Category: Troms in Winter

Groennlibruna

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The avalanche risk was rather important, that’s why we chose the easy height of Grønnlibruna, starting from Hakøybotn.

No tracks, 30 – 40 cm of fresh snow, fine powder! Especially the little climb to the height was somewhat tiring. The icy wind blowing into our faces didn’t make it much better. So we decided to turn around, once we had reached the ridge an had got a nice view southwards.


Abendstimmungen


Skulgamtinden

Our last tour on snowshoes is Skulgamtinden on Ringvassøya island. We park the car along the road 863, near Gårdselva.

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Right from there the route starts straight upwards, between
Gammelgårdsfjellet and point 328 m, then to the top at 824 m: Skulgamtinden. Snowdrifts at the northeastern side of Skulgamtinden are hudge! Now we have to be carefull to cross the last 100 meters of the ridge. Although both side where steep, and avalanche risk is to be considered, we have a space about 8 to 10 meters, large enough to cross over to the view point.

Stunning view to Kløftinden and Breifjellet!


Tromdalstinden

Tromstinden

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We take road E8 from Tromsø to the South. Between Hundbergan and Fagernes there is a signpost “ASKO” to the left. The road leads to a parking lot, from where we start our snowshoe tour to Tromdalstinden.

First North-East under the powerline, then before crossing Eliaselva, North-West straight upwards!

In fact we don’t intend to go to the summit. Avanlache risk is important, and there is a lot of fresh snow… So we have decided to go until we reach the pass at Salen, but we continue for an other 100 m uphill to get a better view of Tromsø.

Marvellous tour !



Northern Lights in and around Ersfjorden

We where again lucky on two other nights.

The first 4 shots have been taken in Ersfjordbotn, one day earlier than the full moon night, the other a few days earlier on the road to Sommarøya with views to the mountains illuminated by street lights of Ersfordbotn.


Kraknesaksla

On the road heading North on Kvaløya from the bridge crossing the Sound to Tromsø we arrive to the small bridge crossing Krabbelv. It’s approxim. half way between the bridge over Sandnessundet (from Kvaløya to Tromsø airport) an the tunnel to Ringvassøya. The river is covered with lots of snow, and you may miss the small bridge, but there is a rather large parking lot on the eastern side of the road.

Probably you can choose for the snowshoe and skiroute the left or right side of Krabbelv. There wasn’t a track on either side, so we took the right river side. Due to the 40 – 50 cm of fresh snow, we had to make some effort to get along. After approximately one hour we saw a snow scooter track on the left side, we crossed Krabbelv, but the easy track wasn’t for very long.

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We managed to make it til Slattåsen. There we left the valley to walk up to Krakenesaksla at 360m. We arrived just in time, before fog covered the whole landscape around…


Kvannfjellet, Malangen

We started for our today’s snowshoe tour in Malangen. From Kvaløya there is a tunnel (toll road) to Malangen. Then you drive along the west-coast. We parked the car near Fkjellskardal. From the road we took through the forest North-East. We passed point 490 am and point 516 m, but the way to Kvannfjellet wasn’t easy to find.

The weater forecast had been rather optimistic, with some sunshine, but at 500 m a.s.l. impossible to see anything else than white… With the avanlanche risk being as it was, we thought it would be too dangerous to continue in unknown terrain and we turned around.

Even then we had some difficulties to find our own tracks down. We never got lost, but…

Once again on the coastal road back to the tunnel, we managed however to get a few nice shots…

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Heavy Snowfall

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Ulstinden

North of Tromsø, between Skittenelv et Oldersvik, just before the left turn into Olderviksdalen, there is a big parking lot, where we start to Ulstinden. It was -11°C when we started , wind wasn’t too much of a problem, but once we came out of the small forest into the open, the wind speed increased continuously. The more we appoached the summit – at 1080 m, – the colder it was. So the photo shooting on the top was quickly done!

But the views where stunning, especially towards the Lyngenalps.


Skarsfjorden

After our return from Makfjellet and Rismålhøgda to the parking lot near the power station, we decide to drive further on road 66 zum Skarsfjorden , Ringvassøya .