April to May skiing is providing perfect spring skiing conditions and so much snow this year that we’ll be skiing in June. A short month round of skiing below.Janet Summit To Sea directAtlantic dolphins visiting the Lyngen Fjord and passing our boat within only a few metersSkiing by boat from from the lodge to ski on UløyaDavid ski touring in Norway high above the fjordsGail from Scotland on Uløya with the Lyngen Alps in the back groundNorthern Norway all year roundStill fjord makes for wonderful reflections across to the Lyngen AlpsSpirit of Lyngen transporting skiers from the Lyngen Lodge to the north for skiingThe midnight sun is looming and the light is simply spectacular over the northern horizonMatts showing just how it’s done in the deep powder entering the forestSmoking powder on SorbmegaisaBeach drop off with the family!Yeps here I amAcross the wond blow summit region of Blåtinden UløyaBurkhard’s group headed to Blåtinden and the conditions are brilliant after the heavy snow that løanded in the Lyngen Alps region
April 4 – is heaven the place where it snows in the night and only sunshine during the day? Well if it is then I’ve arrived.The best day, perfect powder, low avalanche risk, sunshine and good company!Gemma deep in the white cloudJamie powering downSimon in top gear to the sea belowMark thinking of booking another tripIt’s time to cancel your flight home and rethink the career path…Jamie in the lower section just entering the forestMid mountain on the ascentUpwards with wonderful views over the northern part of the Lyngen FjordOne ascent is not enough so we did it 3 times…
April 2 – heavy snow (powder snow) fell again mid morning providing incredible skiing through the Kåfjord trees. Temperatures remain lower than forecasted and the powder really dry and cold. Check the action… 🙂
Gemma full power turns into the deep snow of the forest
Dougal getting the powder rush above the trees on Sorbmegaisa
Simon and Gemma sharing turns on the ramp above the trees
Mark’s first time to Lyngen and maybe not his last
Ripping some sweet lines between the birch treesGo BIG or…
April 1 – Welcoming another week and 3rd time returners from the UK – The Ashwell family and Dirk and Gertrud from Belgium. Other first time guests from the UK, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, full name mentions later in the week with photos. Great conditions prevail at the lodge this week with powder and empty mountains!Graham’s group with Jamie and co, it’s his third week visit and a new descent for him today down Uløytinden in smoking powpowGemma approaching the first summit of day Kjelvågtinden on UløyaAnyone fancy a cod head? These fellas are hung to dry for 3 months then shipped to Africa for fish head soup, yummy & healthy…Doug (Lukas group) off the boat with skis in handThe Ashwell family left to right Jamie, mark, Simon and GemmaDaniel Schliefsteiner and Yves from SwitzerlandDaniel’s group heading up through prestine powder snow.Excellent telemarker in action – Juan getting low down on SorbmegaisaFernando shreading the pow on UløyaHappy days Lukas’s group loving Blåtinden’s excellent views over the Lyngen AlpsSkipper mat wading in for a beach drop offJuan above the Spirit of Lyngen on Arnøya IslandLukas guiding in actionIt’s been windy, no lunch stop here…If you have a good pair of binoculars Alvaro would see the back of his head!Diego heading down for a beach pick up with the ski boat back to the lodgePepe showing the young guns how to shread itEnrique Jr. enjoying the snow down to the sea on Arnøya
March 21 – NRK Norway national TV station arrived to film our operations for a safety documentary for education which will appear soon on in Norway. Luckily the weather was perfect sunshine and no wind which provided ideal conditions for a glacier day on the Strupbreen and an island traverse of Uløya for both groups.
In Sync across the Strupbreen Glacier
It’s a long way up from the boat
summSweet line down BlåtindenStrong winds provided high lenticular clouds over the fjord, great views in still good snowIt’s a rock in the forest! Not a too close to the edge cornice moment! Left to right David, Sandy, orange hat Patrick! and CharlieThere are several way on how to ski over streams, this is recommended way…High on Uløya with Mikal’s groupJohn from the UK closing in on the South summit of StorhaugenLess wind today made for a pleasant ascent where the scenery could be enjoyed rather than the view of the inside of your jacket hood!Steve getting loud cheers for his outstanding King Crab creationsThe long Viking style dining table is cosy, social and sometimes noisy with BIG ski stories!!!This is why we ski… powder, blue sky and deep inky blue fjord below. Nice turns!Powder to the arm pits? Mid mountain on the spectacular Gillivarri high above Olderdalen in KåfjordFlorian’s group left to right Sojiro, Marika, Richard and FredMarika making the journey from Japan was worth every turn of the 20.000 miles!Lyngen Alps behind, the Lyngen Fjord below and Gillivarri under the feetThat’s deep snow right there, Gillivarri taking most of the deepest snow this last stormFred in actionStefan’s group summiting out.Natalia lapping up the fun with powder from top to bottomMariko from Japan deep down in the powEndless turns directly to the beach and a cold beer on ice waiting on the boat!!Just what the doctor ordered – waist deep powder lighter than Japan!Richard heading for a tight gap in the trees and looking like he isn’t wanting to stop for any photoSki touring in Norway at it’s best and the mountains above the Lyngen Lodge offer direct access to the best skiing on bad weather days in the Lyngen AlpsSorjiro heading up in the trees above the lodgeA brief opening in the clouds allowed a perfect descent from the summit. Then the clouds came back and it’s snowed ever since none stop!Mid mountain on StorhaugenOur classic home mountain and so fine she is…A brief opening in the clouds between heavy snow bursts gave us a wonderful view down the fjord todaySmiles all round with Stefan guide, Anne and Malcolm gearing up for the day aheadOlli the sauna king from Finland, about to lay the skin on his “water skis”The forests of the Lyngen Alps, kåfjord and Troms in general are all birch trees which provide great dry bark for starting BBQ’s and photo props!Pernilla our sausage queen seemingly very motivated to get the BBQ into actionHigh on the Sormegaisa Plateau with a cold wind making lunch a quick stop onlySwiss power, close to the top, the lodge right belowThe top ramp is nicely angled to let the skis run…Swiss power!Heading up the middle ridge of Sorbmegaisa with the Lyngen Fjord and the Lyngen Lodge visible left corner of photo.Reaching the wonderful point of Dalbergen over the Lyngen FjordFrom left to right Neville, Caroline, Jan and Ilene claiming victoryTracks from a lynx wandering through winter landscape
Dogsledding and ice fishing have been favourite activities for our January visitors. Strong northern lights have provided exciting evening shows and there’s more to come for those of you due a visit with us in February.Snow mobile tour to see the winter solstice
Megumi and Matt
Wonderful route through picturesque scenery
The light to the south remains intensely coloured for around 4 hoursPolar light through the day, this magical light lasts 5 hours
Veronika and Finlay out for spot of fishing
Back to basics – hunting and collecting. One nice cod for dinner.
It’s almost dark but the light still shines on the mountains from the hidden sunIt has arrived! Snow, snow, snow. We are crazy for skiing. The ski season began with a quick ski… ok it was on the roof of the lodge but it still counts!!!
The feeling the snow gives you is undescribable – You feel you could fly with the eagles
OK, no big mountain but it feels so good to slide again even if on the lodge roof….
Kastle skis youngest sponsored skier – (lowest in the photo!) Finlay (6 months) gets some ski action with papa!Laurence first day at exploring the fun of a glacier day
Louisa loving the giant freezer
River boat tour up to Norththern Norway’s highest waterfall – Mollisfossen
Sea Kayaking with Tom in the Lyngen Fjord
The amazing hike to Rotsund high mountain lake
Old trees mark the path
Rebecca Street and Steve finding a herd of reindeer high up on Uloya island
Photo: Rebecca Street
They seemed to like the snow, keeping cool in the summer warmth along the coast
Photo: Rebecca Street
Jumping across a deep blue gap. The ice is brilliant blue on sunshine days
Learning the skills before the real climbing starts
Lowering by rope into a crevasse is the best way to feel the magesty of the inside of a glacier
There is only one way out! Rebecca drawing on her rock climbing experience
Steve showing great skill and strength for his first day ever on ice
The glacier day is open for all active and experienced mountain walkers. Rebecca Street on her way up from another blue experience
It’s a whopper – 170m down into the narrow gorge
On the bridge with Ian, Sue, Laurence and Luisa
Visiting the historic copper mine
A lunch spot with a drop!!!
The scenic and peaceful Strupbreen. Only accessible via boat. Our new boat for the summer sport “The Cod Father”
Reindeers greet us as we arrived onto the beach
Ice adventure with a tour through the labyrinth of ice corridors
Checking out the techniques before the real ice climbing…
Anke showing talent for her first try ever at ice climbing and the rope makes it more relaxed!
Stefan showing how it’s done! Climbing out from a very blue slot in the ice.Pernilla hiking the trail up the ridge above the waterfall
River boat up towards the Mollisfossen waterfall
Frank and Gabriel at the foot of the rainbow
Pernilla feeling free
On board for the journey down river
BBQ Lyngen Lodge style – reindeer burgers!Summer season has begun with an incredible nature tour to Reisa Valley. So much wildlife in one day, moose, reindeer, golden eagles and the icing on the cake was a once in a life time sight of a wild Wolverine from 20 meters distance. A truly brilliant start to the season.
The chances of seeing a wolverine in the wild face to face is like winning the lottery. As we paddled down river he seemed just as interested in us as we were of him as he scurried along the river bank! I fumbled for my camera in the shock and managed to capture him in a panic as the canoe rolled from side to side in the current. He’s an aggressive hunter for reindeer, a lonesome traveller and extraordinary rare. Think of him as a cross between a bear and a badger type animal which moves like a Komodo Dragon!
Over the hanging bridge
An exposed cliff walk with a safety cable makes the heart race
It’s off to Imofosen and the unique “Box Canyon” waterfall
Up the ladder through the rock garden
The terrain is almost fairy tale like with hidden lakes and mesmerizing reflections
The river before the waterfall
Sheer power and volume as it plunges into the box canyon
Down river in the open canoe
Reindeers beside the river
Mid river the Mollisfosen waterfall is in full flow
The powerful spray almost knocks Tom over. Nature in full force