Project Description

Arctic Summits around Tromso

The magical combination of sea, snow, Northern Lights and mountains is captured nowhere better than the Lyngen Alps and Kvaløya which sit either side of the gorgeous city of Tromso. I have been visiting the area for several years now on holidays with friends, exploring the beautifully wild mountains, gazing in awe at the Northern Lights and enjoying the thrill of snow from summit to sea. Having got to know the area I thought it was about time I shared it and hence this winter walking trip that allows everyone to access one of my favourite places in the world.

Location: Troms, Arctic Norway
Price: £700 per person
Ratio: 1:4
Length: 5 days including a day of dog sledding or Whale watching.

Who is the trip suitable for?

You need to be happy operating in the winter environment on snowshoes or crampons to suit the snow conditions. An ideal preparation is our Scottish Winter Skills Week or our Sierra Nevada Winter Skills Week. We will be climbing mountains that are Scottish in size and scale but with shorter daylight hours so you need a reasonable level of fitness and an understanding of how to manage yourself in this environment.

There will be no technical climbing and no glaciers. We have a wide range of mountains to explore and will tailor the week to suit the weather and the snow conditions. In the middle of the week we will have a rest day where people can choose to go Whale Watching or Dog Sledding. If you want to do both activities then this can be arranged by extending the trip an extra day.

Troms – Kvaløya & The Lyngen Alps

Mountaineers have been visiting the Lyngen Alps for decades and the region was made famous in the outdoor world for its ski touring potential in the 1990’s. The majority of the mountains in the Lyngen Alps are too steep for us to explore on snowshoes but they make a stunning backdrop to our journeys and we tend to spend our time on Kvaløya, to the West of Tromso. The island consists of several mountain ranges with the highest summit (Store Blamann) sitting at 1044m. Easily accessible from Tromso (20-30 minutes drive) the island offers some lovely snow shoe journeys with spectacular fjord views and summits.

What does the course cover?

The main aim of the trip is to explore the beautiful summits of the region. Along the way we can also refresh the following skills:

– Choice and use of equipment for the winter environment
– Photographic skills in the mountains
– Movement skills on snow
_ How to fit and use snowshoes – when to choose them over crampons
– Emergency snow shelters
– Mountain journeys putting all of the skills into perspective
– Mountain navigation
– Planned snow shelters
– Avalanche avoidance & snow analysis
– Diet & nutrition for winter walking
– Cold weather injury avoidance
– Emergency procedures
– One rest day where you can choose between Whale Watching and Dog Sledding

The Programme:

We will meet at Tromso airport and share hire cars. The program will be flexible to allow for the conditions that we find on the ground, but we will aim to explore the area, tick off some summits, enjoy some mountain journeys and get some amazing photos along the way. We are visiting during prime Northern Lights season and so we would expect to get some great shots assuming we get the clear skies! We will have a day off in the middle of the week to allow people to go Dog Sledding or Whale Watching. 

We will organise self catering accommodation in or near Tromso where people can choose to self cater or make the most of the bars and restaurants available in Tromso.

What is included in the course cost?

The course fee includes leadership and logistical organisation.
You will need to pay for your own flights and insurance, I will book accommodation and hire cars and ask you to pay the costs. I have set out a budget below:

Course Cost: £700 per person
Self Catering in a shared chalet: £250 per person (bunk beds) or you can arrange hotel accommodation in Tromso to suit your budget
Hire Car: £75 each
Dog Sledding Day: £185 per person approx.
or Whale Watching Day: £200 per person approx.

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