Arctic Haute Route - Bodø to Tromsø

Bodø - Tromsø

Come join us for Norway’s most beautiful ski touring cruise – The Arctic Haute Route. You will sail on the nostalgic Hurtigruten ship MS Nordstjernen (1956), tagging along the beautiful Atlantic coastline from Bodø to the Arctic capital Tromsø - to some of the secret skiing spots of Northern Norway.

  • Travel above the Arctic Circle in the land of the Northern Lights
  • Mini cruise - 3 nights and 3 days of skiing
  • Visit hidden and spectacular gems of the high north
  • Summit to sea free skiing with certified mountain guides

Overview

Norway - powered by nature

Norway is the land of the Northern Lights, Midnight Sun, deep fjords, great mountains, and an extremely long and beautiful coastline with picturesque villages and spectacular mountains for hiking and freeskiing.

Coming to Norway for an Arctic Haute Route Cruise is much more than just another ski touring trip – it’s an adventure of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Spectacular skiing adventure in Lofoten, Norway

The cruise will take you to some of the secret skiing spots of northern Norway, unknown for the big crowd of off-piste skiers around the world and even for Norwegians in general. 

Nevertheless, off-piste skiing in the Northern parts of Norway is becoming increasingly popular, especially after Lonely Planet awarded Norway a second place as the world’s second most spectacular adventure destination in 2013 - and the fantastic off-piste skiing in the North of Norway was one of the main reasons.

We will sail during the evening, and ski during the daytime. The Arctic Haute Route and its various hikes are tailor-made by certified guides to suit all levels of skiers, from beginners and intermediate to experts - always putting safety first.

Additional activities

If you decide to take it easy one day, we have a wide range of other exciting activities planned for you - on shore and at sea. Some of these activities include a Sea Eagle Safari, Whale Safari, Deep Sea Fishing, Art and Local History, and Kayaking. With this, we promise you will never be bored.

Kitting up

You should bring hiking gear and clothing for 3 days of hikes, and informal leisurewear for travel, dinner and social settings. The atmosphere on Nordstjernen is informal and the cabins are small, so no need to bring your whole closet.

Hiking backpack (30 – 40 L) and hiking gear – suggestions:

  • Randonee / telemark skiing kit / split board kit
  • Avalanche gear – beeper, probe, shovel (can be rented from guides)
  • First aid kit (blisters, etc.)
  • Thin and thick gloves
  • Two hats (wool and wind stopper)
  • Wool underwear and socks
  • Helmet and goggles
  • Sun glasses and sun block
  • Thin hiking fleece jacket
  • Thin down jacket for cold days and comfy lunch on summit
  • Gore-Tex pants and jacket (wind – and water proof)
  • Alpine axe and crampons for your hiking boots if experts (can be rented from guides)
  • Harness if experts (can be rented from guides)
  • Thermos bottle for hot water, coffee, tea, etc.
  • Bottles for water
  • Camera

Large bag – leisure wear and extra gear (100 – 140 L) – suggestions:

  • Pack in a water resistant, large bag to keep your gear dry
  • Informal leisure wear for dinner and social setting; jeans, chinos, shirt or jumper
  • Thick jacket for cold mornings and evenings on deck
  • Thick winter boots for snowy and cold days
  • Sneakers, low Gore-Tex shoes for leisure
  • Extra batteries for you beeper
  • Extra socks and sports underwear (wool) for 3 days of hiking

 

Practical information

Included:

  • 4-day (3 nights) cruise from Bodø to Tromsø
  • Ski-touring: Guided trips in smaller groups with certified guides, including all transport
  • Full board 

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Bodø and Tromsø
  • Equipment: you should bring your own hiking gear, clothing and ski touring gear (see below for full list of gear to bring). 

Equipment and packing

Renting equipment:

  • You may rent avalanche gear for advanced hikes from the mountain guides, which will be delivered on board the ship. This can be booked in advance, after you have booked your trip (prices to follow).
  • You can also rent ski touring gear in Tromsø or Bodø. Book in advance and arrive during opening hours, well ahead of your departure, so there's enough time to fit boots, bindings, skis and pick up gear (prices to follow).

Travel light and smart

  • Pack your skis, etc. in a ski bag, your usual hiking backpack and a large bag with the rest of the equipment and clothing (e.g. 100 – 140 L recommended).

  • For domestic flights in Norway you pay extra for your ski bag (special luggage), so fill up your ski bag with skis, hiking poles, skins, alpine axe, crampons, boots, etc. to reduce weight from your normal luggage.

  • For domestic flights you may also bring your hiking backpack on the plane (no knives, etc. of course). Your bag with other gear should be no more than 20 kilos if you want to avoid paying for heavy luggage.

Related voyages

Itinerary

The itinerary

Read about the amazing destinations you will visit and learn more about the day-to-day programme on board in this itinerary overview.

30 March and 20 April 2017

Departs From Bodø, Norway
Day 1
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North of the Arctic Circle


Location: Bodø

On Thursday you will board MS Nordstjernen in Bodø, a town located just north of the Arctic Circle. Outside of town you have one of the strongest tidal currents in the world – Saltstraumen, with water speeds reaching 22 knots. If you arrive early, there are plenty of cultural and historic sites in and around Bodø for you to enjoy. The ship leaves Bodø harbor at six o’clock and arrives at Henningsvær at eleven. Dinner is served at eight o’clock. Time to get a good night’s sleep before we hit the slopes!

Day 2
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The mountains of Lofoten


Location: Lofoten Islands

Time to hit the mountains of Lofoten with Blåtinden, Rundfjellet, Torskmann, Sautetind – Pilan, Kvittind and Geitgaljartind as possible summit destinations, depending on local weather and motivation. For those who want to stay near the boat there will be organized trips for sea kayaking, fishing and sea eagle spotting. There will also be organized a guided historic walk in Henningsvær with a visit to the arty Kaviar Factory and Gallery Lofoten as main attractions. After a day out exploring you will be served an après ski on MS Nordstjernen before dinner. The ship leaves Henningsvær at five o’clock and set sails towards Andørja for yet another action packed day!

Day 3
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Hitting the mountains


Location: Andørja

Today we will hit the local mountains at Andørja. Our certified guides will identify the perfect trip for everyone depending on weather forecast and each skiers individual experience. No matter what, there are plenty of possibilities here with Snøtind, Langlitind, Klåptind and Kråktindene all being possible destinations. If you want to give the mountains a break, opt for some whale spotting or sea kayaking. Get on board in the evening for an après ski and dinner before arriving at Kvaløya at about eleven o’clock.

Day 4
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Photo: Sarah Williams / Guest photo Photo

The Arctic Capital


Location: Tromsø

This is another epic day in the mountains with Skitntind, Store Båmann, Vasstind and Store Hollendaren as possible destinations. No matter what, our certified guides will find the perfect trip for you. Need a rest? Try sea kayaking, fishing or a visit to Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway with 71,000 inhabitants. When in town, be sure to checkout the famous Cathedral – Ishavskatedralen. At three o’clock we will head for departure at Tromsø airport.

Tromsø, Norway

Location 2 April and 23 April 2017
Your ship Things to see and do

Photos from northern Norway

We take you to some of the best skiing spots in the majestic nature of northern Norway.

Video from Arctic Haute Route

Immerse yourself in the experience of going on the Arctic Haute Route to the rugged mountains in northern Norway.

Extend your holiday

Getting you there

Please contact us if you wish to add return flights and airport transfers to Tromsø or Bodø.