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Ski touring in the Lyngen Alps

The Lyngen Alps is a classic destination for ski touring in Norway. Skiing enthusiasts from all over the world come here to ski down the untouched snow-covered mountainsides, which stretch right down to the shores of the Lyngenfjord.

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The ski season in the Lyngen Alps

Variable season start – Skiing under the Northern Lights

The ski season can start early by the Lyngenfjord or it may be long in coming. The first snowfall on the mountain peaks usually comes in October. The temperature and amount of snow vary greatly from year to year, and there is no guarantee that there will be enough snow for ski touring until January.

If you plan to ski in the wintertime, you need the correct equipment including a headlight. The Northern Lights are often visible in the sky at this time of the year, and skiing under the magical Northern Lights is a breathtaking experience you will long remember. Consequently, this time is best for those with a special interest in this. The weather in February is still cold, but the sun starts slowly but surely to warm, and the snow conditions vary greatly.

March and April – The peak season in the Lyngen Alps

In March and April, there is normally an abundance of snow and daylight. Consequently, this is regarded as the best time for ski touring in the Lyngen Alps. During this time of the year, you can enjoy sunshine, good snow conditions and nice temperatures. By mid-April it is no longer dark in the evenings.

May and June – Ski touring in the Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun starts to shine in mid-May, making it light 24/7. You can still find good snow conditions in most places. In the early summer, you can lose track of time by the Lyngenfjord. If you wish, you can ski in the middle of the night and enjoy spectacular views of the Midnight Sun reflected in the fjord from a mountain peak in the Lyngen Alps. 

Where to stay

Regardless of whether you are travelling alone, coming as part of a small group or you are a large group wanting basic or luxurious accommodation, you will find suitable accommodation just a short distance from the Lyngen Alps.

Several of the places to stay offer excellent local food, after-ski, other adventures and views of the fjord and mountains! Some accommodation providers have special offers if you plan to stay for several days or come as a group.

Get the most out of your ski touring holiday

Ski touring with a ski guide

We recommend that you hire a guide with knowledge of the mountains and local avalanche conditions. The guides will primarily customise a ski trip for you and guide you safely to the various peaks in the Lyngen Alps.

Click here to read more about our ski guides.

Boat transport

Some of the peaks in the Lyngen Alps are difficult to access. If you ski one of these mountains, you are guaranteed to make the first tracks in the untouched snow, but you will need a boat to get there. Several places offer boat transportation, which you can easily book by clicking here.

Rental equipment 

Do you prefer to travel light and no bother bringing your own ski gear to the Lyngenfjord? That is no problem at all. You can hire all the gear you need at Elektro-Sport in Lyngseidet. The regular opening hours are Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.00 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Saturday 10.00 – 14.00 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), but on request they can help you outside these hours.

Worth reading

Several good books have been written about ski touring in the Lyngen Alps. We recommend:

Recommended maps

To plan summit ski trips properly, you should have maps of the various mountain areas by the Lyngenfjord. You can buy these online or at local shops in the Lyngenfjord region.

  • Lyngsalpene, FriFlyt 1:50 000
  • Lyngenhalvøya Nord, Nordeca, 1:50 000 (Northern Lyngen peninsula)
  • Lyngenhalvøya Sør, Nordeca, 1:50 000 (Southern Lyngen peninsula)
  • Ut i Nord kartserie 1:50 000:Kåfjord: All the mountains on the eastern side of the Lyngenfjord, and Skjervøy:  The mountains north of Lyngen around Skjervøy, Kågen and Arnøya.

Avalanche safety

Knowledge of safe movement in mountain terrain is important for your own safety and that of others. Before setting off on a ski tour, you should always check the weather and snow conditions on www.varsom.no and www.yr.no

We recommend that everyone who participates in ski touring carries safety equipment such as a spade, avalanche probe and transceiver. Remember that the weather in the mountains can change rapidly so it is important to take extra clothes and food.

Food & Drink

Our Local food guide gives you an overview of the various places to eat around the Lyngenfjord.

If you want to celebrate a wonderful descent or simply meet other ski enthusiasts for a refreshing drink, you can click here to find information about after-ski during the ski season. 

Skiing packages and ski touring holidays

You can book complete ski touring packages and holidays in the Lyngenfjord region:

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