Lyngen - Oldervik
For 2018 we are again offering a trip to Lyngen, Arctic Norway. This has been one of our favourite destinations for personal skiing for a number of years and enjoying sharing the beauty of this area with our clients.
A ski touring trip to the Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene), visiting a unique set of mountains in the Arctic Circle, close to Norway’s northern city of Tromsø. The most famous mountains lie on the Lyngen Peninsula and surrounding islands such as Kvaløya, Ringvassøya and Uløya giving fantastic skiing and scenery high above the fjords.
The Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene)
The mountains here rise up to a maximum of 1800m directly from the sea, with some of the most popular being the likes of Jiekkevarre (1833m) and Store Jægervasstinden (1543m).
Some 300km into the Arctic Circle the snow conditions are reliable here, allowing you to ski from the summit to the sea in many cases. Combine this with varied terrain and you have the ideal location for an interesting trip to suit most levels of ski tourer. In April there is often the opportunity to ski powder or spring snow as the conditions dictate, allowing you to enjoy both long (or short) days with the long day light hours.
Ski Touring in The Lyngen Alps
Skiing in the Lyngen Alps is a unique experience. The area is most famous for ‘Ski and Sail’ trips by boat. But we prefer to travel by car capitalising on the excellent road network around the fjords of the Troms region. This allows much greater flexibility to make best use of the prevailing weather or simply to make ascents on the different islands that surround the Troms mainland.
This trip is based from the small fishing village of Oldervik some 42 km to the east of Tromsø, with stunning views over the water to the Lyngen Peninsula. Here we make use of two traditional Norwegian houses or ‘hytte’, both of which are well appointed and in the heart of the village, close to the sea front (where it’s sometimes possible to buy Cod from the trawlers). More importantly the ski touring starts close to the house with the excellent summits of Ullstinden 1078m, Svarthamartinden 864m and Stortuva 1009m within easy reach.
Many of the days are shorter it terms of vertical distance than we are used to in the alps, giving plenty of time for another lap or small variations. Later in the season ascents will often be timed to get the best 'spring snow' on sunny aspects, but rarely is there the need for a 5am start in the Arctic Circle.
Check out this video from last year shot and edited by John Lewis:
The Lyngen Team
In order to provide a unique experience and make the best of you time in the Arctic Circle, we have created a Lyngen Team. The trip will be led by Alison and James Thacker (IFMGA Mountain Guide) giving the benefits of both high quality guiding and ski instruction, not to mention enthusiasm for Lyngen and the magical skiing the area offers.
Having an informal but dual discipline team brings a lot of flexibility to cater for groups of different ability or aspirations as well as ensuring plenty of ski coaching or guiding time as appropriate. Of course a big part of experience in Arctic Norway is allowing yourself to take a steadier pace while soaking up the surroundings and relaxing in front of a warm fire. To help us we also have enlisted the services of Fran Orio as cook and catering manager.
£1600 per person
Maximum 6 people (at a ratio of 2:6). The minimum number for this trip to run is 1.
- 6 days dual guiding and ski instruction with IFMGA Mountain Guide and ISTD.
- Transfer to and from Tromsø Airport.
- Accommodation (double or twin rooms) and food on full board basis (inc. packed lunch).
- All transport during the trip ( including additional costs such as ferries).
What’s not included?
- Flights to and from Tromsø.
- Alcohol (please note alcohol is expensive in Norway. This is best purchased from duty free).
- Avalanche safety equipment, and ski touring equipment. Due to this being a specialist trip joining in Tromsø we won’t have extra equipment available. If you have any equipment requirements then please contact us in the first instance. Please read kit list here.
- Lift expenses. Although this is a wilderness skiing trip, and it’s use is unlikely, there is one lift in Tromsø!
- Insurance for cancellation, rescue, repatriation and medical expenses.
A trip to the Lyngen Alps and Oldervik in particular would suit most levels of ski tourers. The ability to ski off piste is essential for this area with ascents of 800m-1200m per day being fairly typical. Most days are between 4 and 6 hours long. We ask that you can skin uphill at a rate of 250m per hour. However, the terrain is varied with open slopes, well spaced trees, couloirs and steeper slopes to suit most tastes. The days are also shorter than the european alps allowing us to take a steadier pace and enjoy at least one traditional 'fika' break. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss any aspect of your ski ability or for advice on your preparation.
Alison Culshaw runs ‘Off-Piste Performance Ltd’ and holds the BASI International Ski Teacher Diploma (ISTD). She has delivered Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to the British Mountain Guides and works as a trainer on the BASI Mountain Safety Courses training aspiring instructors. When not teaching skiing she'll be off ski touring somewhere.
James Thacker is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, based in Chamonix but with a particular passion for skiing in the Arctic Circle and the Troms Region in particular.
Fran Orio will be joining us as catering manager for the Lyngen-Oldervik and Kvaløya-Senja ski touring trips. For the last 17 years Fran has managed to divide her year between her two favourite spots, Antarctica and the Isle of Jura. Her passion for the remote and the untouched have been readily satisfied in both these destinations. We hope that Arctic Norway and the quiet village of Oldervik might just be added to her list.
Together, James and Alison, have spent over 20 weeks skiing inside the Arctic Circle. It's that good, they just keep going back!
I would like to do it all again which I think tells you what I thought of the trip. Seren Phillips, 2015
Thanks for the wonderful trip. Philippe Calfayan, 2015
Both Bill & Fin had a fabulous time... He had the most amazing of experiences! Sara Haley, 2015
Thank you so much for a fab week in Norway. I loved it. Anne Macdonald, 2015
Additional information can be found in the links below:
- Off-Piste Ski Ability
- Effective but not efficient, Experienced
- Ski Touring, Instruction and Ski Touring
- Ski Instructor & Mountain Guide