March 31: Waist deep fluffy powder today! Along the ridge behind the lodge is the un-named peak north of Staluvarri, this provided excellent powder skiing between the broken cloud and snowfall today. Probably the deepest snow of the week as Dirk was definitely needing a snorkel on a few turns!Dirk neck deep in KåfjordDrifting cloud creating a real Arctic environment on the ascent todayApproching the summit just as the cloud was clearing for lunch
March 30: Another sensational couple of days here in Lyngen, lots of snow and both Kagen and Sorbmegaisa provided an amazing skiing adventure for both groups.Daniel checking new ski lines for future visits on the Lyngen PeninsulaIsland traverse of Kagen leads through wonderful contrasting scenery
Daniel’s group approaching the east side of Kagen
Deep powpow on the glacierHigh above the Lyngen Fjord
Powpow a la carteThe Cod Father is home
Dirk meeting the new local talent…
March 28: Lyngen shows her true colours today with perhaps the lightest snow since October last year. Champagne powder over the entire range with a progressively stabilizing snow pack. Both groups used the boat to access some terrain which was nothing short of incredible.Heading up in good weather withe Lyngen Fjord on the opposite side
The Spirit of Lyngen lying on anchor for a beach drop off.Dirk from Belgium woop woopThomas from Austria, super styleShow casing again, Thomas heading for the fjord
A perfect Apres Ski beach
March 27: Incredible powder day behind the lodge kicks off an excellent first day for our new guests at the lodge. We welcome Daniel Schliefsteiner guide from Switzerland and his group and my international group here for the week. There was a mixture of snowfall and sunshine today and super powder from Storehaugen.Untracked
It was so deep it took the goggles…It’s the first time in a while we’ve seen across the fjord… and we’re super happy to see it back!
A hole in the clouds, looked like the arrival of a new world
Thomas from Austria, lapping up the Norwegian powder
Lyngen Lodge fully covered in deep snow
March 25: The snow continues to fall and fall and the powder is extremely deep. Skiers headed into the Rotsund Valley for more amazing tree runs in light champagne powder. The forecast is for more powder next week.Skinning up through the trees of the Rotsund Valley
A short distance above the trees and the visibilty disappears, so it’s back to the trees for the best skiing
Heading off for another round of 500m of tree skiing
March 23: Heavy snow a wind made for some intersting skiing on the Uloyø island. Both groups headed up above the tree line and made it just short of the summit due to heavy snow. Good skiing on low angled slopes especially in the trees.
Moving up towards the summit of Kjelvågtinden
The steep walls below Store Haugen the lodge home mountain
A fast storm moved in so we headed for the trees for some excellent powder skiing. Sverre in action.
March 21: A truly top day for skiing on Kågen for an island traverse taking in the spectacular summit of Store Sandnestinden. The day started off fine with good sunshine and a little fresh snow from last night too covering mid mountain with a few cm’s of fresh snow. Our Norwegian group are fighting fit and and we made the summit in good time, just before the next approaching storm arrived. Back at the lodge it’s hot-tub time, afternoon tea and a 3 course fish dinner.
Lyngen Peninsula on the far horizon comes into view on the summit ridge of Store Sandnestinden
Knut boarding the Spirit of Lyngen ready for the journey to Kågen
Let’s check the course skipper
After the beach drop off it’s time for uphill action
Knut Aanesen climbing the steep final slope with skis on rucksack to the col of Store Sandnestinden
The descent to the east side of Kågen
Back at the lodge for what’s needed… relaxing, good wine and freshly prepared fish. Skål!!
March 20: We welcome Erland Bassøe’s group from Oslo who are returning after a last season’s weekend visit, this year they will for ski 6 days with Picco and myself. The first day we headed up to Hammarvikdalen to find some softer snow blown from the wind. Today was pretty windy so we stayed off the high summit regions. Snow was good and very nice snow in the forests back to the lodge.
First day is snow safety education for all groups, here we’re testing the signal on the avalanche transceivers. Knut approaching…
On the way uptowards Hammarvikdalen
Super windy approaching the col between Storehaugen and Sorbmegaisa
Heading up towards Giilivarri above Olderdalen
On the summit and soon ready for an excellent ski down.
March 10: A wonderful day with sun and lighter winds! Our journey was to the north point of our islands in the Lyngen region to experience the amazing scenery from Arnøya Island. The Spirit of Lyngen was loaded with supplies and we headed 1 hour reach the base of Trolltinden on Arnøya. After the previous days winds we expected hard snow conditions but the views are outstanding and definitely worth the journey. Stefan’s group headed to Sorbmegaisa behind the lodge and reported firm snow conditions but excellent sunshine and brilliant scenery.
Andre boarding the Spirit
Heading North running with the waves, it’s going to a fun ride!
Up on the ascent where with every turn the views are just mind blowingly stunning
Anyone at home???
Summit team, Rolf, Glen, Irene, Gemma, Jamie, Bruce, Andre and skipper David
Andre styling downwards, his kit’s a bit old and knackered but he’s hardcore and well used
Oh yer, Arctic beer served on deck – now that’s what we call an apres sea party….
March 9: Super strong winds made for interesting ski touring today! Both Stefan’s and my group headed round to Rotsundalen to try and find a wind shadow within the forest as the winds on fjord side were extremely strong today. We made it to 700m before the wind made the decision for us to return to the valley below. Good soft packed skiing mid mountain gave way to excellent breakable powder for the last 200m in the trees! All in all a great Arctic experience…
After the ski day concluded and the storm abated we headed to the bird sanctuary for some sight seeing
Glen and Gemma shouldering the strong winds
A well behaved group today!
To escape the wind we grabbed a sandwich at this wonderful newly opened mountain restaurant!
The view from the bird sanctuary on Spåkennes
March 8: The sun made an appearance today, and finally we could see the mountains! My group skied Giilivarri above the village of Olderdalen and found great snow on the massive open slopes that are just perfect for freeriding. Stefan with his group skied Kjelvågtinden on Uløya Island and reported the same fast compact snow.
Glen and Andre reaching the upper section on Giilivarri
Gemma high above the fjord with a strong breeze creating a smokey surface
The summit party
Rolf carving it up with views from Summit To Sea!
Oh yes the effort was well worth it… the jacuzzi is best motivator for any post summit climb
And at the other end of the fjord was Stefan’s group heading up to Kjelvågtinden on Uløya
Urs from Switzerlandhigh on Kjelvågtinden
Summit 5’s getting ready for the wide carving slopes leading back to the boat
Left to right: Peter, Jutta, Monica, Anich enjoying a beer in the hot-pot post skiing!
March 7: Another snow storm rolls in and drops 20cm of snow upon us. Stefan headed down to Giilavarri for a tree line run and I headed up into the forests behind the lodge for some action between the bark. Snow squalls raced in off the ocean to give us good visibility one minute and a full storm the next. Interesting conditions! But the trees skiing today was top draw.
Left to right: Bruce (SA) Andre (SA) Glen (NZ) Jamie (UK) Gemma (UK)
Irene (CH) Rolf (CH) Graeme (Aberdeen Angus)
Tracking through the silent forest towards Dalbergen
The upper slopes in good powderHappyclappy Scot (Graeme)
Andre carving down – high 5’s all round…
March 6: We welcome this week a international selection of skiers from South Africa, UK and Switzerland. Improving conditions today provided some excellent skiing on Uløya with a direct line to the beach. We began with an avalanche safety briefing with practical session before heading onto the mountain. Above 500m the snow is hard wind blown but nice to ski and below in the forest good sheltered powder snow. My group skied Uløya and Stefan’s behind the lodge at Storehaugen.
The Mr. Graeme from Scotland causing trouble as usual
The dry fish racks at Havnnes, provides a historical tour before we ski
The weather clearing as we reach 600m with super views over the fjord below
A direct line through the forest to the beach was sweeeet
Who let the boarder in??? Andre from South Africa enjoying a different type of beach life to Cape Town SA!
March 3-5: Good snow has returned after a few days of strong storms that kept groups skiing in the trees lines for some days. On Friday we managed to reach a the fine summit of Kjelvågtinden on Uløya island. Despite the challenging conditions all groups enjoyed some good turns and good life in the lodge.
Liz boarding the SOL after heavy snow
Mark, Claire and Liz working their way up through the forest on Uløya
A quick stop in the forest before the we headed into the upper part of the mountain
Claire cruising the powder back to Havnnes
Mark last turns before skiing to the boat
March 1: Good visibility today enabled groups to head both up the centre ridge on Sorbmegaisa and to the south the Engnesdalen route. Due to warm temperatures the snow is wet to the top of the tree line and good snow was found from 600 to 1000m. The forecast is for snow and colder temperatures over the coming days.
Mark working his way up through the forest on Sorbmegaisa
skiing down the open slopes above the fjord
Oliver would like more females to take up ski touring… I mean how could they resist this…
February 28: Fresh snow fell overnight creating surprisingly very nice skiing conditions, although the cloud level was at 500m it did make for some interesting navigation to ski on the mountain today. Hannes took the Spirit of Lyngen to Havnnes and skied Uløya and I skied 2 rounds of the trees on Storehaugen. Guests seemed to like the hot tub this afternoon, there seems to be something about sitting in a hit tub with a beer and fresh snow falling around the lodge.
In the trees at Storehaugen above the lodge
Mark getting in the flow with the fresh snow falling this afternoon
Team extreme checking out the store and the “dry fishies” in Havnnes
A full house just seating for dinner with Elisabeth introducing tonight’s Norwegian dishes.