4 - 5
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Although virtually all of the ski tours in Lyngen feel wild, Gorzelvtinden feels particularly remote.
It's nestled at the end of a rarely visited valley and doesn't see a lot of traffic. Climbing Gorzelvtinden begins with a series of zig zags through trees, vaguely following a blunt rib.
As the trees begin to thin out you emerge onto the south-west ridge of the mountain, from where there are exceptional views of the dramatic peaks to the east. Keep following the south-west ridge as it undulates and climbs towards the summit.
As you climb higher the views just get better and better, but the peak is exposed to the weather and seems to get more than its fair share of wind; you may be getting buffeted quite a lot as you approach the top, and might you not to able to study the view! The summit is a wild place, with the steep north face dropping away and the wild peaks surrounding you providing plenty of inspiration for future adventures.
One thing to be aware of is that a large cornice can form over the north face so it is best admired from a distance! The ski down is as good as you will have anticipated it to be when you were climbing up.
As you reach the tree line there is a gully off skier's right which generally holds good snow and has some superb skiing through perfectly spaced birch trees.
Provided you don't follow the gully all the way to the valley floor it's easy enough to hold onto enough height to traverse back to your car.