Aalesund // Norway // April 13 - 17 2022
Lea Bouard is 24 years old and she was born in Germany but now she lives in France. Lea loves to travel around the world and now she wants to invite you to this awesome ski touring experience in the Norwegian mountains.Now you have the chance to live, ski and learn from a professional skier. As always, this trip are arranged with local and certified skiguide
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.
In the winter of 2021, the trips goes to Western Norway and the majestic Sunnmore alps. Here the landscape is extra dramatic, the mountains extra high, and the powder is deeper. This winter we get the mountains and the landscape to ourselves, and both the mountain and nature experiences stand in line for everyone who loves skiing.
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.
"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.
Program for the 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 Thursday morning at 07:00. 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.
Meeting day - All our guests are warmly welcome on board already Wednesday night. This is advantageous and then we are ready to hoist sails early the next morning. The bunks have been prepared, and there are large and small towels on the berth. The cabins are very small, so please come with soft bags and not big suitcases :) Sailor and steward Tore makes us a good evening.
Day 1 - Thursday - We sail from Aalesund at 07:00 towards the first stop, which is Barstavika at the entrance to Hjorundfjorden. The guide comes on board and we take a short briefing. Planned summit trip for the day is Randers peak, which is 1414 meters above sea level. All planned summit hikes will of course be continuously revised based on snow conditions and local weather forecasts. Safety always comes first. After the summit hikes we pick you up at the outer Standal and we sail in the fjord to Sebo. Dinner is served either while sailing or just after we are moored.
Day 2 - Friday - After a lot of coffee, a hearty breakfast and packed lunch, the guide comes on board. Together we sail to Trandal where we will climb Blaabretinden which is 1476 m.a.s.l. From the top we can slide all the way down to the famous Christian farm. That will give you a nature and culture experience you soon will forget. We will spend some time at the farm and have some drinks. After the visit we sail back to Sebo.
Day 3 - Saturday We sail to Oye where we are going to Slogen. This majestic peak is located 1564 m.a.s.l. - Despite its pointed and steep appearance, the peak is relatively easy to climb. From the top you have a fantastic view to the peaks around and the valleys deep down by Hjorundfjorden. We sail back to Sebo and get ready for a visit to the beautiful courtyard at Rekkedal Guesthouse. As mentioned, dinner, dessert and one unit of alcohol are included in the price. If you want more to drink, you pay yourself, but remember, we are going on another summit trip tomorrow :)
Day 4 - Sunday - We have already reached the last day on board and the last summit trip. Now we sail to Standal where our eminent ski guide will bring you safely to the top Kolaastinden, 1432 m.a.s.l. This is a moderately demanding 6 hour hike where we sometimes walk along the edge of the glacier. The guide drives you to Barstavika where we sail directly to Aalesund. We aim to be in Aalesund no later than 18:00 so everyone can catch their planes home.
- 5 days ski touring together with local ski guide
- Safety equipment on the mountain
- 5 nights with all accommodation in the sailboat Westland
- All meals on board the sailing boat Westland
- 1 evening with dinner, dessert and a unit of alcohol at Rekkedal Gesthouse
- All use of the boat, diesel, gas and port fees etc.
- Linen and towels
- Flights or other means of travel to and from Aalesund
- Alcohol and other personal needs.
- We accept alcohol in moderation
- Skis, ski boots, helmet, etc. must be brought with you, otherwise it can be rented in Aalesund