Guided Ski Touring Narvik - Skjomen


Ski touring in Skjomen, Northern Norway’s hidden ‘topptur´ (ski tour) gem — a large fjord surrounded by large peaks rising to over 1600 m, steep granite walls and glaciers. While most guided groups flock to Lofoten or Lyngen, this place has stayed quite, despite its high peaks and excellent ski touring terrain. I have lived in Narvik, and Skjomen has stayed special to me. 

Compared to my other destination, Arnøya, Skjomen has more vertical and generally more demanding terrain. The ski summits range from around 1000 m to 1600 m, some holding sizeable glaciated terrain. Possible ski tours are, amongst others, Meraftestinden (1348 m), a magnificent ski peak, the 1318 m high Gagnesaksla, offering fantastic views over the Frostisen glacier, or the Gagnesrenna, a 1000 m couloir right down to the fjord. The fit may want to attempt the 1724 m high summit of Frostisen. The Skjomen fjord is known for having a slightly milder climate than the rest of the season, but the high peaks, especially further towards the Swedish border, are snow-covered until early in summer, making this area attractive for late spring and summer glacier skiing.

Gagnesrenna
Reintinden (1642 m) over Skjomen
On Gagnesaksla, Meraftestinden in the back

 

Accommodation 

This trip runs out of a new, high-standard Air BnB lodge in Skjomen (>>Skjomen Lodge), just 40 driving minutes away from Narvik. Since this trip is primarily designed for smaller groups with intermediate or advanced ski touring experience, I avoid full board packages and hotels, opting for a high-standard AirBnB with self-catering instead to make the trip accessible to groups of 2-4 skiers/split boarders. There are no shops or restaurants in Skjomen, so we need to bring in all the food (not included in the price) from Narvik. 

Logistics 

Narvik can be reached by train from Sweden, bus from Fauske (connected via train to southern Norway - I will likely be on that train!) or via the airport Harstad-Evenes. Our meeting point is Narvik, from where we drive another 40 min to Skjomen. The closeness to Narvik also allows us to hit the amazing Narvikfjellet backcountry. I have worked there as guide and know the hill and its lift-served backcountry well. 

Group size and skill level  

The package is designed for small groups of 3-4 people. Contact me if your group is bigger and we find a solution. The varied terrain around Narvik is suited for a wide range of skill levels, but for the highlights securely skiing off-piste to 35 degrees is essential. Proficiency in kick-turns is recommended, though I will coach you if you are not secure turning in steeper terrain. Most days involve tours with between 900 m and 1400 m vertical, but more more or less are possible depending on weather and group skills. 
Trips are bookable from mid-March to early June for 4-7 days (pre-planned dates see below). By late May, there is 24-hour light, with plenty of snow left on the higher, glaciated peaks. During this time, one can enjoy corn snow at midnight on north faces or on south and west aspects during the day. Depending on snow-coverage, we may opt to stay in one of the mountain huts in higher elevations (to be decided closer to the actual tour date).

Prices and what is / is not included  

  • Group of 4: from NOK 9000 pp for 4 days
  • Group of 3: from NOK 11150 pp for 4 days

What’s included:

  • 4 days ski guiding with an ACMG ski guide 
  • 3 nights accommodation in an AirBnB in Skjomen
  • All transport to and from Skjomen

What’s not included: 

  • Food and drinks.
  • Travel to Narvik and back (airfares, bus/train tickets).
  • Ski touring equipment. If you have any equipment requirements get in touch.
  • Insurance for cancellation, rescue, and medical expenses

More days are possible. If snow cover is good, we may then move to Ersfjord and Tysfjord just to the south.


Dates 2025

March dates coming soon!

May-June (Midnight sun) dates on request.


Huinnarčohkka (1788 m), a fine summer ski peak
Midnight sun at Narvikfjellet
Midnight sun over Skjomfjellet
On Storsteinsfjellet (1893 m). Image: Kaj Sønnichsen
Skjomen Lodge
Skjomen Lodge