More than 300 km north of the 66th latitude you will find the legendary Lyngen Alps. The very first view out of the plane while approaching Tromsø rises the adrenaline level enormously. As far as you can see snow-capped mountains, deep blue water and sharply drawn coastlines. Since many years, we spend the second part of the ski touring season in Norway and the fascination for the arctic landscape, the light and the ski touring has not decreased in the slightest.
The Artic Lyngen Sea Camp in Djupvik serves as our base for many years. The spacious chalets are situated on a small headland on the eastern shore of the Lyngen Fjord and the location is in many ways one of the best on the fjord. The view across the Lyngen Alps chain is unique and when on the opposite side of the fjord the villages of Lyngseidet and Koppangen are already in the shadow of the high mountains, the low sun still shines on the veranda for many hours. But we have chosen this place mainly because the largest selection of ski touring destinations is in the immediate vicinity and many more, such as the fantastic ski tours on the islands Uløya, Kågen or Arnøya can practically only be reached from here.
All meals are freshly prepared daily in the camp's restaurant and we don't have to worry about anything. After the ski tour a small snack is waiting for us.
A very special experience is going on a ski tour in the light of the midnight sun. In May it doesn't get dark anymore on the Lyngenfjord and already in the first part of the month you can watch the spectacle from many peaks. Read more...
For all dates at Arctic Lyngen Sea Camp there is the possibility to rent touring skis, including skins and telescopic poles. Read more...
The last evening we spent in the northernmost metropolis on earth. The university city Tromsø also has the nickname "Paris of the north" and one has to take the time to breathe some of the flair of this city. As the starting point of many famous polar expeditions and researchers, the town is a historically significant place. Read more...
Arrival and meeting point at Tromsø Airport. Your mountain guide will be waiting for you at the baggage carousel in the arrival area. After the arrival of all participants we drive together in a minibus to our chalets in Djupvik. Already the journey there is a real experience. Twice we cross the fjord with the ferry and the way leads right through the steepest peaks of the Lyngen Alps. Our cook Jens is already waiting for us with dinner and afterwards we make ourselves comfortable in our chalet. Depending on the season it is still bright.
After a rich breakfast buffet we start our first ski tour. The choice of tours is big and we first have a look at what is on our doorstep. The Storhaugen, 1142 m or the Sorbmegaisa, 1.288 m offer themselves. Over extensive slopes we head towards the summit and for the first time we enjoy the view over the mighty, deep blue Lyngenfjord from the skier's perspective. For the descent we look for one of the many untracked slopes and then treat ourselves to a cappuccino in the café near Jens. The rest of the afternoon we finish in the sauna or on the veranda. Dinner in the restaurant.
1.200 HM 5 - 6 hours
One of the biggest advantages of our location is the proximity to the more northerly islands, such as Uløya. Crossing the island is one of the top tours that can be done in Lyngen, but due to the otherwise difficult organisation, only a few groups do so. In only 5 minutes we are at the ferry terminal in Rotsund and set off on the island to Uløybukta. The route leads through fairytale terrain to the northern tip of the island. With a little luck we meet a herd of the otherwise very shy reindeer. After we have reached the highest point of Kjelvågtinden via two further peaks, we drive down again with a view to the sea to Havness. The small village consists of many old historical buildings and if you are lucky you can visit the fish factory where the freshly caught cod is processed. From here we take the ferry back to Rotsund and at home the usual apres ski program awaits us.
1.400 HM 6 hours
Today we grab the first ferry across to Lyngseidet in the morning. On this side of the fjord there are a number of tours to choose from and we often decide which summit we want to reach only after crossing the fjord. A very nice ski tour leads e.g. on the Tafeltinden, especially if one likes long flat glacier ascents. A little steeper is the Fastdalstinden or even better the Storekjostinden. The starting point for the last two summits is the same and so, depending on the snow conditions, a tour can be arranged very flexible. All these tours can also be done as a kind of crossing, which is of course interesting. An absolute highlight is the over 1200 continuous steep descent from Storekjostinden to the south. No matter which variant the mountain guide chooses, you will taste the favourite drink of your choice on the return trip on the ferry and good Jens is waiting for us again with dinner.
1.200 - 1.400 HM 5 - 6 hours
Today we are ready for another island again and we are about to do the perhaps most spectacular tour of the week. The island Kågen doesn't really belong to the Lyngen Alps anymore but to the Skjervøy that shoots to the north. We reach the island in approximately 35 minutes by car, as it is connected to the mainland by a tunnel. The island has approximately the same size as the neighbouring Uløya, but the mountains are a little higher and a little more demanding. There are three route options at Store Kågtinden, 1,228 m and we choose the best combination for us depending on the conditions. The descents are steep and the view is phenomenal. Another possibility would be a ski tour on the Storesandnestinden, which would be a slightly shorter alternative. No matter what we decide, the tour ends in the café in Skjervøπy, the small provincial capital with fishing port and the best cake north of the Arctic Circle.
1,100 - 1,300 HM 4 - 5 hours
Today we can take it a little easier and do another nice tour at the Kåfjord. The Stáluvárri is very close to our accommodation and is not very busy due to the difficult access. After we have searched for the first 100 meters through different forest aisles the ways into the free area, dreamlike ski area awaits us. Over 1.00 meters it goes variedly over cropped slopes up and if we look back we have again an indescribable view of the Lyngenfjord. In the descent to Nordwesterwarte we usually have the best snow. In the evening we enjoy for the last time the good food with Jens and pack our things, because the next morning we go early to the ferry.
1.200 HM 5 hours
Today we start our return journey to Tromsø. We already know the ferry to Lyngseidet and we continue up the west coast of the Lyngen Alps. A number of interesting ski tours await us here and the choice is not easy. A classic is the Storgalten, situated far at the tip of the peninsula. Another possibility is the Steinfjellet, which offers very beautiful ski slopes in the upper area. The Store Jægervasstind, one of the highest peaks in Lyngen with a height of 1,500 metres, is also suitable for groups with good physical condition. It is clear that in one week you will not be able to make the most of all the possibilities offered here. A completely different highlight is waiting for us at the end of the week, as we now drive to Tromsø, where we check in at a very nice hotel directly in the harbour. What this northernmost city of the world has to offer, you can read best in the travel guide, only one thing is said, it is the
The "icing on the cake" of this unique ski tour. Dinner in a selected restaurant.
900 - 1.500 HM 4 - 7 hours
Depending on the flight times, there is still time for a short city tour. The transfer to the airport takes only 10 minutes and so the morning can be used well.
The Lyngen Alps are located between the 69th and 70th degrees north latitude and this means that they are 300 km above the Arctic Circle (66th degrees). Of course this is particularly noticed in spring, when the sun barely wants to set after mid-April. The central village on Lyngenhalvøya is Lyngseidet. From here there are regular ferries to Olderdalen on the eastern shore of the Lygenfjord. The ski touring destinations can be found on both sides of the fjord, on the west side of the peninsula and on the northern islands of the Skjervøy region. The peninsula can easily be divided into a north and a south sector due to a fjord cut in from the west. On the south side there are the largest glaciers and highest peaks in the region. On the east side of the peninsula near Koppangen there is an end to ski touring, as this is where the road ends and the mountains break off steeply into the water. Similar to our Alps, the weather and snow situation in the Lyngen Alps is very different locally and it is quite possible that in the south it is cloudy or even raining and further up in the north the sun shines. This becomes even clearer when we imagine, that we are planning a ski touring trip between Innsbruck and Bolzano, which is a similar dimension. In addition, of course, there is the maritime influence and it already becomes clear that we are dealing with many unpredictable factors. But the sea has a big advantage, except that it provides the unbelievable panorama. The Gulf Stream keeps the minus degrees within limits and it is actually not colder than in our alpine regions.
When is the best time for ski tours?
End of March to beginning of May
Spring is the best time for ski tours in the far north. At this time of year the days are very long and the temperatures are in a pleasant range. The snow cover has settled well and solidified. Many times still fresh snow and sometimes already good firn are the best conditions for a perfect ski tour week.
Safe skiing technique (parallel turns) in every type of snow and in every terrain, hairpin bends must be avoided.
The tours in the Lyngenalps are not beginner ski tours. If you are not sure if your skills are sufficient, call us and we will advise you on the phone. We reserve the right to exclude participants with insufficient skiing technique or fitness from the tours.
You must fly to Tromsø. Most flights go via Oslo. Avalanche backpacks and ski luggage are not a problem.
If you book in time, you will get a flight to Tromsø from 380,00 Euro. The group meets on Sunday at the airport in Tromsø-Langnes, by 18:30 at the latest.
Your mountain guide will wait for you at the baggage carousel and take care of everything else. The following trip in the minibus to Djupvik takes about 2.5 hours including two ferry passages.