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Ski touring Norway based on the arctic island of Arnøya.

ARNØYA, NORWAY

& The Lyngen Alps  |  8 days  |  March-April

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Where the alpine meets the sea.

Northern Norway holds a mind-blowing universe of ski touring potential. The intersection of alpine terrain, majestic fjords and magical light creates an atmosphere that inspires exploration.

Join guides Steph Williams and Drew Lovell on a Norway experience you won't find anywhere else – to an arctic island north of the Lyngen Alps called Arnøya.

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OVERVIEW  |  the experience

The trip begins in the northern city of Tromsø. From here it's an express ferry ride to the island of Arnøya, our base for the week. 

 

Singla is a coastal historic homestead that provides a truly authentic, hut-like experience right on the water. From here we set off on day excursions into the mountains nearby, where there is ample beautiful terrain to explore.

 

Kågen and Laukøya offer ferry-accessed day trips. We also utilize boat shuttles right from our Singla homestead to access terrain on the Lyngen peninsula and Olderfjorden. This brings an extra dimension of cool-factor to our week of arctic ski exploration.

ARNØYA

Located above the arctic circle at 70 degrees North, the island of Arnøya is a striking place of steep mountainsides tumbling into deep fjords. The island lies at the north end of the Lyngenfjord facing out towards the stormy North Sea.  It is the winter playground of orca whales, and a nesting spot for clouds of arctic terns and other seabirds. A handful of tiny villages hold the island’s 300 residents.

LYNGENFJORD: TERRAIN

The peaks of the Lyngenfjord region are almost entirely “alpine” in nature, as just a narrow band of sparse birch and mountain ash forest clings near sea level, at the mountains’ feet.  Many of the peaks and cirques hold small to moderate-sized glaciers.  While the highest peaks in the region top out at a relatively modest 4000-6000’ (1200-1800m) in elevation, the skiable terrain extends all the way to sea level. Interestingly, the island of Arnøya is a segment of Lyngen geology, separated by a merging of fjords and sea.

NORWAY WEATHER

Similar to Alaska, the best season for ski touring in Arctic Norway is March into May, as daylight increases at an impressive 9+ minutes per day. This brings more windows of stable weather along with milder temperatures, and of course visibility. While the frequency of storms tends to decrease throughout the spring months, we prepare ourselves for a range of temperatures and micro-climates including cold and dry (arctic), melt-freeze (spring) and potentially warm and wet (maritime).

Overview
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ITINERARY  |  the flow

B = Breakfast included, D = Dinner included 

​Day 1 — TROMSØ

Tromsø arrival day. You may consider arriving to Tromsø a day or two early to explore the city, unwind from the travel and let the jet-lag subside.

Day 2 — FERRY to ARNØYA

In the afternoon we set off on a beautiful 2.5 hour ferry ride from Tromsø to Arnøya, settling in to our Singla base for the week. B, D

Days 3-7 — SKI TOURING in LYNGENFJORD: ARNØYA, KÅGEN, and the LYNGEN ALPS

Every day is a new adventure as we explore the potential of the island's beautiful alpine terrain, jump on a ferry to Kågen, or set off on day boat excursions to the Lyngen peninsula or Olderfjorden. B, L, D

Day 8 — RETURN TO TROMSØ

Ski on Arnøya or closer to Tromsø depending on the ferry schedule. Ferry back to Tromsø.​ B, D

Day 9 – DEPARTURE

Outbound flights from Tromsø can be planned for anytime on this day. B

Itinerary
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DETAILS  |  the logistics

GROUP SIZE

This a small group, low ratio experience limited to 6 skiers & 2 guides.

COST INCLUDES

  • 6 days of guided skiing on Arnøya and the Lyngen peninsula, with Steph Williams and Drew Lovell at 3:1 ratio.

  • 8 nights lodging (double occupancy)* including 2 nights in Tromsø

  • Most meals as stated in the itinerary, prepared by our private chef

  • Roundtrip ferries

  • Daily transporation to our ski touring locations by van, motorboat or ferry

* single occupancy upgrade available in Tromsø at additional cost. Note that our lodging in Singla is double occupancy only.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Norway

  • Alcohol, some meals in Tromsø

  • Additional activities outside of the itinerary

PRE-TRIP INFO

ARRIVAL

Fly into Tromsø Airport (TOS). There are many flight itineraries of varying lengths to get to Tromso, ranging from 12-24 hrs from the US west coast.

 

DEPARTURE

Departures from Tromsø Airport (TOS) can be arranged for any time on Day 9.

NORWAY GUIDE TEAM

Steph and Drew are the creators of the Arnøya program, having developed this trip over the years. Learn more about them here:

ARNØYA & THE LYNGEN ALPS, NORWAY

2024 DATES

March 14-22, 2024 [FULL]

2025 DATES

March 13-21, 2025

March 20-28, 2025

9-DAY COST

$4300

CUSTOM DATES

Custom dates and itineraries are available for private groups and individuals. Please contact us for more info and availability.

Dates & Cost
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