Splitboarding the Lofoten Islands

After the success of splitboarding the Lyngen Alps we returned to the north of Norway and flew into Narvik from Edinburgh with a stop over in Oslo. A decent 2-3hr drive brings us past Svolvaer and in to Kabelvåg where we have a place to stay for the next few days. From our rented house on the beach we can tour directly up into the surrounding hills and it’s a stunning area. The snow pack is a decent depth but a bit wet below 800m, so we avoid the steeper more exposed slopes until it freezes or settles.

Sunshine and snow in Kabelvåg
Epic views
Taking break to admire the frozen Lake Storkonsvatnet
Snow cover varied greatly depending on island and aspect.

We headed west to Stydalen for another short tour again keeping it quite mellow on decent snow.

Of course no trip in winter would be without a late night spent admiring the stunning Auroa Borealis – Northern Lights;

A detour to explore the famous fishing village of Henningsvær and to take some pictures of the houses perched on rocks. There are thousands of cod drying out in the sun all hung from vast racks that stink! Salt cod or klippfisk is apparently quite a delicacy to some but we’re not convinced being vegetarian! The fishes bodies are all hung headless becasue the heads are dried seperatly and used as stockfish in Nigeria where they make classic fish soups using them for their extra pungent flavour from 3 months of drying!

The next splitboard tour was a classic loop based from Laupstad and all on very good snow. We were also treated to a bluebird day for a summit with a stunning view.

The view and church at Vestpollen just before Laupstad on a less sunny day

We moved bck east for the final few days and stayed in a small out the way village called Stronstad with stunning beaches and epic scenery. Our rented house was in an exposed location, getting rocked by the howling wind that whips in from teh ocean along the fjord. With the fire going and sitting looking out the window, it was the epitomy of Hygge.

The weather closed in a bit for the next few tours we did around Storvatnet, despite this we still had fun and there was some decent tree skiing thrown in too!

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