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Istinden (1490m)


The best view of the whole Lyngen peninsula

Ski Touring Severe

6.3 km
1.5 km
1.5 km
5-6 hrs
Low Point
16 m
High Point
1.5 km
Istinden (1490m) Map

From the top of Istinden you have the best view of the Lyngen Alps, and with a steep descent this is a true classic of the region.


The Lyngen Alps are perhaps Norway's roughest peak hiking area, full of high alpine peaks plunging into the sea. If you book accommodation at the unattended Jægervasshytta, which is on the north-west side of the Lyngen Peninsula, you can reach both Istinden and several of the other peaks in the Lyngen Alps during a long weekend (LOCAL TIP!).

Ascent: Start from "Ura" down by the fjord "Kjosen". You start the day by following a "halfpipe-shape" up to the moraine (which was constructed to control the direction of possible avalanches). Follow this and take a course toward the lowest point on the ridge you see at approximately 550m. Then continue along the left side of the moraine ridge and continue up the face which lies east of Urdkjerringa. Continue up the glacier in a northeastern direction. At about 1200 meters, turn west and up onto a small ridge. Continue a hundred meters to the start of a couloir. This one brings you to the top. In the upper part, the couloir becomes so narrow and steep that you have to take the skis on your backpack. Be aware of the risk of avalanches here!

Descent: The descent follows the same route as the ascent.

Alternative descents: There are some very steep couloirs to the north and northwest. These end up in "Tyttebærdalen". The steepness of these is more than 40 degrees. If you plan to ski down here, you should go up the line you are going to ski down.



Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between March and June


  • Bowl
  • Face
  • Alpine
  • Couloir
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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