Riders in the DarkSki the arctic night in Norway!
Alta, in Norway, Finnmark, is famous for being “the city of the northern lights” and people are travelling there to watch them, but heading up to 70° north in the middle of December remains an unusual idea for a ski touring trip. It took us some time and many discussions with the locals to finally give it a try… No regrets !
During the darkest times of the year...
...ski touring on those beautiful mountains of northern Norway is a very unique experience.
The light up there in December is very special, and it is safe to say that it’s actually not totally dark. There are a few hours when an incredible blue light is giving a new life to the landscape. Snow covered mountains, fjords, ocean, everything seems unreal and very sharp at the same time : a vision that is beyond words and imagination.
When the true darkness is here, then it’s time to ski with headlamps. For that purpose, some norwegian ski touring enthusiast have developed strong headlamp that will not just allow you to ski in the night, but they will make it easy and fun.2
Day By Day Program
Sunday 11 :
Arrival in Alta airport. We drive 80km to the place where we will stay, Langfjordbotn. Depending on your arrival time, we might go for a short trip after having checked your gear. This will be also the occasion to talk about safety and do a bit of beeper training.
Monday 12 to Saturday 17:
Every day we go for a new ski tour, looking for the best snow and the clearest skies. Even during the darkest periods, the region is full of possibilities and we will both ski the forests and go for the peaks! To do the best possible skiing, we make our decisions early in the morning, so listing here the tours we might do is simply impossible. What is sure, is that we will use as much as the terrain available, from Jøkelfjord to the west to Øksfjord to the north-east
Leaving to Alta Airport in the morning.
IMPORTANT: If you want a shorter stay, there is a possibility to join on Wednesday. Just get in touch!
Good to know
The absence of sun doesn’t help the temperatures to rise, but even in the winter the gulf stream is still on, and we can expect a coldness that is similar to what we experience in the Alpine valleys in the winter. Which means that it can go down to -20° and sometimes be a bit above freezing level.
Snow / Weather
To make of this very special trip an experience that you will enjoy to the maximum, we need some days of stable weather and a decent snow cover. To ensure that, we will get the flight tickets and confirm the trip two weeks before departure date. We’ll be in close contact with you to follow the evolution of the weather and make the best decision.
We will stay in the village of Langfjordbotn, in a typical, cosy norwegian house, with double and triple rooms. View on the fjord guaranteed !
Like on each of our trips, we limit the number of skiers at 6 per guide. This is more than a safety precaution: in a small group it's easier to communicate, to listen to each participant's concerns and expectations, so eventually easier to give you the best possible experience!
- 6 days skiing with a UIAGM mountain guide, for a group of 6 maximum.
-All transportation in Norway, from/to Alta airport.
-7 nights accommodation.
- 7 dinners
Not included :
-Drinks, lunches and breakfasts
-Flight to Alta.
If you’re curious of trying this very specific gear, our partner Moonlight Mountain Gear will rent :
-touring skis. Depending on the snow conditions, Moonlight Mountain Gear is proposing different size of skis, all made incredibly light by the use of carbon and advanced technology. They come with super light bindings that can do both alpine touring and telemark.
-headlamps, the toughest and most powerful on the market, up to 10 000 lumens. Bright as day is their name !
Prices on request.