Departures March-April 2018
A week long summit skiing adventure in the realm of the monumental Troll Wall exploring the classic peaks of Romsdal, returning each night to genuine home cooking at the thoroughly charming Hotel Aak, a mere pebble throwing distance from the surreal turquoise waters of the raging River Rauma.
Price: € 3 100
This Basecamp trip will explore the relatively unknown Romsdal region of Western Norway. A region best known for Trollvegen (Troll Wall) the highest vertical rock face in Europe and Trollstigen (Troll ladder) the snaking mountain pass with its 11 hairpin bends and stunning new viewing platform forming part of the Geiranger – Trollstigen National Tourist Road. After the summer tourists have gone home the region puts on its white cloak and transforms into a ski touring paradise known only to Norwegians and those few adventurous souls that travel here from all corners of the globe to ski its epic lines.
The mountains here rise dramatically and abruptly from flat river valleys giving the area a distinct alpine feel. The ski touring, like in most parts of Norway, is varied from relatively slack open flanks to steep challenging faces and gullies with height differentials between 1000m and 1500m. Our guide will find just the right mix of trip length, difficulty and of course great skiing to suit the groups wishes and condition. Each night we’ll return to the hotel for some great home cooking in truly charming surroundings indoors and truly epic surroundings outdoors. After a long day out on the mountains what’s better than a cold drink in a warm sauna followed by a camp fire gazing at the night sky and, if we are very lucky, a fleeting glimpse of the Northern Lights which are not uncommon at this latitude.
Pick up at Molde airport or Åndalsnes train station and transfer to Hotel Aak. Check in, relax before dinner, equipment check and chance to meet your guide and fellow adventurers.
Day 2 - 6
These days will be spent exploring the mountains of Romsdal and the surrounding areas of Skorgedalen, Isfjorden, Innfjorden and Måndalen. Each night our guide will use his local knowledge and fellow guide network to hunt out where the best skiing can be had the following day. Most likely we will top out on a summit each day, take in some spectacular sea and fjord views before enjoying anywhere between 1000 m and 1500 m of vertical descent back to sea level. The evenings will be spent relaxing in the hotel, enjoying good food, good company and planning the next day’s adventure.
A typical day summit skiing
- 07:00 wake up and enjoy a long relaxed breakfast
- 08:00 equipment check and pack for the day, short trip by car to the base of the day’s mountain.
- 09:00 start skinning up
- c13:00 to c15:00 (depending on the length of trip and ascent rate) reach the summit and transition to downhill
- 14:00 to c16:00 back to the car for the short drive back to hotel
- 15:00 to c17:00 back at the hotel for a shower, change of clothes and a drink before dinner
- 19:30 dinner and planning of next day’s adventure
Possible summits for the week include:
- Kirketaket (1439 m)
- Kjøvskardtind (1552 m)
- Smørbottsfjellet (1188 m)
- Blånebba (1320 m)
- Skjervan (1545 m)
- Hesten (1610 m)
- Finnan (1786 m)
- Nonstind (1572 m)
A good long hearty breakfast, check out and transfer for Molde airport or Åndalsnes train station.
€ 3 100
Min 4 – max 6 (per guide)
Intermediate to experts – depending on the group
Hotel Aak dating from 1860 is considered Norway’s first hotel outside the major towns and Norway’s first pure tourist hotel. It’s location at the entrance to the magnificent Rauma valley has seen it flourish as magnet for outdoor adventures for over 150 years. The long and colorful history is peppered with distinguished guests such as William Cecil Slingby, Keiser Wilhelm 2 and Lady di Beauclerk. Excellent climbing, hiking, salmon fishing and skiing lie literally just beyond the front steps.
http://www.hotelaak.no/vinter-2/ (Norwegian only)
How to get there
We recommend you arrive and depart from Molde Airport normally with a transfer at Oslo Gardermoen. We will pick you up at the airport in Molde.
- Return airport transfer Molde to Hotel Aak
- 6 nights full-board accommodation, including packed lunch
- 5 days ski touring with the services of a certified mountain guide
- Ski touring safety equipment (shovel, probe and transceiver)
- Transport during the trip
- Hotel in Oslo
- Alcohol and snacks
- Ski rental – Due to the logistic challenges in this part of Norway, Headnorth recommend that guests bring their own skis, skins, boots, poles and helmet