Here you find the whole 2012 ski season report from the winter season skiing in the Lyngen Alps and surrounding islands. To choose individual months see which month for skiing Lyngen >> Thank you to all our guests and ski friends for another successful season skiing.
May 28 - Cold snow returned to Lyngen! Our groups for this week are Peter, Ingunn and Mats from Sweden, Jon from USA, Kjertil from Norway and 2nd time vistor this season Ruth from Germany all guided by Mikal. Sunday saw high winds and the group pushed on up to Storhaugen. Today Monday saw excellent snow from 500m upwards. It's soon June and it's powder!
May 25 - Still skiing the midnight sun! Good snow cover to the north of Kågen and Arnøya Islands. Thanks to our Swiss guests from Alpine Legends and special thanks to Ronny our bank partners Sparbank 1 Nord Norge Tromsø for their conference visit and midnight sun ski.
After a good evening meal of king crab it's off for a night ski
It's a great feeling reaching the summit under such amazing colours in the sky and the snow
Ronny on the ridge
Pure telemark style under the orange sky
Team Switzerland and Austria heading for the same midnight sun action
The whole region seems to be untouched my time, this bike is from the war and is still a sweet ride! Chris Balmer from Alpine Legends swapping skis for two wheels
Two "old timers" meet new!
Eveline from Zell am See Austria showing how the girls carve it up on Arnøya
Mind the gap madam
Ursala and Thomas celebrating their 25th Wedding anniversary at the lodge. Skol!!
May 16 - Extraordinary! Midnight Sun skiing, what more can I say except I wait 365 days to do this again and again year after year... come and join us...
A moment you could freeze in time
So many colours, it's becomes an overload of sensations
Helped of course via a bottle of champagne!
May 15 - Fine weather and freezing temperatures over night made for a great traverse of Blåtinden on Uløya Island for Paul's group. The mid night sun is soon upon us only 2 days to go!
Spring joy on Uløya
Calm waters at Havnnes today
Susie taking break mid mountain
The views from Blåtinden Uløya are some of the finest across to the Lyngen Alps Peninsula
May 14 - high winds today made for some combat skiing high on the mountain on Sorbmegaisa for Paul's group. It was however perfect conditions for ski kiting, so we took to the wind on Storhaugen who needs lifts anyway?!
No skins on skis needed to climb - the kite can take up way up the mountain. I prefer wind still and powder but you've got to make the most of what we have!
May 13 - What a start to the week, fresh powder!! It feels like March not May. Brilliant skiing and fun all round.
Sweet conditions for May
Now there's a criminal looking bunch! One Kiwi, One Swede and One Norwegian
Elisabeth outh the office and loving the thought of every step is one more fresh powder turn
Helping hands carrying Inge upwards
A climb to the top is perfect for....
A yoga pose
An endless winter seems to be here...
May 10 & 11 - Long boat journey to ski the scenic Trolltinden on Arnøya Island. Bonus today was seeing thousands of Reindeer on their migration path to the coastal regions for the their summer feeding. Another weeks wraps up and I'd like to thank all our new friends for great week skiing at the lodge and welcome back again!
Something feels out of place when you walk past a fishing boat in your ski boots
Storehaugen skied today - mid angled mountains providing the best skiing at present
Our USA and Swedish groups looking still fresh by Friday and loving the Kastle 97's skis, they're the real tools for touring.
May 9 - Beautiful day of sunshine and no wind...! Paul's group headed to Egnesdalen and Burkhard for a double trip 1) on the boat to the Penninsula and 2) to Storhaugen for a final leg burner... photos today from the top are Paul x3 and Burkhard x3
Jeff and Mary feeling the Summit To Sea spirit of Norway
Intriguing shadows break up the ascent route high above the fjord
Spring conditions allow for safe group skiing on the descent
Nina and Rolf Erik from Oslo on the summit of Storhaugen
Frank apart from being an excellent skier he's also a shepherd in his spare time
Frank off to a fine start from the summit of Storhaugen
May 7 - New groups from USA, UK, Norway and Sweden. Paul's group Tom, Rob, Mary Jeff from USA and Johan and Kenneth from Sweden. Burkhard's group welcomes return guests Frank, Pat and daughter Justine from UK, Steve UK, Rolf & Nina Norway and Colin journalist from UK. Paul headed up behind the lodge and Burkhard to havnnes.
On the boat with safety briefing and route for the day explained
Onwards and upwards
Mary from the USA in great form above the lodge
Burki's group - let's see how fresh the look come Friday!
May 4 - Bluebird day and it's off to Kågen for a traverse of the island in perfect powder and a great last day for the groups this week.
Thanks to all for a very nice week including the Norwegian humour!
Skiing towards the beginning of the east descent traverse of Storesandnestinden
Ready for the off, it's great powpow below
so amny different views and slopes make this traverse a favourite
Climbing the magic tower ridge to ski the almost never skied bowl of powder
The bowl to somewhere
Thank you for the creation of snow!
May 1 - Woopii!! Fresh snowfall overnight to sea level! The Norgies and Italianos with paul and Burkhard enjoyed excellent fresh snow turns from summit to sea. More snow on the way so May is getting off to a great start.
Arthur ripping it tele style... he's a pro
Knut chatting with the locals...
Monika and Michael from South Tirol Italy climbing through the wonderful forest above the lodge
Coffee break middle ridge Sorbmegaisa, who's got the biscuits?
April 29 - Another week begins! We welcome groups from Norway and Italy (south Tirol). There's been a few warm days lately but overnight it froze and the skiing was positively good on the home mountain Storhaugen (guided by Burkhard) and Paul guide has returned and is guiding one of the groups which headed to Uløya island today. Photos from Paul.
The weather cleared for great first day on the summit of Kjelvågtinden on Oløya Island
Safety breifing on board the Spirit of Lyngen - everyone looking more relaxed knowing that we have emergency beer on board!
Super style Monica! Getting into full swing for the first decent of the week
Tom telemark the hero of telemark...
It's the first swim of the week for the Norwegains... tough guys
April 25 - Spring sunshine prevails and with some colder nights good corn snow conditions looks promising. Today's mountain was the wonderful smooth ramp system of Sorbmegaisa south route from Egnesdalen. We love the views high above the lodge across to the Lyngen Peninsula and this truly is ski touring Norway at it's finest. Photo today from Burkhard.
April 22 - A new week but still the same sunshine! We welcome William and Brigid from Australia, Stuart from Switzerland and from Oslo Hans the journalist, Pål, Lars and Andreas, all guided from returning Burkhard from our sister compnay Piste To Powder in Austria. First day was straight into the boat and down to Skjeret for a lovely beach drop off and ski from Blåtinden.
Dropping off at the lovely Skjeret deserted beach
The Norwegians striding ahead towards the summit high above the fjord
Who said reindeers don't ski tour...?
Pål having some tele action
Cold beer anyone? This old 40 year old fridge on the beach comes in handy now and again!
April 18 - Blue Bird!! Early start to Ytre Gammvika and a crossing to Store Galten for Stefan's group and Rissavarri for Neil's group in Kåfjord. The conditions are sensational with cold powder on upper mountain and not a breath of wind anywhere.
A wonderful Arctic Sun Spectra high over the glacier
Smiles as the summit to reached
The spectacular summit at the northern tip of the Lyngen Peninsula is reached with views far out into the Barrent Sea
April 17 - The sun keeps blazing down and the fjord is mirror calm enabling smooth beach drop offs to Blåtinden on Uløya and Neil's group to Nordmannvikdalen for a snowmobile drop off. Again great conditions and luckily all groups are seeing the best of Lyngen and the islands in lovely spring weather.
It's a beach drop off and by the looks of things, it's fun already!
Heading up to Bøåtinden and the views on this mountain are totally captivating
There's always one who shows the chicken breast!
April 16 - Another sun filled day in powder as Stefan's group headed into the Nordmannvikdalen for a snow mobile pull into the long valley to access the wonderful peak inside the Kipperdalen. Neil's group headed to Uløya and enjoyed fall line skiing directly down to beach... a snowboarding dream!
The lodge skidoo towing the group into the location for start the tour deep inside the valley
Heading up after the snow mobile pull into the Kipperdalen
Views from high up over the Lyngen Fjord
Have you guys been practising synchronized skiing before you booked your trip? ... or did Stefan tell you do it?!!
Tim on harmonika, singing for powder. It's a musical lodge this week
It's a long descent in sweet snow and no one in sight!
A musical lodge this week
April 15 - We welcome our new groups but very importantly we welcome our newest family member Finlay Roy Austick as the lodge team mascot! Finlay came to the world 12 April after a snowstorm drive to Tromsø at 2am. Veronika and baby are well and soon will be skiing! Groups wise we welcome back Neil Mcnabb snow boarding and our Norwegian X Olympic team members from yesteryear! Perfect conditions in Lyngen for skiing with sunshine and corn snow. Skiing photos soon to follow...
Finlay already has life in control "it's time to chillout guys"...
April 9 - Lyngen skiing at it's best with stabilizing conditions, great snow and sunshine. Petter and Paul's group headed to Uløya, Pio behind the lodge and Elisabeth and I managed a few hours off to ski in a newly visited Valley and couloir on the Northern Lyngen Peninsula. Brilliant!!!
First pictures from Peter's group...
Captain Idse describing the route for the day onboard the boat the Spirit of Lyngen
Docking at Havnnes in wind still conditions
Lisi and Christian heading towards Kjelvagtinden on Uløya Island
Thomas wedel meister
Pio's group next up... enjoying top conditions
Skinning with nice safety distance on the top steep ramp
Sylvia laying tracks down the top section
and she won't stop....
Sylvia, Mirjam, Pio guide and Gisela - Photos from Thomas
An office day out into the Goddeskoarru Lyngen peninsula
Conditions stabalizing well and our plan for the day was to climb and ski this nice couloir located inside the Goddeskoarru Lyngen Peninsula.
Straight off the boat it's steep up and away from the beach
Incredible scenery in an isolated place
Steep dominating rock pillars - good rock for a summer climbing visit
Elisabeth climbing the upper mountain section
A strange legged animal up ahead
Not the best place for lunch but the skiing began steep off the top, Elisabeth waiting under the rocky ridge
Good snow and Elisabeth in full flow
Another jewel of a ski line that ends right into the sea
April 8 - Welcoming back groups from 2 seasons ago. Sensational conditions are here to stay with todays groups experiencing great snow conditions, sunshine, reindeers on the mountain, a sea eagle and 3 big cod fish! Below Pio's group and second Peter Gross's group.
Pio arriving Havnnes via the boat. These Kastle skis rock!
Talk about a donkey following a carrot! I'll follow Mirjam anywhere!!
Pio, Thomas, Gisela, Sylvia and Mirjam working their way up
Sylvia on her second visit to the lodge is back in the groove
That's a good sign right there... a 5kg cod!
Beautiful cod... but she's a female and full of eggs and about to spawn so she's gonna go back into the fjord
This one's a male and a keeper for tomorrow's dinner. Thomas hooked this beauty!
Peter Gross group on Storhaugen today, enjoying freshies all the way from Summit To Sea.
Lizzie in full flow just loving the Kastle's new touring weapon the TX 97!
Loving those curves
Peter Gross (guide) feeling back at home
Group avalanche training always takes place on the first day at the lodge.
April 4 - Snow from the north - sun from the south - the weather changed today every 5 minutes! Daniel's group headed to Sorbmegaisa middle ridge and I headed first to Kågen but we were beaten back by intense snowfall and then headed to Helgeli for some visibility in the trees.
On route to Kågen on the Spirit of Lyngen
The sun broke through into magic trees of Helgeli
Bjorn squeezing through some tight trees
Trixie from Ausrtria smiling from morning til night
Atospheric light over the Lyngen Alps
The forest fights back this week...
April 3 - Another bluebird day, no wind and powder. Groups headed to Egnesdaltinden north ramp and Daniel over to Tafeltinden on the large Strupbreen glacier on the Lyngen Peninsula. Brilliant another dau in ski paradise!!!
Bjorn and Michael (father and son synchro)
Jana getting some freshies
None stop powpowtop to bottom
Daniel's group heading to Tafeltinden on the main Lyngen Peninsula
April 2 - Havnnes beach off and lovely ascent and descent from Kjelvågtinden direct to the beach in perfect powder. Daniel's group headed to Store Kågtinden for another great day in the sensational snow.
En route to Store Kågtinden
Graham's group on Havnnes
Arriving Havnnes via the Spirit of Lyngen
Classic skiing norway views
The view from Kjelvågtinden across towards the Lyngen Fjord
Ales in full tele mode
Boat skiing Norway - it's something special fisnishing your skiing on a sandy snow covered beach
April 1 - New groups arrive and we welcome 2 groups from Austria, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, UK and Belgium. Perfect conditons with cold temperatures and mega powder!
Karen approaching Dalbergen
On route up towards the week's first summit for a good warm up
Ales from Sweden telemarking like a proper Scandinavian
Karen's 40th Birthday -I thought it was her 21st!! It's been a long ski day... John's eyes are locked onto the dessert!
March 29 - Great conditions return with cold weather after the storm! Overnight the snow dried out and provided sensational skiing for Hannes's group on Gillavarri and Daniel's group on Trolltinden.
Happy days Markku has forgotten the rain!
Lorenz high above the fjord and fuelled after lunch
Who loves you Daddy - Beat on top
Kristina kicking back on the summit
Karin von Die Schweiz in full control
Lorenz blazing some carving turns in the powder
Markku dreaming of Finland
March 26 - welcoming new groups from Italy, Switzerland, Finnland, USA and Sweden. New snow falling and it looks a promising week ahead. Groups began with training on Storhaugen and Uløya with some boat action. Daniel and Hannes guiding this week.
March 23 - Perfect last day of the week with Uløya in great light and conditions today. We finished the week off with a dolphin display on the boat journey home. Thanks to all guests and see you next year!
More than just a ski holiday!
On the Spirit of Lyngen for a boat drop off to the island of Uløya
Steve ready for the last day
Great ambience with a mixture of cloud and sun towards Kjelvågtinden
Dirk high above the fjord and good snow too
"Tomba" Oli carving it up
A new friend joining the us for the journey home... and his 20 other friends!
March 21 - Perfect sunshine and groups headed the Peninsula for a remote beach ski experience. Great snow and terrain fitting for another film setting for Lord of the rings!
Down at the beach, left to right: Sarah, Steve, Ruth, "Tomba Oli" Natasha, Dirk and Gurtrud
Dirk and Gertrud closing in on the col for lunch
Skiing through the gates of Moldal
More snow coming? A perfect halo around the sun
March 20 - Our condolences to the familes of the tragic accident that occured yesterday when a group of skiers on a sail boat were involved in an avalanche accident in our local mountains. The group were not connected with Lyngen Lodge but the lodge was used as a base for rescue operations. Our groups today visited areas away from the accident scene and had a calm reflective day on Kågen and Gillavari.
A peaceful day over a still fjord
Gurtrud from Belgium cruising the soft snow mid mountain.
Areas of good snow are found in areas sheltered from the wind
Steve from the USA, enjoying some great turns towards Olderdalen
Low altitudes below 600m are offering the best skiing today
March 18 - New guests from Austria, USA, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany arrived for another week of skiing in sunshine! Fresh snow overnight cleared to sunshine for our first warm up day with avalanche snow safety training and some great skiing on Storhaugen and Uløya.
Natasha upwards to Storhaugen south summit
Along the windy ridge
Steve in good form for the first day
Avalanche group training - searching for the buried transceiver
March 15 - Island Kågen traverse with transport from the Spirit of Lyngen to a beach drop off. Brilliant traverse through varied and spectacular landscape. Photos today from Mark Schofield UK (Hannes's group)
Beach drop off at low tide - Hannes's group even brought along their own clown in yellow pants for the week nice pants "Hannes"!
Onwards and upwards out of the forest
View over to the islan of Laukøya
This Kågen traverse winds through many valleys with towering rock walls creating a completely unique "Lyngen Ski" experience
March 14 - Powder skiing at it's best! Overnight snow and waking to a clearing sky and sunshine was not a dream today! Behind the lodge gave the most fresh snow in the region and Storhaugen and Sorbmegaisa provided sensational skiing today.
Simon bagging fresh tracks
Jamie not sure to look at the snow or the view
The panorama view point - no buses here!
The summit ridge between the north and south summit
Hannes's group heading up
Simon loving the powpow
Jamie with one long open face below his feet...
March 13 - after heavy snowfall at the lodge overnight, conditions were very promising for an excellent day skiing as the clouds lifted during breafast. Nacho's group and mine headed on the boat to Blaatinden and Hannes to Giilavarri. The weather from the north delivered fresh snow squalls all day and in between the sun windows we had super great skiing in perfect powder.
Nacho's thumbs up and Javier heading to the beach drop off
Idse skippering the Zodiac away from the Spirit of Lyngen to the beach
Simon and Jamie lapping up the views high above the fjord to Blåtinden
Perfect fresh pow
So good we did it again!
Javier, Inigo, Blas and Fernando part of Nacho Morales group from Spain heading up towards Blåtinden
March 12 - Full snow storm from the north brought lots of snow, best skiing today was below 700m as the wind was very strong on the high mountain. Uløya, Giilavarri and Sorbmegaisa provided groups with some good powder skiing.
Jamie in complete snow storm at 500m but the powder building up!
Action in the trees - pulling off an new unseen before jump style!
Simon heading for the forest with better visibility
Welcoming our groups from Spain, USA, UK and Catalonia. The clouds cleared early morning and the sun appeared on Sorbmegaisa located south of the lodge and on the island of Uløya providing good powder skiing mid mountain. Nacho visiting guide from Spain and my group took the Spirit of Lyngen to Havnnes and Hannes with his group up to Sorbmegaisa. Good start to the week with snow forecast tonight.
Jamie a returning for his second visit to lodge brought his brother Simon to experience the Lyngen skiing
Lunch stop high above the Rotsund
Nacho's group reaching the summit of Kjelvågtinden
Jamie enjoying first turns for the week
Simon heading for the deckchair on the beach below
YES!! The 2012 ski season begins with a welcome of 3 groups for the first week. One group from Norway the second a mixture from Switzerland, UK, France and the third from the UK. It's been a late snow start for the season but the snow has arrived (two days ago!) and provided some excellent powder skiing on Store Haugen and Uloya. Great to be back in action on skis!
Rhian and Claire from the UK climbing above Havnnes on Uløya Island
Sensational early season light with clouds forming and a low sun
Rhian enjoying the powder first tracks
Great turns in fresh powder for as far as the eyes can see...
Stefan's groups from Norway heading to the summit of Kjelvagtinden on Uløya
Knut, Ola, Erik, Geir, Stein and Andreas. Ot sure in that order but they are up there!
Knut, Claire and Andreas boarded on the Spirit of Lyngen boat for the fjord crossing.
Happy New Year 2012!
A wonderful new year was celebrated with the Family Riva from Madrid, Fabien and Karen Clerc from Switzerland/Singapore, Family Fennessy from Oxford, Paul and Renate from Australia/Poland and finally family Skibeli from Stavanger. The weekend included, dog sledding, mountain walking, open fires and Elisabeth's secret Troll Gluwein! The northern lights even out shone the fire works! Happy New Year all and thank you all for a wonderful time, see you next year!
View over the Lyngen Fjord 31st December.
Memories are made of these moments
A fire outside at midnight to ring in the new year
Elisabeth's Christmas decor
The New Year's setting
Families from all corners of the world celebrate together
Mother nature had prepared her own fire work display
Lift off towards Sweden
Autumn light late afternoon reflecting over a still fjord. Nice photography conditions with the low sun creating great light on both the mountains and fjords. Winter seems just around the corner now as the evenings are bringing close to freezing temperatures.
Northern Lights return to Lyngen, visit for January is ideal for winter conditions.
Summer adventures on a daily basis with the last remaining days of the midnight sun. The light is extremely colourful now around midnight. We welcome our Spanish Sanchez family from Madrid, who decided on a Lyngen Fjord sea safari to catch fish and see the ice walls by the fjord and also today the Mollisfossen waterfall on the Reisa canyon river. Great adventures!
Midnight Sun 11.30pm over Spåkenes
Arriving Havnnes to visit the Dry Fishing port
Hmmm something smells fishy around here
Fjord safari to the icewalls of Lyngen
I booked a summer holiday...
We've caught dinner, 5kg cod
Reisa River tour to Mollisfossen
Now deep inside the canyon landscape of the national park
Lots of water today after heavy rain last night, creates an impressive flow over the 270m cliff down to the Reisa River
July 16: The Midnight Sun has 10 days remaining before it sets again below the horizon and now the richness of colours around 12am set a perfect landscape for Peter and Lucy taking the photography course during their stay. After breakfast we all headed out for a sea safari around the Lyngen Fjord, taking in the tour of the dry fish harbour of Havnnes, then a lunch at the bird sanctuary, touching the ice walls still right down to sea level on the Lyngen Peninsula and ending the day with a 8kg Cod fish, caught by Veronika but reeled in by Harry!
Peter and Lucy fully focused on camera settings!! Great students!!
The Midnight sun at 12am over the northern Lyngen Fjord
Dry Fish hanging at Havnnes
The Spirit of Lyngen boat on anchor over lunch
A wonderful soft sandy beach in sunshine made for a welcome lunch break
Harry, Leo and Charlie heading back to the Spirit on the small tender dingy
Harry not so sure if holding the cod fish is quiet so fun as reeling it in...
July 13: We welcome the arrival of the Thomas family from the UK. Today's activity was river crossings, setting up a lavvo tent, cooking lunch over an open fire, climbing to the top of Hammarsletta viewpoint... not bad for a family of 6 including a hardy 5 year old named Leo! Photos from Peter (the dad) who's also on a photo course to learn a few camera tricks!
Top of Hammasletta, left to right and below: Lucy, Harry, Peter, Annette, Leo and Charlie
The river crossing, Charlie is determined not to get any wet socks!
Lucy and Charlie below the water shoot
Steve and Laura brought the kitchen to the mountain, it's BBQ time!
Leo finding a tree that felt like a horse
July 12: We provided a welcome deserved stay for our 4 German cyclists who started in Oslo and will reach the North Cape later this week. All in all they will cycle 2141km, all 4 walked into the lodge like John Wayne after 19 days of peddling. The jacuzzi was well used, dinner was all eaten and Heronimus, Georg, Willi and Max didn't want to check out! Good luck further guys!
July: The warmest period in July on record provided 30 degrees in the Lyngen Alps which helped provide an almost tropical feel for our UK, French and Norwegian visiting group from London this weekend. Knut, Monica, John, Helene, Anthony, Harriet and Bianca stayed 2 days and spent Saturday on a long sea safari, fishing and site seeing on the Lyngen Fjord. Knut caught the largest fish of the day a 11kg Sei (coley) see below. The highlight of the weekend I think was Graham's (my) BBQ, I think everyone will agree on that, the flames were quite impressive!!!
Left to right: John, Anthony, Bianca, Monica, Helene, Knut and Harriet on route up towards the view point over the Lyngen Fjord at Hammersletta above the lodge.
Knut and John on the descent
A visit to Havnnes to see the dry fishing techniques
Monica presenting a unique style of scarf and the irresistible new fragrance from "Cod"
A still day on the fjord not a breath of wind in site
Knut showing that he's not lost his Norwegian skills in catching fish, here a 11kg Sei (coley)
Bianca taking the helm of the Spirit of Lyngen
On the Sunday morning a nice walk to Dalbergen above the lodge
Helene, Anthony, Bianca and Knut writing names in the mid summit book!