Arctic Haute Route – world’s most beautiful ski touring cruise
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, book HERE.
Why this is a bucketlist Adventure!
- * Best time during winter in Arctic Northern Norway
- * Ski touring summit to sea – for beginners and expert skiers
- * Certified guides – groups 1 guide per 6 guests
- * Unique route – Lofoten, Andørja, Senja, Kvaløya
- * Classic botique cruise – 3 nights og 3 full days skiing
- * Sailing on beautiful and classic MS Nordstjernen – only 70 guests
- * Arctic Adventure Cuisine – by famous Bocuse d’Or chef Gunnar Hvarnes
- * One big happy family – people with same passion for outdoor
- * Arctic apres ski while we are 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. The size of the ship opens up for a picturesque route along the Atlantic coastline with small and lively harbours 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!
Northbound sailings Thursday – Sunday (3 nights/3 ski days), embarking Svolvær and sailing to Lofoten, Andørja, 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
- 24-27. March, South Tromsø – Svolvær
- 28-31. mars, North Svolvær Tromsø
- 31. March – 3. April, South Tromsø – Svolvær: Full
- 4-7. April, North Svolvær Tromsø
- 7-10. April, South Tromsø – Svolvær: Full
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, Andørja, Kvaløya, and disembarking in Tromsø.
- 15-12. March, South Tromsø – Svolvær
- 19-22. March, North Svolvær – Tromsø
- 22-26. March, South Tromsø – Svolvær
- 26-29. March, North Svolvær – Tromsø
- 29. March – 2. April, South Tromsø – Svolvær
- 2-5. April, North – Svolvær – Tromsø
Practical information Northbound sailings 2019
On arrival day Thursday, you may embark MS Nordstjernen docked in Svolvær at Osane harbour for check-in from 16:00, departure at 19:30. Direct flight with Widerøe and SAS – Widerøe from Oslo. Norwegian Adventure Company crew will be welcoming you at the airport on all incoming flights to help arranging transfer with bus og taxi to Svolvær, only 15 minutes from the airport.
On departure day Sunday, we are at anchor outside Kvaløya, 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 15:00. Direct flights from Tromsø airport to Oslo With SAS in 2018: 16:25, 17:10, 18:50, 19:25 21:05, and 21:50, or Norwegian 16:50, 19:40, and 22:25.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +47 22 55 60 50 for inquiry. Practical information about 2020 sailings will be published when 2019 sailings are finished.
Practical information Southbound sailings 2019
On arrival day Sunday MS Nordstjernen is docked at the Hurtigruten dock next to Scandic Ishavs Hotel in Tromsø. Check in from 15:00 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 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 in 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.
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 email@example.com or +47 22 55 60 50 for inquiry. Practical information about 2020 sailings will be published when 2019 sailings are finished.
Arctic Haute Route powder hunting in Lofoten, Rundfjellet
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. Read more and book HERE.
About the destinations
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.
Andørja & Rolla, Hamnvik
Andørja is the island in Northern Europe with most peeks, it has more than 11 mountains with 1000 meters above sea level. with Langlitinden (1277 meter above sea level as the highest peek. Andørja is a hidden ski touring gem, also for Norwegian skiers. Situated just outside the city of Harstad, this small island is a picturesque and beautiful place with no hotels and only basic infrastructure, making it perfect for our ski & sail concept. We will be hiking on the islands Roll and Andørja, attacking beautiful mountains such as – Rolla, Snøtind, Langlitind, Klåptind, Kråktinden, etc. If you want to take a rest from skiing. we can offer sdeep sea fishing and se akajaking form from Engenes, on the North side of the island.
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., etc. If you want a rest from skiing, we can offer sea kayaking and deep sea fishing from Gryllefjord.
Kvaløya is situated just outside Tromsø, and has plenty of fantastic ski touring mountains to offer. We are docked in the small fisherman village Sommarøy, on the North-West part of the island facing the sea. 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, yo u 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 together with Gastronomi Norway 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 to create culinary goose bumps on Arctic Haute Route. (picture below).
Classic boutique cruise on MS Nordstjernen
Nordstjernen (1956) 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 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
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.