May 26: Midnight sun skiing behind the lodge in still very good snow conditions. The midnight sun is here and we’ve 24 hours sun, so no better way to see the sun over the Arctic Ocean than to ski! Martin, Elisabeth, Veronika and myself climbed to Storehaugen for some skiing action at 1am. A perfect official end to our ski season, but there’s so much snow that even into June it’s going to be possible to ski.
1am and the sun is gliding along the horizon
Nearing the summit of Storehaugen
At the summit and the sun just catching the clouds as the sun rises east
May 21: A weekend trip up to Storehaugen for Oslo visitors Pernille and Patrick in real spring conditions:
Wind still conditions on the fjord creates mirrored reflections across the fjord
Pernille just reaching above the tree line
Patrick and Pernille at about 1000m with the bird sanctuary far below
Let’s have a look who’s written in the summit book…
Patrick high speed turns in the spring snow
Pernille carving her own lines down to the sea
May 13 – 15: Fine weather and corn snow for Thomas’s group on Arnøya and Kågen traverses.
Leaving the summit plateau for an epic descent in May Lyngen corn snow
Thomas showing his wild side
Joan following the heels of her guide
The Spirit’s wake across the Lyngen Fjord
The crew in perfect syncro…
May 10: Sunshine, frozen snow = perfect corn snow! Thomas headed for the Blåtinden traverse beginning the tour from Havnnes. Skiing down the west side early afternoon provided good skiing and at the foot of the forest they met around 50 reindeer grazing on the early spring shoots on the snow free patches above the beach. Happy days and the good weather is set to continue.
Thomas, Joan, Peter and Patti nearing the summit of Blåtinden (Gary behind the camera!)
The calm Lyngen Fjord creating a scenic back drop to today’s ascent
Sea for two
Joan in full flow
The reindeer have arrived on Uløya for the summer, plenty to eat and no mozzies!
The Spirit of Lyngen awaits on anchor
May 8: We welcome Thomas Hallen (guide) from Switzerland with Gary, Joan, Peter, Patti and two visiting journalits. The sun broke through the cloud around 10am which made for great visibility and skiing conditions on Sorbmegaisa and Giliivarri. Photos today from Thomas.
Moving on up to Gilliivarri
Peter showing us the Canadian skiing skills…
Thomas sea bound
Summit shot witha little wind but great sunshine for the first day
May 5: Lyngen skiing at it’s best. Perfect weather, temperature and snow conditions. Both groups started very early with a 6am breakfast! After boarding the Spirit of Lyngen we beach landed below the glacier at Strupen Bay and headed towards Tafeltinden 1395m then skied the north side down to 900m and skinned again to a small col and skied 200m east, then skins on again and climbed another 250m to fluffy powder, hard powder then wet powder all the back to the boat. Today’s word is “Sensational”
High above Strupen, Brett and Ellyn on their way towards the glacier
The last steps to summit… Ellyn is ready for lunch!!
Susan’s first turns off the summit in fluffy cold powder snow
Ellyn… has already forgotten about the walk up when the pow is this good
Dexter standing on top of the second top of the day
With skiing like this… returning to office next Monday makes going to work totally justifiable…
Boarding the Spirit of Lyngen for the return journey
After Ski/Sea beers… there’s no taste like an Arctic Beer…
Brett in his element pow pow powder
Summit To Sea and the corn snow was sweet
May 2: Windless, sunny and powder. We need nothing more for perhaps one of the top 10 days of the season. Blåtinden traverse on Uløya Island was simple sensational.
Simon Bolton crusing the powder under Blåtinden
Susan and Andrea lapping up the views over the Lyngen Fjord
Making our way across the ridge which offers spectacular views east and west
Dexter in perfect form racing towards the beach
Chrsitoph same deal, powder powder powder
Great day and the beers are on board…
May 1: We welcome our 2 groups this week from USA and Austria. The sun shines providing a perfect first day for the week ahead.
Burkhard’s and my group started the day behind the lodge on Storehaugen, which provided as always a great ski.
The cloud lifted and the sun lit the Lyngen Alps in sunshine…
Ellyn from the USA cranking strong turns from the summit down to the lodge
Summit shot of the crew this week. Left to right: Brett, Andrea; Ellyn, Jed, Susan and Dexter
Jed heading towards the forest with the Lyngen Fjord refecting the sunshine.