Ski sailing

Ski sailing gives you the opportunity to "fly" over the vast plains with wind as source of power. With Finse 1222 hosting your stay, the wilderness is literally on our doorstep. Due to the radical qualities of Finse, we have the perfect conditions for ski sailing. Steady winds and large surfaces to move on makes the Finse lake the optimal place for your first experience with a sail. Ski sailing was best known as a mode of transport for long trips, but today it is a nice family activity and often in demand as an activity in a business context.

About ski sailing

The activity combines natural wind with the possibility of traveling far on skis. The technique involved in ski sailing is surprisingly simple. With a basic knowledge of skiing, it is easy to learn. The sail is attached to a harness. The lines on a sail are considerably shorter than a kite, making it easy to manoeuvre. When you are a bit experienced, you can jump high and far.

In the winter of 2019 we organize together with Skikite ski sailing courses weekends at Finse. Some weekdays in the winter, Skikite can also arrange courses for larger groups or companies on request.

The main season for ski sailing is from January to April, in which we offer several courses where anyone who wants to can join.

Contact us by email for ordering the ski sailing course package.

Ski sail course – practical information

Program for the weekend

– Participants come to Finse by train from east or west.
– Start-up at. 20.00.
– Information about weekend
– Sail theory
– Review of basic equipment
– Security theory
– 21.00 Three-course dinner

– 08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast at the hotel (Remember to make a self-made packed lunch)
– Start-up at. 09.00
– Packing of ski sail on Finsevann
– Safety during flight
– Controlling the ski sail in the air without skiis.
– Safety procedures, maneuvering, lightening and landing skis.
– Sailing (with skis)
– Lunch
– Individual follow-up throughout the day. Normally we end at 16. 00. If light and participants wish, we will stay on for longer.
– Today’s letter and review of tomorrow’s session before dinner.
– 19.00 Three-course dinner

– 08.00 – 10.00 Breakfast at the hotel (Remember to make a self-made packed lunch)
– Start-up at. 09.00.
– We continue on Saturday’s experiences, we emphasize crossing against / with the wind in strong / weak winds, and individual follow-up.
– Lunch and last community, with an evaluation and information about equipment, discount deals and the way ahead.
– The course ends so that participants can reach trains from approx. 15.30.

Prices in 2019
Price for ski sailing course package with accommodation at Finse 1222
Price: NOK 5990,- per person in double or twin room
The package includes:
– Ski sailing course with Skikite
– Accommodation Friday to Sunday
– Three course dinner Friday and Saturday, breakfast and lunch package Saturday and Sunday
– Free coffee and tea throughout the weekend

We must have a minimum of 4 participants to hold courses.
If it is not possible to complete the course due to wind and weather, the buyer of the course is responsible for 25 % of the agreed price on the course.

The course will be held in Norwegian, but it is possible to get translated information to English if needed. Inform us if you want information in English when enrolling for the course.

Clothing and Equipment when ski sailing
For a ski sailing course we recommend that you bring warm clothes with a waterproof and windproof layer on the outside. As sailing requires wind, you might want to cover your face, with a balaclava or similar. A warm scarf is also recommended. If you are you using your own skis, we recommend Alpine skis or Telemark skis . If you wish to rent skis for the course, please contact us in advance regarding rental booking. Mountain skis and cross-country skis have soft bindings and can easily be destroyed. Of course, we can help you find the right sails for the day’s weather and wind.

It is relatively easy to learn to ski sail, but it requires some strength in both arms and legs, as well as a basic knowledge of skiing / alpine skiing, as when the wind are strong, the speed can be very high. If in doubt about whether your children are old enough or able to participate, contact us and ask to speak with a trainer. Ski sailing is generally a very family-friendly activity because it is easy to learn and one can get started quickly without extensive training

Rental of skis
On the east end of the platform, you’ll find our activity shop, Skiseil 1222. Here we offer rental of of ski equipment.

Courses for groups / businesses
If you are a business that wants to use ski sailing as a break in the work program, this can both be arranged as a half-day and full-day Activity on weekdays and weekends from January to March. Prices will depend on the number of attendants.

Ski sail history
On March 26th, 1910, an article in Trondhjems Adresseavis referred to “the new sport kite skiing, but already in 1888 Fridtjof Nansen had crossed Greenland on skis and put a makeshift sail on his sled. Skiing pioneer Karl Roll journeyed across the plateau with skis and sail in the early 1900s, and then Børge Ousland crossed the Arctic with skis and sails in 2007. Since then, ski sailing has evolved a fair bit, though still remains a popular and efficient mode of transportation for crossings of Greenland and on other polar expeditions. The hotel began offering courses in 1997, and since then, has become a “Finse-thing” and a popular sport for both young and old. When Borge Ousland crossed the South Pole in 1996, he used sails, and now it’s your turn to cross the Finse water.

When Borge Ousland crossed the South Pole in 1996, he used sails, now it’s your turn to cross the Finse water.

Kiting at Finse
The company Skikite offers kite courses at Finse. From January to May, they set up courses on weekends with individual enrolment. Skikite also offers courses for companies visiting Finse, whether weekends or weekdays. For more information on dates and prices, click here.