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Ski through Norway's Backcountry Powder from a Military Truck

Experience backcountry skiing on an off-road truck expedition exploring the best of arctic Norway. 7 days.

I'M UP FOR
Aurora Hunting
DURATION
7 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Tough
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
Norway
SEASON
January, March
NEAREST AIRPORT

Home to 666 mountains higher than thousand meters and north of the Arctic Circle, Norway´s Troms is one of the best ski touring destinations on the planet.

As well as unbelievable skiing in wild snow, you’re also in for a great chance of seeing Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights.

Your local guides take you skiing through the trees, shooting down the countless couloirs, or cruising the long lines from the jagged peaks all the way to the deep blue fjords.

All this away from the maddening crowds – and what better transport and accommodation for such an experience than the Pesä, a heavily pimped ex-military truck.

This ski adventure includes:

  • 6 days of guided off-piste skiing
  • Aurora hunting (incl. photography “workshop”)
  • 6 nights of accommodation in a comfy former military truck ”Pesä”
  • 2 professional, English-speaking guides
  • Avalanche/snow safety education & knowledge, including tour-planning in mountains
  • Avalanche safety equipment rental (transceiver, probe and shovel)
  • Snowshoe rental
  • Shared snowsurf board rental for the expedition team
  • Tripod rental
  • All meals on trip, including nutritious breakfast, lunchpack, and 3-course dinner
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Avid backcountry skiers looking to hunt out some of the finest untracked lines of Norway.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Snacks and drink
  • Rental equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Travel insurance (must cover off-piste skiing)

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation for escaping the city to the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

The skiing is world-famous for the gorgeous scenery where the pristine snow and deep blue fjords meet. Glorious powder stashes, tree-skiing, couloirs, loads of vertical gain, and a lack of crowds. No man-made structures or ski lifts; just rewarding muscle-powered ski-touring in a true, rugged mountain environment.

You will be going out there with the finest qualified local guides. You can trust them to keep the risk to a minimum in this backcountry environment. You will be provided with modern avalanche safety equipment a proper training on how to use them. Your experienced guide will evaluate non-stop snow and weather conditions to determine where you can find great skiing without putting yourself at risk.

You must hold basic experience of backcountry skiing on variable snow to enjoy this trip. Bearing in mind that you will spend 5-8 hours skiing per day, most of it uphill, at least moderate level of fitness will be necessary.

Winters in northern Norway are cold, but due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream current, it’s much more pleasant than other countries at the same latitude. You can experience several climate types in one day: coastal mountains, inland, maritime continental etc. Northern Norwegian weather is known for its swift changes.

Temperatures typically range from 0 to 4 °C in the winter, with snow falling on more days than not. Most days are overcast, but if you catch a sunny one it will take your breath away.

No, unfortunately, the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it is impossible to say that you will definitely see them. The chances are highly dependent on the weather and visibility, as you will need clear skies to view them properly.

However, this trip will massively increase your chances as you will be staying in remote locations accessed by your truck, which are away from light pollution. You will also have an option to learn about capturing the Auroras with your own camera.

Your guide is a professional chef and will cook a mixture of European cuisines with an arctic twist. Food will be tasty and plenty to keep you fueled for those long days of skiing and ski-touring.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Avalanche safety equipment rental (transceiver, probe and shovel)
  • Snowshoe rental
  • Shared snowsurf board, fatbike and SUP board rental for the expedition team
  • Tripod rental
  • Sleeping equipment on the Pesä
  • Eating equipment on the Pesä
  • Randonné skis or telemark skis with climbing skins, splitboard or snowboard & snowshoes
  • Ski boots with walk mode
  • Telescopic poles
  • Helmet
  • Backpack (approx. 35l)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Thermos, water bottle and/or hydration system
  • Outdoor winter clothing (waterproof and breathable jacket and pants, thermal underwear, wool socks, mid-layer, a packable down or synthetic-fiber-filled jacket, 2 pairs of gloves or mittens, a woolen hat)
  • Neck gaiter or warm scarf

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Away from the city centre, Tromsø is an untouched wilderness. Many visit to see the Northern Lights but this winter wonderland is a dream for skiers; with untouched powder, it’s one of the best-known places for backcountry skiers.

The outer islands offer an awe-inspiring mix of sea, mountains, and beaches. In some areas, you can literally ski from the top of a mountain, down to the sea.

Start point?
You will be met at the airport or centre of Tromso. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 16:50 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll arrive in Tromso late in the evening on the last day. Your host suggests staying an extra night in Tromso before flying home the next day.

Getting there and away?
Tromsø (TOS) and Bardufoss Airports (BDU) are served by several daily international flights and connections from Oslo (OSL). Your host recommends Bardufoss Airports but there are other close airport options; Narvik, Kiruna in Sweden, and Kittilä in Finland. Alternatively, you can also arrive a day earlier and book direct flights to Rovaniemi, Finland.

You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Away from the city centre, Tromsø is an untouched wilderness. Many visit to see the Northern Lights but this winter wonderland is a dream for skiers; with untouched powder, it’s one of the best-known places for backcountry skiers.

The outer islands offer an awe-inspiring mix of sea, mountains, and beaches. In some areas, you can literally ski from the top of a mountain, down to the sea.

Start point?
You will be met at the airport or centre of Tromso. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 16:50 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You’ll arrive in Tromso late in the evening on the last day. Your host suggests staying an extra night in Tromso before flying home the next day.

Getting there and away?
Tromsø (TOS) and Bardufoss Airports (BDU) are served by several daily international flights and connections from Oslo (OSL). Your host recommends Bardufoss Airports but there are other close airport options; Narvik, Kiruna in Sweden, and Kittilä in Finland. Alternatively, you can also arrive a day earlier and book direct flights to Rovaniemi, Finland.

You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and Aurora hunting

Fly into Tromso Airport; on arrival, you will be met by your host who will transfer you to your home for the week – the Pesä at Tamok.

Get settled in the converted military truck before your guide briefs you on the plans for the week ahead and equips you with the gear you need.

This evening, you’ll head out on your first Aurora hunt. Your guide not only knows the best areas to catch a glimpse of this phenomenon, but they also know how best to capture the moment with a camera. A pocket camera will work just fine but you will be provided with a tripod, so if you can get your hands on a DSLR, your shots just got a whole lot better.

When you return to camp, you’ll do your final preparations for tomorrow’s outing, before snuggling down in your sleeping bag for a good night’s rest.

1.5-hour drive

Day 2: Skiing in Tamok

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head out into the valley on the edge of civilisation.

The snow conditions will determine the direction you take today with plenty of peaks to ascend nearby and the option of taking the Pesä out on the road in search for something even better. If visibility is a problem, there are plenty of powder stashes to hit among trees, and ski laps to take; your guide will help you make the best of your day, that’s for sure.

After a long day on your skis, you’ll head back to the Pesä for a 3-course dinner prepared for you by the chef. Relax while you check out the weather forecast and avalanche bulletins with your guide and plan for tomorrow.

If you’re not completely burnt out, you could head out for a while before bed and put your new-found Aurora photography skills to good practice on an independent hunt.

5-8 hours of skiing

Day 3: Exploring Tamok

Enjoy breakfast on the Pesä before heading out for the day. Your guide will help set the agenda; perhaps you’ll ascend Sjufjellet or Blåbærfjellet, or some of the other nearby thousand metre peaks. What you are guaranteed, is plenty of untouched powder and some great new experiences.

After a long day in the mountains, you’ll return to the Pesä for dinner. Kick back and share stories of the day with the group while your three-course dinner is prepared. You may choose to stay put for the night and allow your muscles some R and R, or you might head out with your camera, feeling lucky on seeing the Aurora Borealis tonight.

5-8 hours of skiing

Day 4: Ski from summit to sea

The Pesä provides the perfect means to explore; after breakfast you can be straight on the road, leaving Tamok Valley behind for a chance to discover the rest of the region.

Today you might visit the legendary Lyngen Alps. In this area you can literally ski from the top of a mountain down to the sea. You’ll find some of the steepest lines to ski as well as mellow lines; the area has something for everyone.

At the end of the day, you’ll return to camp in Tamok Valley. After dinner, look ahead to tomorrow’s forecast. This trip offers a lot of opportunity to learn, including how to understand mountain weather and stay safe.

5-8 hours of skiing

Day 5: Explore further afield

There’s still so much to discover in this area, including Senja, Kvaløya, and other outer islands. These islands offer an awe-inspiring mix of sea, mountains and beaches; skiing this stunning landscape gives you a new photo opportunity at every turn.

The social aspect of this trip is just as much the adventure as the activities; spend your evening back at the Pesä getting to know your new-found group of friends over dinner and beneath clear, star-lit skies.

5-8 hours of skiing

Day 6: Explore further afield

Where will today take you? You’ll gain a rough idea of the day’s plans from your review of the weather forecast with your guide the night before; ascend some of the stunning Alpine mountains the area has to offer, or stay sheltered in the powder on the fjords.

This trip gives you a real opportunity to develop your skills, on and off your skis. You’ll get to understand the basics of route planning and how to choose the best lines for skiing.

Tonight there is an option to treat yourself to something a little bit special; a traditional wood-heated sauna by a mountain creek, complete with a hole in the ice for a refreshing dip (approx. €20/person) or grab your camera and tripod and get out there to capture the northern lights or at least the gorgeous starry sky – it would be a crime not to.

5-8 hours of skiing

Day 7: Last day on the snow

You might like to indulge in Tamok Valley today; with so much to explore, there’s probably still a lot to see and appreciate close to camp. Perhaps you’ll play in the nearby powder stashes; whilst you’ll want to make the most of your last day, your muscles may be thankful for a little lighter activity today.

In the evening you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in Tromso.

5-8 hours of skiing

Accommodation

You will be staying in a former military truck, originally designed for the hostile off-road terrain. Now, the truck has been refurbished into a comfortable 6-bed moving cabin for guests, with a wood stove for heating. The truck is relatively basic but has a cosy atmosphere and solid 24/7 WiFi.

The truck lets us get to regions which have no accommodation or where a normal car wouldn’t be able to take us, making it the ideal vehicle for a true arctic backcountry exploration.

Dates & Prices

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