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ARCTIC NORWAY: SPRING HOLIDAYS: MAY-JUNE 2017

Spring holidays in Arctic Norway have been a popular fixture in our mountain calendar since 2007 and offer alpine ascents, rock routes and peak-bagging in the wilderness regions of Lyngen and Lofoten - a perfect cross between Scotland and the Alps, but without the crowds and acclimatisation worries. The two weeks dovetail so that you can book a full fortnight to maximise the holiday experience and contrast the snowy wilderness of Lyngen with the delectable granite peaks of Lofoten.

£60 discount on booking consecutive Arctic Norway weeks

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Lyngen

Lyngen Alps: midnight rock on the traverse of Jaegervasstindane. (Climber: Richard Hampshire Photo: Martin Welch)

Jiekkhevarri

Evening approach to Jiekkhevarri summit - highest of the Lyngen Alps

27 MAY - 3 JUNE, 3-10 JUNE: LYNGEN ALPS

The Lyngen Alps are the finest range in northern Norway, forming a peninsula 60 x 15 km in area to the east of Tromsø and containing over 60 separate peaks over 1000m in altitude. The culminating summit is 1834m Jiekkhevarri which dominates a large ice cap and is known as the "Mont Blanc of the North". The area is a protected wilderness. There are extensive glaciers, steep snow couloirs and gabbro rock ridges which give excellent scrambling and rock climbing. In early June Lyngen is a paradise. Snow cover is extensive and the ridges are in alpine condition. With 24 hour daylight and a complete absence of crowds mountaineering here is a delight. The approaches are long and the weather can be mixed but the rewards are rich. Our Lyngen week offers two course levels:-

ARCTIC MOUNTAINEER: Peak-bagging and ridges up to alpine PD+ standard (grade 3 scrambling, rock climbs to VDiff standard, and grade II snow climbing). Instructionally the course develops skills in glacier travel, alpine-ropework and exposed scrambling. For scramblers and aspiring mountaineers - previous experience on snow is recommended. Sample routes:Jiekkhevarri (1834m) by W Ridge (F+), Istinden (1495m) by SE Ridge (PD+).

2017 Dates: 27 May-3 June, 3-10 June Course ratio: 3:1 max ratio

Price: £1,320

Price includes: Hire Car transport throughout the week incl airport pick-up and drop-off; 6 days guiding from our BMG and MIC guides; 7 nights Accommodation with all Food/Meals. Flights to Tromsø, Personal Insurance, Drinks and Cafe/Restaurant meals are not included

ARCTIC ALPINIST: Longer routes and mixed ridges from alpine AD standard (grade 3 scrambling, rock climbing to Hard Severe and grade III mixed climbing). For climbers with past experience of alpine PD/AD or Scottish grade II/III climbs. Sample routes: Piggtinden (1505m) W Ridge (AD), Jaegervasstinden (1536m) by N Face (AD), Stortinden (1512m) NW Ridge (D).

2017 Dates: 27 May-3 June, 3-10 June Course ratio: 2:1 max

Price: £1,660

Price includes: Hire Car transport throughout the week incl airport pick-up and drop-off; 6 days guiding from our BMG and MIC guides; 7 nights Accommodation with all Food/Meals. Flights to Tromsø, Personal Insurance, Drinks and Cafe/Restaurant meals are not included

Travel: the courses meet and depart at Tromsø airport. There are budget flight from London Gatwick or Edinburgh via Oslo with Norwegian Airlines. SAS also run regular flights from the UK via Oslo.

Accommodation: The 27 May-3 June courses are based comfortable wood cabins at Svensby Tursenter on the shore of the Ullsfjord, 16km west of Lyngseidet town, giving access to the superb alpine peaks of North Lyngen. The 3-10 June courses are based in a detached house in Lakselvdalen in South Lyngen givng access to the highest peaks and largest glaciers of the range incl Jiekkhevarri. Our cabins offer accommodation for up to 7 persons with bunk or twin beds and all modern facilities incl Wi-Fi - perfect for relaxation and recuperation. On mountain excursions we may take tents and make a high-level camp.

General information on Lyngen: www.visit-lyngenfjord.com

Vagakallen

North Ridge of Vågakallen (D, IV+) and the Austvågøya coastline

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The wild and rugged peaks of Lofoten: the eastern pillars of Rulten (1063m) from the Raftsund

3-10 JUNE: LOFOTEN ISLANDS AND STETIND

The magical Lofoten Islands chain stretches 150km out into the Norwegian Sea and features hundreds of dramatic rock peaks rising out of deep fjords to 1000 metres in altitude. The scrambling and rock climbing on pristine granite rock is world-famous. Our Lofoten week can visit four contrasting ranges:-

i) Trolltindan: some of the roughest and most delectable mountains in the world rise from the Raftsund fjord. In early June conditions here are semi-alpine with extensive snow cover. Many peaks - such as Rulten (1063m) and Trakta (950m) can only be accessed by boat.

ii) Austvågøya: the south-west corner of the main island is a playground for accessible rock climbing with superb granite cliffs on the flanks of Vågakallen (943m) including the 400m pillar of Presten.

iii) Moskenesøya: the westernmost island of Lofoten is a fairytale landscape of miniature granite peaks rising straight out of the sea in vast slabby sweeps to 900m altitude.

iv) Stetind and Narvik: these superb mainland ranges are also accessible from Lofoten. The obelisk of Stetind (1392m) is Norway's national mountain and possibly its finest peak and is often included on the Lofoten itinerary.

Our Lofoten week offers two course levels:-

ARCTIC SUMMITS: Ridge scrambles and rock peaks with grade 3 scrambling, rock climbs to VDiff/Severe and grade I snow ascents. Instructional development of rock climbing skills, alpine ropework, abseiling and belaying techniques. For scramblers and aspiring mountaineers. Sample routes: Vågakallen S Face (grade 3), Higravtinden (1143m) (grade 3), Stetind S Ridge (Severe and grade 3).

2017 Dates: 3-10 June Course ratio: 3:1 max

Price: £1,320

Price includes: Hire Car transport throughout the week incl airport pick-up and drop-off; 6 days guiding from our BMG and MIC guides; 7 nights Accommodation with all Food/Meals. Flights, Personal Insurance, Drinks and Cafe/Restaurant meals are not included

ARCTIC CLIMBER: Long and adventurous rock routes to some of Norway's finest summits with coaching in technical rock climbing skills. Sample routes: N Ridge of Vågakallen (IV+), Rulten E Ridge (IV), Presten West Pillar (VI), Svolvaer Goat (V) and Stetinden South Pillar (V+); itinerary designed for climbers with regular experience at VSevere (4c) standard or above.

2017 Dates: 3-10 June Course ratio: 2:1 max

Price: £1,660

Price includes: Hire Car transport throughout the week incl airport pick-up and drop-off; 6 days guiding from our BMG and MIC guides; 7 nights Accommodation with all Food/Meals. Flights, Personal Insurance, Drinks and Cafe/Restaurant meals are not included

Accommodation: The course is usually based in comfortable cabins at the shoreline site of Sandvika near Svolvaer, with camp or cabin options if we travel to other ranges. On the Stetind climb there are beautiful wild campsites by the road under the peak.

Travel: Destination airports are either Evenes (Harstad/Narvik) or Tromsø and we will arrange collection and drop-off. Evenes is nearer to the ranges whereas Tromsø is best for clients doing the Lyngen course the previous week. Full flight options and price estimates are given on enquiry. Road access is excellent throughout the Lofotens with amazing systems of tunnels, bridges and causeways plus traditional ferry links to the mainland.

Arctic Norway 2012 photo gallery including a magical ascent of Lyngen's highest 1834m Jiekkhevarri - "Mont Blanc of the North"

Arctic Norway Photo selections: 2008 2009 2010

Full joining details and kit lists for Norway holidays are available on enquiry

Lofoten Islands climbing

Midnight sun over Lofoten from the top of Presten

2016 Lyngen team ready for a night ascent of 1327m Bryllupstinden (the wedding peak)

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