Norway

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Ski Norway. (Photo Kim Havell)
Ski Norway. (Photo Kim Havell)
Expect some great snow in Norway (Roldal ski resort).
Expect some great snow in Norway (Roldal ski resort).
Skiing above the Arctic Circle at Narvikfjellet ski resort.
Skiing above the Arctic Circle at Narvikfjellet ski resort.
Ski Norway (Roldal ski Resort).
Ski Norway (Roldal ski Resort).
Get close & personal with polar bears on Svalbard. (Photo Will Wissman)
Get close & personal with polar bears on Svalbard. (Photo Will Wissman)
Ski Norway for the Aurora Borealis (Narvikfjellet ski resort).
Ski Norway for the Aurora Borealis (Narvikfjellet ski resort).
Ski-in accommodation at Kvitfjell, the Gubrandsgard Hotel.
Ski-in accommodation at Kvitfjell, the Gubrandsgard Hotel.
Summer snowboarding at the Fonna Glacier ski resort near Bergen.
Summer snowboarding at the Fonna Glacier ski resort near Bergen.
Remote Norwegian ski adventure on Svalbard (Ice Axe Expeditions).
Remote Norwegian ski adventure on Svalbard (Ice Axe Expeditions).
Ski Norway (Narvikfjellet ski resort).
Ski Norway (Narvikfjellet ski resort).
Ski resort base area at Kvitfjell.
Ski resort base area at Kvitfjell.
Powderhounds love it when it pewks in Norway (Myrkdalen ski resort).
Powderhounds love it when it pewks in Norway (Myrkdalen ski resort).
Off piste skiing above the Narvikfjellet ski resort.
Off piste skiing above the Narvikfjellet ski resort.
Roldal ski resort.
Roldal ski resort.
Boat based ski adventure anyone? Svalbard. (Ice Axe Expeditions)
Boat based ski adventure anyone? Svalbard. (Ice Axe Expeditions)
Ski Norway (Narvikfjellet ski resort).
Ski Norway (Narvikfjellet ski resort).
Ski Norway (Myrkdalen ski resort).
Ski Norway (Myrkdalen ski resort).
Ski Norway.
Ski Norway.

Norway

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Ski Norway

Skiing Norway is generally for more adventurous Powderhounds looking for something completely different. Whether it is a traditional & fun ski resort near Oslo or Bergen, summer glacier skiing overlooking fjords, or remarkably wild & remote ski touring above the Arctic Circle near Narvik, Lyngen Alps (Tromso) & the island of Svalbard, Norway has it all.

Norway Ski Resorts

Ski resorts in Norway are generally smaller and lower than those in the main European ski destinations of Austria, France, Italy or Switzerland. That said, there is no need for a ski resort to be high elevation this far north of the equator. You can breathe easy while skiing in Norway as most ski resorts summits top out at less than 1,250m above sea level. The highest lifted ski area is Hemsedal which tops out at only 1,450m above sea level.

Norway's largest ski resorts are all within a 400km radius of Oslo and the coastal city of Bergen. Trysil ski resort gets the chocolates for Norway's biggest (and busiest) skiing area. It has over 70km of ski trails and 30 modern lifts across its 700m skiable vertical. Second is Hemsedal ski resort with over 44km of trails, 18 lifts and a healthy vertical of 830m. Norefjell, closer to Oslo, has the highest skiable vertical of over 1,000m.

Perhaps Norway's snowiest ski resort, Roldal gets a not too shabby 11m of snow every year - enough for a snorkel to be required on occasions! But one of the 'go to' locations for powder seekers, Stranda (or Strandafjellet) is deep in the Sunnmøre region of western Norway and has all the attributes of a stunning ski resort. Overlooking the Storfjord (the entry waterway to the incredible Geirangerfjord), Stranda has a reliable snowpack, long skiable vertical, intriguing off-piste and modern ski lifts to go with the utterly gobs-smacking views across the classic Norwegian landscape.

Classic Norwegian ski resorts in the Telemark region near Rauland and north of the Winter Olympic host town of Lillehammer, including Hafjell and Kvitfjell, are worth a look too. East of Bergen are two great little ski resorts called Voss and Myrkdalen.

Above the Arctic Circle in the land of the midnight sun and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) the intriguing Narvikfjellet rises above the fjords in dramatic style. Narvik links in beautifully with several Swedish Lapland ski areas by train, and also with Norways best ski touring regions.

One can even ski in summer at the quirky Stryn Sommerski Centre or the Fonna Glacier ski resort (we use the term 'ski resort' loosely in relation to Strynn and Fonna but they are lots of fun allegedly!).

Ski Touring, Splitboarding & Boat Skiing in Norway

To get the most out of Norway's ski terrain, long late Spring days & gorgeous coastal scenery, getting away from the ski lifts & into the backcountry is essential. Ski touring & splitboarding in Norway opens up countless mountains where solitude, beauty & unsullied powder from summit to sea reign supreme. Skiable vertical can be up to 1,800m all the way to the sea - all it takes is the human-powdered determination to do it.

For the once in a lifetime experiences and true ooooh aaaaah moments, a ski trip above the Arctic Circle in Norway will give one the chance to undertake the best skiing and also view the breathtaking Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights). A trip doing lodge or boat-based skiing/splitboarding from mountain summits down into the fjords and coast of theLofoten Islands, Lyngen Alps & Finnmark is a true adventure. However the biggest adventure of all (because you can get eaten!) is ski-touring in polar bear country on the incredible islands of Svalbard. Due to long, cold, dark winters, these regions are generally skied from March to June.

Down south near Stranda ski resort, the broader Sunnmøre region is also a ski-touring and backcountry mecca.

Check out this the video from Alexander Skau in the header of this page for a taste test of skiing the Norwegian backcountry & a massive dose of inspiration! Check out all the available Norway Guided Ski Tours ->

Travel To & Around Norway

Travelling in Norway during winter can be an epic adventure in itself. From Norway's international gateway airport at Oslo-Gardermoen (OSL) (45 km north of the capital Oslo) a few 1,000km of remote mountains, deep valleys, rivers, lakes and fjords extend toward the Arctic. The geography of Norway can make the shortest of journeys a lifetime memory. Sometimes in Norway, travel by trains, planes & ferries easily trump car & buses.

Oslo airport receives direct daily flights from most European, UK & USA origin cities (fly direct from Las Vegas - go figure!) plus less frequent flights originating from the Middle East & Asia (Bangkok). The airport has its own train station providing connections to the city every 10 to 20min.

From Oslo, all of Norway's regional airport destinations can be reached. Some of the most important (for powder hounds anyway!) include Harstad-Narvik airport at Evenes (EVE) for Narvikfjellet & the Lofoten Islands, plus Tromsø (TOS) airport for access to Lyngen Alps. Flights to Tromso also come direct from useful origins like London-Gatwick (LGW) and Frankfurt (FRA). Search & book for great flight deals to Norwegian destinations.

Train journeys to several ski resorts near Lillehammer (Kvitfjell & Hafjell) are wonderfully convenient directly from the airport on the Trondheim line. Voss ski resort is on the spectacular Oslo-Bergen railway line, surely one of world's great train journeys.

For those with some time on their hands, travelling by train to Narvikfjellet ski resort is via Sweden and requires an overnight train from Stockholm crossing the Arctic Circle, entering Norway via the brilliant Swedish ski resort, Riksgransen & then onto the coast at Narvik. A journey of at least 20hr.

Due to limited public transport in remote parts of Norway, unless undertaking a boat-based ski experience, locations like Lofoten Islands and Lyngen Alps are best explored from land with the use of a rental car. Rentals are available from all the regional airports.

Review

The Powderhounds will review various locations in Norway this coming season. More information is coming after our visit. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights.

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Tours in Norway

Backcountry Skiing Tours

Lyngen Alps Private Ski Guiding
PRIVATE GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKIING
Single or Multi-Day Tours
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Get the best Lyngen Alps summit to sea ski adventure with experienced guides on a private tour. Land-based backcountry skiing & splitboarding led by experienced local ski guides from mid March to late May. Send a booking inquiry to secure your group's single or multi-day private tour ..
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USD 99
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Lyngen Weekend Guided Backcountry Skiing Days
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURING & SPLITBOARDING
Single Day Guided Tours | Friday to Sunday
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Get the best Lyngen Alps summit to sea ski adventure with experienced guides on an open group tour. Affordable guided day tours for land-based backcountry skiing & splitboarding held on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from late March to mid-May. Solos & groups send a booking inquiry to secure your place ...
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USD 165
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Ski Touring in Lofoten
PRIVATE GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Discover Norway's most iconic ski-touring mountains; the Lofoten Islands. A week filled with great skiing, amazing lodging & new experiences! Beautiful mountains rise straight out of the sea & are full of possibilities for scenic touring & epic powder descents. Custom private tours only. Inquire for your best dates ...
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USD 1,695
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Boat Skiing Tours

Lyngen Alps Norway Skiing & Sailing
GUIDED SKI TOURING & SAILING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski the best untracked powder in Scandinavia amongst the spectacular fjords of Norway's Lyngen Alps from the comfort of your own boat. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a custom tour to suit you best dates & duration.
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USD 2,920
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Ski & Sail Norway - Lyngen Alps
BOAT BASED BACKCOUNTRY SKIING
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Ski & Sail is the ultimate backcountry powder skiing adventure in the iconic Lyngen Alps of Norway. Ride an endless playground where you select a new line every day. This tour is based on a yacht sailing the fjords & skiing 1000 to 1200m vert a day.
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USD 2,538
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Photo: Kim Havell
SVALBARD SKI TOURING CRUISE
9 Days | 8 Nights
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Head way up north to Svalbard for this incredible ski touring/split boarding experience. Cruise the Arctic Sea on the sailing boat 'Donna Wood' & head ashore to ski amazing mountains in the land of the polar bear. Only 10 guests/trip. Join as a solo traveller or small group.
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USD 8,500
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