Guidebook

5 Mind-Blowing Ski Tours in the Legendary Tamok Valley

A handful of epic tours in one of Norway's finest - and most serious - ski touring venues!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With Lyngen, Senja and Lofoten, not to mention the islands of Norway's north coast (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/216/northern-norway's-5-best-island-ski-tours) all vying for attention, the Tamok Valley remains somewhat under the radar of many ski mountaineers heading for the frozen north. That's probably not a bad thing in some ways because the skiing in the Tamok region is mainly steep, serious and potentially dangerous, but for those with the skills, experience and patience to wait for and judge conditions, the valley is simply incredible.

In this collection of routes you'll find merely a small sample of Tamok has to offer but it's an accurate sample, representing the scope and diversity of ski touring which the valley is home to. There's a serious and steep couloir, 3 pretty meaty freeride-y tours, and finally a mellow trip onto one of Tamok's easier summits.

Unlike many of the popular ski touring areas in Norway, the Tamok valley is inland so it has a much more alpine feel than areas like Lofoten, where the sea is often visible throughout a tour. As such, a trip to Tamok combined with a trip to Lyngen (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/3158/spectacular-ski-tours-in-the-lyngen-alps) or Tromsø (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/3157/classic-ski-touring-adventures-in-the-tromso-region) really does offer some of the finest and most varied ski terrain in the World.

There's always been many reasons to book a ski trip to Norway and now you know about the Tamok valley, there is yet another!

Blåbærtinden
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Blåbærtinden

Lyngen
5 - 6 hrs
7.8 km
1,239 m
1,237 m
45 °
A big mountain offering fun freeriding with a true alpine touch
Difficult
Private
Sjufjellet
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Sjufjellet

Lyngen
3 - 4 hrs
5.8 km
826 m
826 m
45 °
Ski the fantastic classic normal route or drop big on the front face when conditions align
Moderate
Private
Hattavarre summit by its South couloir
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Hattavarre summit by its South couloir

Lyngen
4 - 5 hrs
7.3 km
1,243 m
1,243 m
43 °
Skiing spring corn snow under Hattavarre is a fun ski experience and the climbing up in the S couloir adds a touch of alpine climbing to the tour.
Severe
Private
Hattavarre summit from the north
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Hattavarre summit from the north

Lyngen
5 - 6 hrs
9.6 km
1,265 m
1,265 m
33 °
An interesting mountain with big open spaces for freeriding, and a summit guarded by a rock band. Can you overcome it?
Difficult
Private
Øksehøgget Couloir
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Øksehøgget Couloir

Lyngen
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