Ski touring in the Lyngen Alps

The "White Dream"...


Leaving your ski tracks in a feathery spring powder snow, in astonishing and spotless landscapes : everyday is in a different environment.
During this trip, you will progress in ski touring with seal skins, slide on untouched white fresh snow and feel a unique sensation of flying over the sea, over the majestic fjords. This trip to Norway allows you to discover a new side of the polar cercle. Guaranteed fun ! 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Paris - Tromsø

    We fly from Paris to Tromsø. Once we arrive, we'll take a short transfer to our guesthouse for the night.

    Accommodation : Guesthouse in Tromso

  • Day 2 On the road to the Lyngen Alps and first excursion

    In the morning, we take to road in direction of the Lyngen Alps (around 2h minibus transfer and ferry). Once there, we'll settle in our accommodation and our guide will brief us on the skiing practice in a remote area.The cold, the avalanches, the ice.. as many aspects that we absolutely need to control and even more at this latitude.
    In the afternoon, we will put our skis on at the guesthouse and leave for our first excursion to evaluate the level of each one of us. We leave in direction of a reachable summit near our accommodation, ideally located.

    Accommodation : Guesthouse

  • Days 3 to 4 Daily outings in the archipelago

    Daily outings in the archipelago Depending on the weather conditions and on each person's skills, we leave to explore this magnificent archipelago. Jaegervasstinden, Russelvfjellet, Giilavari, Daltinden, Svarthamartinden, Gratinden : as many peaks more beautiful the ones than the others. We leave our lodge everyday to the conquest of new panoramas in this true ski touring paradise in which sea and mountain blends perfectly.

    Accommodation : Guesthouse

  • Days 5 to 7 Daily hike on the Senja island

    Today we'll leave in direction of Senja via Finnsnes. In the early afternoon, we prepare our hiking day not far from the d’Ånderdalen national park.
    By the end of the day, we'll get back to our accommodation for the next few days : comfortable, warm and relaxing, you will fully appreciate its exceptional location at the edge of the sea.
    Depending on weather conditions and each person's aptitudes : Kvænan (964 m), Snøfjellet (687 m) - Bardstinden (765 m) Mont Keipen (938 m), Litlehesten (679 m) and Store Hesten (674 m) or Lutnespurka (495 m) and Snaufjellet (755 m).
    At the end of the week, we'll get back to Tromsø and have a farewell diner in town.

    Accommodation : Guesthouse

  • Day 8 Tromsø - Paris

    Sadly, our fabulous week comes to an end. We leave our guesthouse to get to the airport and take our flight back to Paris and say goodbye.

Certain hikes may be done with snowshoes depending on the weather conditions, notably during February and April departures. No previous snowshoeing experience is required and specialist equipment will be provided.

The details in this programme are regularly updated but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

Dates & prices

International departures:

No departure for now

Trip code: 66ESRNORD

Included

  • All in-country transfers as detailed in itinerary in a private minibus
  • Hotel and Norwegian guesthouse accommodationFull-board except for meals in Tromsø and during international flights
  • Supervision by a qualified Montagne Expedition guide

Not included

  • Your international flights and air taxes
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Airport transfers
  • Registration fees : 18 euros
  • Technical skiing material (skis, poles, skins, knifes, shoes that you will have to bring or rent)

Notes

Level 2/5 Easy

Pace: Easy to moderate 
Daily walking time: 3 to 5 hours 
Daily elevation: 500 m 
Preparation: We recommend that at least one month before departure, you improve your stamina by training once a week. 
Experience: You should enjoy walking for several days in a row. Regular hiking practice is preferable.

Please note that you may find yourself in an international group with travelers from different backgrounds.

International flights

If you wish, we can take care of booking your international flights to the closest airport of your destination. 

Terms and conditions

Subscription

Subscribe to one of our activities or travels means accepting general sales conditions. Each client must fill a subscription form, which will be accepted only after the payment of a deposit accounting for 30% of the travel’s price and according to the availability. If you subscribe less than 30 days before the trip, you must pay the whole price during the subscription. You can pay by bank transfer (SWIFT/IBAN) or with your credit card directly through our website (available soon). A booking confirmation will be sent to you be e-mail very soon. 

Invoice procedure

Once your booking is registered, we will send you an email containing the invoice. Full payment is required at least 30 days before your arrival. If the customer does not settle the payment of the travel price within the period agreed upon, Montagne Expedition has the right to cancel the booking free of charge. 

Cancellation policy

If for any reason, you decide to withdraw from a journey, the amount already paid will be refunded subject to the following exceptions:
  • More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
  • From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
  • From 20 to 14 days before departure,  you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
  • From 13 to 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure,  you will be charged for the whole trip’s price 

Particular case :

Whatever the cancellation or contract change date, the following fees will be added to the charges above:
  • Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
  • Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
  • Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt. 

The receipt date will be taken as the cancellation date to charge cancellation fees.  

If Montagne Expeditions has no choice but to cancel a group travel due to an insufficient number of participants, the decision will be taken and the clients informed at least 31 days before departure. Altaï Alpes can also cancel a departure due to exceptional events threatening participants safety (social events, strikes, weather conditions). In that case, the trip’s price will be fully refunded but the participants will not get any compensation.

Changes to travel contract


If any change in travel contract is made at the customer’s request, the customer shall pay any fee that might arise from this change. In any case, every request for changes shall be notified in writing. In case of external events that could not be foreseen, Altaï Alpes might change some aspects of the travel contract. We will inform you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Pricing


All group travel prices on our website have been calculated for the indicated number of participants for each trip. The price list is confirmed after the booking. If the number of participants is lower than expected, an additional payment charge might be applied. For each travel and program, we mention the price per person – valid for the minimum number of participants – and we provide you with detailed explanations about the services included or not. Any change in the exchange rates or in the price of travel services in particular regarding the cost of the fuel, might entail price revision.

Contract transfer

In case of contract transfer by the customer to an assignee, modification and cancellation conditions apply. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out personal travel insurance for your trip with Montagne Expedition as soon as your booking is confirmed. We advise you to purchase a travel insurance policy which covers flight cancellations, luggage loss and emergency health care. Please look carefully at which activities are covered by your insurer and do not forget to bring all necessary documents and information with you (name of the company, name of the contract, insurance policy number, telephone number...)

Practical info

Staff

Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Montagne Expedition team know the country inside out. Activities are lead by our qualified guides who are all English-speaking, all practicing outdoor practitioners and all incredibly passionate about Norway, the country they are based in for several months a year.

Food

This trip includes full board except for meals in Tromsø. We are proud of the fresh and frankly delicious food we provide despite latitudes of 68° North.

Each day begins with a hearty breakfast served at your accommodation with plenty of tea and coffee. Every morning, you and your guide will prepare a picnic lunch for the day featuring local foods: sandwiches, salads, fruits, cakes and dried fruits as well as thermoses for hot soup, coffee and tea. Evening meals are prepared together with your guide based on available local products. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to taste grilled or smoked salmon (laks), water-cooked and fresh shrimp (reker/ferske reker) andcod (torsk).

Drinks
Do not forget that alcohol and cigarettes are heavily taxed and expensive in Scandinavia. If you wish to enjoy an aperitif with your group in the evenings we recommend purchasing duty-free products at the airport.

Accommodation

This trip uses hotel and private apartment guesthouse type accommodation with double or twin rooms. This good quality, warm accommodation includes all the essential Norwegian comforts. Single rooms available subject to availability, please contact us. 

Transportation

Tromso airport is around 10-15 minutes from downtown Tromso. Transfer possible by bus or taxi depending. Airport transfers included depending on your arrival times.

Budget & exchange

The currency is the Norwegian Krone (kr)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates.
You can withdraw the local currency from in-country ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. Please budget for meals and transport as necessary, drinks, tips, museum entry fees and other personal expenses.

Tips

Clients usually pay for the guides’ drinks : you might find it practical to make a group kitty at the beginning of your stay (no obligation). 

Supplied equipment

If the weather requires, we will provide you with:
  • Snowshoes
  • Warm snow boots (Sorel)
  • A quality winter jacket and overtrousers (to wear in addition to, not instead of, your warm clothes)

Vital equipment

  • Quality hiking boots (with sturdy soles and ankle support)
  • Slippers for evenings
  • Thick socks for hiking
  • A waterproof jacket (the best jackets against Northern weather are windproof, waterproof and breathable with sealed seams)
  • A warm jacket (a synthetic down jacket is ideal) for lunch breaks and evening Northern Lights outings
  • A warm jumper (fast drying fleece or warm when wet wool, ideal)
  • Thermal long johns and long sleeved tops
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Pyjamas
  • Gloves, a hat and buff or suitable scarf
  • A bathing suit and travel towel for saunas

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
Winter in Norway can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  1. No cotton
  2. Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
  3. Wear multiple layers including:
    • A warm breathable base layer
    • A second thermal layer
    • Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers.

Helpful equipment

You may also consider packing
  • Evening outfits for Tromso
  • Extra gloves/overgloves
  • An extra jumper/fleece jacket
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • A suitable camera
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Tissues

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the airplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a rucksack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical to transport. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a first aid kit at all times during your trip for use in emergencies. We recommend that you bring your own first aid kit containing : 
  • Personal medicine
  • Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
  • Double skin
  • Elastoplast
  • Local disinfectant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Anti-vomiting
  • Intestinal antiseptic
  • Eyewash
  • Light sleeping pills
  • Earplugs
  • Broad spectrum antibiotic
  • Vitamins C 
Non-exhaustive list.

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requirements on the website provided by the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709 

Visa

Most travellers from EU states do not need a VISA to visit Norway as it is part of the Schengen agreement. This does not apply to travellers of other nations. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements. You can check the following Norwegian government website  for more information: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709 

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Weather

In winter, the weather in Northern Norway is subject to frequent changes. This part of Norway, the Arctic Zone, benefits from a surprisingly pleasant micro climate. At a latitude of 68° North and 300km North of the Arctic Circle, summer here is relatively mild with average temperatures of around 14°C (57°F). However, it is humid and does rain regularly. Good quality (breathable with sealed seams) rain clothing, jacket and trousers are paramount.

Keep in mind this Norwegian proverb when packing: 'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing'

Electricity

In Norway, the standard Europlug (Type C & F) with two round prongs is used and most of Scandinavia uses 220 volts.

Local time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is observed.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during our trip...
  • Be prepared
  • Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  • Stash your trash and pick up waste
  • Leave it as you find it
  • Be careful with fire
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.

If you have any questions regarding how to be a responsable traveller or concerning any other subject, please do not hesitate to contact us. 
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Nicolas

  • Mountain guide,
  • Ski patroller
  • Sea kayaking instructor,
  • Passionate about the far North and polar expeditions
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Region
Northern countries
Activity
Ski Ski trip Winter trips
Duration
8 days
Group
4 to 6 people
Code
66ESRNORD
Price
From €2,545
Level
3/5
Comfort
4/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

  • Maximum chances to see the Northern Lights with daily outings after dark
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Small group travel, maximum 8 people
  • Skiing in a wild and untouched nature
  • A mix between sea and mountain which reminds Alaska

Required level

This trip if made for good skiers that used to ski-tour and freeride : it is mandatory to control the upstream and downstream conversions as the slopes can be steep, as well as freeride skiing on every type of snow and on all terrain. 

You won't need crampons or ice axes, you will never be on a glacier. 
Difference in altitude is between 700 to 800m, but at this time of the year, the wind can be violent and the cold can put us in difficult conditions : an excellent physical condition is required. You have to be used to skiing in cold temperatures. 

The comfort of the guesthouses is much appreciated after a long physical day. Rescuers can reach them easily by helicopter when weather conditions allows it. 
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