Its not just the skiing that gets the smiles on faces. With the breeze set in between the fjords guests enjoy a once in a lifetime sail between their daily changing ski locations. Cozying up in the cockpit with a cup of cocoa (with a touch of rum of course) makes your floating chalet even more unique as the scenery around you morphs from one snow capped peak to another. We're at the end of the season already and we can't wait to be back again in Winter 2018! See you there? :)
Whilst you may be used to diving into your favourite apres ski bar, you can also enjoy the likes of a private “Ghost Pub” after your ski down the mountain in remote northern Norway. Our favourite, again on Kvalloya, is left unlocked and unmanned for anyone to use, set with a sound system and bar – your own private party! James Ollie and Mel met guests today with “Afternoon Tea” treats and cans of beer kept cold by arctic snow on your way in to the pub and homemade steaming gluhwein once inside.
A favourite spot on our charter itinerary is Arnoya which holds Trolltinden. There are a number of words that can describe this place, but peace is maybe the best one. A quiet stillness accompanies you on your tour up Trolltinden, located on a remote island with only 4 inhabitants. Fighting other skiers for fresh powder is only an echo in your mind of previous holidays in crowded French ski resorts. You’re unaccompanied on this mountain – except for your friends and mountain guide and the view at the top is for your eyes only before a thrilling descent which leads directly to the boat at the bottom.
Being met by glistening bright white fjords made the windy winter sail in the North Sea worth it as Firebird arrived in Tromso, the furthest northern city in Europe. The boat having been specially modified to be used as a mobile base for ski tourers meant we were more than ready for minus figures and several feet of snow on the deck and docking in this part of the world in February sometimes means you need to go hunting for posts to tie your lines to! *Picture Ollie*
So why Tromso as the base? Well as well as being Northern Norway’s hub, it also has plenty of amenities for those who want to ski and sail. We use a local rental shop – Tromso outdoor, for reliable equipment for our guests who are unable to travel with their own kit, and for those who do not already have an ice axe, shovel and probe it also comes in handy!
Fortunately for us, the sun finally made an appearance after 3 months of darkness, shortly before our arrival so as well as being able to see the decadent snowy fjords as we arrive, we also get an instant taste of the local food – sonnenbrot, sun bread, a jam filled doughnut to celebrate the return of the sun.