We fly in Molde and then a friend with a boat will be taking us up the coast for a week and accessing the skiing via fjords. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I'm beyond excited to explore this amazing country.
Has anyone here ever skied in the 'mother country' of our beloved sport?! I'll have a few days on each end of the trip to explore. We are on the boat the entire last week of March. Looking for any packing tips, must-sees or must-ski areas!
Thanks in advance.
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I skied over 800 km up there last April and May, two trips. One from Hemevan Sweden across the border to Steikvasselv, Norway then north up to near Bodo. Second one- from Lonsdal Norway to Hemevan, Sweden via the Saltfjellet, Ranafjellet, and the Vindalfjellet (fjellet = mtn range). Hemevan has a prop-plane service to Stockholm which is about 1500km south. I skied cabin to cabin (DNT cabins- unattended, bring your own food!) , Nordic BC. Most of this was around the arctic circle.
Are you looking for a long tours like that or just skinning up and skiing down (what the Norwegians call "topptur")? I also hike up there and over the past 12 years have walked over 6.000 km there again mostly in the arctic but also in Trondelag in the Snaasa mountains.
If you have a boat a real nice trip would be to take the boat up the Tysfjord- to the terminus of it's northern fork (forget the name of it) debark at the hydro-dam at the head of the Fjord and ski to Ritsem in Sweden (I'd have to look at my maps but probably 3 or 4 days skiing) , you can get a bus to the rail line and then get a Swedish train to the Norwegian port of Narvik.
You have to be a strong land navigator (it is a huge wilderness) as there is no winter marking in northern Norway (north of Trondheim) , on the Swedish side many of the ski routes are over-marked, and there are also way more snowmobiles in Sweden and Finnland. On the first trip I saw only one other party- seven French skiers with pulks and I saw them on the second to last day- we skied out to the road behind them- it was like a bob-sled track. Royal!
On the second trip I saw one Norwegian party in Sweden, a couple of Sami people working, then on the last two days when closer to Hemevan (a small Alpine ski area and home to Ingemar Stenmark- the greatest skier ever)- I saw seven or eight snowmobiles.
You also have to have all the gear you need to survive severe weather events up there.
For sites- nothing beats the Lofoten Islands, Bodo is a nice "city", Tromso is a jewel, and the indigenous Sami people have an interesting way of life, one of my best friends is a Sami reindeer herder with a wonderful family- they lead a beautiful life in the moutains.
This April I will ski from Storlien, Sweden to Snaasa, Norway- about a two week trip then will do another week-long trip in May. Short days up there before April.
I have a lot of logistics and transport info if you need it. Check DNT.NO for cabins and general info, and the maps on UT.NO, for weather yr.no
Oh yeah very important they have an amazing geo-info system that produced an incredible avalanche map of the whole country- important if you are doing topptur. If you like I can dig up the link.
You will have a great time up there!
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