Kästle Adventure Tours Lyngen Alps

This April I spent one week ski touring in the Lyngen Alps, Norway, coaching a group from the Kästle Adventure Tours. The Lyngen Alps offer ski tours typically between 1300 and 1400 vertical metres surrounding the beautiful Lyngen Fjord. The tours can be reached either by road or by boat, the latter providing access to some islands to the north of the Fjord, beyond which lies the vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean. This was my second trip to Lyngen, having spent a week there in 2009 filming a segment for Warren Miller’s 60th ski film “Dynasty”. You can check out the segment here. There is something very special about being 500km north of the Arctic Circle, surrounded by water. The ski touring there feels a lot easier than at home in the Alps because the tours start at sea level. We were based at the Lyngen Lodge which provides an ideal base from which to reach the surrounding tours and welcomes you to relax in the hot tub overlooking the fjord after a strenuous day of ski touring.

 

More Pics from the Lyngen Alps

Here are some more stunning photos from my recent trip to the Lyngen Alps.

69 Degrees North with Warren Miller

I flew to Tromso in the north of Norway on the 24th April to meet up with the Warren Miller film crew. We are producing a segment for the next Warren Miller film about freeski mountaineering in the Lyngen Alps. The Lyngen Alps are located 500 km north of the Arctic circle at 69 degrees north latitude, the furthest north I’ve ever been. We’re too late in the season to see the Northern Lights because at this time of year it doesn’t really get dark anymore. We’re just 2 weeks out of the midnight sun, when the sun revolves around the North Pole and never goes down. The beauty of this place is hard to describe, but it certainly is the combination of the ocean and the mountains that make it so fascinating.

On the East side of the Lyngen Fjord is the Lyngen Lodge, a truly special place for ski tourers and tourists alike to discover the area. The brand new lodge with breathtaking views of the Lyngen Fjord is run by UIAGM mountain guide Graham Austick and Elisabeth Braathen. I felt instantly at home here. The level of service is outstanding, one of the best lodges I’ve ever stayed at. It is high class yet cozy. Some highlights include the great food and wine, the hot tub overlooking the Fjord and the library packed with mountaineering literature.

The view from the Lyngen Lodge

The view from the Lyngen Lodge

The Lyngen Lodge

The gorgeous Lyngen Lodge

Joining me on this trip are Kastle team mates Chris Davenport and Karine Falck-Pedersen; Tom Day, Josh Haskins and Colin Witherall behind the camera and photographer extraordinaire Peter Mathis. We are on a mission to document the beauty of this place and show what freeski mountaineering is all about.

One of the best things here is accessing the ski tours by our boat “The Spirit of Lyngen” and hiking directly from the shoreline. On Monday, which unexpectedly turned out to be blue a bird day, we took the boat to Uloya Island and hiked up to the summit of Blaatinden. The hike was 144o vertical meters and took us around 5 hours including filming.

The ski tours are accessed by boat or road

The ski tours are accessed by boat or road

Dream team Karine and Lori

Karine and me

Mountains, beach and surf: can this get any better?

Mountains, beach and surf: can this get any better?

The ski tours start directly at the shoreline

Our boat “Spirit of Lyngen” in the background

Chris Davenport enjoying the hike up

Chris Davenport enjoying the hike up

Skiing on Uloya Island from the summit of Blaatinden

Chris and Karine experiencing an incredible run at around 8pm