Ski Touring trips – Lyngen Alps

The hidden fjords and peaks of Norway are an ideal destination for a ski touring getaway!

Just to the east of Tromso along the northern coast, the range has slopes of varying degrees that feature dry and light snow for every level of skier! Discover the alpine beauty of the Lyngen Peninsula between the Lyngen fjord and the Ullsfjord!

For ski touring trips in other regions of Norway, please have a look at the following pages : Lofoten Islands, Finnmark, Sunmore Alps and Spitzbergen.

 

 

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The Lyngen Alps are marked by many runs exceeding 1,000 meters, begging ski mountaineers of every level to hit the slopes and enjoy their isolated beauty. Ski touring programs are great for intermediate participants, though routes vary from beginner to advanced. Programs can also be supplemented with boat access to reach other locations in the area. Tromso serves as a rendezvous point for the region. Accommodations can be spread out through the foothill communities surrounding the Lyngen Alps.

 

 

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What’s the weather like?

December to March have sustained snowfall, with relatively mild winter temperatures peaking around freezing. Late winter and spring often provide the perfect blend of sunny weather and generous snow accumulation for a memorable ski expedition.

Language

Norwegian

Currency

Norwegian krone

How long should I stay?

With plenty of terrain to explore, the Lyngen Alps are best enjoyed a week at a time. Dedicated ski mountaineers can double-down on their experience by immersing themselves in the Norwegian culture surrounding the mountains, in communities like Tromso and Balsfjord, and adding an additional week or two.

Country Code

+47

Best time to visit

The late winter and spring are the best times to enjoy the Lyngen Alps. The weather is less volatile, more accommodating, and most comfortable during this time without compromising the integrity of the snow quality and abundance.

 

 
 

 

What People Say

  • 20 reviews

 

Fantastic trip with a great group! Edward made the most of the spring conditions. We were blessed with sunny days – touring in shorts and t-shirts. Beautiful views, skiing over fjords, after great ascents! Long descents, all in all an amazing week!!

My first proper ski touring trip and I didn’t really know what to expect…it was amazing
In every respect. The scenery was stunning and accommodation perfect at MIT FabLab.
Haakon looked after us at FabLab and Edward out on the mountain. I felt safe and exhilarated at the same time. The group were diverse with a sense of fun and a common interest in being out on the mountains. It really was a privilege for me to share the week with them. I look forward to another trip next winter. Bob

Guide was awesome.  Great terrain selection,  finding good snow and overall trip organization. Would definitely go with him in the future.

Sublime experience ! Although the beauty had been well telegraphed by my predecessor friends, I was still astonished by the beauty of the pristine landscape and nature. Facing a slope covered in snow while being surrounded by fjords is the best combination of colors and drasticity at the same time. The local team headed by Artur is exceptionally efficient, always coordinated night and day, and very competent. The fact that Artur lives on site is particularly helpful.  A couple of notes to future visitors: (1) always go where Artur tells you (he knows where the good spots, finessed based on the local conditions), and (2) go with the boat and dingy, and start the ascent from the beach, at least once on your stay.  Our guide David Pellissier from Aosta was a great resource and companion: very safe, straight-shooter, and always tuned to the group’s wishes and pace.

The trip was great even though snow conditions weren’t at their best (beautiful weather but very dry and icy).
 – The guide’s company clearly deserve a 10/10 for its services, accommodations and guiding. Everything was perfect and Jimmy is a great guide I clearly would recommend.
 – Lyngen Alps is a must for ski touring or steep skiing (with appropriate snow conditions), and we enjoyed northern lights 3 nights out of 6.

All together, we had a really wonderful time there.

Breathtaking, awestruck, unforgettable are the first words that come to my mind after this trip in Uloya. I had some of the best ski rides of my life. Perfect slopes, fresh powder from summit to the sea and the sun setting on the Lyngen Alps. Am I in Valhalla? Pawel our guide quickly proved to be more than an experienced guide but a friend, always eager to share his love and respect for the mountains. Excellent at reading the aspiration and fitness of the group, he kept us challenged without unnecessary risks. His knowledge of the area can transform the worst whiteout into a fun and pleasurable experience. I warmly recommend this trip to all adventurous skiers. But maybe I should keep this place a secret, so it stays as it is, with entire mountains to myself and the Nordic gods…

The trip to Uloya was the most extraordinary i have been on. Now having recounted it more than a hundred times, my shorthand is that it’s an Arctic island-hopping ski-touring expedition. After that photos and drone videos have to take over, since words tend to fail… It is the ultimate getaway. You are in awe of the beauty of the Arctic elements. The scenery changing from eerie monochromatic to high pigment blue; from harsh to benign. While stunning and other-worldly to look at, this could have been quite daunting to commit to on long 6 hour days in the wilderness. But our guide,  Pawel magically got it right each time, planning each day in tune with the elements, setting the right expectations for what actually transpired. He was calm, kind, and inspired an incredible appreciation and energy in our group, which kept building over the course of the week.  By the end of it, the energy was such that even Pawel couldn’t help grinning ear to ear, same as us! One month later I still find myself day-dreaming of Uloya… I don’t think I will ever forget the feeling of being there.

I fell in love with the far north on my first trip to Lyngen a few years ago – it’s a magical place that combines a uniquely inspirational and rewarding mountaineering experience. For my second trip to the area I wanted to share the experience with a wider group of friends, some of whom had limited touring experience. With this in mind I went on Explore & Share to find the perfect guide for our holiday. They put me in touch with Pawel, who is based in Oslo and skies Lyngen very regularly. His extensive knowledge of the area was really helpful in weighing up various accommodation options across the region, and we decided to go for one of his trusted bases on Uløya.
I was initially somewhat concerned about the additional logistics involved in reaching and being based on an island and how this would influence skiing possibilities. In fact Uløya provides at least as many opportunities to reach the summits that offer the best skiing / view combinations than a base on the mainland would – either by boat, car (the team have a van based on the mainland a short boat ride away), or on foot directly on the island. It is a little bit further to get to than certain other bases but a beautiful place and fantastic base to explore the surrounding mountain ranges (incl. great tours on the island itself) – and quite frankly the extra travel hour makes no difference by the time you’ve reached the arctic circle.
In Pawel we found a truly fantastic guide. He was patient and insightful, continuously reading and adapting to the team’s experience, mood and energy levels to ensure we always had a great time. He was very supportive with the less experienced amongst us and made everyone feel very safe. He  also knows the area so well he could find the one mountain that can be skied at pace in a full whiteout (it has an uncannily smooth 25 degree face) whilst somehow finding us fresh powder to ski 7 days in a row. We had so much fun with Pawel that we’ve started planning next year’s trip to Georgia with him!

Skiing in Norway was the most spectacular experience of my life! The nature and the sceneries are just unreal. Imagine infinite beautiful mountains towering high over the deep blue sea. On top of the breathtaking nature, Pawel (our guide) and his team were incredibly welcoming and made sure everything was perfect throughout the week. They really went out of their way to make sure everyone felt at ease. Pawel is an excellent guide. He makes you feel completely safe and has excellent knowledge of the area. He would adapt our days to the weather conditions, making sure we always get the best experience. I highly recommend this trip and especially our great guide Pawel, without whom the experience would definitely not have been as amazing.

Quentin is a great guide. I really learned a lot about the mountains when I ski touring with him. I felt safe all the time and also had great fun !

 

 

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