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From sea to summit & summit to sea - ski touring in the Lofoten - Norway

8 days from 2845 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 4 people

Comfort
Norvège Montagne Maximum altitude 900 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 3

Pros

- Accommodation in comfortable hotels, twin rooms

- A unique skiing experience from the sea to the sky, and among Northern lights 

- An unforgettable trip across the wide open Norwegian wilderness in wintertime

- Relaxing atmosphere and great loop around all Lofoten with our van!

- No booking fees

 

In a nutshell

Nestled in the confines of septentrional Europe (septentrional, there's one for you Scrabble buffs), just above the arctic circle, we’re heading for a true winter wonderland ! This trip encompasses all of the things we’ve come to love.

To start, we have a boat transfer of a couple of hours that gives us time to get used to our surroundings and take in the stunning views. Of course, we do some great skiing and choose our itineraries as we go along, as weather conditions dictate.

We may even go out skiing twice on the same day. We often end up by the sea, and sometimes in small fishing villages, with skis on our feet ! Then it’ll be time to get back to our warm and welcoming rorbu - this is just another "little" detail that makes this trip to the Lofoten so special - without mentioning the spectacular granit cliffs that drop into the the sea and the easily accessible summits that make you feel as if you're on top of the world, just that !

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)

Day to day

Day 1 - Flight to Bodø, Norway

We meet up at Bodø airport at the end of the day, then collect our vehicle(s). Night in Bodø.

Meals included: dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 2 - Ski touring around Bodø

At the beginning of the afternoon we take the ferry over to Moskenes - approx 3 hrs. Night in Sakrysoy before heading to the famous rorbu for the coming two nights.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accommodation included: hotel or comfortable rorbu

 

Day 3 - Ski touring on the Southern tip of the Lofoten islands

Meals included: breakfast, picnic & dinner

Accommodation included: hotel or comfortable rorbu

 

Day 4 - Off to Henningsvær

We have a 2 hrs drive to our next spot between Henningsvær and Svolvaer. Beautiful Ski touring in the fjords. We will stay for the three next nights in a comfortable hotel to be able to gain our energy back!

Meals included: breakfast, picnic & dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 5 & day 6 - Skiing in and around Henningsvær and Svolvaer

Meals included: breakfast, picnic & dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 7 - More skiing

In the afternoon we hit the road back to Bodø. 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic & dinner

Accommodation included: hotel

 

Day 8 - Early wake up to get to the airport and head back home.

Early morning departure for Bodø airport.

End of ski touring trip.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring trip with Azimut in the Lofoten, Norway. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accommodation, with the same standards, depending on logistics and availabilities.

In case practices and customs defined by the local guide authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide.

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Bodø (BOO) airport - Norway
    Meeting time:
    Leaving time:

Get together - practical information

Flights to purchase: return to Bodø (BOO), Norway

Due to price fluctuation this ski touring trip to Norway is sold without flights. However, we can book your flights if you wish. Don't hesitate to contact us. Only buy your flights once the departure of this trip has been confirmed.

Watch out: Make sure your luggage must not be registered in Oslo again !

Flights

Due to price fluctuation this trip is sold without flights. However we can book your tickets. Don't hesitate to contact us.

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level 

The slopes may have some short steep passages. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may also ski on glacier terrain. You should master uphill kick turns without hesitation.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may be on foot. Ascents and descents vary between 800 & 1000 metres per day. Depending on the outing, we may do two outings per day, and if you'd rather rest, this is a possible option.

 

Beware, you're not playing in the skatepark in your neighbourhood: even though you're extremely keen, are craving to make first tracks in the powder snow, don't forget that this trip is far away overseas, in remote areas and rescue services may be slow and often less well organised than in your home country. So keep cool and take it easy to fully enjoy...and please avoid a back flip without knowing what's behind.

 

Good to know: If you haven't got the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us !

Group size

4 to 6 participants

Guiding

Azimut qualified mountain guide from France.

All our mountain guides are certified. We choose them for their sympathy, their teaching and organisational skills. We stay tuned in, work hands in hands, and make sure their working conditions are the best.

Meet our guides just around the corner

Daypack

Bring a light day pack just to carry your personal belongings for the day, your picnic, a few snacks and security equipment.

Pricing

The price includes

- Full board on board from day 2 to day 8, except for dinners on days 1 and 7

- All picnics for lunch

- Minibus transfers upon arrival from one of the indicated meeting points

- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear

- Group safety & rescue equipment

- Guide services (and all the guide's expenses)

- Azimut welcome pack

 

The price does not include

- Flights and transportation to/from the meeting point (Bodø)

- Transportation costs for rental gear

- Dinners on day 1 and 7, all meals on day 8 except for breakfast (included)

- Personal expenses and snacks

- Personal insurance

- Any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance that is due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However usually participants hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut minibus

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Wifi is available in our accomodation.

Mobile and 4G coverage is reliable.

Electricity: standard voltage is 220V, same as in France.

Accommodation & meals

Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex. Single or double rooms are on offer with a supplement and subject to availability. Please contact us.

- Day 1 and Day 7: hotel, half-board (comfortable rooms for 2 people), sheets and towels provided. 

- Day 2 and 3: hotel or comfortable Rorbu, half-board (traditional fisherman's house), for 2 to 4 people, in double rooms. Toilets to share between 2 to 4 person maximum. 

- Day 4 to Day 7: hotel, half-board (comfortable rooms for 2 people), sheets and towels provided.

- Lunches are picnics made at the hotels or by the guide.

Make sure to wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge !

 

Skiing material (all in excellent condition)

- Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings, ski skins, ski crampons, ski poles and alpine crampons. We recommend you to have freeride type skis (wider at waist) so you can fully enjoy powdery descents as well as descents in any kind of snow.

- Ski touring boots

- Crampons, harness, iceaxe

- A 35-40 litre backpack. Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended. They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Azimut guides use them. These bags contain cartridges with compressed air - please contact the airline to check on air transport regulations as they may be classed as hazardous goods.

- Avalanche kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own contact@azimut.ski

If you don't have your own, we lend them for free.

- Padded ski bag for airline transportation 

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new, if not brand new, of good quality and adapted to your choice of activity.

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip, also includes excess baggage fare - your rental gear will be handed over on site): 

 

Pack Glacier (skis, skins, poles, knives, crampons, iceaxe, harness)

425 €

Pack Skis (skis, peaux, bâtons couteaux)

295 €

Crampons

40 €

Iceaxe

50 €

Harness

45 €

 

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.

Beware, due to airline security restrictions airbags are no longer rented out for overseas trips.

In case your skis and gear arrive late or are lost during transportation, we are not to be held responsible and do not apply a discount on rental gear nor pay for the cost of rental gear until your own gear arrives.

 

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes that it may be a good to have with you. No need to have the latest brands nor the latest gear, but if you need to refresh of refill your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start. 

Headwear

- Warm hat or buff/scarf

- 2 pairs of ski goggles and sunglasses with UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity, and have filter index up to category 4, they are very useful

- Ski helmet (highly recommended) 

Bodywear 

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks

- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.

Footwear

- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic fabrics. Think about them if you need to stock up.

- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try "charentaises" they’re really comfortable ! 

Odds & ends

  • 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • Pocket knife
  • Duck tape
  • Suncream, UV factor 50 
  • Duffle type bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in the vehicle. No suitcases.  

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

- To make up your first aid kit, please use the Ifremmont's website as a guide. 

 

Need new gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 15% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends glisshop.com

Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.

With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.

 

The Lofoten islands spread out from the 67th to the 68th parallel North, from South to West, over approximately 200 km from the Vesterålen onwards. They are separated from the continent by the Vestfjord on the South-Eastern end. The archipelago's total surface is 1 227 km2.

The main islands spread out over approximately 150 km, one after another. The road between Fiskebøl in the North and Å in the South is 168 km long. The different islands from North to South are:

  • Austvågøya (oriental Våg islands in Norwegian ; øy meaning « île » et -øya, « the isle of... »), this is the largest islands of approximately 526,7 km2 ;
  • Gimsøya (Gims island46,4 km2) ;
  • Vestvågøya (Western Våg island411,1 km2) ;
  • Flakstadøya (Flakstad island109,8 km2) ;
  • Moskenesøya (Moskenes island193,9 km2).

The limits of the archipelago are not clearly defined and have changed significantly over the past. The Southern tip, Hinnøya and the Eastern island called Austvågøya is generally included. Hinnøya is considered as the largest one of the Vesterålen. The main islands are surrounded by hundreds of smaller islands.

At the South-East of Moskenesøya are several smaller and more isolated islands:

  • Mosken is separated from the Southern tip of Moskenesøya by the Moskenstraumen, a system of currents and whirlpools caused by the tides;
  • Værøy (Vær island17 km2) South-Westerly from Mosken;
  • The archipelago of Røst is separated from the rest of the Lofoten by the Røsthavet. It includes roughly islets, the largest one is, Røstlandet, of approximately 3,6 km2.

The archipelago is divided into  kommuner: VåganVestvågøyFlakstadMoskenesVærøy, and Røst. The main towns are Leknes and Svolvær. Approximately 25 000 people live on the archipelago, and mainly live from fishing and nowadays tourism. 

Formalities - Visas - Vaccines - Traditions & Practices

Passeport / formalities

A valid ID or passport are sufficient to enter Norway. 

Bring your European health insurance card.

 

Currency

The Norwegian currency is the crown (the rate of exchange is approx. 8.9 NOK for 1 €).  It's possible to change money in Oslo or at the Post Office in Bodø

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Black Crows

Arva

Fritschi Swiss bindings

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

Terres d'Aventure

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave contact details with your friends and family

- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)

- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  

- Check that you have the right equipment

- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)

- Bring some cash and your credit card

- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group

- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !

- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

 

 

                              See you on the slopes !

                      Have great runs with AZIMUT !

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