Norway – Lyngen Alps
Our last stop on our Norway trip was to the Lyngen Alps, a peninsula packed with peaks a short distance north of Tromso. We had long heard of these mountains, the Lyngen Alps are one of the more well-known locations in Northern Norway for climbing and skiing.
The summits are higher than other areas in the region, many well above 1000 meters. Because it isn’t as close to the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream, like the Lofoten Islands or Senja, it can be a little colder, and that can translate to more snow. At least that’s what we were told. The greater elevations and snowpack result in some areas of the Lyngen Alps that are glaciated.
It was recommended that we stay at the Magic Mountain Lodge, a skiers lodge centrally located on the peninsula in the small town of Lyngseidet. That was our base for the next few days and it couldn’t have worked out better. The lodge is ideal for this type of trip, it’s affordable, meals are included, and it’s full of other skiers from around the world who are happy to discuss tour options and share ideas.
Our good fortune with the weather continued through this stretch of the trip, on the first day Christy and I split from the group and headed to ski a peak called Kavringtinden that stood above town.
The following day was our favorite of the time in the region though, we headed to the northern part of the peninsula and made a huge loop/tour of four summits, and found quite a bit of good snow along the way. If there was a destination to recommend to friends, we though this loop around the peaks of Storgalten was really cool.
And on the third day, after nine days in a row of great weather and skiing, the clouds and weather rolled in, conditions we had repeatedly been told were more typical for the area. It wasn’t so bad that we couldn’t ski though, so we headed up onto the glacier towards Tafeltinden (1395m) and managed to nab one more peak before calling it a trip and heading to Oslo for a couple of days.
While getting ready at the trailhead we found ourselves witnessing yet another mass mobbing by a huge pack of visiting European ski-tourers. At first we looked at the large approaching ship as something related to fishing until we could see skiers milling about on deck. Soon enough a large crane was extended, offloading a smaller boat to the ferry the skiers to shore. One more reminder, as if we needed it, that we weren’t in Colorado anymore.
This trip to Norway delivered in so many ways. The skiing, the weather— the total experience was one that has us already thinking about how and when to get back to this incredible place and see and ski some more.