Lyngen Lodge

Norway

Ski touring at its best at exclusive Lyngen Lodge: Snowy slopes and serene sea combine for the experience of a lifetime in the Norwegian fjords at Lyngen Lodge.

The Ski Terrain - Lyngen Alps and Islands

With over 60 summits over 1000m flanking the Lyngen Fjord's shores, skiers are provided with an incredible choice of terrain. Lyngen Lodge is located 500km inside the Arctic Circle and due to the high Northern latitude the sun's glancing rays have less effect on the snow. By mid February the polar nights have been already replaced with 7 hours of sunshine by mid May it's the midnight sun.

Avergage summit heights are around 1000m to 1200m but on the high glaciers of the main Lyngen Peninsula there are summits over 1400m with Jiehkkevarri being the highest at 1834m above sea level.

This guide highlights only a selection of mountains to suit all levels of skiing experience.

 

Safety and medical assistance

An excellent infrastructure is set up in the region. Injury rescue is provided by helicopter from Tromsø¸ city or from the Military. This service is reliable and efficient and provides full support throughout the region.

 

Wildlife

Various species of whales are in the Lyngen Fjord all year round and during your visit it is very likely that you will see whales during one of your boat journeys. Land animals include Moose, Wolverine and Lynx, all are extremely timid and seldom seen but you'll see the tracks regularly throughout the region while skiing.

 

Accessing the mountains

1. Boat - Spirit of Lyngen

A major part of the ski concept is accessing the skiing via our specially designed boat.

You will board the boat wearing ski boots and carrying on skis. Transfers are between 15 to 45 minutes and drop offs are directly on beaches, headlands and piers. More on the boat and Ski by boat in Norway 

 

2. Directly behind the lodge

Behind the lodge is the Sorbmegaisa and the Store Haugen (home mountains), they consist of four major summits from 1200m that span along a prominent ridge offering brilliant tree and open face skiing with views directly above the fjord.

 

3. By Vehicle

The lodge advantage is being able to access the inland sheltered terrain located east of the lodge. This region offers magnificent summits and fantastic link up tours ending directly back at the lodge.

 

Reaching the summits

Using wider off piste skis with ski touring bindings rent lodge skis here » attaching special adhesive skins under the skis and freeing the heel from the binding allows for uphill travel, these skins are then removed and the heel fixed as in normal skiing for the downhill sections.

There are advanced weeks and introduction weeks for those who have never toured before see our introductory to ski touring courses norway here »

 

The downhill

Vertical ascent and descent amount and the type of terrain skied depends upon group level of fitness and skill. You can expect to be climbing between 1000m to 1400m per day and skiing the same down. At sea level there is a lot more oxygen in the air than at altitude in the Alps so you have around 20% more stamina in Lyngen. You'll be surprised how good you'll feel while climbing up.  

 

The Terrain

There are three terrain zones throughout the Lyngen Alps and surrounding islands where the skiing takes place.

 

Zone 1

The region behind the lodge Sorbmegaisa including Rotsund. This area is usually filled with powder, the slopes are gentle to moderate and our favourite when there's fresh snow.

 

Zone 2

North of lodge and accessed by boat are the islands of Ulø¸ya, Kågen and Arnø¸ya. These islands offer various spectacular summit crossings from one side to the other offering everything from gentle slopes to big open mountain skiing.

 

Zone 3

The Lyngen Peninsula is filled with dramatic summits, large glaciers and hidden valleys providing some of the regions most spectacular skiing. This zone requires use of the boat as we access both deserted bays and rocky headlands for the skier drop offs.

 

Mountains

Store Reindalstinden

Height: 1334m

Ascent: North couloir

Descent: East Face

Location Lyngen Alps Peninsula

Degrees 50 max average east face 45/50 degrees.

Skiers: Graham Austick & Ali Street

Opposite the lodge across the fjord rises the Store Reindalstinden directly from out of the fjord. The name means Reindeer Valley Summit when translated. It's local name is Jeksel which is Norwegian for the molar tooth as the top glacier and summits appear to look like a giant molar shape. The mountain is quite technical to ascend and descend as the terrain is steep and the ski descent exposed.

If you'd like to ski a first descent or any of the interesting steep lines in the Lyngen Alps we also offer private guiding 1:1 or 1:2 ratios.


Storehaugen

Location: Kaafjord Djupvik

Height: 1142m

Ascent slope: West face

Ski descent: West and north possible

Average angle: 28 degrees

Character: Lodge home mountain providing long open slopes with a consistent angle. Holds powder well and also offers excellent spring skiing. Forest open and provides good lines.

Safety note: Large summit ridge cornice. Due to moderate angle on main west face it is a good choice during challenging avalanche conditions provided experienced route choice is made.

 

Sorbmegaisa

Location: Kåfjord

Height: 1288m

Ascent slope: W & S/W

Ski descent: West, South and South West

Character: The Sormegaisa offers huge potential for freeriding with many high quality mountain lines to choose from. Sorbmegaisa classic routes range in the 30 to 32 degree angle but there are more serious exposed descents in the mid 40 degree angle that are often highly avalanche prone. Lower mountain offers good tree skiing and open slopes in the mid 20 degree range above Egnesdalen.

Safety note: The Sorbmegaisa is exposed to strong South West winds (prevailing) as this quickly builds high slab avalanche risk on the sides of the big bowls of the Sorbmegaisa, this mountain is only recommended for those highly experienced in avalanche prediction and route finding.

Middle ridge and the the classic right bowl and ramp system ascending from Egnesdalen are the less angled ascents although good route finding is essential on these ascents. The central bowl splitting the north and south summit of Sorbmegaisa has an average angle of 40 degrees is only recommended in very stable conditions.

 

Nordmannviktinden

Location:Kaafjord

Height: N.Summit 1335m

Ascent slope:North starting from Nordmannvik village

Ski descent: North

Character:A wonderfully long wide mountain ridge that soars above the fjord with spectacular views of the Lyngen Fjord. This mountain is superb in the midnight sun.

Safety note:The mid section at 700m is steep above the Nordmannvikdalen and holds slab snow creating a potential hot spot. Big attention after after strong SW winds (prevailing)

 

Kjelvagtinden

Location: Rotsundet - Uloya

Height: 1064m

Ascent slope: West

Ski descent: West

Character: This mountain is also suitable for poor weather days and when steeper slopes are less stable. Kjelvagtinden is a wonderfully wide mountain face that stretches what seems for endless turns tp the beach. The summit ridge to Blaatinden is a classic traverse.

Safety note: Huge cornice forms on the summit ridge, give back from the edge! This whole island is highly exposed to the strong prevailing southly winds.

 

Blaatinden

Location:Rotsund - Uloya

Height: 1142m

Ascent slope:

Ascending from Uloybukta E to N

Ascending from Havnnes W to S

Ski descent:

Beach pick up West face

Traverse East or West to Havnnes or Uloybukta

Character:There are many variations from the summit of Blaatinden. It's a legendary ski with long slopes and the west beach pick up is only accessible by specialized boat.

Safety note:The traverse from Uloybukta can hold slab snow during and after S to SW winds. A risk zone at 700m N/E of the ridge.

 

Svartfjellet

Location:Kaafjord

Height: 1183m

Ascent slope: East

Ski descent: East

Character:A unique character to Lyngen away from the fjords. This mountain is high alpine looking and the central bowl is over shadowed by high towering rock walls. The ski is long and perfectly angled with superb forest skiing.

Safety note: A steep section must be crossed before you enter the main bowl this can hold slab snow due to local cross winds that are common here.

 

Goahtegaisa

Location:Kaafjord

Height: Summit 1291m.

Ascent slope: NE

Ski descent: SW

Character:A link up with Stortinden and descend to Kippeldalen to Nordmannvik.

Safety note:Large faces along the entire Kippeldalen - late spring sees some huge late afternoon wet avalanches here, but keep an eye on slab as these faces are big and steep above.

 

Storekagtinden

Location:Skjervoy

Height: 1228m

Ascent slope: West or East

Ski descent: West or East

Character:The Storekagtinden is a world class ski. The summit is dramatic the climb demanding and the ski exposed to nature. Much of the mountain is slightly convex so it seems as if you're skiing directly into the sea. There are many variations from this summit and all are serious undertakings and experience in good snow judgement and route finding is essential for a safe tour.

Safety note: High winds can cause concern to the snow pack here. It's steep and there are many convex slopes which can be problematic for slab avalanches during unstable conditions. This mountain requires experience, confidence and good weather. The west face climb is steep and exposed and often hard wind pack in the mid section and requires solid climbing techniques.

 

Storsandnestinden North Summit

Location:Kagen

Height: 930m

Ascent slope:West by boat or East from Trolldalen.

Ski descent:East or West Couloir

Character: Excellent variation with many skis and climbs combined into one tour if starting from the West face by boat.

Safety note:Generally a good tour for bad weather days but good navigation skills are required in this area. there are many slopes to choose from and care should be taken as there is also some steep terrain to be crossed if linking valleys to the south into Stokknesdalen.

 

Storegalten

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1219m

Ascent slope: West

Ski descent: West

Character:Storegalten offers one of the longest consistently angled slopes in the Northern Lyngen Alps. It's steep and provides exhilarating skiing. It can be combined with a traverse from Gammvikblaisen.

Safety note:Upper section is often whipped by the south and north winds. The ascent route takes the northern shoulder of the face which is quite often rocky. The couloirs in the central face providing excellent lines are around 40 degrees steep and often hold cross loaded slab snow.

 

Gammvikblaisen Storundtinden

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1219m

Ascent slope: N/E

Ski descent: Various

Character:This wonderful glacier access some incredible terrain. It's possible to ascend Storundtinden and descend back to Gammvika or traverse to Storegalten down the impressive west face to Nordlenangen or via a technical ski down to below Peppartinden to in Gammvika.

Safety note:A closed glacier with steep summit exit slopes to Storegalten and Peppartinden which can prove slab danger in high winds.

 

Gamviktinden

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: Approx 1000m

Ascent slope: East

Ski descent: East

Character:Approx height only known here as it depends from where you ski from. This is a technical and serious route requiring good mountaineering judgement additional to skiing.The glacier mid section is seraced  and depends on snow years if it's possible to descend the left exit couloir. The ascent is either via the yt Gammvikelva or the in.. taking the right hand steep face that avoids the glacier seracs.

Safety note:Sound mountaineering skills required because you may have to negotiate ice seracs on the middle section.

 

Rappgamtinden

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1000m approx height only

Ascent slope: East and North

Ski descent: East and North

Character:Ascending the Rappdalen you enter into an amphitheatre atmosphere with towering peaks and couloirs coming at you from all sides. It's a wonder just to walk in this hidden valley. The ski is from a hidden glacier to the north.

Safety note: The beach landing is often complicated by high seas and anchoring is not possible here. Big mountain terrain and only accessible in stable snow conditions.

 

Stortinden East Couloir

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height:900m - height of couloir

Ascent slope: East

Ski descent: East

Character:The East couloir is possible only under stable conditions and can be skied early season due to the permanent snow base inside the couloir from 150m above SL. However it's best skied in June/July.

Safety note:The couloir ends with a 4m drop into the sea - a slip on the last turn and you're fish food..

Storetinden East Couloir - was skied by Graham in August from the boat Spirit of Lyngen.

Couloir was a whopping 900m on fairly steep skiing right down to the sea - life jacket needed! The couloir has permanent snow inside so can be skied all year.

 

Nordausttinden

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1132m

Ascent slope:South from Vaggasvatnet

Ski descent: East and North

Character:Challenging ski under taken in compact conditions with solid cover below 300m. Sea state key to pick up, often exposed to high sea. Avalanche prone area from south/east aspects above Storskora. Recommended early summer.

Guide ratio: 1:1

Safety note:5m drop into the sea from Storskora.

 

Reindalsblaisen

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1327m

Ascent slope: East and North

Ski descent: East and North

Character:Ascending the Reindalen below the north face of Reindalstinden is quiet a moment. This massif is the king of the Northern Lyngen Peninsula, it's impressive from all angles you happen to see it from. The Reindalsblaisen is further up the valley and offers a fine ski inland amongst impressive peaks.

Safety note:You pass under high faces up the Reindalen and it's best to visit this valley when conditions are stable over head

 

Tafeltinden

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1395m

Ascent slope: North East

Ski descent: East or South East

Character:A spectacular journey across the Strupbreen Glacier that passes under the majestic Strupbreentinden and Lenangstindane that would be at home in the high ranges of Alaska. No visit to Lyngen is complete until you've stood and seen the view from the summit of Tafeltinden.

Safety note:Cravasses present but well covered in high winter. Double up on the sandwiches.

 

Novetinden

Location:Laukoya

Height: 821m

Ascent slope: West

Ski descent: West

Character: A wonderfully sheltered area that offers a variety of descents with interesting traverses and multiple ski days directly above the ocean.

 

Kavringtinden

Location:Lyngen Alps

Height: 1289m

Ascent slope: East

Ski descent: East

Character:Kavringtinden is a classic and offers a fine ski from the north summit down long consistent slopes down to Lyngseidet.

Safety note: High winds often load the mid to upper slopes of the ascent route.

Kavringtinden is exposed to winds and not recommended when the south winds prevailing is blowing.

 

The Climate

The Gulf Stream flows along the entire Norwegian coastline which in turn warms the ocean and fjords creating a temperate climate, resulting in the fjords never freezing. Snowfall is plentiful too. You will not encounter extreme cold temperatures at sea level. The coldest recorded temperature at the lodge in January was - 16 degrees Celsius. On average, winter temperatures fluctuate between 0 and - 5 degrees C. On the summits however on a windy day the temperatures can reach -20 degrees C. Our equipment lists cover all appropriate clothing that will be needed.

 

Climate Statistics for Lyngen Region

The Lyngen Alps are located deep inside the Arctic circle and what the European Alps experience at around 1000m is what Lyngen experiences at sea level. The sun's rays glance off the earth's surface this far north so you have less melting and less slushy snow during April and May.

Polar night darkness disappears end of January and there is 7 hours of sun light in mid February. The light between February and March is totally unique and you have the feeling of skiing in a permanent sunrise and sunset atmosphere this is the best time to experience the true Arctic light and the Northern Lights phenomena. The sun rises 15 minutes earlier each day.

 

Best Month?

February until the middle of March - 8/10 hours light / temperatures -5 / powder skiing. Typically a powder period on slopes facing north, south, east and west, the sun is not strong enough to effect the structure of snow to any great effect.

+ amazing light throughout the entire day and strong northern lights.

- can be cold

 

Middle of March until Middle April - 10/16 hours light / temperatures -2/0 degrees / powder skiing. A mixture between powder and spring skiing as the sun is now higher in the sky and you'll experience 15 hours of sunlight by the second week of April.

+ good snow pack, lots of sun and snow down to the sea, great fishing

- you have to leave after a week

 

Middle of April until middle of May - 16 - 24 hours sun / temperatures 0/+5 degrees / spring skiing. Typically spring conditions with the possibility of powder during weather front systems, the sun is stronger and effects the snow with strong solar radiation. The midnight sun appears middle May with 24 hours of sun light.

+ lots of sun and get to ski the mid night sun from middle May

- the snow can receed back from the sea line

 

Snow Report Archive

MAY 2012

May 28 - Cold snow returned to Lyngen! Our groups for this week are Peter, Ingunn and Mats from Sweden, Jon from USA, Kjertil from Norway and 2nd time vistor this season Ruth from Germany all guided by Mikal. Sunday saw high winds and the group pushed ...

 

APRIL 2012

April 29 - Another week begins! We welcome groups from Norway and Italy (south Tirol). There's been a few warm days lately but overnight it froze and the skiing was positively good on the home mountain Storhaugen (guided by Burkhard) and Paul guide has...

 

 FEB / MARCH 2012

March 29 - Great conditions return with cold weather after the storm! Overnight the snow dried out and provided sensational skiing for Hannes's group on Gillavarri and Daniel's group on Trolltinden.Karin von Die Schweiz in full controlHappy days Markku ...

 

 MAY 2011

May 26: Midnight sun skiing behind the lodge in still very good snow conditions. The midnight sun is here and we've 24 hours sun, so no better way to see the sun over the Arctic Ocean than to ski! Martin, Elisabeth, Veronika and myself climbed to Store...

 

APRIL 2011

April 26: Spring skiing continues with a wet snow pack at mid to low altitudes. Easly starts are proving necessary to enjoy the best of the skiing. Groups have been on Uløya Island and the Kåfjord mountains.Tom (USA), Trudy (Germany) and Veronika head...

 

 MARCH 2011

March 31: Waist deep fluffy powder today! Along the ridge behind the lodge is the un-named peak north of Staluvarri, this provided excellent powder skiing between the broken cloud and snowfall today. Probably the deepest snow of the week as Dirk was de...


 JAN/ FEB 2011

Feb 20: Another amazing winter day began with a sea safari to see the eagles, deep sea fishing for cod, a cruise under the sea cliffs of Lyngen and then a quick ski to Store Haugen... and then to cap that all off with spectacular Northern Lights. Our gues...

 

 MAY MIDNIGHT SUN 2010

Ski report for May 2010 May 29: Another midnight sun session with ultimate weather conditions! We ate dinner at 8pm and headed down to the Spirit of Lyngen boat for 10pm... still not getting used to the thought of skiing after dinner! Today or tonight'...

 

 APRIL 2010

Ski report for April 2010 April 30: To finish the week off we couldn't have woken up to better weather. The Lyngen Fjord was calm and the sky had only slight wisps of cloud moving from the south. After all the heavy snow this week we finally had good v...

 

 FEB - MARCH 2010

March 30: Amazing day and the snow is in top quality. Daniel headed to Kågen for a traverse of Sandnestinden and Peter headed into the Rotsund to ski Svartfjellet. Both reported good snow mid mountain with a little wind blown on the summit regions. I'...

 

 MAY 2009

Ski Report History May 2009 May: 20 - 24: The ski season closing group arrived from Oslo. We welcome Niels, Viggo, Preben, Håkon, Jonas, Simen, Hilde and Peter who came to film a documentary coming to your tv screens this fall called Temptation Mounta...

 

 APRIL 2009

New month of April started - to see all of March weeks see here»See today's Avalanche Lyngen Safety Report here» April 28: Two new groups arrived this week Kurt Wolf from Austria is back for his second visit with Jenny, Mark, Mans and Rob. And the seco...

 

 MARCH 2009

New page started - to see past reports from last month see here»For today's avalanche snow report of the area see Snow Conditions Lyngen» March 27: Sensational day on the island of Kågen, unbelievable powder and not another skier in sight. The day was...

 

 FEBRUARY 2009

March 6. A perfect way to relax after skiing or as part of our Northern Lights package! Take a relaxing and picturesque sled ride from the unique horse breed actually from this region called the Lynghest (Lyngen Horse) If you need a romantic break then th...

 

 JANUARY 2009

Back to homepage » 12 February. Spectacular sunrise this morning over Stø¸velfjellet. The February light is low and full of rich pinks "Alpenglow" that last for several hours in the morning from 7.30 onwards. February 2. Northern Lights experienc...

 

 MAY 2008

End of season - One of the season's ski highlights. The Midnight Sun skiing is truly a unique skiing experience to challenge any. It's the middle of May and it's powder and cold. Our goal, Store Kaagtinden 1228m on Kagen Island 40mins by Spirit of Lyngen....

 

 APRIL 2008

April Ski Weeks 2008 May 2- It is now our final day for the week and the team are ready for a grand finale... It's been warm again overnight so I had to pull out of the Kagen tour I had in mind and instead opted for an equally beautiful tour but on a...

 

 MARCH 2008 OPENING

Welcome Andrew Hall Group Day 1. Opening day ski tour from Lyngen Lodge March 2. Air temp -6. Avalanche grade 2. weather clear.Our inaugural guests arrived and their first ski tour was to Uloya Island 15 minutes via boat Spirit of Lyngen. After ascending...

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