Northof the Arctic Circle skitouring has a special charm. The combination of water and mountains in the soft light of the polar sun is an absolutely unique experience. Whether on the ship or by land, we will never forget the moods and impressions and it can happen that we don't return only once. For many years we do ski tours in these regions and our mountain guides know where to find the most beautiful peaks and descents and show you the "secret spots".
The Lyngen Alps have developed into the ski touring center in Norway in recent years. This fjord and the surrounding islands offer countless possibilities for ski tours. Our base for many years is the Artic Lyngen Sea Camp and it is beautifully situated on a small promontory directly above the Lyngen Peninsula. The location in Djupvik is not only scenically unique in the region, it is also the best starting point for the most beautiful ski tours in the Lyngen Alps.
The archipelago of Lofoten stretches out into the Atlantic like the shape of a banana. About 80 small and large islands form this group between the 67th and 68th degree of latitude. This is exactly what makes this region so special. The view over this island kingdom is something unique that cannot be found a second time even in Norway. Svolvær is the only town in the region and with its fishing port and everything that goes with it is the ideal base for our ski tour weeks. For more than 10 years we have been living in the Robuer directly in the harbour.
Beyond Lyngen you will find the Norwegian province of Finnmark, which also forms the only border between Norway and Russia. Known by the North Cape as the northernmost point of Europe, it attracts many travellers mainly in the summer months. An interesting region for ski touring is near the city of Alta and Finnmark boasts the northernmost point and the northernmost glacier on mainland Europe. We had a look around there last winter and found a very rewarding touring potential. From the pleasure tour with a continuous fjord ambience to hidden couloirs, everything is on the tour menu. Of course with accommodation on the water.
Tromsø has the nickname "Paris of the North" and is certainly a unique place on this earth. If you enter the name of the city into Google, you will see superlatives ranging from one of the best places to observe the spectacular northern lights to a city bursting with sights. For us this place is the starting point for ski touring in the Lyngen Alps and of course we are always happy to spend the last evening at the harbour, in the alleys and bars of Tromsø at the end of a ski tour week. We ask ourselves so often what makes this city so special, what creates this atmosphere, this mood? On the one hand, of course, it is the geographical location that has made the city the starting point for many polar expeditions and research trips for centuries. If you are interested, don't miss a visit to the Polar Museum, right next to the harbour. Science still plays a very important role here today. More than 15,000 students are enrolled at Arctic University of Norway, the third largest university in Norway. The courses are mainly natural science and adapted to the latitude.
The landmark of the city is the ice chapel, which is located at the entrance of Tromsdalen. A visit to this church, created in a very modern style, is definitely worthwhile. The church is dominated by the actual landmark of the city, the Tromsdaltinden. This wide ridge immediately catches the eye of every mountain enthusiast and so we already stood several times with touring skis on its summit. A lot could still be enumerated here, from the Mack brewery to the tunnel system that connects parts of the city and served as an air-raid shelter for the population in World War II.
The Lofoten Islands are absolutely unique. Countless islands and towering rock formations captivate the view of the beholder. Every day new breathtaking views and spectacular descents and peaks. Authentic fishermen cabins in the harbor of Svolvær complete the experience. An unforgettable journey!
The Finnmark lies on the same latitude as Greenland or Siberia. The North Cape is the northernmost point of Europe and attracts many tourists every year. Not far away are the Finnmark Alps with Europe's northernmost glacier, the Øksfjordjøkelen. The region is extremely snow-sure and fantastic firn descents are the highlights of this ski tour to the northernmost tip of Europe.
Ski touring north of the Arctic Circle has its own special charm. The legendary Lyngen Alps are located over 300 km north of the 66th parallel. Already the first view from the airplane during the landing approach onto Tromsø rises the adrenalin level strongly up.