Along side our other trips in the Arctic Circle of Norway we will also be visiting the island of Arnøya. The islands of Arnøya and Kågan have been on the Off Piste Performance radar for a long time, being visible from our accommodation in Oldervik. These islands are emerging as a remote and exploratory destination, and should be on any Norwegian devotees wish list.
The island of Arnøya lies to the north east of the Lyngen Peninsula and requires three fjord crossings by ferry. Despite being occasionally visited by ski and sail parties, there is still plenty of terrain to be explored from the road.
Summits such as Finnkjerka 787m and Lyngestinden 872m are classic summits which can be reached directly from the sea. But this is an area to stretch out the maps and explore new terrain. For those that have visited other destinations in Norway, Arnøya has quite a different feel with wide open slopes and a nearly complete absence of birch trees. This results in excellent access from the roads that surround the islands without the need for any "ski combat" in the trees.
Lying a little further north in the Arctic Circle the snow conditions are reliable, allowing you to ski from the summit to the sea in most cases. Arnøya is exposed, sitting with the Barents Sea to the north, the weather being predictably unsettled with storm cycles resulting in plenty of fresh snow. Combine this snow record with varied and exploratory terrain and you have the ideal location for an interesting trip to suit most levels of ski tourer.
The nearby island of Kågan also provides some excellent terrain and is easily accessible from our accommodation on Arnøya. With plenty of good summits here also, the island is well placed for a stop off while travelling north to Arnøya.
Ski Touring on the Arnøya
Skiing on Arnøya and Kågan is superb and is much quieter than the principle summits of the Lyngen Peninsula further to the south. The area is most famous for it's dramatic scenery, and remote feel far from the bright lights of Tromsø. This results in an excellent location far from ambient light from which to view and photograph the northern lights.
We will spend a night in Tromsø, before starting the journey to Arnøya the following morning. We travel by road capitalising on the excellent road network and ferries linking the Troms mainland to Lyngen, Kågan and Arnøya. This allows great flexibility to make best use of the prevailing weather with opportunities to ski anywhere en route to Arnøya for the first ski day, either on mainland Troms, the Lyngen Peninsula or in The Kåfjord Alps.
This trip is then based from accommodation on the east side of the island at Lauksletta House. The accommodation here is on a sheltered fjord, a short drive from the ferry. With mountains immediately behind there is plenty of opportunity to ski directly from the house.
There will again be the opportunity to ski in one of the neighbouring areas on the return journey to Tromsø.
Many of the days are shorter it terms of vertical distance than we are used to in the alps, giving plenty of time for another lap or small variations.
You can download a sample programme here.
£1800 per person
Maximum 6 people . The minimum number for this trip to run is 1.
There are 10 places available on this trip.
- 6 days ski guiding with IFMGA Mountain Guide
- Transfer to and from Tromsø Airport
- 5 x nights accommodation and food on full board basis (inc. packed lunch) at Lauksletta House
- 2 x nights accomodation in Tromsø on a B&B basis at the 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel, in rooms with a sea view
- All transport during the trip
What’s not included?
- Travel to and from Tromsø
- Alcohol (please note alcohol is expensive in Norway. This is best purchased at duty free)
- Avalanche safety equipment, and ski touring equipment. Due to this being a specialist trip joining in Tromsø we won’t have extra equipment available. If you have any equipment requirements then please contact us in the first instance. Please read the kit list here.
- Insurance for cancellation, rescue, repatriation and medical expenses
- 2 x evening meals in Tromsø and 1 x lunch in Tromsø
Our trip to the Arnøya would suit most levels of intermediate ski tourers. As a trip of a more remote and exploratory feel, it is ideal for those that have skied with us before in Oldervik, Kvaløya or in the Lofoten Islands and are looking for something different.
The ability to ski off piste is essential for this area, being comfortable skiing slopes of up 30 degrees. You will need to be able to cope in a variety of conditions i.e. poor visibility and crust. You need to be able to kick turn when skinning, even if you are not fluid in doing so. You need to have the fitness to cope with a full mountain day, skinning uphill at a rate of approximately 300m per hour for 3 - 4 hours. The majority of days will involve 700m -1000m of skinning.
To get the most from this trip, you will have some experience of using crampons, and boot packing up a slope. As some summits and cols can only be reached on foot.
The terrain is varied with open slopes, couloirs and steeper slopes to suit most tastes. The days are also shorter than the european alps allowing us to take a steadier pace and enjoy at least one traditional 'fika' break. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of your ski ability or for advice on your preparation.
Find out more about the Off Piste Performance team.
- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Ski Touring
- Mountain Guide