Ski touring in the Sunnmore Alps, Alesund Fjords
The Sunnmore Alps, in the fjord region around Alesund, offer many attractive possibilities for the mountaineer skier or snowboarder, in addition to the beauty and natural contrast between mountain and sea.
In the wilderness of the most secluded fjords, by boat or by car along the coast, you can skin up the steep sides of these mountains directly from the sea, with a vertical gain between 1000 and 1500 meters.
The area is characterized by good snow cover and fairly mild temperatures in March and April.
We propose a full week of daily ski tours, with transfer to the departure / arrival points of the tour by car and / or boat, according to convenience, and return in the evening to the cabin, along the coast of the Orsta peninsula, south of Alesund.
The team can independently manage home cooked meals, or enjoy the cuisine in one of the local restaurants.
On request, it is possible to organize a whole week on the boat (with skipper), including overnight stays and meals.
Until mid-March it is possible to see the Northern Lights when the sky is cloud free.
*** SKI & SAIL Option ***
All transfers by boat and nghts on board; skipper and cook, all meals.
*** Steep Skiing Option ***
> For a small team of experienced skiers, we can propose a choice of steep itineraries, mainly in couloirs.
*** Other ski touring proposals in Norway: ***
> ROMSDALEN Fjords;
> FINNMARK (Lapland);
> LOFOTEN ISLANDS;
> LYNGEN ALPS;
> FJORDS BETWEEN BODO AND NARVIK
> Haute Route of JOTUNHEIM;
> the fjords of Sogndal, Fjaerland, and Jostedalen, north of Bergen;
> SVALBARD ISLANDS;
*** In Sweden: ***
> raid of KEBNEKAISE (hut to hut)
Arrival in Orsta or Alesund with flight from Oslo. Transfer to the accommodation (cabin) on the coast.
Daily ski mountaineering trips, with transfers by car and / or boat. Return in the evening to the accommodation.
The destinations will be chosen based on snow conditions, the weather, and the requirememnts of the team.
The best routes can be found in the Hjorundfjord, then around Saebo, on the coast north of Orsta, and south of Volda.
We will also choose the lesser known itineraries where we will likely find no traces.
The choice of itineraries will also depend on the technical skills of the team; some require mountaineering practice (crampons, ice ax) and / or mastery of skis or snowboard on steep slopes (40 ° and more).
Other destinations could be chosen on the spot, on sight, or discovering them from the boat, according to an exploratory spirit typical of this kind of adventures.
Transfer to the airport for return flight.
–> Contact us for any customized trip request
Trip dates, Duration, Departure
The period of time given in the trip description sheet is indicatively the most recommended for optimun conditions for the planned activities. Different periods are possible, especially during season with special climate situations. Duration is referred to the “standard” programme as per description sheet, however it could change according to the local conditions and/or the team’s requirements. If the trip is included in the Scheduled Trips list (yearly planner), the departure date is the one given in the planner; otherwise it will be decided according to the requests we have received. In any case we suggest to contact us for more precise information. In customized trips, departure date and duration are established according to customer’s request
By means of the scores given in the trip decsription sheet we wish to provide an indicative assessment of the challenges to be expected, divided in the following three categories:
Grade 1: adult performing a minimum sport activity (4-8 hours/week), or teenager in medium fitness conditions
Grade 2: adult performing sport activity (8-16 hours/week) or teenager in good fitness conditions
Grade 3: adult performing regular sport activity (16-20 hours/week) or teenager in very good fitness conditions
Grade 4: adult only, regularly performing sport activity and intense training (more than 20 hours/week)
Grade1: no prior experience in the activity is required, just a natural predisposition
Grade 2: prior experience in the activity as beginner to medium level
Grade 3: prior experience in the activity at medium to high level, with regular practice since min. 3-5 years
Grade 4: excellent technical skills with long experience in the activity (more than 5 years)
Grade 1: no prior experience in adventure travel id required, just a positive attitude to adapt
Grade 2: prior, yet limited, experience in adventure travel, with a strong attitude to adapt and determination
Grade 3: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding
Grade 4: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding, strong determination to overcome unforeseen events
The type of accomodation as planned is indicated in the trip sheet (hotel, lodge, tents, etc..).
The means of local transfers are indicated as planned (flight, bus, 4WD vehicle, ferry, etc.). Some changes are possible in relation to the actual availability on site and/or the terrain and wheather conditions.
Service included and Prices
We do not have a price list. Quotes are sent on request only. Details of services included, excluded, or optionally available, will be specified in the quote and confirmed at the time of booking. Prices depend on number of participants and on the specific requirements of the group. They will be definitely set at the time of booking after definiton of all trip details and confirmation of dates. Special prices can be granted according to number of participants, and/or for pre-established groups, clubs and associations, guides with own clients, active athletes, tour operators and travel agents, journalists, physicians, rescue operators, schools, staff of organization running an humanitarian or research project.