Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail

Tromsø - Senja - Lyngen - Ersfjorden - Tromsø

Do you want to experience Norway’s most beautiful ski touring cruise in 2018? Join us for three days of sailing and skiing and discover the extreme beauty of Arctic Norway on a ski cruise that takes you above and beyond.

  • Skiing and sailing 3 days and 3 nights above the Arctic Circle in some of Norway's most beautiful ski areas for
  • Travel with experienced, local mountain guides and ski in smaller groups catered to your skill level (6 guests per guide)
  • Incredible atmosphere and unity on board a vintage ship with DJ and afterski on deck
  • Enjoy local food from Norway's Coastal Kitchen

Overview

Hurtigruten is known for being 'the world's most beautiful voyage'. With Arctic Ski & Sail we are taking it to another level, adding thrilling experiences and randonnée skiing to the itinerary. A custom made program with 3 days of skiing and 3 days of sailing, Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail will take you to some of the best skiing spots in Norway, locations unknown to the usual crowds of off-piste skiers. And for a country that attracts professional skiers from across the globe, that's saying something.

You will be taken from sea to summit, hiking spectacular peaks of nearly 1000 metres overlooking the ocean. From summit to sea, cruising off-piste towards the bright blue Atlantic Ocean is the ultimate arctic skiing experience!

Not a professional skier? Don't worry - you don't have to be. By dividing participants into groups of six - each with their own mountain guide - this voyage caters to all levels of expertise, from beginners to seasoned veterans. 

Skiing above the Arctic Circle in Norway

Join us as we sail the most extreme and jagged part of the Norwegian coastline to bring you to Arctic skiing unlike anywhere else in the world. The days on this journey are filled with spectacular skiing, and you may encounter whales while sitting on deck. 

"Sail in, hike up, ski down", wrote Duncain Craig from The Times, and called the whole trip "absurdly enjoyable". The feedback on our 2017 version of Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail has been outstanding, and it's partly due to an unbeatable combination - the genuine atmosphere on board MS Nordstjernen and the incredible areas in which we ski.

From Tromsø, the arctic capital, we embark on a voyage to Senja, Lyngen and Kvaløya - all excellent places for free skiing and great powder conditions. The best part: you will ski where few people have skied before you. And you basically have the whole mountain to yourself.

During April, the conditions will be stellar. The peaks are covered in snow, and the return of the sun gives us long days and rising temperatures.

We ski in areas few can reach

Your ship, MS Nordstjernen, will take you to a new destination every day. From the ship, we jump in our awesome PolarCircle tender boats and drive to shore where all equipment is waiting for you. Then we climb some mountains.

Wondering which mountains we're heading up? Well, that's part of the excitement. Because this is an expedition where the elements rule, and the captain, the expedition leader and the mountain guides will take weather, snow conditions and landing accessibility into account before making a decision about which mountains to climb.

The added feature of tender boats from ship to shore is new for the 2018 trip. It allows for greater flexibility and gives us rare access to mountains that are inaccessible for buses and cars - and where few have skied before you.

A typical day - Summit to Sea:

  • 07.00 – Good morning and breakfast. Make yourself a lunch pack. Preparation of equipment and self-service for ski waxing
  • 09.00 – Departure for randonee experience and briefing of day tours. Lunch pack at the summit
  • 16.00 – Return to ship and afterski on deck
  • 19.00 – Dinner and evening briefing
  • 21.00 – Meeting with the guides

Returning to the ship after a long day, you'll quickly realize why MS Nordstjernen is one of the most cherished ships in the fleet. With rich wood features and small but cosy cabins, the ship's unique atmosphere makes this the most amazing basecamp in Norway. Another benefit is the size of the aft deck, perfect for a good afterski party with likeminded people - adventurous and friendly skiers from all over the world.

The food: Norway's Coastal Kitchen

Cruises aren't exactly known for having great food, but at Hurtigruten we do things differently. Our Norway's Coastal Kitchen concept only uses food from local producers in the area. The chefs take advantage of the fact that we sail through some of the world´s richest fishing grounds and along fertile coastal farmland, to source fresh local produce and create generous portions of mouthwatering Norwegian cuisine. Your taste buds are in for a treat.

Need more reasons to travel with us? Read why Arctic Ski & Sail in 2017 was a "dream come true" for Solweig.

Looking for more skiing? Add an extra day to your trip!

On two of our departures you have the possibility to experience even more of the incredible slopes around Ersfjorden on Kvaløya. If you want to travel April 5th or 12th (both Thursdays), you can book an extra day on board MS Nordstjernen. This day we'll take you higher ande deeper into the mountains - ff you're looking for the perfect place for more skiing, Kvaløya is the ultimate place.

After another full day of skiing with our guides, the bus will pick you up on Monday (instead of Sunday) and drive you to the airport in Tromsø. To order this, please choose Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail incl. extra day at Kvaløya (4 nights) in the dropdown menu when booking your voyage.

Quick facts about Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail:

Ship:

MS Nordstjernen

Departures:

  • Thursday 5. april 2018 (extra day available)
  • Monday 9. april 2018
  • Thursday 12. april 2018 (extra day available)
  • Monday 16. april 2018
  • Thursday 19. april 2018

Times:

  • Departure day 1: 18:00
  • Arrival day 4: 17:00 to airport

Skiing:

  • Hours of skiing per day: 7 (on average)
  • Mountain climb: 500-1000 meters (depending on level)
  • Areas: Senja (Hamn), Lyngen (Uløya) and Kvaløya (Ersfjordbotn)
  • Peaks per day: 1 or 2 (depending on level)

Practical information:

Included:

  • 3-day (3 nights) cruise from Tromsø
  • Ski-touring: Guided trips in smaller groups of max. 6 guests with certified guides, including all transport 
  • All meals from Norway's Coastal Kitchen
  • Tender boat transport from ship to shore

Not included:

  • Flights to/from  Tromsø
  • Equipment: you must bring (or rent) your own hiking gear, clothing and ski touring gear 

Equipment and packing

Your equipment will not be accessible while on board the ship due to limited space, but will be brought to shore for you every morning.

You may rent avalanche gear for advanced hikes from the mountain guides, which will be delivered on board the ship. This must be booked in advance, after you have booked your trip. Book in advance and the equipment will be waiting for you at the dock.

More information and prices to follow.

Travel light and smart

  • Pack your skis, etc. in a ski bag (this will not be available for you until the next morning), your usual hiking backpack and a bag with the rest of the equipment and clothing (e.g. 100 L recommended). The cabins have limited space.

  • 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.

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Itinerary

The itinerary

Departure April 5, 9, 12, 16 and 19 (2018)

Departs From Tromsø, Norway
Day 1

In the Arctic Capital


Location: Tromsø

You board MS Nordstjernen in Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway with 71.000 inhabitants. If you arrive early, there are plenty of cultural and historic sites in and around Tromsø for you to enjoy. Especially the famous Cathedral Ishavskatedralen is worth a visit. 

If you are renting equipment, there's time to test boots, skis and clothes before departure. The ship leaves Tromsø harbor at 6 PM heading for Hamn on Senja, followed by a welcome meeting and a delicious dinner at 7 PM. 

At 9 AM, you will meet the guides and experts on board for level orientation This meeting lays the foundation of the next three days, as your skill level decides which group you're in and which guide is yours.  

On Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail we welcome both beginners and professionals - and those in between. To make sure everyone feels comfortable in their group and level, you will be guided by authorised guides in small exclusive groups of six skiers


At 11 PM we arrive at Hamn in the Senja area.

Day 2

Hitting the mountains!


Location: Senja

Hit the local mountains on Senja with our certified guides. Senja is Norway's second largest island and is often called "Norway in miniature". The island has everything from lush pine forest to the most alpine peaks, resembling the steep mountains of the famous Lofoten islands. 

If you are looking for world class skiing, Senja is the place. You'll find mountains of all shapes and sizes. With a lot of peaks rising between 700 - 1000 metres, the slopes offer various degrees of difficulty - excellent for an alpine skiing adventure for beginners and experts alike.

Your day on Senja:

The day starts with early breakfast (6.30 - 8.00) and the chance to make yourself a lunch pack. Then we jump into the PolarCirkel boats for a shuttle to the beach and our takeoff spot to begin the day's skiing.

We choose the mountain that is best suited to anchor, considering snow conditions and weather. This gives us an incredible flexibility, and gives you more time skiing! 

A full day out on the slopes concludes at 4 PM with our journey back to the beach and ship for some après ski. On average, you'll ski for about 7 hours per day, often climbing between 500 and 1000 meters!

At 5 PM we sail north. Dinner is served at 7 PM. At 9 PM you meet the guides for a quick briefing, and we anchor at Lyngen/Uløya at 2.30 AM.

Day 3

The dream destination


Location: The Lyngen Alps

Lyngsalpene, a mountain area on the Lyngen Peninsula about 60 kilometres west of Tromsø, is a dream destination for skiers. It's a landscape of contrasts where you can experience deep fjords, a green coastline, alpine meadows with boulders, cold rivers, Arctic fauna and birdlife and, of course, wild mountains.

The region, with its 124 peaks above 1000 meters, is Northern Europe's most pronounced big mountain area. The white peaks of the Lyngen Alps have attracted the interest of climbers and mountaineers since the 19th Century. The Lyngen Alps are famous around the world for its excellent skiing and breathtaking landscape, both horizontal and vertical, torn and wild, with narrow valleys, open fields and deep fjords.

Your day in Lyngen:

If you likes to do off piste skiing in wild and adventures terrain, this is the ultimate place. Large, steep mountains between 1100 and 1800 metres offer lots of variety and good skiing straits down to the arctic sea.

After breakfast and transfer to shore by PolarCirkel boats, it's off to the slopes for skiing from 9 AM to 4 PM. We return to the ship for afterski, dinner and guide meetings. We anchor at Kvaløya/Ersfjorden around midnight.

Day 4

Last day of skiing


Location: Ersfjordbotn/Kvaløya

Our last day will be spent exploring the mountains and fjords in Ersfjordbotn on Kvaløya, roughly 30 minutes from Tromsø. In this stunning Arctic landscape, the mountains rise up to 1000 metres and are often surrounded by the sea.

The sheer variety of the skiing makes Kvaløya an ideal location to suit intermediate to advanced skiers and tourers. Open slopes, well spaced trees, and steeper couloirs explains why the residents of Tromsø describe the area as their "playground" for skiing

Your day on Kvaløya:

Enjoy breakfast and make lunch, transfer by PolarCirkel boats to the beach, and then head off to the slopes for skiing from 09.00 til 16.00.

A bus will pick you up at 16.30 and you will be at Tromsø airport at 17.00, where your luggage is waiting for you.

Thirsty for more skiing? Add an extra day to your trip!

On two of our departures you have the possibility to experience even more of the incredible slopes around Ersfjorden on Kvaløya. If you want to travel April 5th or 12th (both Thursdays), you can book an extra day on board MS Nordstjernen. This day we'll take you higher ande deeper into the mountains - ff you're looking for the perfect place for more skiing, Kvaløya is the ultimate place.

After another full day of skiing with our guides, the bus will pick you up on Monday (instead of Sunday) and drive you to the airport in Tromsø. To order this, please choose Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail incl. extra day at Kvaløya (4 nights) in the dropdown menu when booking your voyage.

Location Tromsø
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