Arctic Haute Route Ski & Sail

Arctic Haute Route – world’s most beautiful ski touring cruise

Join us on Arctic Haute Route for four days of fantastic summit-to-sea skiing in Arctic Northern Norway. Sunday Times Travel Magazine joined us on one sailing in 2017, and called it «absurdly enjoyable and the coolest holiday ever». We think this puts it right! On this fantastic adventure cruise, we are sailing above the Arctic Circle, tagging along the Atlantic coastline between the Lofoten islands and the Arctic Capital Tromsø, visiting the region’s most beautiful islands almost made by nature for ski touring – Lofoten, Tjeldøya, Senja and Kvaløya.

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If you don’t have your own ski touring equiptment, or would like to try out the latest and greatest, we have the solution for you. Together with our partner Intersport you may rent ski touring gear from Dynafit and avalance gear from Mammut (renting out equiptment as long as we have goods on stock and right sizes) – book HERE.

Why this is a bucketlist Adventure!

  • * Best time during winter in Arctic Northern Norway
  • * Summit to sea skiing – for beginners and expert skiers
  • * Certified guides – groups 1 guide per 6 guests
  • * Unique route – Lofoten, Tjeldøya, Senja, Kvaløya
  • * Classic botique cruise – 3 nights og 3 full days skiing
  • * Beautiful and classic MS Nordstjernen – only 70 guests
  • * Arctic Adventure Cuisine – by Bocuse d’Or chef Gunnar Hvarnes
  • * One big happy family – people with same passion for outdoor
  • * Arctic apres ski while tagging along the Atlantic coastline

Sail in, hike up, ski down – Arctic Ski & Sail, absurdly enjoyable and coolest holiday ever, Sunday Times Travel Magazine 2017

Sailing dates, route and destinations

We are sailing om the classic and nostalgic ship MS Nordstjernen, built in 1956 in Hamburg Germany. The size of the ship opens up for a picturesque route along the Atlantic coastline, anchoring in  small and lively areas in the heart of the fishing communities. The destinations we are visiting gives a feeling of remote authenticity, with few roads, perfectly preserved old architecture and stunning coastal views. Northern-Norway is fantastic during springtime, with long days with light until 23:00. You cannot plan for the Northern lights, but if we are lucky, we will see the Aurora Borealis dance samba with the stars across the Arctic sky!

2019 sailings:

Northbound sailings Thursday – Sunday  (3 nights/3 ski days), embarking Svolvær and sailing to Lofoten, Tjeldøya, Kvaløya, and disembarking in Tromsø. Southbound Sunday – Wedensday (3 nights/3 ski days), embarking Tromsø and sailing to Senja, Andørja, and Lofoten, disembarking in Svolvær.

  • 21-24. March, North Svolvær – Tromsø: Available cabin
  • 24-27. March, South Tromsø – Svolvær: Few cabins left
  • 28-31. mars, North Svolvær Tromsø: Few cabins left
  • 31. March – 3. April, South Tromsø – Svolvær: Full
  • 4-7. April, North Svolvær Tromsø: Full
  • 7-10. April, South Tromsø – Svolvær: Full

2020: sailings

Southbound Sunday – Thursday (4 nights/4 ski days), embarking Tromsø and sailing to Kvaløya, Senja, Andørja, and Lofoten, disembarking in Svolvær. Northbound sailings Thursday – Sunday  (3 nights/3 ski days), embarking Svolvær and sailing to Lofoten, Tjeldøya, Kvaløya, and disembarking in Tromsø.

  • 19-22. March, North Svolvær – Tromsø
  • 22-25. March, South Tromsø – Svolvær
  • 26-29. March, North Svolvær – Tromsø
  • 29. March – 1. April, South Tromsø – Svolvær

Information Northbound sailings 2019

On departure day Thursday on Nortbound sailings (dates: 21.3 28.3, 4.4) check in starts at 16:00 and departure is at 19:30. The vessel MS Nordstjernen will be docked at the Hurtigruten dock in the center of Svolvær from 12:00 – 18:00 at dock marked nr. 4. in first map below.  From 18:30 until departure 19:30 the vessel will be docked in Osanpollen at dock marked 3. a) in map below. This dock is 2 km outside Svolvær center towards Kabelvåg.

Docked in Solvær center from 12:00 -18:00 at dock 4. 

Docked in Osanpollen from 18:00-19:30, at dock 3. a)

Norwegian Adventure Company crew will be welcoming you at the airport on all incoming flights to help arranging transfer with our bus or taxi to Svolvær harbour, only 15 minutes from the airport.

On departure day Sunday, we are at anchor outside Kvaløya at Mjelde, where you will be skiing all day before our bus takes you directly to the airport in the afternoon. You leave your luggage aboard when disembarking the ship, which will be transport to the airport before your arrival at by bus at the airport at 15:00. Direct flights from Tromsø airport to Oslo with SAS and Norwegian.

Book your flights now for preferred schedule and best possible price. If you consider arriving earlier to explore worlds most beautiful islands, or extending your stay in the Tromsø area, we will be happy to help where to stay, places to go and things to do. Get in touch info@norwegianadventurecompany.com or +47 22 55 60 50 for inquiry. Practical information about 2020 sailings will be published when 2019 sailings are finished.

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Information Southbound sailings 2019

On arrival day Sunday

On departure day Sunday on Soutbound sailings  (dates: 24.3, 31.3, 7.4), MS Nordstjernen will be docked at the old Hurtigruten dock next to Scandic Ishavs Hotel in Tromsø, marekd nr. 8. i map below. Check in from 14:00 and departure at 16:30.

Direct flights from Oslo With SAS and Norwegian. Norwegian Adventure Company crew will be welcoming you at the airport on all incoming flights to help arranging transfer to ship with either airport shuttle or taxi, which only takes 15 minutes.

On departure day Wednesday we are at anchor in Lofoten in the Austnes fjord  outside Svolvær, where you will be skiing all day before our bus takes you directly to the airport in the afternoon. You leave your luggage aboard when disembarking the ship, which will be transport to the airport before your arrival there. We will have two different hikes on departure day; one shorter hike where you will be at the airport 13:00 in order to catch the 13:55 flight, and normal hikes where you will be at the airport at 16:00, and from there the airport bus goes to Svolvær city center at 16:30. Direct flight to Oslo with Widerøe at 13:55, or with Widerøe and SAS via Bodø 17:35 and 19:10. It is also possible to fly out of Leknes airport, one hour South of Svolvær, bus connection from Svolvær to Leknes.

If you consider exploring Tromsø before Arctic Haute Route or extending your stay in Lofoten, we will be happy to help where to stay, activities, places to go and things to do. Get in touch info@norwegianadventurecompany.com or +47 22 55 60 50 for inquiry. Practical information about 2020 sailings will be published when 2019 sailings are finished.

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Arctic Haute Route powder hunting in Lofoten, Rundfjellet

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Rental of equiptment

If you don’t have your own ski touring equiptment, or would like to try out the latest and greatest, we have the solution for you. Together with our partners Dynafit, Mammut, and Intersport our online rental solution have the ski touring gear and avalance equiptment you need. Intersport will rent out gear as long as they have sizes and equiptment available in stock. Read more and book HERE.

About the destinations along the route

Lofoten

The Northbound sailing starts in Svolvær situated North in the Lofoten islands. Svolvær has 4400 inhabitants, and the airport is just 15 minutes by taxi or bus from the harbour where Nordstjernen is docked. This small city is called the “capital” of Lofoten, and is perfectly situated near all the classic ski touring routes in Lofoten – Blåtind, Rundfjellet, Torskman, Sautetind, Pilan, Kvittind, Geitgaljartind, mf. If you want to do something else, we can offer various activities you may order on board: Sea kayak , deep sea fishing, rib safari, visiting art galleries on the fisherman island Henningsvær, The Kaviar Factory and Galleri Lofoten Hus.

Tjeldøya

Tjeldøya is an island in Nordland county and is situated between Hinnøya (island) and the mainland and is only 30 minutes from Harstad city. Highest peak is on the island is Trollfjellet 1010 meters above sea level. The island is connected to the mainland by the 240-meter-long Ramsund bridge. This destination has some fantastic mountains around 100 meters above sea level, which is seldom visited by tourist. Tjeldøya is based between Lofoten islands and Harstad, and we will be at anchor in Tjeldsundet (channel).

Senja

Senja is Norway’s second largest island with a varied landscape. with deep fjords, high mountains, and beautiful white & sandy beaches. Excellent opportunities for fantastic hiking both summer and winter. The highest peek is Breitinden 1301 meters above sea level . We aim for some epic skiing on – Store Hesten, Kvænan, Keipen, Segla, Litjemoa, Breitind, Stormoa. We will be at anchor on the North East side of the island at Skarland if the weather is fair, or in Mefjordbotn if we have wind.

Kvaløya

Kvaløya is situated just outside Tromsø, and has plenty of fantastic ski touring mountains to offer.  We are at anchor ourside Mjelde on the South East side of the island. We plan for some epic free skiing this last day – Skitntind, Store Blåmann, Vasstind og Hollendaren, etc. Our guides will find the perfect hike for you. But, if you are tired and your thighs sais NO MORE, you can join the boat and cruise to Tromsø  to explore Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral), The Mack Brewery, or the adventure center Polaria.

Arctic Adventure Cuisine by Bocuse d’Or chef Gunnar Hvarnes

The famous Norwegian Bocuse d’Or chef Gunnar Hvarnes has developed our Arctic Adventure Cuisine, based on locally sorced food from the Arctic region and along our sailing route. On our sailings in 2018 the talented Norwegian chef Fredrik Lundgren came straight from the opening of Noma 2.0 in Copenhagen. This year he is back, and now he comes straight from the Bocus d’Or competition in Lyon where he was part of the Norwegian bronse winning team  (picture below).

Classic boutique cruise on MS Nordstjernen

Nordstjernen (1956, Hamburg, Germany) is a small an venerable ship, built for more than 50 years ago as part of the reconstruction of the coastal fleet after World War II. The coastal route (hurtigruten) between South and North of Norway was established to unite the coastal community with industry and bring the country forward with optimism and hope.

The ship was built for the Coastal Voyage fleet in 1956 and extensively modernised in 2000 for exclusive Arctic sailing. Despite modernisation, she still retains the aura of an old Atlantic ship, restored to her former splendour with new brass, classic wooden interiors and all her original art. Out on deck you come extra close to the untouched nature of Arctic Northern Norway. MS Nordstjernen is equipped with a dining room and bar, a café, a panorama lounge and a library. Inside you’ll find cosy interior and exterior cabins, the majority of which have upper and lower berths. All rooms and deck surfaces exhibit that old, beautiful wood.

Cabins

Cabins are classic and basic, but with the facilities you need for a comfortable stay aboard this beautiful and venerable vessel; good bunk beds and toilet & shower in all cabins. All cabins have 220 voltage and there is off course free wifi aboard. You find more information about various cabin alternatives on our booking site.

Afterski and mucho hygge

Joining the Arctic Haut Route ski touring cruise is much more than just a fantastic adventure above the Arcti Circle. This is a social arena where you will make new friends with same passion for active lifestyle, skiing and the outdoor. Aboard there is a one big happy family feeling, and Norwegians are know for beeing informal and focusing on creating mucho hygge (playful happines).  You will be looked well after by our certified guides, focusing on your safety, and you might even pick up some new knowledge from our experienced team while hiking the Arctic alps. Every afternoon we serve local apres ski snack from the region, followed by dinner from our famous Arctic Adventure Cuisine.

Gearing up – what to pack?

You bring your own hiking gear and clothing for 3 days of ski touring, and casual clothing for travel, dinner and social settings. The atmosphere aboard Nordstjernen is informal and the cabins are very small, so bring what you think you’ll need the most – and leave the rest.

Hiking backpack (30–40 L) – suggested packing list:

  • Randonee / telemark skiing kit / split board kit
  • Avalanche gear (beeper, probe, shovel) – can be rented from our partner Intersport
  • Cut iron for skies
  • First aid kit (compede for blisters, sport tape, etc.)
  • Thin and thick gloves
  • Two hats (wool and wind stopper)
  • Wool underwear and socks
  • Helmet and goggles
  • Sun glasses and sun block
  • Thin hiking fleece jacket
  • Thin down jacket for cold days and comfy lunch on summit
  • Gore-Tex pants and jacket (wind – and water proof)
  • Crampons for your skies
  • Thermos bottle for hot water, coffee, tea, etc.
  • Bottles for water
  • Camera

Large bag for leisurewear and extra gear (100 – 140 L) – suggested packing list:

  • Pack in a water resistant, large bag to keep your gear dry
  • Informal leisure wear for dinner and social setting; jeans, chinos, shirt or jumper
  • Thick jacket for cold mornings and evenings on deck
  • Thick winter boots for snowy and cold days
  • Sneakers, low Gore-Tex shoes for leisure
  • Extra batteries for you beeper
  • Extra socks and sports underwear (wool) for 3 days of hiking

Welcome to the land of the Northern Lights for fantastic ski touring above the Arctic Circle.

  • Routes: Lofoten – Tromsø (North) or Tromsø  – Lofoten (South)
  • Vessel MS Nordstjernen: 70 guests + guides and crew
  • Full board: 3 nights, all meals, certified guides, transport, afterski, etc.
  • Level: from beginners to experts, tailor-made hikes
  • Rental gear: ski touring – and avalanche gear can be rented aboard
  • Price in double cabin from: kr 15.900 pp / EUR 1650 pp
  • Price in singel cabin from: kr 17.900 pp / EUR 1850 pp
  • Flights & transfer: flights and beverage aboard in addition and covered by guest
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