This trip fits everyone who has some experience in the backcountry and is eager to discover the wonders of Lyngen Alps. This spectacular alpine terrain elevating over 1400 m right from sea level does not leave room for disappointment. Whether you look for breath-taking scenery, memorable powder lanes or sharing a sailing adventure with like-minded outdoors enthusiasts, MarineWide will provide that experience for you.
At 12:00 we will meet in front of Scandic Ishavshotel and we will walk on board. Since winter in Tromsø is particularly frosty, warm soup and warm coffee for a warm welcome will be waiting for you in the boat. There will be time for everyone to settle in and distribute their luggage in the different cabins and storage compartments before a short Safety Briefing. We will set sail accompanied by the colours of the sunset, on the first leg of the journey to Lyngenfjord. There, we will meet our mountain guide (optional) and, after a short introduction and planning of the following day’s trip, we will have dinner before bedtime.
At 7:00 we rise to have breakfast together and discuss the day’s plan. The first contact with Lyngen must always be taken with great caution. The unpredictable weather conditions, the changeable snowpack and the endless possibilities all need to be considered when choosing our first tour. It is a must for us, to introduce you safely to the magic of this unsurpassed alpine area. Therefore, we highly recommend you hire our mountain guide to have the extra safety considerations when exploring Lyngen for the first time. We can offer you a wide range of mountain trips, varying in length between 4 and 8 hours, and it´s up to you how long you want to be out there each day. The boat will be waiting with warm coffee and biscuits upon your return from the chilly mountain. Dinner is served around 17:00, but a different time can always be arranged.
After the first experience in Lyngen, one always wants to go bigger, so this is your opportunity to be creative with your tour. Together with our mountain guide, we will give you suggestions of the different places to explore safely. If you require additional assistance, it is also possible for one of the crew members to join you. Take your time in the mountains to fully enjoy the remoteness and the uniqueness of the terrain you will be treading on. This is happening for real, and we will be there to remind you to stop and look around to embrace it. After an exhausting but mind-blowing day in the outdoors, a special dinner will be served to conclude our mountain experience. Then, time to rest and dream while the boat rocks you to sleep and the wind howls outside.
We wake up early to make the best out of the day and enjoy the views of the mountains and the sea on our way back to Tromsø. We will head back predominantly by sail, but time constraints might require us to use the engine to return to the harbour no later than 14:00. The journey ends at Tromsø Harbour, with plenty of time to catch your flight back home.
For this activity, our guests must be prepared to be off grid for the amount of days that our trip will last. We will try to sleep at impressive anchorages as much as we can (weather dependent). This is an “expedtition” style trip, and we encourage our guests to participate on the daily routines and sailing. We will all live together like a small family and we share all the facilities onboard. Although our boat is quite comfortable, this is not a luxury boat, and winter sailing is tough, therefore ensuring an adventure no matter what.
We normally have breakfast between 07.00am and 08.00am, soon after we will get ready to departure towards the ski drop point. We normally try to anchor or moore the boat close to the skiing spots. Once ready, we get all of our gear and jump on the dinghy; a crew member will drive you to land. We will pick you up at the agreed spot with the dinner ready. Then we set sails towards the next ski destination. It is possible to traverse different mountains and ridges with drop off and pick up at different destinations. While you are skiing, the crew will move the boat and have it ready for your arrival. We have hand-held VHFs and constant communication between the mountains and the boat.
Check our section THE VESSEL for more information about cabins and facilities and more about the lifestyle onboard.
Each passenger will be required to sign a client contract/waiver regarding liability on board and in the mountains.
Dario has 30 years of experience as a professional International ski & mountain guide IFMGA and a passion for snow. What´s more, he worked as avalanche forecaster for the Swiss Snow and Avalanche Institut, in Davos.
He is also a qualified canyoning and river-rafting guide, skipper, diver, para and hang-gliding pilot. During his broad training in outdoor activities, he studied geography and specialised in climatology.
Since 2000, he is the leader of “TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition“ and, together with his wife Sabine, they have climbed the highest peak of each continent, using only human power and nature’s force.
TOPtoTOP’s current purpose is to “Save the Arctic” and his guiding fees go directly to that non-profit cause.
For more information about Dario and his guiding fees, please contact us.