Skiing is part of Norway's DNA
Norway is writ large in the history of skiing – even the word ski comes from the Old Norse word 'skíð' (meaning stick of wood)! It's the birthplace of modern skiing, where skiing first transcended from a means of travel to a sport and recreational activity, where the idea of camber and sidecut were born.
Telemark skiing is even named after the Norwegian region of Telemark, where it was invented!
More than just heritage though, Norway is also a fantastic ski destination in its own right. It gets huge snowfall, has wild and rugged mountains, steep couloirs, and wide-open powder fields.
Unrivaled backcountry potential
However, while the country is home to several ski resorts, it's the ski touring and backcountry potential that truly shines. There aren't many places in the world where you can shred a 45° powdery couloir right down to the sea!
Another key advantage is its low altitude, which is rare for the ski world where higher is generally considered better and more snow secure. Skitouring is another matter, though.
A lower altitude means more oxygen, so you can climb higher and further, faster and more comfortably than in places like the Alps or Himalayas.
70% of Norway's 385,252 square kilometres are mountains, which means there's an awful lot of potential for backcountry adventures!
So where should you go? These destinations are our top picks for ski touring trips in Norway:
Lyngen Alps, North Norway
The Lyngen Alps are in northern Norway, east of the city of Tromsø and well within the Arctic Circle. The range is around 90km long and 15-20km wide, and the highest peak is 1833m Jiekkevarre.
The mountains are generally alpine in nature, with perfect ski touring terrain and untouched nature in Lyngen National Park – there are no lifts and few tourists despite the incredible views over the ocean fjords.
Due to its Arctic location, the winter nights are long and dark with snow right down to sea level until very late in the season, whereas the summers see 24 hours of daylight.