would like to experience something unique, wild, breathtaking, and beautiful - no matter if you are experienced or a beginner we welcome you to our Ski & Sail adventure!

7 Days:  Various dates in March are available

27,500 NOK / £2300 per person

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

The Lofoten isles make out some of the rawest nature Norway has to offer. The area is famous for its alpine mountains and peaks, there are great numbers of natural pistes, offering possibilities and options for a wide range of skiers. Most of the trips offer 700 - 1000 meters of altitude, and the skiing most often ends down on the beach. Many of the most spectacular places are available by boat only. That is why we sail

For our Ski & Sail trips, we use ski guides with local experience and knowledge, who also work as instructors and coaches for us. Having a ski guide available onboard each boat makes us more certain we'll find the best snow available, and it can make it possible for us to do more challenging skiing and summits. Of the different places we will pass and hope to visit along the way, we can mention Austnesfjorden, Geitgaljertind, the Trollfjord, Raftsundet, and some other secret spots.

If these dates don’t work, why not book the yacht charter for dates that do. Minimum 5 participants.

Please note: This trip is a working passage and you are expected to take turns with the cooking, crewing, and cleaning of the boat throughout the trip.

Day 1: Meeting on the dock in Svolvær

We meet in the harbor in Svolvær at 16:00 and get settled into the boat and get to know each other. Before we set sail, we will walk you through safety routines while on board, and get familiar with the boat. Before it is too late in the evening we cast off towards a natural harbor where we spend the night at anchor. We eat supper on our way, but probably quite late, so we recommend you eat dinner before the meeting, if possible.

Day 2: Austnesfjorden

After early breakfast, we go ashore with the dinghy. Together with the ski guide, we will make a final decision on where to ski depending on weather, snow conditions, and wind. There are many opportunities in Austnesfjorden, such as Higravtindan and Geitgaljertind, which are also the most known and demanding summits, but also Rundfjellet and Kvittinden are great options. This being our first day of skiing we start off more easily. In the afternoon we have no need to sail far as this fjord has lots of possibilities and many very nice phases and peaks.

Day 3: Austnesfjorden

We stay in the Austnesfjord with its varied terrain and possibilities for fun under different conditions. Here we find both easy and more challenging routes, and if the weather gods are on our side we might try to ascend Geitgaljen, one of the most spectacular summits in Lofoten! If the snow conditions are good, this hill offers a magical descent all the way to shore. In the evening we relax for a while and sail out the fjord towards Trollfjorden where we will spend the evening.

Day 4: Majestic and mystical Trollfjorden

This morning we start in the magnificent Trollfjorden, a bay available to sailors and boaters only. If the conditions allow we head upwards early before the sun starts warming up the hills, reaching for the peaks here towering above 1000 masl.

Day 5: Skiing in Trollheimen or Raftsundet

This day’s program will depend on the conditions. One possibility is to go way up high, but we can also go more safely in the forests. There are so many places to go!:)

Day 6: Skiing in the mountainsides of Raftsundet

This day we stay in Raftsundet the area with various opportunities and great skiing. Not to mention the view towards the most amazing Lofoten skylight! Last night often means good fun onboard the boat.

Day 7: Early morning skiing and sailing back

Early skiing this last day at a peak close to Svolvær, then we pack our stuff and tidy up the boat on our way back to Svolver, and end the trip latest at 16:00. Thank you for a great week together!:) The bus and speed ferry depart straight from the harbor, and the distance to the airport is not far, but please add some wiggle room when booking your return transport.

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. On some days we will eat dinner right away after skiing, while on other days we will have a light meal when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before having a late dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, or exploring the area. If the weather is really not in favor of skiing, we can spend the day sailing or doing something else fun.

  • Trip experience with a sailboat – experienced and locally familiar skipper on board
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide
  • Small groups – max 6 participants per ski guide
  • Our Comfort Package consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • An environmentally friendly, local, sustainable, unique, exotic, and exclusive Norwegian adventure holiday
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and honest nature experiences
  • Use of our shared trip equipment: dinghy, kayaks, fishing equipment, etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbor fees, etc.
  • Personal safety equipment; Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Optional meals at cafés/restaurants
  • Ski and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snacks for excursions on land (it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer, or high-exclusive apple juice and other luxury drinks (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, and similar, or other activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Travel/cancellation insurance – optional, but recommended

Vessel

70ft steel yacht designed to withstand tough arctic conditions, but with comfort and high standard along the way. The yacht sails very well, especially when it’s windy! There is a lot of space outside for sailing and staying on deck. Inside, the boat has ample space in the lounge and in the wheelhouse and a well-equipped galley. The boat has 6 cabins, most of them with private baths and showers.

Valiente is very well equipped for trips and expeditions including; RIB light boat, two folding kayaks, big tanks for both water and diesel, watermaker, generators, safety, and rescue equipment, communication equipment

Travel – in general

Sometimes we have to fly, but not always. If you have the luxury of time, we always encourage you to travel as environmentally friendly as possible. Traveling slowly also allows you to start your holiday in a special way. Cycling, taking the train, or driving a car together can be good options! Feel free to add some extra time before and after your trip, since up north the weather can be unpredictable and might affect your plans!

Travel – Svolvær

If you have time then take the “Nordlandsbanen” train line to Bodø and the express boat (catamaran) or Hurtigruten (coastal express ferry) from Bodø to Lofoten. But Lofoten is far away for many, and most people end up flying. Then Svolvær is the nearest airport, or you can also fly to Leknes. Flights to Svolvær or Leknes are mostly with a connection in Bodø and are possible to book through Widerøe, SAS, and Norwegian. You can also fly directly from Oslo to and from Harstad/Evenes airport, and then take a bus from there to Lofoten and Henningsvær/Svolvær.

What exactly is Ski & Sail?

Ski & Sail is a trip concept where we sail to the feet 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 mountainsides 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 has only started to discover the joys of. We have arranged Ski & Sail trips in Helgeland, Steigen, Lofoten Islands, 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!

Level of this trip – medium

On this trip, we require some experience with randomness/alpine touring/backcountry skiing. You should have skied or snowboarded before, and been on backcountry/touring trips. Regardless, we will set up the trip based on the experience of the group, so that everyone has a great experience. On most of our Ski & Sail trips, we sail two or more boats in tandem, with one ski guide per boat. This depends on the number of participants we have signed up, but it allows us to split up into groups based on the participants’ prior experience. If you have a lot of experience on skis, you will still find the opportunity to challenge and enjoy yourself on the trip.
If you are wondering if this trip is a good fit for you, feel free to contact us so that we can help you find the tour that best fits your wishes and needs – whether you are a beginner or are very experienced.

Safety and risk – in general

We take safety seriously and on our trips, we train on handling different situations that can occur at sea. 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 are trained quickly enough to be a participant – not a passenger. It contributes to learning, a 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 crew members on board. Feel free to contact us to discuss the risk.

Safety and risk – Ski & Sail

We have the same mindset when it comes to skiing and alpine/backcountry trips. On the first day of skiing, we train on 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 good group dynamic are important. It is also crucial that you follow the guide’s instructions in the mountains to ensure safety. Skitouring and alpine/backcountry skiing involves a certain risk, as does sailing. However, our skippers and ski guides, do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner.

Snow conditions

We work with locally knowledgeable ski guides and plan the trips based on the latest available local reports and forecasts. 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, meaning that we may sometimes go somewhere that is not mentioned in the program or a place that we might not have tested in advance ourselves. This adds to the excitement!

Equipment/packing

Equipment for ski touring and backcountry skiing is required for this trip, which means an avalanche/ski backpack with beacon, probe, and shovel, and touring skis (or split board) with skins and ski crampons. We have a few sets of avalanche equipment that can be hired through us if you let us know beforehand, and ski equipment can be rented through our partners. Crampons, climbing axes, and harnesses/ropes are not required on our trips. We do not expect you to buy lots of new equipment to join any of our trips, so, use what you have, borrow what you need from a friend, try to purchase used equipment, and if you have to invest in new equipment – buy quality items that will last. We will send you a detailed recommended packing list in good time before departure.

Food and cooking

On our trips, you will be part of the crew onboard and get the chance to participate in all aspects of the running of the sailboat. This includes the cooking, where everyone is taking turns in the galley! Skippers and guides assist as much as they can along the way. Before the trip, we set up a menu and purchase what is needed. We offer good menus with healthy “boat-friendly” food. If you have allergies or preferences, let us know in the registration form and we will take that into account. During the trip, we 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, cleaning the boat, or contributing in other ways when required. Our trips require a little work from the participants – and you must be open to contributing and opening up a bit socially. We have many different people with us on our trips, and most people get along very well. Our experience is that doing things with others out in nature, and not least doing things with new people with different personalities than one might be used to, is what creates the best, most interesting, and most memorable stories :)

Life on board and accommodation

Life on board a sailboat is social and pleasant, but for some, it can be perceived as quite intimate and crowded, which one should 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 boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences 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 generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations. You must arrange any accommodation before and after the trip on your own. If you have any doubts about where to stay, we’re happy to give you some recommendations.
We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always an abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbor with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. And a morning swim in the sea is always available all year round!

What kind of people join this trip – and how many will we be on board?

Many come alone, some travel as couples, and others travel as a group of friends. The common denominator for everyone is that these are fun and interesting people you will become friends with almost no matter what. Sharing grand experiences creates strong ties! Many people wonder about the age composition of our trips, but this isn’t 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 in making this a great trip for everyone. The number of participants varies from trip to trip. If we have many participants, we will expand with more boats and skippers. For Ski & Sail, we are usually 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 much as we can. We also run 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 sustainably, knowledge, patience, flexibility, 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 run this trip. We are able to tell pretty early on whether a trip will be confirmed or not. If we have to cancel, you will get reimbursed 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 your trip.

Please see our 'Other Practical Section' for more information

Please see our 'Other Practical Section' for more information

Please note: This trip is a working passage and you are expected to take turns with the cooking, crewing, and cleaning of the boat throughout the trip.

Day 1: Meeting on the dock in Svolvær

We meet in the harbor in Svolvær at 16:00 and get settled into the boat and get to know each other. Before we set sail, we will walk you through safety routines while on board, and get familiar with the boat. Before it is too late in the evening we cast off towards a natural harbor where we spend the night at anchor. We eat supper on our way, but probably quite late, so we recommend you eat dinner before the meeting, if possible.

Day 2: Austnesfjorden

After early breakfast, we go ashore with the dinghy. Together with the ski guide, we will make a final decision on where to ski depending on weather, snow conditions, and wind. There are many opportunities in Austnesfjorden, such as Higravtindan and Geitgaljertind, which are also the most known and demanding summits, but also Rundfjellet and Kvittinden are great options. This being our first day of skiing we start off more easily. In the afternoon we have no need to sail far as this fjord has lots of possibilities and many very nice phases and peaks.

Day 3: Austnesfjorden

We stay in the Austnesfjord with its varied terrain and possibilities for fun under different conditions. Here we find both easy and more challenging routes, and if the weather gods are on our side we might try to ascend Geitgaljen, one of the most spectacular summits in Lofoten! If the snow conditions are good, this hill offers a magical descent all the way to shore. In the evening we relax for a while and sail out the fjord towards Trollfjorden where we will spend the evening.

Day 4: Majestic and mystical Trollfjorden

This morning we start in the magnificent Trollfjorden, a bay available to sailors and boaters only. If the conditions allow we head upwards early before the sun starts warming up the hills, reaching for the peaks here towering above 1000 masl.

Day 5: Skiing in Trollheimen or Raftsundet

This day’s program will depend on the conditions. One possibility is to go way up high, but we can also go more safely in the forests. There are so many places to go!:)

Day 6: Skiing in the mountainsides of Raftsundet

This day we stay in Raftsundet the area with various opportunities and great skiing. Not to mention the view towards the most amazing Lofoten skylight! Last night often means good fun onboard the boat.

Day 7: Early morning skiing and sailing back

Early skiing this last day at a peak close to Svolvær, then we pack our stuff and tidy up the boat on our way back to Svolver, and end the trip latest at 16:00. Thank you for a great week together!:) The bus and speed ferry depart straight from the harbor, and the distance to the airport is not far, but please add some wiggle room when booking your return transport.

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. On some days we will eat dinner right away after skiing, while on other days we will have a light meal when we come back to the boat, and then sail on before having a late dinner. Some days, we spend time fishing, or exploring the area. If the weather is really not in favor of skiing, we can spend the day sailing or doing something else fun.

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