The Lyngen Alps
Sunday 14 April – Sunday 21 April 2019
The Lyngen Alps is an area of mountains, islands and fjords above the Arctic circle in Northern Norway, west of the northern city of Tromso. The trips run Sunday to Sunday to benefit from the easiest flights from the UK, via Oslo, and giving 6 days of touring . It is a wonderful area that has become popular with ski and splitboard tourers in the last few years.
The cost of the trip includes everything once you arrive in Tromso, apart from boat taxis, insurance and personal spending. The transfer bus will pick you up from the airport and bring you to the accommodation in Lyngen. We stay in log cabins near Lyngseidet, a small village on the east side of the Lyngen peninsular. The cabins are comfortable and warm; they have a communal living space with some twin share and some open plan mezzanine-type sleeping area, with a shared bathroom and underfloor heating. All meals are provided next door in an amazing Viking style log house, and there is a firewood sauna to ease the muscles after the day’s hard touring. Food is plentiful and features local dishes cooked by our hosts Gunn and Haakon.
The peaks are mostly around 1000-1800m high and they drop right into the sea making them ideal for ski tourers and splitboarders alike. There are no lifts but there are ferries, boats and roads running around most of the coastline. We will make daily trips to climb different mountains in and around the Lyngen peninsula, returning each night to the accommodation . The mountains have a big-Scottish or small-Alpine feel with some glacier tours among the possibilities for a varied week of peak bagging or simply seeking out good descents. We will have a minibus for transport so that we can make the most of the conditions on the day. We may use a boat to access some areas if the conditions and weather allow.
Most days involve 3-4 hours of skinning as all the peaks involve 1000m-1500m of ascent, but the effort will be rewarded with great descents from Arctic summit to the beach, and unlike the Alps there is not altitude to worry about!
Here’s a film from our Norway trips in April 2017 to give you a flavour of touring there. The film is of Lofoten and Lyngen but the majority is of Lyngen.
Dates : 14-21 April 2019
Price £1950 based on twin sharing and a group size of 4 or more