Kvænan on Senja Islands

The highest mountain on Senja guarded by its petrified trolls

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
6.5 km
Ascent
938 m
Descent
938 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
5 m
High Point
933 m
Gradient
32˚
Kvænan on Senja Islands Map

At 963m above sea level, Kvænan is the tallest mountain on the islands of Senja, and a place that often offers good skiing very late in the season. As always in this part of the World, the views are impeccable and to add some awe for breathtaking moments, start out late to stand on the summit as the sun is about to set.

Description

The skiing takes place on big open spaces and at a fun angle, allowing for those cruisy big turns where you can let loose and feel the g!

The northerly aspect makes this a good choice for late afternoon tours and a spot to enjoy the sun as it sets far out on the ocean. Kvænan is a mountain that often holds cold snow and pow very late in the season and it is a good choice for the moderate skier. Some tight trees down by the sea will challenge tired legs so save some energy!

Park the car on the road by Kvænanbukta. From here the uphill starts immediately. If you are good at reading the terrain, you can track most of it under 30° but there are places where the angle goes up to 35° so it can be good to use the map if you want to make sure to find the low angle uphill track. Go up to the east summit and ski down the same way as you came.

The mountain ridge on the top has some fun troll looking formations that adds to the scenery on this beautiful ski tour but be careful with cornices on the top ridge.

The route drawing is an indication of where the normal route goes. Use navigation skills and snow awareness when setting out on your tour to make the best track according to skills and conditions.

Difficulty

Difficult

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.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May

Features

  • Face
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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