Skiing the Lyngen Peninsula

Mar 25, 2008
Outside Magazine
Skiing Norway

Norway’s famous northern lights    Photo: Innovation Norway/Bjorn Jorgensen

When the last ice age receded from the 48-mile-long Lyngen Peninsula, a string of peaks north of the Arctic Circle, it left behind perfectly shaped terrain—for skiers. On this luxuriously remote eight-day trip, you can carve from summit to fjord in the Lyngen Alps, where the sea never freezes and heavy snowfall and a temperate climate guarantee hero snow. Each morning, don your boots, then speedboat (yes, speedboat) across the fjord to the day's chosen 2,500-to-3,500-foot peak. Summit on skins or snowshoes, then take your pick of bragging rights from the numerous unclaimed first descents that lead to snow-covered beaches. Bunk down fjordside at Lyngen Lodge, a new timbered inn 50 miles north of Tromsø, with panoramic windows and geo-thermal heat; après-ski means a sauna, a beer, apple strudel, and the spectacle of the northern lights. OUTFITTER: Aspen Expeditions; PRICE: $3,900 DIFFICULTY: Moderate to challenging WHEN TO GO: April–May

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