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7-days Ski Touring the Norwegian Fjords

A lodge based guided ski touring week from Stranda

Explore the Sunnmore Alps in Norway away from the crowds with a guided ski tour into the mountains. You’ll arrive in Stranda on a Sunday, meet your guide, then set off each morning for the coming week to explore Stranda’s awesome off-piste skiing opportunities. Over the course of the week you’ll summit several of the high peaks and ski all the way down to the fjord. On other days you may ski long laps through the powder in the trees. Spend your nights in the well-equipped Stranda Lodge, your personal base for the week. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 6 nights in the Stranda Lodge
  • 6 full days of guided off-piste skiing
  • Avalanche safety equipment including an avalanche backpack
  • Experienced English-speaking guide
  • All local transport between the hotel and skiing

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for good skiers that can handle red and black piste without problems. You need to be confident with speed, able to link turns and stop on steep slopes. Prior ski touring experience is preferred, but not required. You need to be in good physical conditions - fit enough to handle 5 to 6 hours activity.

  • Guesthouse or B+B
  • Activity Type
    • Day tours, returning to a base
  • Groups up to 8
  • Features
    • bar
    • ensuite rooms
    • indoor pool
    • restaurant
    • wifi


The Plan

You’ll meet your guide at the Stranda Hotel on Sunday evening to discuss the week’s plan and go over equipment. The next morning you’ll take some time to familiarize yourself with the avalanche safety equipment, then head into the mountains for your first day of skiing. Your destinations and routes over the coming week will depend on weather and snow conditions, but several mountain summits are likely. Back in town for the evenings, you’ll have time to relax over well-deserved hot, Norwegian meals, explore the town and sleep in the comfort of your private lodge. Repeat until you fly home the next Saturday.

Sunday: Arrival in Stranda

Fly into Aalesund and take a shuttle to Stranda to your lodge. Your guide for the weekend will meet you there that evening to review the plan for the week and go over gear, including the avalanche safety equipment that’s included with the tour.

Monday: Guided off-piste skiing in Stranda

Your guide will meet you at the hotel Monday morning and take you to the start of your adventure. You’ll begin with an introduction to your avalanche safety equipment and get the chance to practice using avalanche beacons. Then, let the fun begin! With the weekenders gone you’ll have Stranda’s mountains practically to yourself. Your guide will find the best possible skiing for the day. Possible summits include Blæja or Kvitegga.

Tuesday: Guided off-piste skiing

Hit the slopes again for some more amazing runs in the mountains. Your guide will try to find different terrain for you to explore each day. Today will be longer than the previous day, perhaps with an ascent of Blåhorna.

Wednesday: Guided off-piste skiing

Today you’re likely to feel pretty sore. That and the weather will determine if you have an easy day of powdery tree skiing, or if you attempt another summit. Possible peaks include Risenosa, Dukhornet or maybe Hornindalsrokken.

Thursday: Guided off-piste skiing

With several days of Stranda skiing under your belt you’ll have the opportunity to ski a classic big summit like Slogen. Expect a long day with epic descents!

Friday: Guided off-piste skiing

Are you tired yet? Today you’ll keep up the hunt for good snow and spectacular runs. Perhaps you’ll tackle Kolåstinden, a tough climb requiring the use of iceaxe and crampons near the summit.

Saturday: Guided off-piste skiing, fly home

For the last day of skiing your guide will try to find something truly special, or perhaps you’ll return to your favorite run of the week. Either way, you’ll be back in town in the afternoon so you can catch your flight home.


You will stay in the host’s private Stranda Lodge. The lodge has 8 beds in 4 bedrooms, 3 with bunkbeds and one with kingsize bed. There is 1 full bathroom, 1 additional toilet, a full kitchen, living room, and gear room.

Perched up on the hillside it provides beautiful views over the valley, and is ideally located for exploring the mountains.


Located on the western Norwegian coast, Stranda is a small town with a population of just 2,600. It is very scenic with fjords to the west, the Sunnmore Alps to the east, and a river running through town. Though small, the town has everything a skier could want for apres ski, with restaurants, bars, shops, and a local brewery.

The Sunnmøre Alps are famous for their jagged alpine peaks with views over the fjord. Many first ascents in the area were made by famous British mountaineers like Wiliam Cecil Slingsby and Charles Watson Patchell around 1900. Today the area is frequently used for international advertising and ski films, including Volvo cars ads and Warren Miller films.

Start point?
Your guides will meet you at the Stranda Lodge on the first night and each morning after. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will end at the Stranda Lodge. Your guide will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
It is recommended you fly into Aalesund Airport 1 ½ hours west of Stranda. Your host can arrange airport transfers, or you can rent a car. It is also possible to get to Stranda by bus from Oslo, Bergen or Trondheim. It´s only one hour drive from Ørsta/Volda, Geiranger, Stryn, Stordal, Hjørundfjorden, Hornindal and Ålesund.


What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights (recommended to and from Aalesund Vigra)
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged with the host)
  • Ski touring equipment (bring your own or rent)
  • Travel insurance that covers off-piste skiing
  • Tips for your guide
  • Meals

No meals are provided but there are cooking facilities at the lodge, or you can enjoy the local restaurants of the area.

What’s the weather like?

Winters in northern Norway are cold, but due to the warm Gulf Stream current it’s much more pleasant than other countries at the same latitude. Temperatures typically range from -2 to 4 °C in the winter, with snow falling more days than it doesn’t. Most days are overcast, but if you catch a sunny one it will take your breath away.

What’s the skiing like?

The skiing is Stranda is world-famous for its early season start, glorious powder stashes, loads of vertical, and lack of crowds. The days are cold, but that just keeps the snow fresh! And there’s plenty of snow, with an average of 160 cm falling each month through the winter.

What equipment is provided?

All avalanche safety equipment is provided, including an avalanche backpack. You’ll need to supply your own ski touring equipment or rent it in Stranda.

Is it safe?

Your guide provides avalanche safety equipment, but that doesn’t mean they take more risks. The avalanche safety equipment is there as a backup. Your guide certified will consider snow and weather conditions to determine where you can find great skiing without putting yourself at risk.

What should I pack?

You can rent much of this equipment in Stranda.

  • Randonné skis, telemark skis or splitboard
  • Ski boots with walk mode
  • Ski crampons
  • Poles (telescoping preferred)
  • Helmet
  • Crampons and ice axe
  • Backpack (~35 L)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Thermos and water bottle
  • Outdoor winter clothing (waterproof jacket and pants, thermal underwear, wool socks, midlayer, down or Primaloft jacket, 2 pairs of gloves or mittens, hat)