Guidebook

Ski to the Sea on Kvaløya

Norway's 5th largest mainland island is home to some truly epic ski tours - here are some of the best.

Description

Sitting just west of Tromsø city, Kvaløya has long been known as a place to go when the nearby Lyngen Peninsula's bigger lines are out of condition. The island has some wonderful peaks of its own but they are a little lower, a little mellower and a generally little less intense than many of those found on the mainland.

At over 700 square kilometres and with just 13,000 inhabitants (most of whom live in Kvaløysletta, the village just over the bridge from Tromsø), Kvaløya feels like a deserted, wild place and this ambience only adds to the enjoyment of skiing there. There are noticeably fewer skiers on Kvaløya than on the mainland and it's a great place to come for a quieter, more chilled day than can generally be found on the Lyngen Peninsula.

If you're lucky enough to have time to ski all the lines in this guidebook and still have some days to spare, check out this list of tougher tours on the mainland.

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/214/the-ultimate-tromso-ski-week

Lille Blåmannen
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lille Blåmannen

4 - 5 hrs
8.9 km
847 m
847 m
31 °
A mellow little peak which offers a variety of nice descents.
Moderate
Private
Steinskardtinden (817m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Steinskardtinden (817m)

3 - 4 hrs
6.0 km
728 m
729 m
48 °
The go-to mountain in the Tromsø region on powder days
Moderate
Private
Storsteinesstinden (1017m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Storsteinesstinden (1017m)

3 - 4 hrs
6.7 km
929 m
928 m
50 °
A true classic on Kvaløya, with a scenic view over Ersfjorden
Difficult
Private
Middagstinden (1006m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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
Buren (802m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Buren (802m)

3 - 4 hrs
5.5 km
771 m
771 m
41 °
The perfect "ski-after-work-mountain", with varied skiing.
Moderate
Private
Store Hollendaren (1017m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Store Hollendaren (1017m)

4 - 5 hrs
7.3 km
949 m
949 m
45 °
Store Hollendaren is a very good mountain for skiing, with a long season and opportunities for steep descents.
Difficult
Private
Storstolpan (974m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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
Skittentinden (1042m)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Skittentinden (1042m)

4 - 5 hrs
7.5 km
947 m
947 m
43 °
The most iconic summit on Kvaløya
Difficult
Private