Welcome aboard an unforgettable journey!
The Lyngen Alps stretch North to South over more than 80 kilometers. Their snowy slopes hurtle down to the peaceful waters of Ullfjord to the West and Lyngenfjord to the East. In this area and the neighboring islands, you will discover a new ski trek everyday, organized in accordance with weather and snow conditions and the group's technical level. The navigation area is protected from the great offshore swell, so much so that you will often have the impression of being on a high-altitude lake rather than at sea.
In this idyllic setting, our crew of professional instructors (high-mountain guide and high-sea guide) will handle logistics, so you may enjoy each site fully, in all safety and comfort.
The interface between sea and mountain leaves no room for improvisation. The combination of sea and mountain activities requires excellent knowledge of the field and a close collaboration within the “sea/mountain” team.
The package includes not only a first-rate floating chalet and the resources of a high-mountain guide: we also insure, point by point, all aspects for a successful journey. For example, the simple fact of landing with wet feet means you're out for the coming ski trek. We make sure this and many other little things don't happen. Leave the worry to us: we live in the area year round, we speak the language of the country, we know local ways and customs, as well as the constraints imposed by the activities we organize. We undeniably bring that huge little extra to the groups who come to us and trust all the details to our vigilance.
A week on board:
Weeks stretch from Friday to Friday or Saturday to Saturday. Boarding is at 7 pm, return landing is at 9 am.
Each day, you will land with your guide on the beach, at the foot of the slope. You will put on your skis at the water's edge and you won't take them off until you reach the water again. It is possible to run 6 treks in the course of the week, weather conditions permitting. We have selected 20 treks which run back and forth, in a loop or from point A to point B: each is tailored to give the group top satisfaction.
As the snow remains stable through the day, it isn't necessary to land in the middle of the night. The trek takes place in full day from beginning to end. After a solid breakfast, you will take off into the mountain. Expect to go up 800 to 1,400 meters. Upon your return, a sturdy ”lunch” will be served to allow you to wait until the evening's meal. In general, we sail to the following trek site in the late afternoon. Our cockpit is covered: this means you may help with steering and participate in navigation maneuvers, if you wish, without suffering from the weather.
Every night, we will be moored at anchor or docked at a pier. That will be the moment to enjoy a hot shower and a good night sleep. As for evenings, our traveling base camp offers all the comfort and warmth you may be wishing for in an arctic clime. Clothing, slippers and skins are stretched out every evening in the drying area. ”Southern Star” is based yearround in Tromsø. Consequently, the technical preparation of the boat and all its safety gear is adapted to polar regions. For this journey, you won't need to worry about cooking, which will be handled by one of the crew members.
Personal gear you will need to bring along:
Skis and fastenings, batons, shoes, knives, avalanche transceiver, spade, probe, crampons, ice axe (not required), harness, 2 screw lock carabiners, seal skins in good shape.
For the treks: gloves, muffs, ski mask, Goretex. Temperatures may be low, so come with warm clothing. Of course, we have a first aid kit, but it's a good idea to take along the one that “never leaves your bag”.
For the evenings: slippers, extra dry clothing. To step on deck, a warm waterproof jacket.
Pour the night: a single-bed mattress cover, a pillow case, a 0°C sleeping bag.
Think of bringing enough power bars. We each have our habits and personal preferences with respect to power bars, so we do not supply them.
Transportation of ski gear from France:
SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) has a special 20 Euro ski fee (special luggage).
Techinical ski level and physical condition:
So as to organize coherently the group according to level, each participant must:
- be a good skier in all snow conditions,
- be comfortable with conversions to steep slopes,
- have a good experience of trek skying,
- be able to climb up 800 to 1,400 meters every day.
All treks are lead exclusively by licenced and experienced high-mountain guide (several treks go over a glacier).
For high-mountain guides:
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Trekking area in the Lyngen Alps region:
Because the height of our mast, our sailboat cannot reach the southern part of Ullsfjord.
Our little extras:
a Norwegian structure with a perfect mastery of the local context – guaranteed (help with luggage delay, emergency procedures, etc.)
a booking method adapted to your needs – stress-free and respectful of the demands of your business
a sail boat based in Tromsø – no worry about getting the boat on location
All this and perfect knowledge of the field and the milieu – added to the immense joy of sharing a common passion among adventure professionals.