Ski touring Norwegian fjords from a sailboat
Skiing, as most of us know it, usually involves a car and a ski rack. We drive to the mountain and we pray for a good parking spot. Some people take it to the next level and snowmobile to their ski destination. There are even those who "Bike to Ski". But there are only a few places in the world that one can "Sail to Ski."
One of these places is the Lyngen Islands - a series of snow-covered mountains dotting the Arctic Ocean at the northern tip of Norway. Here you can sail from island to island, hop in a dinghy with your gear, and ski tour unbeatable terrain. I had the incredible fortune of joining an expedition with a group of friends who had traveled here before. From the moment our two boats sailed out to sea, I knew this was going to be the best trip of my life.
Our days started early, packing up our gear and riding in the dinghy to shore. The views of the aqua-blue fjords grew more and more grand as we skinned up rom rocky beaches, through thick, birch forests to steep, icy peaks. The lines we skied were world-class. And the best part - there was no one else there to snag first tracks! Sailing to a remote island-mountain really does have it's advantages.
And while it was the best ski touring of my life, some of the most memorable moments of this trip were the interesting places we stumbled upon while exploring the region of Lyngen - like a friendly old lady's sauna deck or the restaurant with a fire-burning hot tub.
There were afternoons when we were so tired from skiing that we'd nap on the beach while waiting for the dinghy. And after making it back to the boat, the bravest of the group would jumped into the arctic waters (since we didn't have showers).
There were no chefs onboard so we worked together as a team to catch cod and make a nice meal each night. At night the sun never set and we'd stay up late, drinking beers and wrapping ourselves in fur skins.
If you're looking for your next ultimate ski adventure....look no further. There is magic here that you won't find anywhere else. Curious where to charter? Go with Pukka Travels.