Lyngen – ski touring with world-class sea view!

Ski & Sail Lyngen, 7 days
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Picture your first day at Ski & Sail Lyngen. Full of anticipation, we set sail from Tromsø. The sun hangs low in the west, showing us the way with long shadows of the boat and mountains around. As we glide north on a deep blue mirror, the stress of everyday life disappears with each nautical mile away from the city. Then you see it. Around the next headland they suddenly appear. The mighty Lyngen Alps! At first only small white teeth on the horizon. Then they grow. And grow. And grow. Raising from the sea like petrified giants. Bigger and bigger. We sail closer. Until they fill the entire field of vision to our east. Towering towards the sky. In all shades of red, orange and yellow from the low evening sun. With their pointy peaks, sharp ridges and mighty faces. The adventure is on!

From Tromsø to Lyngen and back to Tromsø

This trip starts and ends in Tromsø. The Lyngen Alps rise to over 1800 meters above the fjord, and are one of the most spectacular mountain areas we have in Norway. This trip is dedicated to this wonderful peninsula, and not least the surrounding mountain islands; Kågen, Arnøya, Vannøya and Ringvassøya. Here we find both large steep peaks and more mellow snowy slopes to choose from. All with fantastic views of the sea and mountains. An incredibly rich and exciting area for ski touring and sailing. On these trips we can get both powder snow, spring slush, blizzards and wind slabs. And our guides know exactly where the best conditions are.

Ski touring and summits in Lyngen

Ski & Sail Lyngen is the trip for you who want to sail to the mountain, put on your skis and skins at the beach, tour up to the peaks and ski some of the most beautiful mountains Norway has to offer! An adventure for you who like challenges and being outside! And for you who want to experience something unique, wild, raw and beautiful. Whether you have a lot of ski touring experience, or if you have only been ski touring for a season or two.

A normal day at Ski & Sail

We arrange all our Ski & Sail trips with a skipper and a ski guide per boat. We plan to go skiing every day, but of course according to weather and conditions. If it’s windy and snowing one day, and the mountains are not tempting, we hoist sails and leave behind some of the nautical miles we’re going to cover. If someone wants a break day during the trip, that is also completely allowed! After ski touring and summit climbs during the day, we spend the afternoon sailing to the next port or anchorage and prepare for a new peak for the next day.

This is an active trip where the experiences out in nature get full focus. Whether it’s behind the helm or with skis on your feet. We can worry about being tired and sore when we get home!

With varied groups onboard

On most of our Ski & Sail trips, we sail two or more boats in tandem. Depending on the number of people registered. With several boats, we try to divide into boat teams and ski groups according to skill level, wishes and prior experience. We often also set up two different trips of different lengths per skiing day. So you can choose whether you want to go on the long or short trip that day. With open groups onboard, there will of course be a difference in skiing level inside each group, but we quickly become a good team on board and we are all flexible!

 

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Ski & Sail Lyngen

Here is a video from Ski & Sail in Finnmark and Lyngen we did with Helly Hansen & Bård Basberg.

A really nice trip with quality in every aspect. Good experiences one after another, both at sea and in the mountains. Skipper and guide had solid knowledge and experience, and it never felt unsafe. This trip is highly recommended! PS: the oatmeal porridge onboard is out of this world!!

Amund Berge, Ski & Sail Lyngen

Itinerary

Day 1: Ship o'hoi - we meet and cast off

Welcome on board! We meet at the dock in Tromsø at 16:00, settle into the boat and get to know each other. Before we hoist sails, we familiarize ourselves with the boat and equipment, and go through safety routines. We leave Tromsøsundet and Grøtsundet already on the first evening on our way to the first anchorage. We prepare supper when we have cast off, but please eat dinner before attendance if possible.

Day 2: First ski tour!

After an early breakfast, we take the dinghy to land and the adventure’s first skitour! We are aiming for some of the peaks on our way north from Tromsø for this day. Where we have nice options both on Ringvassøya and Reinøya. Or perhaps Ullstinden at 1093 masl will be the first peak of the trip! After skiing, we sail towards Lyngen and anchor or moor in a suitable place for a new peak the next morning.

Day 3 - 4: Nord-Lenangen and the Lyngen peninsula

The northern tip of the Lyngen peninsula and the surrounding islands, is a great starting point for several of the good peaks here. Weather, conditions and our ambitions onboard determine which trips we choose these days. We will explore beautiful fjords and mountains around this area. If the skipper’s in a good mood, maybe she’ll drop you off in one fjord and pick you up in the next!

Day 5 - 6: Kågen, Arnøya or Vannøya

The islands around the Lyngen peninsula itself are just as spectacular. And here we find even less visited bays, fjords and mountains. These islands are understandably easiest to reach by boat, what we are here for at Ski & Sail!

Day 7: Last summit and return to the Paris of the North

Last day of skiing, where we find a suitable peak on our way towards Tromsø. We have good alternatives on Ringvassøya or Reinøya on the way into Grøtsundet. After a few good hours of skiing in the morning, we head for Tromsø. On our way to the harbor we pack our things, clean up and wash ourselves out of the boat. We dock and end the trip in Tromsø at 16:00 latest. Thank you for a wonderful experience and welcome again next time!

Changes to the program

The program is an indication of what the days will look like. Though it might change according to weather and snow conditions. We start each day with a good breakfast and pack lunch before we go out ski touring. Some days we eat dinner straight after skiing. Other days we just eat a little when we get down to the boat again, and sail further before we cook a later dinner. Some days we put in time to fish, or time to look around. Should the weather be really bad for skiing in the mountains, we do a sailing day or something else fun, instead!

What is included?

  • A trip experience with sailboat – experienced skipper and guide with local knowledge on board
  • Guided backcountry skiing trips every day
  • Small groups – 6 participants per ski guide
  • All food you eat on board during the trip
  • Our Comfort Package which consists of accommodation onboard in a shared double cabin (bunk or double bed) with a ready-made bed (warm and nice duvets and pillows!)
  • 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 equipment: dinghies, kayaks, fishing equipment, etc. when possible
  • All boat-related costs such as diesel, propane and harbor fees
  • Personal safety equipment; Helly Hansen inflatable lifejacket
  • Instruction, advice, guidance and practical training in boating and sailing

What is not included?

  • Travel to and from the start/end location
  • Ski and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal goodies for the evening and hiking snacks for excursions on land
  • Optional meals at a cafes/restaurants during the trip
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, or other alternative activities that you/we may come up with
  • Rental of equipment, transport or activities from external operators if you want to do things outside the program
  • Drinks such as wine, beer or exclusive apple juice and other luxuries (yes, we drink beer and wine on board, bring your own)
  • Travel insurance and/or cancellation insurance – (up to you, but recommended!)

Important info

Departure and arrival

This trip starts and ends in Tromsø.

You find more information on travel, equipment and other tips under Practical info.

Safety and risk on Ski & Sail trips

For ski touring on land, we keep the same high focus on safety. On the first skiing day, we go through avalanche awareness, use of our avalanche equipment and the necessary search and rescue techniques. Many factors determine the safety of a ski touring trip, where us, the human factor, is the triggering factor in most accidents in the mountains. Good planning, awareness of the weather and avalanche risk, and a coherent group are important. In addition, it is crucial that you listen to the guide and follow his instructions in the mountains.

Backcountry skiing in the mountains involves a certain amount of risk, as does sailing. However, as an operator, with our highly skilled and trained skippers and ski guides, we do everything we can to minimize the risk in a professional manner. We all benefit from that, as we have nobody to lose.

Level of our Ski & Sail trips

On all of our Ski & Sail trips you must have some previous experience with ski touring and skiing in general. You must have done some ski touring before and you need to bring your own touring equipment. Having said that, we mostly have open groups on our Ski & Sail trips, with participants at different levels. We usually sail several boats together and divide into boat teams and ski groups based on previous experience, skill level and individual expectation, as best we can.

Our various Ski & Sail concepts are on a slightly different level. The shorter trips in Lofoten and Lyngen are less advanced, while the longer departures as in Lyngen and Finnmark and the Ski & Sail expeditions on Svalbard, are more advanced.
Read more about our various Ski & Sail concepts here.

On some selected departures, we set up a specific beginner’s boat. Feel free to ask us about availability for this and which tour might suit you!

Snow conditions

We have locally known guides onboard, that is experts in finding the best snow for us to ski at any condition throughout the season. What is certain about the snow conditions here in northern Norway, is that it’s usually very varied. Often with several types of snow on each single mountain, from fluffy powder or hard packed slabs to spring crust or slush. Depending on the season, how far into the fjords we sail, and of course exposition and height above sea level. We plan the skiing trips along the way based on the latest updated knowledge of the snow conditions and local forecasts.

If we are somewhere without less good snow, we sail to where the better snow is! With the sailboat, we are flexible in finding the best snow, and this can mean that we can go to places that are not on the program or that we ourselves may not have tested beforehand. Then it’s extra exciting and a true adventure for all of us!

Equipment and packing - Ski & Sail

Normal ski touring equipment is required for this trip: Skis with touring bindings and skins (alternatively split board), touring boots and poles. Ski crampons are highly recommended, and mandatory for split board, as this is always needed at some point during a week in our coastal Norwegian mountains. Furthermore standard avalanche equipment is mandatory for everyone to bring: beacon, shovel and probe (this can be rented from us if needed).

On our open Ski & Sail trips, boot crampons and ice axe (or further mountaineering equipment) is usually not needed, except on our Ski & Sail expeditions in Svalbard. More about this in the info-letters you receive after booking.

Avalanche equipment can be rented through us and ski equipment can be rented through our partners, but our best experience is that you bring your own equipment from home. Without too short transfers, flying with a ski bag these days is often as easy as with any other checked in luggage with most airlines.

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