Sail and Ski Holidays in Arctic Norway

Adventure Travel for the discerning Holidaymaker

This autumn skiNorway announced 2 exclusive new Sail and Ski packages that offer the best of ski-touring and coastal sailing along Norway’s iconic coastlines. The abundant winter snow provides the perfect setting for exceptional adventure travel and skiNorway are keen to introduce this exciting region to a new type of holidaymaker.

Skiing holidays in Arctic Norway

The dramatic shores of Norway are as awe-inspiring as they are beautiful, and have long been known to Scandinavian’s as a fantastic destination for adventurous travellers. Complex access and a previous lack of available guides has meant limited awareness outside of the Scandinavian scene, which has very misleadingly allowed the region to garner a reputation for relaxing retirement cruises. skiNorway are set to change that thanks to a growing selection of fantastic holidays that specialise in ski adventures and touring holidays with a difference. The latest, and arguably most stunning, of these is their exclusive Sail and Ski holidays along the Arctic Haute Route.

Ski-touring on the Arctic Haute Route

The Arctic Haute Route is a sailing route through a section of Arctic Norway’s coastline, and is exceedingly difficult to do justice to on paper. Here, mountainous islands rise out of the North Atlantic Ocean as if it is nothing, climbing to more than 1000masl in a moment. In winter, the peaks are crowned with glinting snow that calls, Siren-like, to anyone who has ever enjoyed even just a day outdoors. In a limited number of more sheltered spots the mountains have left just enough space between themselves and the water’s edge for quaint fishing villages and hardy port towns to put roots down into the bedrock. Like stepping back in time, idyllic, red-painted fishermen’s huts test the edge of the water with their wooden stilts, Atlantic cod dries on frames in the cool winds and lends a distinctive, other-worldly scent to the air.

Exceptional Sail and Ski Holidays

When you join skiNorway on a Sail and Ski Holiday through the Arctic Haute Route, it is at the feet of one of these stunning mountainous islands that your ship will cast anchor each day. Then, in small groups of like-minded people (you’re sorted into groups of ability and interest and assigned a certified guide who chooses the best route for your group) you will head ashore, don your skis and skins and make the long, and beautiful, journey to one of the previously mentioned glinting summits. After a refuelling lunch with a view that has been enjoyed by a dedicated few, you will have an exhilarating ski back down to sea level.

Back on your ship, the on-board DJ will be playing on the deck, for an après ski view and ambience that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. While dinner is prepared you can savour the incomparable view, try a cool beer, listen to good music and swap stories with other groups who summited different peaks. The ship will sail through the night to your next destination, and you’ll do it all over again; different view, different lines, same unbeatable feeling of euphoria as you conquer the summit and ski back down to sea level.

Private Charter Holidays

If you really want to push the boat out, or the ship in this case, then you can charter your own ship and touring guides and enjoy a luxury private charter for up to 12 people. On skiNorway’s Private Charter Sail and Ski Holiday you can sample the Arctic Haute Route, explore the Lyngen Alps east of Tromso, or even venture to the desolately beautiful islands of Svalbard. The private charters offer everything that the regular Sail and Ski Holidays do, but are completely bespoke and reach the summits of luxury adventure travel.

Where to start?

If you think that all sounds fabulous, but you’re new to ski-touring and worried about jumping in at the deep end, skiNorway also offer ski-touring for beginners. These holidays introduce ski-touring technique, equipment and safety for intermediate and above skiers who are looking to explore a new side of skiing. Based in-land, you’ll still be hard pressed to find more stunning mountain scenery, and the views from the summits are equally breath-taking. Then, with the basics successfully mastered, the extensive peaks of Norway’s coastline await you and your next adventure.

The Adventure Traveller

These holidays are perfect for the discerning adventure traveller, a growing group of holiday makers who are looking for more from their time off. A Sail and Ski holiday with skiNorway is a fantastic way to experience novel places, meet like-minded people and take some incredible memories – and pictures – home with you. That’s what it’s all about: exceptional experiences in exceptional places.

For more information and to book your skiing adventure please contact skiNorway on 0207 199 6010 or send them an email: enquiries@ski-norway.co.uk

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