Narvik, World-class summit hikes
The Narvik region serves as an excellent base for alpine ski touring and off-piste skiing. You are surrounded by fjords, islands, deep valleys, pristine lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, and mountains plateaus. But first and foremost, wild, and rugged mountains in seemingly endless terrain. With its great variety in mountain landscape, from the fjords in coastal Norway to high mountain plateaus in the inland, giving the region close to 100 high quality ski touring peaks within a one-hour drive from Narvik city centre.
This combines with the region’s large climate variation within short distance has made the Narvik region attractive for many of the certifies ski touring guides that in the past 2 years has established their business here with Narvik as its basecamp.
With all its possibilities from urban skiing at the Narvikfjellet ski resort which also offers the best ski-lift accessed skiing in Scandinavia, the Narvik region is a perfect place for an arctic ski touring experience.
The town of Narvik has also all the comfort of the city at your fingertips after a long day out in the mountains, and all types of accommodations can be arranged from lodges to 4-star hotels.
” If somebody mentions ski touring and Northern Norway most people probably think about Lofoten Islands and Lyngen. Strange enough Narvik is practically unknown even though the little town offers some of the best backcountry skiing in Scandinavia”
Senior photographer for the Powder Magazine
& Backcountry Magazine
12 REASONS TO SKI TOUR IN THE NARVIK REGION
•A great variety in mountain landscapes, from the fjords in coastal Norway to the high mountain plateaus in Swedish Lapland.
•Close to 100 high quality ski touring peaks within a one-hour drive from Narvik city centre.
•Large climate variations within short distances, which improves the chances of finding good snow and weather.
•A ski touring season that stretches from the polar night with its northern lights, to the late spring with never-ending days under the midnight sun.
•Ascents and descents up to 1700 metres in vertical distance.
•Some of the best chute skiing in the world, including 1200-metre descents straight down to the fjord.
•Possibilities to do train accessed ski touring.
•A comprehensive system of huts that can be used for hut-to-hut ski touring or as base camps.
•5 alpine skiing resorts within a one-hour car drive or train ride
•The most recognised heli-skiing enterprise in Scandinavia, offering access to over 200 summits.
•Urban skiing at the Narvikfjellet ski resort, which also offers the best lift-accessed skiing in Scandinavia.
•The town of Narvik has all the comforts of the city at your fingertips after a long day out in the mountains.
Certified ski guides
The nature of the region led to having a remarkably high number of internationally certified mountain guides residing here.
As of today, we have six guides with the highest certification, which is unique in the national context. If you really want to explore the possibilities for ski touring, we strongly recommend using these guides. They have invaluable knowledge about the local area.
In addition to this, remember to read the Safety instructions for ski tourers.
The ascent to Tredjetoppen is easily accessible from the lifts in Narvikfjellet ski resort, either on foot or with skins. The view of the Ofotfjord and the surrounding mountains is fantastic. You get 1100 vertical metres of skiing from the summit and down to the bottom part of the lifts and can choose between relatively mellow or really steep descent alternatives.
Spanstinden is a real ski touring classic in the Narvik region and a very popular destination among ski touring enthusiasts from all over the world. The final section to the summit point is really spectacular. Spanstinden can be accessed directly from Gratangen mountain hotel, which is also a really good base for ski touring in the northern part of the region.
Tverrdalsfjellet is synonymous with Skamdalsrenna - a narrow chute that winds down towards Skamdalsvatnet, between 100-metre-high walls that block out the sun. The colossal surroundings can make the chute a little claustrophobic, but it’s an unforgettable meeting with nature and a great descent for advanced skiers.
Stetinden is the unofficial national mountain of Norway. Its distinct, steep profile fascinates the many people who dream of one day conquering it. During winter, it is the slightly lower Halls Fortopp, Stetinden´ s neighbour, that most skiers head for. It offers great ski touring, spectacular scenery, and magnificent skiing all the way down to the fjord.