LOFOTEN ISLANDS - SKI MOUNTAINEERING IN NORWAY

Day 1 :

Travel and meeting at Evenes Airport - Transfer to our cozy house close to Svolvaer (island of Austvagoya)

 

Day 2 :

First ascent of the week as a nice warm-up in Austvagoya, chosen depending on weather and snow conditions.

 

Day 3:

Second ascent, again in the island of Austvagoya. There are a great variety of mountains in the island, that’s why the location of the house is just perfect.

 

Day 4:

Climb on the island of Vestvagoya, where the Himmeltindan (962m), the highest peak on the island, is well worth a visit.

 

Day 5:

Back to Austvagoya, we will continue with its exploration. As we said before the range of possibilities is enormous, there is a big repertoire of different technical level routes where to choose from.

 

Day 6:

Visit to the island of Flakstadoya, located west of Lofoten, where we will climb the Stornappstinden (725m).

 

Day 7:

As the last day of ski we will stay in the area of Austvagoya.

 

Day 8:

Day of travel - Transfer back to the Evenes Airport as the starting point.

 

Note that program can vary at all times depending on weather, snow conditions and preferences of the group.

Included:

  • 6 days mountain guide services and technical advices.
  • Transfer from the airport to the accommodation.
  • Road transfers needed to access the ski routes.
  • 7 nights accommodation in private house with all the comfort of a traditional Norwegian residence. Single, twin or triple rooms with shared bathroom.

 

Not included:

  • Travelling to Evenes.
  • Food and beverage of the week.
  • Private taxis and boats.
  • Rental gear in case of needed.
  • Members and guides extra expenses due to program variations.

 

General Information:

  • Each group member taking part in the ski route is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in Norway or a mountain accident insurance valid in this country.
  • Mountain skiing is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on weather conditions, weather, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Touring skis
  • Touring ski boots
  • Telescopic touring ski poles
  • Skins
  • Wax for limiting the snow to build up under the skis
  • Ski crampons

 

  • Ice axe
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Crampons
  • Backpack 40l max.
  • Headlight + batteries
  • Light harness
  • Dyneema ring 120cm
  • Ice screw
  • Two screw-lock carabiners

 

  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • Transceiver (batteries charged)

 

  • Touring ski pants
  • Thermal underpants
  • Thin Gore-Tex ski pants
  • Gore-tex ski jacket
  • Fleece
  • Primaloft
  • Thermal undershirt + spare

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream 50+
  • Lip balm 50+
  • Cap

  • Goggles
  • Thin ski gloves
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Replacement gloves
  • Medium thickness socks + spare
  • Buff
  • Hat

 

  • Snacks (chocolate, dry nuts, cereal bars...)
  • Water bottle 1.5l or Camelback bag

 

  • Après-ski shoes
  • Flip flop
  • Swimsuit

 

  • Medicines for personal use
  • Silk sleeping bag
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers
  • Camera

 

  • ID
  • Driving license
  • Cash (provide foreign currency)
  • Mountaineering federation license valid for Norway.
  • Abroad Health insurance

For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

 

Ski touring & Freeride

 

    TECHNICAL level

  • 1 = Beginner. Never ski toured before. Is a regular ski resort skier that occasionally goes off-piste. Black runs are not a problem for its level.
  • 2 = Starter. Has experienced ski touring, climbing with skins (skinning). Is familiar with all the ski touring gear. Capable of uphill kick turning on not very steep terrain. Knows how to place and use ski crampons. Ski climbs safely through all kinds of snows on a trace. Skies down efficiently on ungroomed terrain, even on steep but wide slopes.
  • 3 = Intermediate. Regular touring skier,  . Trained on the basic techniques of skinning and uphill kick turn. Can change directions on slopes of 35º. Able to place ski crampons and crampons in an autonomous way. Skies down effectively on all kinds of ungroomed terrain and steepness.
  • 4 = Advanced. Masters the technique of skinning on slopes up to 40º - 45º. Moves safely with skins on steep and icy slopes. Basic knowledge of mountaineering, use of crampons and ice axe as well as rope work. Skies down safely on every snow condition and steepness.
  • 5 = Very advanced. Extensive experience in touring and mountaineering ski. Moves effectively changing direction on all kind of terrain, even on exposed places. Very good skier on every snow condition and steep terrain, as well as in exposed passages. Goes frequently on one-day or multi-day ski tours, spending the nights in huts. Familiar using the ice axe and crampons on all types of mountain domain. Knowledge and training on rope work, protection and self-arrest.
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    FITNESS level

  • 1 = Able to ascend 600 meters of elevation gain skinning for 3 hours carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 = Able to ski tour for 4 or 5 hours overcoming 800 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 3 = Able to accomplish 5 to 7 hours routes and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 4 = Able to succeed on alpine routes of up to 8 hours and 1200 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg at a 400 meters an hour pace.
  • 5 = Able to carry out alpine routes of more than 8 hours long and between 1500 and 2000 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack at a 400 meters an hour pace.

Next Dates :

April 2021

Description

The Lofoten Islands, located above the Arctic Circle, are an archipelago in Norway mainly dedicated to fishing and with an incipient tourism attracted by its great natural beauty. As Lyngen, it could be described as the paradise of mountain skiing.

The Lofoten are characterised by their mountains that in no case exceed 1200m above sea level, allowing us daily ascents from the shore to the summits. It is absolutely magnificent, the landscapes are heart-stopping. Like the rest of the Norwegian coast, the Lofoten geography is distinctive because of the beautiful fjords that add even more spectacular settings.

It should be pointed out as well the inlets sheltered from the open waters of the ocean that allow to tour from end to end without taking off our skis and the large virgin areas that make possible to feel in a complete wild environment.

LEVELS :

FITNESS
3
TECHNICAL
3

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