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. Both national and international people use Finse as a training base for expeditions. In Greenland, they gladly kite or use a sail for part of the trip.

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.

Skiseil 1222 is an activity shop in Finse that offers courses in ski sailing, rental of sails and of skis. 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 on mail, to get more information. We are happy to offer courses for groups (minimum 3 people) too.

Ski sail course – practical information

Program: Ski sailing

Friday. 20.45 Meeting with the instructor in the lobby
Saturday. 08.30 Retrieving of skis if you have rented them through us
Saturday. 9.00 Theory course begin
Saturday. 10.00 Course continues on Finse lake
Saturday. 13.00 Lunch
Saturday. 14.00 Course continues on Finse lake
Sunday. 09.00 Sailing on Finse lake or traveling in areas around Finse
Sunday. 12.00 Departure for those who are taking the morning trains
Sunday. 12.00 Packed Lunch for those who get to the afternoon trains
Sunday. 13.00 Ski sail course continues

Prices in 2018
Daycourse without / with randopackage: NOK 1090 / NOK 1490 (overnight not incluced) (If minimum 5 persons attend)
Daycourse without / with randopackage: NOK 1490 NOK / NOK 1890 (overnight not included) (From 3 to 4 persons)
Two day without / with randopackage: NOK 1690 / NOK 2290 (overnight not included) (If minimum 5 persons attend)
Two day without / with randopackage: NOK 2290 /NOK 2890 (overnight not included) (From 3 to 4 persons)
The prices does not include accomodation, only ski sail course.

Some weekends from January to April we offer courses. Price consisting of accommodation (double room) for two days, 3-course dinner, breakfast, self made lunchbag and refill of your own Thermos as well as the skisail course for NOK 4890 / NOK 5290 (with / without randopakke). See the list of our campaign weekends in our year program here.

If it is not possible to complete the course due to worsening of weather, the guest will still have to pay 25% of the agreed price of the course.

Clothing and Equipment when ski sailing
For a ski sailing course we recommend that you to have 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 relative strength in both arms and legs, as well as a basic knowledge of skiing / alpine skiing, as when the wind blows strongly, the sail can go very fast. If in doubt about whether your children are old enough or able to participate, you can 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 sails and skis
On the east end of the platform, you’ll find our activity shop, Skiseil1222. Here we offer courses in ski sailing, rental of sails and of skis. You will also be able to buy the necessary hiking equipment. If you have previously completed a course in ski sailing, please contact us if you wish to rent a sail.

Courses for groups / businesses
Are you a group of minimum 3 people? If so, we can set up special courses both on weekdays and weekends from January to April. 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.

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.