Lofoten Islands

Skiing Lofoten Islands Norway (photo Northern Alpine Guides)
Lofoten Islands Norway ski touring (photo Northern Alpine Guides)
Svolvaer is the main town in the Lofoten Islands Norway
Ski-touring Lofoten Islands Norway (photo Didac Guide)
Northern Lights over Svolvær in the Lofoten Islands Norway
Glorious freeride powder skiing Lofoten Islands (photo Northern Alpine Guides)
Lofoten Islands skiing (photo Didac Guide)
Ski-touring Lofoten Islands (photo Northern Alpine Guides)
Powder skiing Lofoten Islands (photo Northern Alpine Guides)
Ski-touring Lofoten Islands Norway (photo Didac Guide)
Ski & Sail is an alternative way to explore the Lofoten Islands (photo Northern Alpine Guides)
Lofoten Islands skiing (photo Northern Alpine Guides)

Lofoten Islands

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The Lofoten Islands of Norway provide an arctic ski experience like no other. Connected to the Norwegian mainland by a series of bridges, the island chain provides amazing ski touring & freeride descents in spectacular coastal landscapes Despite its location with the Arctic Circle, temperatures are relatively mild (due to ocean current influences) when compared to the usual extremes in other places during winter.

The Lofoten Island chain consists of 4 main islands, is around 75km long with a highest point of 1161m on Higravstinden. The mountains rise precipitously from the sea, but the ski terrain has something for all abilities from gentle bowls to steep couloirs. Summits typically skied in the Lofoten Islands are less than 1100m high, with descents going all the way down to sea level.

Where are the Lofoten Islands Norway?

The Lofoten Islands are located above the Arctic Circle & start 90km west of the Norwegian city of Narvik. The archipelago's main town of Svolvær is 220km (over3hr by road) west of Narvik & 940km north of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Driving distance to Svolvaer from Oslo is over 1400km & potentially 20hr on the road, making flying the only reasonable option to get there.

Flights to the area can be direct to the Harstad-Narvik airport at Evenes (EVE) or via Bodo (BOO) to Svolvær (SVJ). Regardless, all flights are via Oslo (OSL) & flight times are around 2hr. Search & book flights to Evenes or Svolvær here.

It is possible to access most portions of the Lofoten Islands ski terrain via car from Svolvær. If not travelling as part of a tour, cars can be rented at Evenes airport or Narvik. Search & book car rentals from Evenes airport or Narvik here.

Lofoten Islands Accommodation

The Lofoten archipelago jutting out into the Norwegian sea. One road, the E10, links the four main islands & all the villages to the largest settlement of Svolvær - a town of 2000 people. The town is spread across numerous small islets and is an excellent base for exploring the region. A stunning array of hotels are dotted around its beautiful harbour. The town has a small ski centre nearby called Kongstind - good for some leg stretching turns before a serious tour. Nearby Kabelvåg provides a ready alternative with numerous houses & apartments for rent.

Search & book all Lofoten Islands accommodation at Svolvaer & Kabelvåg here.

Beyond Svolvaer & Kabelvåg there are numerous lodging options all through the archipelago ready to provide an authentic Norwegian ski touring & freeride experience. many of the lodgings are guesthouses, holiday homes, cabins or apartments.

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) at Lofoten

Another of Lofoten’s geographical benefits are shared with much of the Arctic - its proximity to the stunning phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis (otherwise known as the Northern Lights).

The Northern Lights can be viewed from September to April. You need a clear night with no light (artificial or moon!) & the right solar activity. The forecast for the northern lights (yep, there’s a forecast!) can be viewed here.

Nearby Ski Resorts

For skiing of the lift assisted kind, Narvikfjellet is the closest option. Its piste trails seemingly ending right in the Narvik city centre. From Narvik, the railway into Sweden links Narvik with the Swedish Lapland trio of Riksgransen, Bjorkliden & Abisko.

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The Powderhounds will attempt to visit the Lofoten Islands in Spring 2020. Who wants to come? Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Lofoten Islands

Backcountry Skiing Tours

Lofoten Islands Norway Ski Touring
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Fully hosted & guided small group backcountry ski touring exploring one of the most beautiful sites in Europe, the Lofoten Islands on the Arctic coast of northern Norway. Stay in a fisherman's cabin & ski powder from a different summit every day down to the sea. Private singles or groups apply for your best dates.
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USD 1,535
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