FJORD SKI – WINTER IN WESTERN NORWAY

Norway is “designed for Skiing”. Especially in the west where you have endless ranges of mountains.

In Western Norway you can choose between several great Ski Centres or to join a guided ski trip to the summits. The reward are great nature experiences and fantastic skiing.

SKI TOURING IN NORWAY – ALWAYS CHECK THE AVALANCHE FORECAST

FJORDS NORGE - Safety when Skiing in Norway.
Safety when Skiing in Norway.

Skiing in Norway and in the fjords often takes place in avalanche-dangerous terrain. In general, it is recommended to avoid terrain steeper than 30 degrees and keep a distance to runout zones for avalanches.
We recommend that you use sertified guide services when ski-touring in Norway.

It is recommended to use an avalanche beacon and to have a avalanche probe and an avalanche shovel in your rucksack when you are on a ski trip and are skiing in terrain that can be exposed for avalanches. It is important to learn and to be able to use an avalanche beacon and avalanche equipment so you are well prepared if someone in your ski group are caught by an avalanche.

IMPORTANT! Always check the Avalanche Forecast in the area you plan to ski before you ski in Norway. At Varsom.no you will also find Avalanche Danger Scale and great information about avalanches and what to consider before you go skiing in the mountains.

IMPORTANT! The snow can be blown to a large Snow Cornice (Snøskavl) in different directions on mountain peaks, mountain edges and in the mountains in general. Never ski/walk close towards an edge where you don´t know if you have the mountain or just a snow cornice under your feet. Snow cornices might break at an angle of 45 degrees inwards, which means that you must keep a good distance to snow cornices.

Skiing in Romsdal

Mt. Kirketaket (1439m) in Isfjorden. Møre og Romsdal, Norway
Mt Kirketaket (1439m) in Isfjorden.

Romsdal in Møre og Romsdal is one of the best ski-areas in Norway. You travel to Romsdal by train from Oslo/Trondheim to Åndalsnes via the scenic Rauma Railway.

The ski-festival Romsdalsvinter is arranged in March. Tusten Ski Resort in Molde, Rauma Skisenter in Skorgedalen in Isfjorden and Bjorli Ski Resort at Bjorli are recommended Ski Resorts.

Tusten has a fantastic fjord view, from Rauma Skisenter you can see Mt Trollveggen and the fjord, and Bjorli is the most snow-sure ski resort in Norway.

You can stay at Hotel Aak and Grand Hotel at Åndalsnes. Romsdal Lodge in Isfjorden offer packages with accommodation, ski rental and guiding.

Skiing at Sunnmøre

The Sunnmøre Alps in Møre & Romsdal are an endless eldorado of mountains. Stranda Ski Resort has a fantastic view towards the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Sunnmørsalpane Ski Resort is also recommended.

Nordfjord – Ski and Surf

The scenery in Nordfjord is among the most beautiful in Norway, the magnificent mountains and the deep fjord form a fantastic backdrop to winter adventures.

A trip to Nordfjord during winter can be spiced up with spa and well-being treatments combined with delicious meals prepared using local ingredients.

You will also find great ski centres in Nordfjord, and you can also ski during summer. Stryn Summer Ski is located by the Strynefjell National Tourist Route, on a glacier arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

Skiing in the Sognefjord area

Skiing with fjordview. View from Svarthiller towards Ornes and the Lustrafjord.
Skiing with fjordview. View from Svarthiller towards Ornes and the Lustrafjord.

The mountains in the Sogndal Area are well known for it´s snow and fjord view.

Hodlekve Ski Resort in the Sogndalsdalen Valley is great for skiing in the well prepared slopes and also for it´s crosscountry skiing.

In Sogndal, they even make they´re own skis, SGN Skis, design to fit the Norwegian Mountains.

The Ski-festival Fjellsportfestivalen is arranged in Sogndal in February.

Recommended Ski Centres in the Sognefjord Area are Sogndal Ski Center Hodlekve , Sogn Ski Center at Hafslo, Voss Ski Resort at Voss and Myrkdalen Ski Resort in Voss.

Summer Skiing

Stryn Summer Ski in Nordfjord.
Stryn Summer Ski in Nordfjord.

There are three Summer Ski Centres in Norway, all of them are located on glaciers.

Stryn Summer Ski is located at Strynefjellet by the Strynefjell National Tourist Route, on a glacier arm of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier.

Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski is the one with the highest altitude, just below Mt Galdhøpiggen which is the highest mountain in Norway (2469 masl).

Folgefonna Glacier Resort is located on the Folgefonna Glacier in Hardanger, with fjord view to the Hardangerfjord. Restaurant FONNA is located at 1199 masl, at the base of the ski resort. From the top of the ski-lift you can see towards the Hardangerfjord in several directions.

SKI CENTRES IN MØRE OG ROMSDAL

Rauma Ski Center
Bjorli Ski Resort
Sunnmørsalpane 

Stordal Alpine Center
Strandafjellet
Tusten in Molde
Volda Ski Center
Ørskogfjellet 
Ørsta Ski Center

SKI CENTRES IN VESTLAND (Previous SOGN OG FJORDANE)

Breimsbygda Ski Center
Harpefossen Ski Center
Hodlekve Ski Center
Siplo Ski Center
Sogn Ski Center
Stryn Ski Center
Stryn Summer Ski
Sunnfjord Ski Center

SKI CENTRES IN VESTLAND (Previously HORDALAND)

Aktiven Skiheis
Blefjellheisen
Eikedalen Ski Center
Fjellhaugen Ski Center
Folgefonn Summer Ski
Kvamskogen Ski Center
Røldal Ski Center
Ski Voss
Myrkdalen Fjellandsby

SKI CENTRES IN ROGALAND

Gullingen Ski Center
Sauda Ski Center
Ådneram Skitrekk
Ålsheia Ski Center
Fidjeland Skitrekk
Sirdal Ski Center

 

HOTELS - LINKS - FAQ

Here you will find an overview of recommended HOTELS in addition to SPA & BATH HOTELS and OTHER ACCOMMODATION PLACES in Western Norway. The combination of beautiful nature, activities that you can do in all four seasons and a stay at a great accommodation is unique. A stay in one of these places will do you good, both for body and mind.

There are ten restaurants that have awarded Michelin stars and Michelin awards in Western Norway. Eight of the Michelin restaurants are in Stavanger and two in Bergen. Here you will find FJORDS MICHELIN, where you will also find a list of recommended hotels in Western Norway, recommended by Michelin.

USEFUL LINKS is a list of websites with great information on Norway and the Fjords. FAQ is an overview of articles that answer the most common questions you have when planning to visit the fjords in Western Norway.

Fjord Ski – Map Overview