Backcountry Skiing in Lyngen, Norway

Lyngen Alps | Norway
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go skiing in Lyngen Alps

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    Eighteen hours of daylight and quality snow late in the season

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    Summit-to-sea descents with unimpeded views of Norwegian fjords

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    Switch between steep couloirs and gentle bowls on untouched snow

The Lyngen Alps’ unique terrain provides some of the best skiing in the world. Here you’ll find a wintry mountain range surrounded by water and full of fjords—a landscape brimming with everything from rip-roaring couloirs and mountain faces to elusive tree-skiing and nonchalant bowls all the way to the sea. You’ll make the most of your time touring from early sunrise to late night runs under midnight light—and the high-latitude means extending your ski season into June is not only possible, but preferable, with long days and mild temps during the spring. Set out for untracked lines with a local guide and experience skiing above the Arctic Circle!

Season

April through May

Nearest city

Tromsø, Norway is 2 hours away

Duration

11 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Private Guided Backcountry Skiing Adventure in the Lyngen Alps

11 days

Embark on this week-long adventure deep in the Arctic and experience some of the best backcountry skiing in the world late in the season. Apart from the incredible landscapes, what makes this adventure so special is the great variety of terrain—as well as the expert guide ready to accommodate your expectations and adapt to different circumstances.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Oslo

Your adventure starts in Oslo where you will spend the night before heading north. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can explore what this Scandinavian capital has to offer! With attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum, the National Museum of Norway, the Oslo Opera House, and the Vigeland Sculpture Park, everyone can find something for themselves.

A view of Oslo’s office buildings from a steel bridge. The path on the bridge leads the eye to the view of city buildings.

Day 2: Tromsø

The day starts with an early flight to Tromsø. Once you arrive in the city—the third largest urban area north of the Arctic Circle—you can do some last-minute preparations (like renting equipment) for the skiing tour itself with the help of your guide, or spend some time in the city before you transfer to the accommodation. Your accommodation will be a cottage near Lyngseidet, a neat fishing village two hours from Tromsø.

View of the Tromso harbor with mountains and sky in the background.

Days 3-9: Skiing in the Lyngen Alps

Start your days with breakfast in your cozy cottage and head to various skiing venues. A typical day will involve 6-8 hours of skiing with up to 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) of climbing and several ski descents. Some of the usual backcountry tours you will most likely experience are Tafeltinden, Store Jaegervasstinden, and Daltinden, with various other options available. Your guide will choose the best skiing locations depending on weather conditions and the ability level of your group. The three above-mentioned tours are around 15 kilometers long (9.5 miles), with Tafeltinden and Daltinden being moderately difficult and Store Jaegervasstinden difficult. Summit range of the three tours is between around 1,400 m and 1,550 m (5,000–5,090 ft). After a day of skiing, you will get back to your accommodation for a well-deserved après-ski with a Norwegian-style dinner.

A skier on the right side of the picture is taking a photo during a skiing tour in the Lyngen Alps. Behind him there is a view of the ocean and snow-covered mountains.

Day 10: Return to Tromsø/Oslo

On the last day of your adventure you will go back to Tromsø from Lyngseidet and board a flight to Oslo. You’ll get another chance to explore the city according to your interests before saying goodbye to Norway!

Day 11: The end of the trip

Wake up in your accommodation in Oslo and start the day with a hearty breakfast. Take the last stroll through its grandiose streets before heading back home either by plane or other means of transport—or continuing touring in Norway on your own.

Reviews

Reviews (4)

James Bonz about Arctos Guides on Nicelocal

My family and I had the most awesome trip with Conor (Arctos Guides)! He is a complete professional, steadfast in his planning and preparation and a terrific person as well. His knowledge of the terrain and snowpack are invaluable and he made sure that everyone in our group had the best experience. The prepared foods were excellent and we had more than enough to eat. I cannot recommend Arctos Guides highly enough!!

Max Verbeurgt about Arctos Guides on Nicelocal

Connor was very accommodating and provided a lot of back country touring knowledge to the group. Great company and all all around great day out on the mountain. Highly recommended.

Ted Zalucki about Arctos Guides on Nicelocal

Great day with a fantastic guide. Conor did an awesome job working with everyone on our tour. Will definitely be back to ski with Arctos some more in 2021!

Julie Brache about Arctos Guides on Nicelocal

Arctos accommodated our custom trip requests, delivered on what we wanted to get out of the day, and was personable and educational. We will definitely be booking again!

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Covid measures in Lyngen, Norway

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Lyngen, Norway please refer to the official website of Norwegian Healthcare Services.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 7 days of backcountry ski touring
    • Backcountry permits
    • Transportation to and from the accommodation (from Tromsø)
    • Daily transportation to ski venues
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and après-ski

What’s not included:

    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Transportation to and From Oslo/Tromsø
    • Accommodation in Oslo

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to be in excellent physical shape. You will be on your feet for 5-7 hours a day for a full week, covering 6-10 miles (10-15km) of terrain every day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black-level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

To participate in this tour, you need to have previous backcountry skiing experience. You will be skiing, touring, and summiting on different terrains for 5-7 hours every day. Your guide will take care of the planning, oversee your technique, and teach you how to better manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training necessary to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Alpine touring skis, telemark skis or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
    • Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
    • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
      • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
      • Lightweight snow shovel
      • Avalanche probe

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Helmet
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Gloves and hat
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Down jacket or vest
    • Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear and socks
    • One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
    • Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent: 

    • Avalanche safety pack, including backpack, beacon, shovel and probe from Tromsø Outdoor
    • Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots and poles can be rented from Tromsø Outdoor
    • Splitboards can be rented from Tromsø Outdoor

Ski rental locations are in Tromsø, Norway and should be picked up before you head for your accommodation, which is not in the city. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.  The guide can also help you with renting gear if you need additional information.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 6:1. All prices are per person and don’t change with the number of people in the group increasing. 

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors may be permitted to join the backcountry skiing tours if they are accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 40% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is due in fourteen (14) days. If the booking is made less than fourteen (14) days prior to departure, the cost must be paid in full. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to forty (40) percent of the deposit. 
    • For cancellations thirty (30) to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance, the deposit will be forfeited.
    • For cancellations less than fourteen (14) calendar days in advance, full trip amount will be forfeited.
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Lyngen, you should first fly into Oslo International Airport since that’s where you will meet up with the guide. From there, you will head north to Tromsø, which is a two-hour drive from Lyngen.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, they will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location in Oslo.

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