Skitouring in the fjords of Norway 2017

The ski trip into the Norwegian fjords around Romsdalen is a world-class experience. The lands along the Norwegian Coast have been inhabited for thousands of years and yet a lot of the primeval character of the landscape remains. The meeting of mountains and ocean is truly remarkable.The coastline may very well be the most complicated one in the world. Thousands of fjords ranging from a few hundred meters to over 100 kilometers make up the coast of Norway. After having been there, we saw just enough to realize that the skiing possibilities are just about endless.

March 20, 2017 - March 25, 2017

$3,260.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult

Skills Required: Advanced skiing ability and prior ski touring experience

Fitness Level: Strenuous 

 

You should be able to ski black diamond ski slopes at ski areas in just about any condition, and be able to ski ungroomed slopes of intermediate difficulty without any hesitation. You should have a good amount of ski touring experience and have experience in moving through the landscape in a variety of snow conditions ranging from deep to frozen snow. You should be able to complete transitions from touring to skiing or boot packing with ease and good efficiency.

  • Category: Ski
  • Ratio: 3:1,6:2
The ski trip into the Norwegian fjords around Romsdalen is a world-class experience. The lands along the Norwegian Coast have been inhabited for thousands of years and yet a lot of the primeval character of the landscape remains. The meeting of mountains and ocean is truly remarkable.The coastline may very well be the most complicated one in the world. Thousands of fjords ranging from a few hundred meters to over 100 kilometers make up the coast of Norway. After having been there, we saw just enough to realize that the skiing possibilities are just about endless.
What recent guest have said:
M.K.:  I’ve been fortunate to go on many such adventures, but I must say this was one for the record books— just outstanding on every level.
Fabrizio V:  "Best ski trip I've ever taken.  I wouldn't want to tour with anyone but Martin and Kurt.  They went above and beyond any expectations I had!"
Donavan L: Thank you for an awesome trip. It definitely exceeded my expectations...I think it was the best trip I've ever taken! You and Kurt were great guides. 
Cost includes:   Guide fees, boat rental, food for breakfast, lunches, snacks and dinner and technical group gear.
Not included in the price:  Alcohol on board (alcohol can be purchased in the tax free shop at the airport or in any of the little towns), transport to and from Molde, entertainment off the boat, rescue and trip cancellation insurance
Suggested itinerary: Depending on the length of the tour and the temperature, we will get up between 6am and 7am. After a good breakfast we are putting on our skins right off the boat, or we will drive a few minutes with a rental car depending on snow conditions. Generally we will be touring between 3500 and 4500 feet per day. This means that we will be touring uphill between 4 to 6 hours per day. The terrain ranges from subalpine down low to glaciated high alpine higher up. From the high country we will be able to see the fjords of the area. We will be back at the boat in the middle of the afternoon and might have time for some fishing, eating, caffeinating, b-s ing and all the other stuff that we are so excellent at.
Meeting day: We will meet at the airport in Molde between 3 and 4pm. From there a short bus ride will bring us to the skipper who has the boat ready to go.
While we get organized on the boat and have dinner, the skipper will take us to our first harbor in Vestnes.
Day 1:  Ytstetinden is a great first objective with it moderate height of 1162m.  Upon our return to the boat, we will go deeper in to the Romsdalfjorden and anchor down in Andalsnes. Btw, this is where the world famous Trollwalls are.
Day 2: There are many possibilities, but one of the great objectives in the area is Skarven at 1142 meters. This should leave enough time for a bit of fishing in the afternoon. We will spend the night in the Andalsnes harbor again.
Day 3: We will have our sights on the famous Kyrkjetaket “the Churchroof” (1439 meters). Aptly named, its almost 3000 totally planar south face overlooking Isfjorden is a truly special ski descent.
Day 4: We have the option to go back towards Vestnes and start our tour in Vollabukta. This will give us the option to summit and traverse the spectacular Blastolen (1111 meters), then summit Trollstolen (1141 meters) and then ski down to Vagsbukta. Our boat will be waiting for us there in a beautiful natural harbor.
Day 5: One option is also to cruise to the end of the neighboring Eresfjorden in the late afternoon of the 4th day and spend the night there. This gives us the option to summit Kvitfjellet (1381 meters).
Day 6: There are so many options for more ski tours, but one further option is to go sail that cool 100 year old sailboat around for a bit, before we return back to Molde in the middle of the afternoon.            
The majority of the photos in the slideshow were taken by Paul Werner.

FAQ’S 


HOW DO I GET TO MOLDE FROM THE UNITED STATES?


Fly to Oslo and then take a commuter flight to Molde.  It generally works best if you stay overnight in Oslo and fly the next morning to Molde . We are meeting in Molde in the early afternoon of the first day of the trip.  The flight from Oslo to Molde takes about one hour.


DO YOU HAVE ANY HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE OVERNIGHT STAY IN OSLO?


Oslo Airport, Gardermoen  is located in Gardermoen in Ullensaker, Norway, 48 km north of Oslo.


Hotel accomodations obviously exist right near the airport or in downtown Oslo. The town center of Oslo is very pedestrian friendly and worth the trip. We have stayed in the Thon Hotel Astoria in the center  (astoria@thonhotels.no). It was simple, clean and convenient.


WHAT IS THE CURRENCY IN NORWAY AND HOW DO I FIGURE OUT THE EXCHANGE RATE?


The Norwegian currency is the Krone and the exchange rate is about  6 Kroner to 1 US Dollar.


I HEARD THAT NORWAY IS EXPENSIVE. IS THIS TRUE AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR TRIP?


In terms of our trip it means that you might want to bring a bit more spending money. Just about everything is included on the boat in terms of food. We will be in little towns on a regular basis that will give us the opportunity to spend a bit of money, but the bulk of the expenses are included in the trip.  So 40 to 50 US $ per day should be plenty.


IS THE SKIING DIFFICULT?


No, the general skiing terrain would have to be rated as advanced but not expert level terrain.


DO WE HAVE TO BRING SLEEPING BAGS? 


No, it is all provided.




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EQUIPMENT LIST
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EQUIPMENT LIST


CLOTHING


 BASE  LAYER


o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight


o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight


o            Sock Liners


o            Ski Socks


MID LAYER


o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary


OUTERWEAR


o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket and Pants


o            Schoeller™ Type Pants


o            Warm Hat - should cover ears


o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor


o            Lightweight Gloves


o            Ski Gloves


PERSONAL GEAR


o            Day Pack – 30 to 40 Liters


o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system


o            Lunch and Snacks – will be provided


o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel


o            Goggles


o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof


o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+


o            Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended


o            Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.


APRES SKI WEAR


o            Tennis shoes and comfortable street wear


o            Space on the boat is limited, so please keep the extra gear to a minimum


SKI GEAR


o            Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark


o            Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark


o            Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required


o            Climbing Skins


o            Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!


o            Ski Brakes or Removable Ski Leashes


SAFETY GEAR


o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only


o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred


o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice


TECHNICAL GEAR


o            Ice Axe - 55-70cm length, lightweight


o            Boot Crampons - check fit prior to departure, aluminum would be perfect.


o            Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style (no padding)


GLACIER TRAVEL KIT


o            2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) reg. locker


o            1 Cordelette - 6mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied


o            1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, single length


OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.


o            Thermos - vacuum type


o            Compass - adjustable declination a must


o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well


GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS  


o            Ropes


o            Technical Group Gear such as ropes, crevasse rescue kits, elaborate first aid kits. 


o            Group 1st Aid Kit

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Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental.


Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.