Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(2)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(7)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(10)

Ski Expedition in Northern Norway

Crossing Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau

Ski Expedition in Northern Norway

Crossing Finnmarksvidda Mountain Plateau

From USD 1243

The trip across Finnmarksvidda has all the ingredients a good ski trip should have: Fantastic mountain terrain, many hours of skiing each day, sometimes a lot of changing weather and last but not least, the opportunity to see the northern lights. In the course of four days we go from Øvre Stilla and to Assebakti, via three of the mountain cabins located in the area. If you are curious about such polar expeditions, this can be a good place to start. Here, long days of skiing are combined with a nice level of comfort in the evening.

Highlights

  • One of Norway's most beautiful nordic skiing trips!
  • Chances to see the northern lights along the way
  • Accommodation in cozy mountain cabins such as Joatkajavri, Mollisjok, and Ravnastua
  • The trip gives you a taste of the expedition life
  • Chances to see herds of reindeer along the way
  • Sauna in the evenings (at all the mountain cabins)

Nordic skiing adventures are closer than you think! This trip is in fact one of the most accessible ski expeditions we have in our country. From Alta Airport it is only 45 minutes to drive to the starting point of the trip at Øvre Stilla. And from here we go into the wilderness, towards Joatkajavri Fjellstue, and further across the mountain plateau towards Mollisjok Mountain Cabin and Ravnastua before we finally end up at Assebakti.

The ski trip across Finnmarksvidda is a nice starting point for people who want to try out longer ski trips, and not only that, this area is perfect on cold, cloudless winter evenings to see the northern lights. Here, the light pollution is almost zero, which makes the visibility completely unbeatable. Come join us on one of Norway's most beautiful skiing trips this winter!

4

3-11

5-14

3/6

3/6

NO/EN

Dates and booking
There are no departures on this trip.

Are you interested?
If you are interested in traveling on this trip, you can sign up on our interest list and we will contact you when departures on the trip are set up.
Register interest

Book your own dates
This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want.
Send request

Opening hours Phone
Mon-Fri : 08-20
Sat-Sun : 14-17
Opening hours Chat
Mon-Fri : 07-23
Sat : 10-18
Sun : 13-21
CET

Safety

  • 24 hour emergency standby team
  • Guides with training in first aid
  • First aid equipment available
  • Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field

Safety and grading of trips

Physical level

3/6 Physical

Some segments of the journey may prove challenging. It's essential to possess a solid level of fitness prior to departure. Persistence will be required in reaching the trip's goal.

Safety and grading of trips

Risk level

3/6 Risk

Activities/trips with some risk. Certain incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they may require professional help.

Safety and grading of trips

Training and preperations

The ski trip across Finnmarksvidda is approx. 80 km in total. The distances will vary from day to day, between 8 and 30 km. The trip does not require fitness levels beyond normal, but you should be in decent shape and have skied a lot before to get a positive experience from the trip. You should also have experience skiing with a multi-day backpack.

The terrain itself is relatively flat and easy, with a few uphills and downhills, most of which are gently sloped. You will learn about routines and get information and tips on how to carry out a winter expedition on skis.

Accommodation and food

We stay in simple but cozy mountain cabins along the way, and you will either sleep in double- or dormitory rooms. Single rooms will not be available on this trip. We eat breakfast and dinner in the mountain cabins, and bring packed lunch with us that we eat along the way. 

Only the first cabin has simple serving/drinks for sale outside of the regular meals. The mountain cabins do not have a shower, but there are opportunities for washing. All the mountain cabins have a sauna which will be available upon arrival. There is electricity in all the cabins, and it is possible to charge small electric devices (except during the night - power is turned off when we sleep).

In the first two cabins, bed linen and towels are included. However, the third cabin offers sleep liners, but towels are not provided.

Other information

The easiest way to get to Alta Airport is to either fly from- or via Oslo with either SAS or Norwegian. Widerøe also has flights to Alta from several places in Troms and Finnmark.

See more under the equipment list. 

Highlights

Reviews

Rated
-
- reviews
(-)
(-)
(-)
(-)
(-)

Day by day

Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(1)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(11)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(3)

Day 1:To the historical Øvre Stilla

Departure from Alta Airport approx. at 12:00 PM. From the airport, we drive up to the historically important place called Øvre Stilla. We choose the route based on weather and wind conditions and arrive at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin in the afternoon/evening.

Departure from Alta Airport approx. at 12:00 PM. From the airport, we drive up to the historically important place called Øvre Stilla. We choose the route based on weather and wind conditions and arrive at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin in the afternoon/evening.

Joatkajavri Fjellstue

-,-,D

1 hour

2-4 hours

8 km

Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(14)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(17)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(34)

Day 2:Skiing across Finnmark's largest lake

We leave the nice hosts at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin before we embark on approximately 30 kilometers of skiing in easy terrain, including the crossing of Finnmark's largest lake Iešjávri. The few meters we climb at the start of the day bring us up into the arctic plateau landscape. You will now truly have the opportunity to rest your eyes on a landscape that is as vast as it is beautiful. In the middle of Finnmarksvidda is Øvre Mollisjok, the mountain cabin that has been both home and workplace for the hosts for generations. At Mollisjok we will be served dinner, and if the weather is on our side, there are few places in the world where you have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

We leave the nice hosts at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin before we embark on approximately 30 kilometers of skiing in easy terrain, including the crossing of Finnmark's largest lake Iešjávri. The few meters we climb at the start of the day bring us up into the arctic plateau landscape. You will now truly have the opportunity to rest your eyes on a landscape that is as vast as it is beautiful. In the middle of Finnmarksvidda is Øvre Mollisjok, the mountain cabin that has been both home and workplace for the hosts for generations. At Mollisjok we will be served dinner, and if the weather is on our side, there are few places in the world where you have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

Mollisjok Fjellstue

B,L,D

9-11 hours

30 km

Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(29)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(31)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(32)

Day 3:Across Orroaigiellasat

From Mollisjok we ski approximately 24 kilometers to Ravnastua. At the beginning of the day, we ski a little up in the terrain before we are on our way into an area that is known for a specific weather phenomenon. There are not many times the much-talked-about Hundevidda, or Orroaigiellasat (the Range of the Dog) as it is called by the locals, has been crossed in calm weather. With the hood over your head, you will get the feel of a proper expedition as we move in the direction of Ravnastua Mountain Cabin. Surrounded by thin forest, the cabin is beautifully situated in wild nature. Here we will be served a traditional dinner, and do not forget to write in the guest book before leaving tomorrow. 

From Mollisjok we ski approximately 24 kilometers to Ravnastua. At the beginning of the day, we ski a little up in the terrain before we are on our way into an area that is known for a specific weather phenomenon. There are not many times the much-talked-about Hundevidda, or Orroaigiellasat (the Range of the Dog) as it is called by the locals, has been crossed in calm weather. With the hood over your head, you will get the feel of a proper expedition as we move in the direction of Ravnastua Mountain Cabin. Surrounded by thin forest, the cabin is beautifully situated in wild nature. Here we will be served a traditional dinner, and do not forget to write in the guest book before leaving tomorrow. 

Ravnastua Fjellstue

B,L,D

6-8 hours

24 km

Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(21)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(36)
Finnmarksvidda på Ski@JørnAreLongfjeld(43)

Day 4:The end of Finnmarksvidda

From Ravnastua Mountain Cabin we go in the direction of Karasjok. The first 9-10 kilometers of today's lap are in somewhat more hilly terrain than we have had so far, then at the end of the trip, we get a long, gentle hill down to Assebakti. When we arrive at Assebakti, we are right outside Norway's coldest place, Karasjok. The drive back is 2,5 - 3 hours depending on the weather, and on the way, we drive through a fascinating large landscape, with intriguing small communities. We plan to be back in Alta so that we can catch evening flights from 17:30 and onwards.

From Ravnastua Mountain Cabin we go in the direction of Karasjok. The first 9-10 kilometers of today's lap are in somewhat more hilly terrain than we have had so far, then at the end of the trip, we get a long, gentle hill down to Assebakti. When we arrive at Assebakti, we are right outside Norway's coldest place, Karasjok. The drive back is 2,5 - 3 hours depending on the weather, and on the way, we drive through a fascinating large landscape, with intriguing small communities. We plan to be back in Alta so that we can catch evening flights from 17:30 and onwards.

B,L,-

2,5-3 hours

3-5 hours

15 km

Departure from Alta Airport approx. at 12:00 PM. From the airport, we drive up to the historically important place called Øvre Stilla. We choose the route based on weather and wind conditions and arrive at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin in the afternoon/evening.

Joatkajavri Fjellstue

-,-,D

1 hour

2-4 hours

8 km

We leave the nice hosts at Joatkajavri Mountain Cabin before we embark on approximately 30 kilometers of skiing in easy terrain, including the crossing of Finnmark's largest lake Iešjávri. The few meters we climb at the start of the day bring us up into the arctic plateau landscape. You will now truly have the opportunity to rest your eyes on a landscape that is as vast as it is beautiful. In the middle of Finnmarksvidda is Øvre Mollisjok, the mountain cabin that has been both home and workplace for the hosts for generations. At Mollisjok we will be served dinner, and if the weather is on our side, there are few places in the world where you have a better chance of seeing the northern lights.

Mollisjok Fjellstue

B,L,D

9-11 hours

30 km

From Mollisjok we ski approximately 24 kilometers to Ravnastua. At the beginning of the day, we ski a little up in the terrain before we are on our way into an area that is known for a specific weather phenomenon. There are not many times the much-talked-about Hundevidda, or Orroaigiellasat (the Range of the Dog) as it is called by the locals, has been crossed in calm weather. With the hood over your head, you will get the feel of a proper expedition as we move in the direction of Ravnastua Mountain Cabin. Surrounded by thin forest, the cabin is beautifully situated in wild nature. Here we will be served a traditional dinner, and do not forget to write in the guest book before leaving tomorrow. 

Ravnastua Fjellstue

B,L,D

6-8 hours

24 km

From Ravnastua Mountain Cabin we go in the direction of Karasjok. The first 9-10 kilometers of today's lap are in somewhat more hilly terrain than we have had so far, then at the end of the trip, we get a long, gentle hill down to Assebakti. When we arrive at Assebakti, we are right outside Norway's coldest place, Karasjok. The drive back is 2,5 - 3 hours depending on the weather, and on the way, we drive through a fascinating large landscape, with intriguing small communities. We plan to be back in Alta so that we can catch evening flights from 17:30 and onwards.

B,L,-

2,5-3 hours

3-5 hours

15 km

What's included in the price

Included

Not included

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.

Travel insurance

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions. TIP: We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Obligatory

Clothing

We recommend wool underwear for both men and women. Wool sportstop is recommended for women.

2 sets. Not too thick, wear multiple layers if necessary.

2-3 paris. Wool is recommended.

2-3 pairs. Wool or synthetic material.

Fleece or wool. 

Big and warm! Big enough that it fits over everything else. It must have a hood and cover the butt.

Gore-Tex or similar. Must have a decent hood, and hold out wind and rain. Should have space for midlayers underneath. Ventilation under the arms is recommended. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must be waterproof and windproof,  zips for ventilation are recommended.

Warm hat for cold days.

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of windproof over mittens for additional warmth and protection. 1 pair of thick wool mittens to wear inside the over mittens. 3 pairs in total. 

Footwear

Warm BC or 75mm ski boots. Slightly large, so that there is room for thick socks. The shoes must be well used to avoid blisters. May have integrated gaiters.

Equipment

50-60 liter capacity.

Waterproof pack bags to keep everything dry, keep equipment organized and reduce volume. It is especially important to have dedicated waterproof bags for important equipment on your, trip such as sleeping bag, down jacket, electronics.

For use in the backpack during the day. On trips where the bag is carried by porters/mules etc. it is also important to pack things inside the duffel bag in waterproof packing bags.

Remember new/extra batteries.

Personal medicines and, for example, band-aids, blister plaster, sports tape, throat lozenges, nasal drops, Paracetamol/Ibuprofen, stomach regulators, etc.
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Alpine snow glasses. To protect your face and eyes in snow, wind and cold conditions.

Nordic back country skis, preferably with steel sledges. BC bindings with manual closure, or 75mm bindings. The poles must have large baskets. 

Usually blue kick wax rating. Skins also work well, we recommend short skins.
 

We mostly use short skins, but should we be unlucky with the conditions (hard and icy or lots of powder snow), long skins often work best.

For example Nalgene bottles with wide mouth. 1-2 liters.

Recommended

Clothing

For evenings and leasure days.

Or a face mask.

To protect your boots against mud, dust and water.

Nice to take it outside the shell trousers. Preferably with a zipper all the way.

Equipment

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

Toilet paper, antibac and waste bags for the paper.

There are few or no possibilities to buy this at the cabins. Bring such as chocolate, power bars, nuts, hot drink powder, etc. (We get mostly coffee and tea at the cabins).

Useful

Clothing
Footwear

Or similar. Must be lightweight and with low volume to use inside. 

Equipment

We provide

We provide all necessary safety equipment, including navigation, communication, basic first aid supplies, as well as insulation mats and snow shovels carried by each guide. Additionally, we have a large safety tent as part of our gear. At least one guide will pull a sled during the trip to transport this equipment

Since you'll be carrying your own backpack, we strongly recommend packing as lightly as possible to ease your journey across the plateau. Light packing is crucial for a successful trip. Use a well-tried backpack with a sturdy hip belt. Don't forget to bring windproof and waterproof clothing, and ensure all items in your backpack are stored in waterproof bags.

Regarding accommodations, bed linen and towels are provided in the first two cabins. The third cabin, however, offers sleep liners, but does not include towels. All cabins are equipped with electricity.

Here you can find more information about gear & clothing for trips like this.

NOTE: Travel in your skiing clothes. We recommend that you have the most important skiing equipment in your hand luggage, for example ski boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Similar trips

Testimonial

"Professional guides, good accommodation, nice people and fantastic scenery. Highly recommended!"

– Grete, 2022

Testimonial

"A wonderful trip together with wonderful people."

– Dag, 2021

Testimonial

"Exotic, desolate and beautiful."

– Solveig, 2022