Imagine a long weekend - 4 days of sailing, guided summit hikes, food experiences, deep fjords and delicious dramatic mountains covered in powder snow. This is what Explore 62 North can offer you and your friends. The sailboat Westland is the basecamp for four days packed with experiences for us who are going on a trip. Here we live and sleep. In the morning the crashing of waves, the sound of seabirds and the smell of freshly brewed coffee awakens us.
2023 season we plan 5 ski and sail trips in the Sunnmøre Alps. Since we sail and can pick up our guests by the fjord, we can climb even better mountains. We pretty much get the mountains and the landscape to ourselves. The Sunnmøre Alps is one of the most beautiful areas for ski touring in Norway. White-clad mountains plunge into the deep fjords, and from the mountain tops you can enjoy panoramas of alpine peaks and glaciers. Spend the evening by the coast and you can watch the sun sink down into the Atlantic.
We eat breakfast, spread lunch, and plan the day with the local ski guide. Together with Explore 62, you are in good hands. Safety is given great attention. Skilled guides, good equipment and focus on safety are crucial for the summit trip to be successful. Our ski guides know local weather, wind conditions and knows where and how the snow settles. When our guests don`t have to worry about safety, they can enjoy the mighty Sunnmore alps. Wild mountains and salty sea air are something different from everyday life. Here there is untouched nature and fresh air in abundance. We sail off into the fjord, without leaving a trace. A low climate footprint and the least possible local environmental impact is something Explore 62 sets high. With the boat we get around to peaks that are off the beaten track.
The best ski and sail adventure you can possibly join! It is so beautiful watching the norwegian fjords from both the sailboat and from the mountain tops. The crew and the guide took good care of us and was very experienced and professional. We always felt safe either if we were sailing or skiing. 10/10 recommend!!
Boarding the Westland, my first impression was absolute awe over this beautiful boat. I’ve been on a few sail boats before but this one was by far the most idyllic and cool I’ve seen. Found my favorite little nook on deck where I had my morning coffee every day. And second — the location!!! Sunnmøre is amazing and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what these mountains have to offer, meaning I must go back hehe. So happy and grateful for this trip, it had everything a ski & sail trip should have and more!
I’ve always dreamed of skiing and sailing in the Norwegian fjords and this crew made the experience the best trip I’ve ever been on! With knowledge of the area, really good service and positive attitude they made us feel at home and gave us the best skiing we could have asked for! I would definitely recommend this trip for those who want to ski the best lines of their life’s, eat good food and have a blast while doing it! 💛
I really enjoyed my first ski and sail experience with Westland and the crew! Thanks to Robert and Tore it felt like we became a small family on the boat. The food and especially the snacks were amazing, Tore makes the best Norwegian dishes! They also gave us 10/10 skiing experience, thanks to our tour guide Gordie from Uteguiden. Gordie was very professional and was really experienced. I felt calm and safe on the mountain with our guide. He showed us where we could get the best ski turns and we definitely did!
"Getting up and down the mountains gives a feeling of mastery. The excitement vibrates in the body, and this experience is nailed in the memory »
Our concept is not just skiing, and not just sailing. When skiing is over for the day, we offer local, short-distance food and drink. Almost all meals are served on board, but one evening we visit the wonderful Rekkedal Guesthouse, where the main menu, dessert and a unit of alcohol are included in the price. During the dinner, we evaluate the day and the good conversations come naturally.
Base for the trip is the harbor at Sagafjord Hotell in Sebo. Here is a great sanitary facility where we can shower, take sauna and, if necessary, wash clothes. Bed linen and towels are of course included. Explore 62 North wants to create memorable trips in unique surroundings. We hope this is perfect for a group of friends, you are so welcome to us!
About us - Explore 62 North wants to be a company that explores and creates enthusiasm with exciting skiing and sailing adventures along the coast of Norway. We are concerned with leaving as few footprints as possible and we want to create joy and mastery in nature on nature's own terms. Now we welcome you on board the sailing boat Westland. The boat is not a luxury yacht but more like an expedition boat. The bunks are good, the boat is warm, we have 2 lounges, WIFI, 220-volt power and relatively good comfort on board. We have invested hundreds of thousands in safety equipment such as life rafts, vests, emergency beacon transmitters, VHFs, map machines, radar and so on. The skipper Robert has all the necessary certificates and Tore as sailor and steward has the recipes ready :)
Skill level - what is required of you - You must be in good shape, ready to climb around 1400 altitude meters 4 days in a row. We would recommend that you have reasonably good skiing skills, from medium and upwards. This is not a trip for beginners. You need to be social and like to live close with other people.
Snow conditions - We got many questions about the snow conditions in the Sunnmøre Alps. To be honest, it is hard to know. We are at the west coast of Norway so the weather, temperature and snow conditions are very fast changing. The last years there have been best snow in January and March but April was very good as well. January and February is to early and to dark for ski and sail adventure, but there are local skiers in the mountains with headlight. In March we can go skitouring from 9 o'clock in the morning to at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. In April there are more daylight and slightly warmer, the spiring is on it's way. The last week of April and the first week in May the snow can get a tiny bit slushy in the afternoons but it is still ok for good skiing. So yeah, both March and April is good period for skitouring in Norway.
Our plan for this ski and sail trip
The trip starts and ends in the beautiful coastal town of Aalesund. There are direct flights from Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen to Vigra Airport Aalesund. We sail from Aalesund harbor on Wednesday evening 19:00. The program below is our proposal. Our guests (ski skills) and guide as well as current snow conditions and upcoming weather forecasts can customize the program.
Wednesday - Meeting day
Thursday - Mount Nordre Sætretind
Friday - Mount Skårasalen
Saturday - Mount Blæja
Sunday - Mount Fingeren
Sagafjord hotel & marina
Afterski at famous Christian gaard
The old farm Rekkedal
What is not included in price
- Flights to and from Aalesund Norway
- Alcohol and other personal needs
- We accept alcohol in moderation
- You can rent our Mamut safety equipment (Nok 500 for 4 days)
- Skis, ski boots, helmet, etc. must be brought with you, otherwise it can be rented in Aalesund