Ski Expedition Finnmarksvidda
Join a four-day unforgettable journey across the frozen tundra on Finnmarksvidda.
ABOUT THE ADVENTURE
The trip gives you everything a skiing adventure across the plains should include, with magnificent scenery, long days on skis, changing weather and opportunities for northern lights on the starry evening sky.
Together, we cover a distance of approx. 90 km, from Stilla in Alta to Assebakti in Karasjok. The longest and perhaps the hardest day is when we cross Finnmarks largest lake, Iesjavri. Along the way, we spend the nights in heated mountain logdes and are served hot and tasty meals in the evening. It is also possible to add a sauna and linens as an extra luxury in the mountain lodges.
Once back in Alta, you will meet upstairs in the yoga studio on the 4th floor of our hotel for a well deserved sauna ritual after all those hours skiing out in the cold.
Note that the accommodation before and after the trip is not included, but we offer a 20% discount on our hotel for our guests on this trip.
“Hi, My name is Hans-Petter and I have been guiding people across Finnmarksvidda since 2015 and I am looking forward to give you a great trip this winter”
Hans-Petter is originally from Oslo, but has lived in Alta the last 8 years and can therefore be called a local guide with his knowledge about Finnmarksvidda and climate here up north. He is down to earth, friendly and an inclusive person that has spread the joy of being outside and inspired many people to be more active. He is the kind of guy that will go the extra mile to give the group the best experience possible and will take good care of you.
He has an Arctic Nature Guiding education from UiT The Arctic University of Norway and a bachelor degree in Arctic Nature guiding and outdoor life. He also just finished his masters degree within sports science. In addition to this he is a supervisor at the local Red Cross. All of this combined with his love for being out in nature all year around makes him the perfect skiing guide. The few months there are no skiing possibilities here he is traveling, giving kayak courses and teaching within the outdoor life at UiT. He has also been a part of our beach clean up crew.
The experience to have HP as a guide starts already when you book your trip with us, he is thorough in his work and will contact each and every one of you well in advance before the trip. This gives you the best basis for being prepared and to avoid unnecessary stress, so you can just look forward to the trip.
As the trip starts early on Saturday, you need to arrive in on Friday. Together we will gather in the evening for an information meeting hosted by our guide, before you all go to our northernmost Italian restaurant for a pizza and to get to know the people you are spending the next four days with.
After a delicious breakfast, we put all our equipment in the car before we drive from the city center of Alta to Stilla, where the ski expedition starts.
The first stage goes to Jotka Mountain Lodge, where Steinar and Lise will welcome us with a warm homecooked meal. The distance on this day can vary, anywhere between 5-20km, depending on when we start. This evening it might be a good idea to get a good night’s sleep as the next day we will cross Finnmarksviddas largest lake, Iesjavri. But before we go to bed we can calm down with a Sauna and wood fired hot tub (this is not included in the price).
The next morning we wake up refreshed and ready for a long day. This will be a day with many hours of skiing and we will cover a distance of 30km in total. It is therefore important to have a good breakfast and that we pack a good lunch this day.
You will feel small compared to the magnificent surroundings we find ourselves in during today’s trip. The temperature can drop to – 20 celsius when the sun goes down, so here it is important to dress properly from head to toe in addition to being good with fluids- and energy intake throughout the day. Our guide will also have some special treats that you will get to try throughout the trip. When we arrive at the next mountain lodge; Mollisjok, are you ready for a hot meal and you will fall asleep almost before your head reaches the pillow.
On this day you will probably wake up with a slightly exhausted body, but are relatively awake and ready for a new day of skiing. Before departure to the last mountain lodge there will be a good breakfast and packing of your lunch. We will pass areas with endless expanses that are exposed to weather and wind and are rarely windless. The areas are called “Hundevidda” and are known as a tough area among the Finnmarksløpets participants. Towards the end of the day, we go down into the valley, passing small birch trees before we arrive at the last mountain lodge, Ravnastua.
Today’s stage will be just under 30km. This mountain lodge has been run by the same family since after WWII, so there is plenty of history in the walls of the lodge.
Last day and last stage, today we are heading through a fairytale birch forest with the winter coat on and maybe we can spot both grouse and a fox on the way. After about 8km we will start to feel wind in our hair and get some speed down towards Assebakti and the national road to Karasjok. Down by the road, we will be greeted with a real “Viddas Bellini” before we start the 3 hour trip back to Alta.
Back at Canyon Hotel, we will have a joint Sauna Ritual before you have a shower and get ready for the flight back home.
Min 4 pers./ Max 6 pers.
Meet us at our Adventure Store in the city center at Markedsgata 6 (Canyon Hotell)
Equipment: You will receive a complete package list after you have booked the expedition with us. Here is a brief summary of the equipment and clothing you will need on this trip. If you have any questions, please contact us!
- Skis, poles and ski boots
- Wool underwear X 2
- Windproof jacket and trousers
- Warm hat and gloves
- Thick down jacket
- Warm wool sweater
- Sleeping bag
- Toiletries, sunglasses, headlamp
- Drinking bottle and thermos (min 1 liter each)
- Lying / sitting pad
- Large daypack (approx. 60l)
To join this trip, you should have some experience with outdoor life and skiing, and be in generally good physical shape, since it can be up to 10-12 hours of skiing every day. Be aware of temperatures down to -20 degrees in both March and April, when you pack. You must be able to pull or carry your own equipment, but you do not have to carry heavy food or tents, as we live in mountain lodges. Pulling a sledge on snow can also be much easier than carrying the equipment in a backpack and if you do not have your own, we have sledges for rent. For every sixth guest we have a guide, this means that we have small groups and that we can make adjustments to each individual participant’s level.
If you are unsure of your own skill level or the physical requirements of this trip, do not hesitate to contact us. We want to make the trip as comfortable as possible, and your expectations as realistic as possible.