Change of seasons

Record warm May in The Lyngen alps and warm temperatures up high. We are used to rapid changes in weather and warm spells even during winter here but this one is really persistent. Good thing is that our snowpack seems to deal with it pretty well and carrying skis on the backpack to access snow is common this time of the year any season. We´re hoping for some clear nights soon to stabilize snow a bit and for some good final runs of the season with the last groups coming to the Ascent Descent Ski Lodge in Nord-Lenangen.

Lyngen backdrop from the east and view from one of our boat tours last week. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Lyngen backdrop from the east and view from one of our boat tours last week. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Skiing couloirs this time of the year is great since they fill up with a lot of snow during winter. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Getting back from a boat trip to the harbor in Nord-Lenangen in the Northern Lyngen alps. Photo: jimmy Halvardsson

Spring in The Lyngen Alps

Warmer temperatures is just around the corner and the forecast looks good for those who like sunny days in the mountains. The spring in the lyngen alps often means spring skiing in the lower regions and powder up high in northern aspects. So, it looks good for groups coming skiing with us in May and there is a few weeks open still for groups to come skiing with us…

Last groups ski weekend at the Ascent Descent ski lodge. Boat tour to Trolltinden last friday.

Last groups ski weekend at the Ascent Descent ski lodge. Boat tour to Trolltinden last friday. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Last day before leaving and great snow on home mountain Lille Galten. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Great snow in western aspects and not that much traffic recently so we had the whole thing for our selves basically. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

April in the Lyngen alps

April has come in the lyngen alps and it´s been a great ski touring season so far. Pretty warm compared to what we normally expect but in return we´ve had some great and stable snow conditions for long periods of time. It´s been snowing recently here and it feels like winter again which is good for the rest of the season. We keep guiding from our base in northern Lyngen until end of May but after that ski weeks is over and we are back to guiding in the Tromsø and Lyngen area in general. Ski season naturally transforms into alpine and climbing season here and conditions are becoming great for the Jiekkevarri massif and climbing on Kvaløya.

This winters little sideshow when going to Swedish Lapland Heli guiding a few weeks ago. Always great with a change in work know and then... Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

This winters little sideshow when going to Swedish Lapland Heli guiding a few weeks ago. Always great with a change in work know and then… Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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From our tour to Arnøya last week doing a combined tour over Trolldalstinden and Trolltinden. Great day! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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When the sea is calm we sometimes try to catch some fish on the way back from skiing. Really nice to turn of the engine on the boat and just enjoy the nature for a moment also. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Lyngen high season

We have just entered the high season in the Lyngen alps and great snow conditions arrived with it. Yesterday was a big powder experience when weather cleared after days of constant snow fall.

The AscentDescent ski lodge concept that we operate together with Lyngsalpan Cruise has also grown and we present high standard accommodation in Lyngen and ski packages for multiple groups the whole season. All groups have their own private chalet and guide and it looks like interested groups should start making plans for 2017 all ready. Fully booked this season, except for some weeks in late May, and it looks like the ski touring in The Lyngen alps is growing for every year.

Storgalten is a great calssic in the Lyngen alps and we are happy to such a great mountain just outside the doorstep. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Storgalten is a great calssic in the Lyngen alps and we are happy to such a great mountain just outside the doorstep. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Skiing down from this epic summit yesterday was one of the best we´ve had. Counting endless skiing on this mountain over a period of 12 years. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Ok, word is out… A new chalet just popped up and was ready some weeks ago. Presenting full package ski weeks since many years now but with our new chalet and sauna department we´ve also managed to expand to meet increased popularity of the area and on our company and tours. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

First snow in The Lyngen alps

First real snowfall came last week and for some days now we´ve had amazing autumn weather in the lyngen alps. At the moment we are improving the Ascent Descent Ski Lodge in Lyngen and our new cabin for the guides is getting ready for the winter. Please get in touch for our classic ski touring weeks for the 2016 season. We are also looking forward to our 10 year anniversary in the Lyngen alps this winter and to use our expanded lodging facilities.

These pictures where taken a few days ago on our way to the lodge…

Stortinden is one of the fantastic summits you pass on the road to AscentDescent Ski Lodge in Lyngen. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Stortinden is one of the fantastic summits you pass on the road to AscentDescent Ski Lodge in Lyngen. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Store Lenangstind and Store Jægervasstind in the autumn colours. The Lyngen alps is a fantastic playground year around and for most known as one of the premier ski touring and ski mountaineering spots in the world… Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Our “home mountain” Storgalten is truly one of the biggest ski touring classics up here. Skiing on all aspects with glaciers, couloirs, faces, valleys and all features you would like to play with on a pair of skis! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Ski touring in The Lyngen alps 2016

October is the month when we often get the first proper snow falls in The Lyngen alps and some years we start the ski touring way before christmas. It´s a good time to prepare for the main season and our ski touring weeks in the Lyngen alps starts in the end of February. We still have available weeks through the season so please get in touch to get your dates in the calendar. Our ski touring weeks is the complete Lyngen experience with local food, private guiding, boat rides and a relaxed stay at the Ascent Descent Ski Lodge. All groups and levels are welcomed to ski with our locally experienced and certified guides and enjoy the magical scenery of the Lyngen alps. Please send a mail from our contact page to get your dates for 2016! Best Regards / Jimmy Halvardsson IFMGA Mountainguide at Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”

Skiing back to the lodge on our home mountain Storgalten Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Skiing back to the lodge on our home mountain Storgalten Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Our boat gives access to remote ski touring from the sea. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Our boat gives access to remote ski touring from the sea.  Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Experience the Lyngen alps with Ascent Descent "The Lyngen Mountain Guides"! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Experience the Lyngen alps with Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Jiehkkevarri 1884m in the Lyngen alps

Just back from guiding on the highest peak in The Lyngen alps, Jiehkkevarri 1884m. The summit plateu consists of big glaciers and in order to get to the top you traverse over three neighbouring summits. A great experience which do not involve that much technical climbing but it´s steep hiking in places and it´s a proper alpine experience.

Now is also the time to start planning next winters skiing in the Lyngen alps. Our ski touring program with boat accessed ski touring is getting more and more popular. To get a spot at Ascent Descent Ski Lodge in Lyngen in 2016 you just need to send a mail from the contact page and from there we will help you to customise your ski touring trip.

Due to a weather window we started the climb in the evening, Big reward up high  with incredible light. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Due to a weather window we started the climb in the evening, Big reward up high with incredible light. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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Jiehkkevarri 1884m in the middle here and requires glacier skills and good navigation if bad visibility sets in. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

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First summit, Holmbukttinden 1666m, and this shot was taken on the way back around 03.00 so still good light in the middle of the night here… Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson