The ski touring trip into the Norwegian fjords around Romsdalen is a world-class experience. The lands along the Norwegian Coast have been inhabited for thousands of years and yet a lot of the primeval character of the landscape remains. The meeting of mountains and ocean is truly remarkable. The coastline may very well be the most complicated one in the world. Thousands of fjords ranging from a few hundred meters to over 100 kilometers make up the coast of Norway. After having been there, we saw just enough to realize that the skiing possibilities are just about endless.
Overall Difficulty Level: Moderate to difficult
Skills Required: Advanced skiing ability and prior ski touring experience
Fitness Level: Strenuous
You should be able to ski black diamond ski slopes at ski areas in just about any condition, and be able to ski ungroomed slopes of intermediate difficulty without any hesitation. You should have a good amount of ski touring experience and have experience in moving through the landscape in a variety of snow conditions ranging from deep to frozen snow. You should be able to complete transitions from touring to skiing or boot packing with ease and good efficiency.
Snow Travel Gear
A pair of tennis shoes and comfortable street (boat) wear are handy. Keep in mind, space on the boat is limited, so be selective when choosing what to bring.
Fly to Oslo and then take a commuter flight to Molde. It generally works best if you stay overnight in Oslo and fly the next morning to Molde. We are meeting in Molde in the early afternoon of the first day of the trip. The flight from Oslo to Molde takes about one hour.
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen is located in Gardermoen in Ullensaker, Norway, 48 km north of Oslo.
Hotel accomodations obviously exist right near the airport or in downtown Oslo. The town center of Oslo is very pedestrian friendly and worth the trip. We have stayed in the Thon Hotel Astoria in the center (firstname.lastname@example.org). It was simple, clean and convenient.
In terms of our trip, it means that you might want to bring a bit more spending money. Just about everything is included on the boat in terms of food. We will be in little towns on a regular basis that will give us the opportunity to spend a bit of money, but the bulk of the expenses are included in the trip. So 40 - 50 US $ per day should be plenty.
No, the general skiing terrain would have to be rated as advanced but not expert level terrain.
No, all bedding is provided.
Although tipping is not a requirement, it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or a flat amount that you are comfortable with.