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An efficient ski tour with many possible descents

Ski Touring Difficult

9.5 km
1 km
1 km
4-5 hrs
Low Point
185 m
High Point
1.1 km
Galtåtind Map

Galtåtind is an easily accessible summit and offers variable skiing, from steeper lines and couloirs in the east face to fresh powder in moderate terrain in the south bowl.


Start from the parking lot at Hellerøa. Follow the ski tracks to the north, right after the track crosses the river you will approach a cross road, turn left. You may see a sign pointing out the direction to Kirketaket. You are now on the summer path to Måsvassbu and may see red markings, follow these until you approach Loftskarsætra (an open area right after a bridge).

From Loftskarsætra, go 100 meters further into the valley before you cross the river. Hold to the west and find the easiest way through the forest. When passing the tree line you have to be cautious of where you lay your tracks. Here you have to pass some sections of 35 degrees when turning south and finding your way to the south ridge.

Follow the south ridge to the summit. Here you have many options.

  1. You can continue north on the "Isfjordtraverse".

  1. Drop in to one of the steeper lines in the east face. Consider the avalanche danger carefully!

  1. Descend to the col west of the summit, and gain some height further west on the ridge. Now you have the bowl of Galtåbotn under you. The snow is often much more protected against the wind here than on the ascent route. Here you will often find fresh powder!

  1. Descend the ascent route.

The easiest return to the parking lot is by crossing the river in the valley right north of Loftskarsætra and following the marked path through the forest. If you go for Galtåbotn, make sure to not go too far to the south, then you will risk a bush whacking adventure!



Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between December and April


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Single Descent

Equipment required

  • Skins

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