Hurtigruten is known for being 'the world's most beautiful voyage'. With Arctic Ski & Sail we are taking it to another level, adding thrilling experiences and randonnée skiing to the itinerary. A custom made program with 3 days of skiing and 3 days of sailing, Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail will take you to some of the best skiing spots in Norway, locations unknown to the usual crowds of off-piste skiers. And for a country that attracts professional skiers from across the globe, that's saying something.
You will be taken from sea to summit, hiking spectacular peaks of nearly 1000 metres overlooking the ocean. From summit to sea, cruising off-piste towards the bright blue Atlantic Ocean is the ultimate arctic skiing experience!
Not a professional skier? Don't worry - you don't have to be. By dividing participants into groups of six - each with their own mountain guide - this voyage caters to all levels of expertise, from beginners to seasoned veterans.
Skiing above the Arctic Circle in Norway
Join us as we sail the most extreme and jagged part of the Norwegian coastline to bring you to Arctic skiing unlike anywhere else in the world. The days on this journey are filled with spectacular skiing, and you may encounter whales while sitting on deck.
"Sail in, hike up, ski down", wrote Duncain Craig from The Times, and called the whole trip "absurdly enjoyable". The feedback on our 2017 version of Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail has been outstanding, and it's partly due to an unbeatable combination - the genuine atmosphere on board MS Nordstjernen and the incredible areas in which we ski.
From Tromsø, the arctic capital, we embark on a voyage to Senja, Lyngen and Kvaløya - all excellent places for free skiing and great powder conditions. The best part: you will ski where few people have skied before you. And you basically have the whole mountain to yourself.
During April, the conditions will be stellar. The peaks are covered in snow, and the return of the sun gives us long days and rising temperatures.
We ski in areas few can reach
Your ship, MS Nordstjernen, will take you to a new destination every day. From the ship, we jump in our awesome PolarCircle tender boats and drive to shore where all equipment is waiting for you. Then we climb some mountains.
Wondering which mountains we're heading up? Well, that's part of the excitement. Because this is an expedition where the elements rule, and the captain, the expedition leader and the mountain guides will take weather, snow conditions and landing accessibility into account before making a decision about which mountains to climb.
The added feature of tender boats from ship to shore is new for the 2018 trip. It allows for greater flexibility and gives us rare access to mountains that are inaccessible for buses and cars - and where few have skied before you.
A typical day - Summit to Sea:
- 07.00 – Good morning and breakfast. Make yourself a lunch pack. Preparation of equipment and self-service for ski waxing
- 09.00 – Departure for randonee experience and briefing of day tours. Lunch pack at the summit
- 16.00 – Return to ship and afterski on deck
- 19.00 – Dinner and evening briefing
- 21.00 – Meeting with the guides
Returning to the ship after a long day, you'll quickly realize why MS Nordstjernen is one of the most cherished ships in the fleet. With rich wood features and small but cosy cabins, the ship's unique atmosphere makes this the most amazing basecamp in Norway. Another benefit is the size of the aft deck, perfect for a good afterski party with likeminded people - adventurous and friendly skiers from all over the world.
The food: Norway's Coastal Kitchen
Cruises aren't exactly known for having great food, but at Hurtigruten we do things differently. Our Norway's Coastal Kitchen concept only uses food from local producers in the area. The chefs take advantage of the fact that we sail through some of the world´s richest fishing grounds and along fertile coastal farmland, to source fresh local produce and create generous portions of mouthwatering Norwegian cuisine. Your taste buds are in for a treat.
Looking for more skiing? Add an extra day to your trip!
On two of our departures you have the possibility to experience even more of the incredible slopes around Ersfjorden on Kvaløya. If you want to travel April 5th or 12th (both Thursdays), you can book an extra day on board MS Nordstjernen. This day we'll take you higher ande deeper into the mountains - ff you're looking for the perfect place for more skiing, Kvaløya is the ultimate place.
After another full day of skiing with our guides, the bus will pick you up on Monday (instead of Sunday) and drive you to the airport in Tromsø. To order this, please choose Hurtigruten Arctic Ski & Sail incl. extra day at Kvaløya (4 nights) in the dropdown menu when booking your voyage.