Guidebook

20 Steps to Heaven: Ski Tour Norway's Frozen North

Home to perhaps the finest collection of ski touring peaks in the World, here's the best of what northern Norway has to offer.

Description

Give a ski tourer a rental car and a commitment-free month and most would choose to go to northern Norway. The reasons? Truly epic scenery, perfect ski terrain of all shapes and sizes and reliable, cold snow. It's a dream combination and in this guidebook you'll find 20 adventures which, when linked together, will provide you with a logical route through this legendary area. The ideal way to do the trip would be to start with the southernmost routes in mid to late March and then work your way north over the following weeks.

You'll start out with some of the finest backcountry ski tours around Narvik (including a couple of lift-assisted routes), and head north-west onto the mythical Lofoten Islands and then continue further north to the legendary peaks of Lyngen and some of the unique islands of the Norwegian north coast such as Kvaløya, Kagen and Arnøya. As if all that doesn't sound like enough, we've also included the Oksehugget Couloir - the best steep couloir in the high and wild Tamokdalen range - and a fun ski tour from the E6 highway between Narvik and Tromsø.

So, that's your roadtrip route sorted, now you just need a month off work!

Trollfjord: Peak 975 South Couloir
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Trollfjord: Peak 975 South Couloir

Lofoten
5 - 6 hrs
9.9 km
1,235 m
1,235 m
57 °
Spring couloir skiing at its finest if timed right
Severe
Private
Vagakallen South Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Vagakallen South Couloir

Lofoten
3 - 4 hrs
6.2 km
639 m
639 m
57 °
A hidden gem on an impressive rocky peak.
Severe
Private
Middagstinden (1006m)
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Middagstinden (1006m)

5 - 6 hrs
10.0 km
998 m
993 m
57 °
A classic Kvaløya tour, with a little alpine adventure if you would like to reach the very top.
Difficult
Private
Storstolpan (974m)
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Storstolpan (974m)

3 - 4 hrs
6.6 km
857 m
860 m
42 °
If you want to experience skiing in the midnight sun, this is the perfect peak!
Difficult
Private
Kågen Island Traverse
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kågen Island Traverse

1 day +
18.0 km
2,480 m
2,477 m
36 °
A long, difficult, but rewarding traverse of three summits on Kågen island in Arctic Norway
Severe
Private
Uløya Traverse
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Uløya Traverse

7 - 8 hrs
16.8 km
1,458 m
1,466 m
20 °
A scenic island traverse over Uløya´s highest peaks
Moderate
Private
Laukslettinden (977m) SW-NE Traverse
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Laukslettinden (977m) SW-NE Traverse

4 - 5 hrs
9.2 km
1,002 m
1,001 m
43 °
A rewarding moderate round-tour with a fantastic NE-facing ski descent
Moderate
Private
Arnøyhøgda (1170 m)
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Arnøyhøgda (1170 m)

6 - 7 hrs
12.0 km
1,226 m
1,226 m
36 °
The highest mountain of Arnøya - fantastic skiing, immense views and an airy, exciting summit ridge
Difficult
Private
The Jiehkkevarri traverse
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The Jiehkkevarri traverse

1 day +
28.5 km
2,619 m
2,639 m
30 °
The most beautiful one-day high mountain traverse in Norway
Difficult
Private
Store Jaegervasstinden
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Store Jaegervasstinden

7 - 8 hrs
15.1 km
1,593 m
1,593 m
35 °
A long and wild journey in a stunning part of the Lyngen Peninsula.
Difficult
Private
Tomas Couloir and Store Lakselvtinden
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Tomas Couloir and Store Lakselvtinden

5 - 6 hrs
6.8 km
1,465 m
1,465 m
53 °
2 great steep-ish couloirs in one of Northern Norway's most scenic mountain valleys (and that's saying something!)
Severe
Private
Ellendaltinden West Couloir
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Ellendaltinden West Couloir

6 - 7 hrs
12.5 km
1,348 m
1,348 m
52 °
A truly brilliant line with perfect pedal-to-the-metal terrain.
Severe
Private
Oksehugget Couloir
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Oksehugget Couloir

5 - 6 hrs
11.0 km
1,232 m
1,236 m
54 °
A couloir of couloirs. The best steep line in Tamokdalen.
Extreme
Private
Melkefjellet West (1266m)
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Melkefjellet West (1266m)

5 - 6 hrs
10.8 km
1,101 m
1,101 m
41 °
An attractive alternative to the popular main summit
Difficult
Private
Tredjetoppen North Side Descent
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Tredjetoppen North Side Descent

Narvik
1,120 m
44 °
295 m
6.0 km
Probably the best ski run in the Narvikfjellet backcountry, but beware - this is a serious run despite the easy access.
Severe
Private
Storsteinsfjellet (1893m) via SE Glacier
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Storsteinsfjellet (1893m) via SE Glacier

Narvik
1 day +
16.9 km
1,577 m
1,577 m
33 °
A late-season skitour to Narvik`s highest summit
Difficult
Private
Huinnarcohkka (1788 m) Glacier SE route
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Huinnarcohkka (1788 m) Glacier SE route

Narvik
7 - 8 hrs
17.7 km
1,261 m
1,263 m
29 °
Fantastic skiing on a rarely done route
Moderate
Private
Ippočohkka (1727 metres)
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Ippočohkka (1727 metres)

Narvik
1 day +
19.9 km
1,602 m
1,602 m
24 °
One of the highest peaks around Narvik, and one of the finest to ski.
Moderate
Private
The Finger + Jordraset Loop
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The Finger + Jordraset Loop

Narvik
4 - 5 hrs
9.5 km
966 m
1,504 m
37 °
A pleasant, moderate, lift-assisted ski touring loop in the Narvikfjellet backcountry.
Moderate
Private
Daltinden (1520m)
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Daltinden (1520m)

1 day +
17.4 km
1,765 m
1,765 m
31 °
One of the best mountains for skiing in the Lyngen Alps
Moderate
Private