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SKI TOURING IN NORWAY (8 days)
The island of SENJA - ocean-side skiing under the aurora borealis
Lying above the Arctic Circle, the island of Senja is probably one of Norway’s most emblematic destinations.
Little visited, as it remains isolated in terms of tourism, it includes practically every kind of Norwegian landscape, from mysterious and enchanting fjords to spectacular rock walls to rival some of our famous Alpine north faces.
It has everything for pleasant and varied ski touring, with descents of between 400m and 1200m, which allows us to link up some extremely diverse and spectacular outings in some genuinely wild and remote areas.
Having raced down from our selected peaks our skis will often have a date with the sea as we explore a range of fjords with our quintessentially Norwegian descents, ending in forests of birch, with perfect snow right down to the beach.
This week of ski touring is designed for comfort and we stay the whole week in the village of Mefjorvaer, in the north of the island, in a cosy lodge where we have all our dinners in the restaurant.
We will use the lodge as a base and take trips out every day, transferring by minibus to enjoy the best routes.
See you soon to join us on this exciting trip.
Highlights of the trip:
Spectacular ski touring through wild and untouched terrain.
Very probably views of the aurora borealis as we will be there in March!
High quality, charming food and accommodation.
Excellent snow conditions with unforgettable descents through Norwegian birch forests - a must!
Day 1: Flight Paris-Tromso, night in Tromso.
Day 2: Transfer to Mekjorvaer, 3 hours drive away, with a peak, Forstefjellet, on the way.
Settle into our accommodation for the next 5 nights.
Days 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7: We can explore and choose from the best peaks on the island, which include Reinen, Kyle, Lutnespurka, Skolpan, Kvaenan, Storsalberget, Segla, Breitinden, Fuglan, Tebbeltuva and Luttinden, to name but a few…
In short, there are multiple possibilities here, each with their own distinctive feature, which means there is something great to do every day, to make our climbing skins squeak and our skis glide their way down some fabulous descents.
We return to Tromso, for our last dinner and night together, at the end of the seventh day, before flying out the next day.
Day 8: Early morning return flight to Paris.
Compagnie des Guides ‘extras’:
• Small group with maximum of 6 participants.
• Great flexibility thanks to rented minibus.
• Guide with telemedicine training from IFREMONT.
• Sat phone available.
• Truly all-inclusive package, with no meals or other elements not included.
Dates: 24 to 31 March 2019
Meet: Tromso (international airport) in the evening
Price: 2090 euros (5 to 6 people maximum)
+10% (2300 euros) for group of 4 people
Please request quote for groups of 1, 2 or 3 people
Organisation and guiding services of mountain guide.
All accommodation, meals and picnics.
Minibus transfers during the trip.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
International and internal flights.
Tickets to tourist sites.
Reservation: by payment of 30% deposit made payable to the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix.
Insurance: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this include cancellation cover.
We offer cancellation cover at a cost of 2.75% of the total cost of the trip plus insurance including repatriation and search and rescue cover at a cost of 2.28% of the cost of the trip. Rescue and repatriation insurance are obligatory. You can take out personal cover and you must give us the name of your insurer, your contract number, 24hr emergency number and amount covered by your search and rescue cover.
- Valid passport or ID card
Guides, group size & group ability:
One mountain guide for maximum of 6 people.
Depending on the weather and snow conditions, your guide may have to change the programme or routes to ensure the smooth running of the trip in optimal safety.
This trip requires some ski touring experience.
Pictogram: fitness level 2; technical level 2.
You must be able to ski in all snow conditions. Variable daily vertical height gains of between 400m and 1200m, depending on routes chosen.
However, as we are using the lodge as a base (this is not a true ski tour as in the Alps where we travel from mountain hut to mountain hut), we will only be using small daypacks and can adapt the programme depending on fitness levels and the weather and snow conditions.
Accommodation & meals:
Seven nights in extremely comfortable hotels with showers and toilets, with two nights in a Tromso hotel with double rooms and private bathrooms, and five nights in Mefjordvaer in an extremely comfortable apartment with double rooms.
Single rooms available at extra cost.
Excellent and very healthy food.
Picnic lunches on skiing days with dinners in the hotel.
Meal in Tromso restaurant.
Transfers, documents & luggage:
International flights (national carriers and low cost airlines).
Passport must be valid a minimum of 6 months. (Visa not required for travellers from EU member countries.)
Group can leave from/return to Paris, Geneva or Lyon.
It is also possible to join and leave the group in Tromso itself.
Bring 2 kit bags + 1 ski bag, or a wheeled ski bag:
• 1 backpack (30-40L) with ski straps (for use as a day pack during the tour and as hold luggage on the flights).
• 1 large waterproof duffel bag or kit bag for carrying your belongings in the minibus.
• 1 ski bag for your ski equipment.
• Try to pack all your luggage in the ski bag for the flight (yes, it is possible!).
• Once in Norway pack your ski gear in your ski bag and your clothes in the kit bag.
A ski bag is essential for transporting your skis on the plane.
Depending on the airline, you can expect to pay extra for more than one hold bag and for bags weighing over 20 to 23kg.
A detailed kit list will be sent to you on registration.
• Bring clothing suitable for ski touring, as for spring skiing in the Alps, so 4 or 5 lightweight layers in bad weather, rather than 3 thick layers.
• Also bring clothes suitable for tourist trips and après-ski wear, as for winter in the Alps.
• Ski touring boots
• Climbing skins
• Touring skis
• Lightweight harness (can be hired)
• Ski crampons
• Lightweight crampons
• Ski poles (preferably not telescopic)
Specialist equipment (avalanche transceivers, shovel, probe, harness) will be provided if you do not have your own.
Ensure that you check your equipment before departure (ski edges sharpened, good soles on boots, skins and poles inspected and optimised, etc).
Weather & altitude:
Although we will be above the Artic Circle, the climate here is maritime with very tolerable temperatures (-15º to 5º during the day). We will be there in late March when it is still quite cold, with optimal snow cover down to the ocean.
We will not be at altitudes of higher than around 1000m but we will always leave from practically sea level.
• Budget: exchange rate - 1 euro = 10 NOK
• Local time: same as France
• Electricity: as in France, a small multi-socket adaptor would be useful
• Language: Norwegian (national language), English also very widely spoken
• Health: no vaccinations required
• WiFi: available everywhere