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Norway/Iceland Early May: Anyone done it, any good?

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Due to rota restrictions (partner in NHS) looks like we might have to take a week off from 4-11 May. Was wondering about some late season ski touring.

Initially, we looked at alpine stuff like Gran Paradiso, Bernese Oberland etc, but am now thinking about heading north as an alternative.

Specifically looking at Troll Peninsula in Iceland or Lyngen/similar in Norway. Have seen quite a spread of prices from various companies, most around the £2k mark but some (I'm looking at you Lyngen Lodge) are eyewatering at around £4k+.



So, two questions:

Has anyone been up that way in early May, and if so how was it. Good spring ski conditions a la the Alps in March/early April?

Has anyone found a way to do it without absolutely breaking the bank? I can just about swallow £2k each but 4 is way out of the question



Alternatively, sell me Gran Paradiso...
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I've done Gran Paradiso at the end of April (I think). Fun, nice intro to higher altitude touring/4000ers, and a comfy hut, but there were loads of people. Heading North should definitely have more of an adventure element to it!
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I’ve been going to Lofoten for the last few Aprils. Weather is a bit of a crapshoot- we have had weeks of skiing lovely cold snow and weeks of bog hopping and slush. I think the weather is slightly worse in Lofoten than Lyngen but not much!

Cost - well, you’re looking at expensive counties. Not sure what is included in the Lyngen Lodge but we have been staying at Northern Alpine Guides’ place in Lofoten which works out a good bit cheaper (but still quite pricey). The booze bill at the end of the week is always a sorry business Crying or Very sad
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Have you tried Riksgransen in the far north of Sweden?
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@hollando, Blatant plug for our Iceland trip: we did a week ski touring with Borea Adventures in the Northern fjords in April 2013....

Check out my Iceland sailboat/ski thread from 2013 here http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2280760&highlight=iceland#2280760

Not sure what conditions will be like this year - looks like they're suffering from the unseasonably warm weather too Sad https://www.snow-forecast.com/maps/dynamic/iceland?over=pressure&type=lapse
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Lyngen will have much better / colder conditions in early April than Iceland (which is a maritime island).
If you are experienced ski tourer could do either reasonably cheap using Air BnB and rental car.
However as soon as you hire a mountain guide and catering in a lodge then costs quickly mount up.

Norway is great for self guided ski touring - less glacial, lower altitude and easy roadside access to variety of aspects.
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@Haggis_Trap, spoken like a true Scot but indeed true Laughing

I've done Lyngen 5 times when it was nowhere near as popular as it is now.

I seemed to always be there around May 1st and always had good spring snow.

That said had friends who were up there last year and they had some long walks back and forth to the snow line!

Cheap flight to Tromso, rent a car and head to Lyngseidet and google ski tour routes / gpx etc there are plenty out there.

And pack a 5l box of red wine to take with you !!!

And as already been mentioned you could drive to Riksgransesn as well which we did a couple of times as well as drive down to Narvik.
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And pack a 5l box of red wine to take with you !!!


Thats handy when it splits in your bag! Laughing
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@Markymark29, goes in the ski bag, and never had one go on me, saves a feckin fortune!!!
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Done 5 trips to Lyngen all self guided. If you are up to it & can evaluate snowpack/have mountineering experience it is cheaper than a trip to one of the main european resorts. Flt to Tromso, hire car & go airbnb. Get a hold of the fryflt topo guide for the area - a lifetime ( or more) worth of ski tours of all difficulties. Have been from early April to early my. Conditions can vary but there will be plenty to ski.Also some good slightly shorter & more mellow tours in the area round Tromso. I am off to Iceland at the start of May so hoping its good connies!!
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Went to Lyngen last year and Troll peninsula the year before. Both had great snow conditions and variable weather. Both can be done cheaply. Flight, car hire, Airbnb self catering, shop at supermarket and take your own alcohol. Both were well under £1k per person and both highly recommended.
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Thanks everyone for the input, there's a lot to think about there. I guess I thought about the high alps first because I've spent a lot of time climbing there in the summer and know it well, but the idea of leaving the comfort zone and heading north is very tempting.

I'll take the tips on board about booze, I have heard it's silly prices over there. Wine in ski bag sounds like a comprimise worth making...

Spend majority of time self-guided when off piste in the Alps, though I know the area quite well from repeat summer/winter visits so would have to do some research before deciding which way to go. If anyone has further tips about accommodation/outfits/resources they've used please share, could do with as much info as possible
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@hollando, are you looking guided or self-sufficient?

Norway is always going to be a good bet snow-wise, but comes at a certain price tag (even if you are self-catering a visit to the supermarket will hit the wallet).

Troll peninsula is a great option too - was there last May for a week: http://offpisteskiing.blogspot.com/2018/05/ - would be heading back there this May if other plans weren't happening...

Cheap to fly to, eating & drinking out are expensive-ish, but supermarket prices are reasonable (it helps that they threw all their bankers in jail a few years back...). Lots of good reasonably obvious touring objectives.
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@hollando, if you fly through Oslo, there is a duty free on arrival which sells at prices which are normal by UK standards. watching a flight full of Norwegians descend on that is like watching a plague of locusts Laughing
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Interesting feature

https://foxtrail.fjallraven.com/2019/01/16/johan-jonssons-favourite-places-to-go-ski-touring/
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Was in Noiceland for a couple days this week.

Bad snow.

Endless rain.

Tropical temps.

Go to Norway.
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Did Finmark last week of May. Spring conditions, obviously, good spring snow. Self guided tours. You can watch some gpx tracks on camptocamp. Here the pics:

Peaks without a cross from francesco bertotti
https://vimeo.com/340658473
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Just in case you didn't make it this year or for any looking for next year

what a lucky boy I am - I've done the Gran Paradiso, did a week at Lyngen Lodge and did the 'Kviar ski lodge' trip with Borea adventures.

GP- more about the journey than the skiing - I loved it but if you want a weeks ski trip then don't do this one

LL- superb, luxurious place to stay eat etc great skiing. My wife came on this trip with me and she is not one for a mountain refuge.

Iceland- this is the one.I went at the end of April this year'

beautifully remote (but fairly simple to get to via reykjavik and an internal flight to Isafjordur) , great skiing and I was expecting very basic food and accomodation but It was a super place to stay and the food (while simple) is nothing short of wonderful
The guide (Runic) is the owner of the company and it is him and his brother who look after you in the lodge.
Borea adventures also run ski/sailing trips etc
Couldn't recommend this trip highly enough and think it represents superb value for money.

https://www.boreaadventures.com/multi-day/Kviar_Ski_Lodge/
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