Two skiers on top of Russelvtinden, Lyngen Alps. With a fjord view
©Simon Vunneli

Best time to go ski touring in the Lyngen Alps

The Lyngen Alps is a classic destination for ski touring in Norway. Skiing enthusiasts from all over the world come here to ski down the untouched snow-covered mountainsides, which stretch right down to the shores of the Lyngenfjord. The ski season can be divided into different periods, each offering a different ski touring experience.

Variable season start – Skiing under the Northern Lights

The ski season can start early by the Lyngenfjord or it may be long in coming. The first snowfall on the mountain peaks usually comes in October. The temperature and amount of snow vary greatly from year to year, and there is no guarantee that there will be enough snow for ski touring until January.

If you plan to ski in the wintertime, you need the correct equipment including a headlight. The Northern Lights are often visible in the sky at this time of the year, and skiing under the magical Northern Lights is a breathtaking experience you will long remember. Consequently, this time is best for those with a special interest in this. The weather in February is still cold, but the sun starts slowly but surely to warm, and the snow conditions vary greatly.

March and April – The peak season in the Lyngen Alps

In March and April, there is normally an abundance of snow and daylight. Consequently, this is regarded as the best time for ski touring in the Lyngen Alps. During this time of the year, you can enjoy sunshine, good snow conditions and nice temperatures. By mid-April it is no longer dark in the evenings.

 
May and June – Ski touring in the Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun starts to shine in mid-May, making it light 24/7. You can still find good snow conditions in most places. In the early summer, you can lose track of time by the Lyngenfjord. If you wish, you can ski in the middle of the night and enjoy spectacular views of the Midnight Sun reflected in the fjord from a mountain peak in the Lyngen Alps.