Norway Expedition: Part 1 — Getting acclimated to life in the fjordlands
After an epic journey to get to Norway (see our Instagram for photo documentation of each leg of the trip), we finally arrived on Monday evening—er, Tuesday morning… best of all? It was still light out. In fact, there’s sunlight pretty much 24 hours a day up here above the Arctic Circle. Make it easy to stay up late!
During our stay, we’re experiencing life in Norway from our home base at Camp Kviteberg, located on the outskirts of Lyngseidet, Troms. It’s the first time in a long time Sean and I have taken a trip where we’ve only stayed in one spot the whole time. We rented a car from the Tromso airport, which allows us to basecamp here, and drive around to any of the incredible ski touring sites within an hour’s drive or more. Literally, it’s a skier’s paradise here—so many routes and locations to choose from. The key is making sure the snow is stable before making our approach… and with the recent weather patterns causing a handful of notable avalanches in the area, we’re being very careful, and yet have found tons of fun skiable lines—and it’s only been two days!
Here is our cabin. It’s like the bedroom any kid who makes forts always wanted—bunkbeds for everyone:
On our first morning, David—the owner, gave us the rundown of current snow conditions, where to go, getting around, etc. He and his girlfriend are incredibly kind, and have three children. They believe in spending time with family and getting everyone outdoors as much as possible—just like us!
Also, if you look at a map of Norway, you can see that the majority of the coastline is fjords, or finger-like extensions of the land. Thus, a popular way of traveling is ferry systems, as often the roads are long, windy and dangerous. It can be easier (and much faster!) to drive your car onto a ferry.
This is the epic view from our first day of skiing. We skinned far up a near by mountain known as, End of the World, where the views stretch for miles in every direction. The sun was shining and the temps were in the 40s… can’t complain for our first day, adjusting to the climate, altitude, and getting over any jet lag.
Here’s a shot from Andy (Andrew Meehan Photography) of Cassie and I skinning up:
And another of Sean, Chloe and I, showing off our awkward faces and Steger Mukluks:
Cooking some stir fry on night one:
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