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Whether you are a novice who recently fell in love with splitboarding or are an expert riding crazy steep lines, we welcome all skill levels to join us for the first-ever Arctic Splitboard Festival.

After the festival, you will leave with more confidence, more skills in your pocket for your next splitboarding adventure, and guaranteed stoke shared with like-minded splitboarders.

Most of all, this is our first-ever festival.

We started it because we wanted to share skills and good vibes in a non-intimidating way with everyone feeling welcomed and inspired to build a splitboarding community that extends worldwide.

We are learning just like you and look forward to seeing you with us (because it will be a pretty awesome good time with you there).

Here is what you can expect from the Arctic Splitboard Festival in Langfjordbotn, Finnmark, Norway:

  • IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guides who are splitboarders!

  • Norwegian snow and avalanche teachers (NF).

  • Krister Kopala, Maria Stagrum, Whitney Gilliam, and Melissa Bradner for hosts and instructors.

  • Snow observation, skills tests, and gear testing.

  • Technical workshops that include riding/rope management/rescue, and more.

  • Film evening with Krister Kopala, Whitney Gilliam, Melissa Bradner, Q&A, and Music.

  • Daily guided groups, learning to find the safe and good snow while sharpening your imagination for outstanding lines.

  • Daily gear testing provided by Stranda Snowboards, Klättermusen, Key Equipment, Mountain Cleats, and more.

  • Yoga for your mind and body after a day in the mountains to feel restored and ready for the next day.

  • Friendly and social festival with budget-friendly options for food and lodging (tent or campervan spots with access to toilets and showers).

  • And an opportunity for all who attend to participate in a chance to win a 1500€ Travel Grant and your choice of splitboard presented by Stranda Snowboards for your next splitboard adventure!

Tuesday, 9 April 2024


  • 9:00 to 10:00 Breakfast.

  • 10:00 to 12:00 Presentation of the Festival, sign up for the activities of the week, and sign up for gear testing.

  • 12:00 to 13:00 Free time.


  • Safety & Rescue Workshop (basics of snow science, avalanche scenario).

  • Splitboarding technique and tips workshop.


  • 17:00 Debriefing and Q&A at sammfunnshuset.

  • 18:00 to 19:00 Yoga.

  • 19:00 Dinner, drinks, coffee with your new friends.

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

Morning & Afternoon

  • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.

  • Sign up for gear testing.

  • Splitboard guided tour for intermediate and advanced riders.

  • Riding technique for beginners and intermediate riders.


  • 17:00 Debriefing and Q&A at sammfunnshuset.

  • 18:00 to 19:00 Yoga.

  • 19:00 Dinner, drinks, coffee with your new friends.

  • 20:00 Movie night followed by Q&A.

Thursday, 11 April 2024

Morning & Afternoon

  • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.

  • Photo Session.

  • Sign up for gear testing.

  • Advanced techniques for riding, rope management, alpinism, and line assessment.


  • 17:00 Debriefing and Q&A at sammfunnshuset.

  • 18:00 to 19:00 Yoga.

  • 19:00 Dinner, drinks, coffee with your new friends.

Friday, 12 April 2024

Morning & Afternoon

  • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.

  • Sign up for gear testing.

  • The Best of Finnmark: Depending on the conditions, we will head altogether to one of the most scenic places in the region with the best lines for everyone’s abilities. A great day out to finish the festival in style!


  • 19:00 Music and Stranda Travel Grant Award.

A Special Thanks To Gro, Tore, and Vegard, Our Long-Time Friends And Support For 15+ Years

Festival Pass 2024

  • 9-12 April 2024 | NOK 2100 (EUR 190).

Guided Tour/Workshop

  • NOK 1100 (EUR 100) per day.

Food Package

  • NOK 1500 (EUR 135) for 4 days.

Tent Rental

  • NOK 100 (EUR 9) per night.

Indoor Accommodations

  • NOK 560 (EUR 45) per night.

Transfer Pass

  • NOK 250 (EUR 22) each way.

Heads Up

  • Please note that "(EUR)" is an approximation of the daily exchange rate.

  • Registration will close when we reach full capacity.


  • 08 April at 14:00.

  • Pick up at Tromsø Airport (or anywhere more convenient).


  • 13 April at 9:00.

  • Leaving from Langfjordbotn.

Get The Packing/Kit List Emailed To You With Helpful Klättermusen Clothing Tips

Splitboard Equipment

  • Boots.

  • Climbing skins.

  • Board crampons.

  • Splitboard/ bindings.

  • Ski poles (collapsible).

Avalanche And Safety Gear

  • Probe.

  • Shovel.

  • Beeper.

  • Boot crampons.

  • Harness with one sling and one safety carabiner.

  • Avalanche bag (not obligatory but is recommended).

Mountaineering Equipment

  • Backpack between 20L and 30L.


  • First layer: a combination of short and long sleeve base layers and short and long johns to enable layering according to each day's weather and route choices (preferably wool to keep you warm without any smells after a few days of use).

  • Ski socks: preferably something not too warm since they will be sweaty on the way up.

  • Mid-layer: a breathable, light mid-layer is a safe choice to layer on colder days (for example, a light micro-fleece layer).

  • Softshell or windproof layer: light and breathable and not as rigid or heavy as a hardshell for those days when snow is not pouring down, and you only need some wind protection.

  • Hardshell jackets and pants or bibs: always essential to have hardshell jackets and bottoms for when it is really coming down and you still want to be out there.

  • Light puff jacket or vest: a synthetic insulated layer is the best.

  • Warm down jacket and down overpants or shorts/skirt: the importance of having a safety down jacket and down shorts at the bottom of your pack is not to be underestimated. Even if they only end up getting used for lunches at exposed summits, they are well worth the 20 minutes of comfort.

  • Neck/face protection: neck protections that can eventually be used as face protection, such as a buff or more advanced.

  • Hat: something very packable and breathable but ideally with wind protection.

  • Gloves: 2 pairs, with one being really warm. We will have samples to test Klättermusen's newly developed gloves.

  • Swimsuit.

Misc Gear

  • Goggles.

  • Sunglasses.

  • Water bottle.

  • Thermos bottle.

  • Batteries for your beeper.

  • Personal first aid kit with personal medication.

  • Piece of foam mattress to be able to sit outside for a while.

  • Therm-A-Rest or a similar foam mattress (can used for yoga classes).

A Special Thanks To Erik Wallgren For Managing Food & Beverage, Hospitality, and Logistics

What is Splitboard Tour Week and how is it different from the Arctic Splitboard Festival?

  • Splitboard Tour Week takes place during our schedule of classic ski touring trips from March through May.

  • We have dedicated one of those weeks specifically to splitboarders.

  • When you join the Splitboard Tour Week, you will have full access to the Arctic Splitboard Festival and all the benefits of our classic tours.

Here's what to expect from the Splitboard Tour Week:

  • Tour Week: 7-14 April 2024 | EUR 2200 (NOK 25000).

  • Full access to the Arctic Splitboard Festival with all the benefits.

  • Meals, accommodations, and airport transfers.

  • IFMGA/UIAGM guide.

  • Please note that "(NOK)" is an approximation of the daily exchange rate.

The award is a 1500€ travel grant and one splitboard of choice to the winner.

How to apply for the travel grant:

  • Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2024.

  • The applicant must be present at the Arctic Splitboard Festival.

  • The "applicant" or "winner" is defined as either one person or one group.

  • One submission per person or group is required to be considered for the travel grant.

  • The submission is a short essay with no more than 800 words. Any submissions longer than 800 words will not be accepted.

The essay must describe the stoke for all things splitboard for your next adventure. For example, tell us the following:

  • Why do you love it?

  • Why has it become part of your life?

  • How would you want others to experience what you love about it?

The essay must describe the details of your splitboard adventure. For example, tell us the following:

  • Where are you going?

  • How will you use the award?

  • Why did you choose this adventure?

  • When would you plan to do this adventure?

  • What results do you expect from your adventure?

  • How will you apply sustainability to your adventure?

  • Most of all, use your creativity and best storytelling skills!

All submissions must be emailed to:

  • Fred Buttard, founder of Upguides:

  • Mats Drougge, founder of Stranda:

  • Put both addresses in one email, and the subject line should say: Arctic Splitboard Festival travel grant submission

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