Hamish FrostMountain sports photographer based in Scotland. In his element during the depths of winter, he has an unusual appetite for cold, wet and challenging conditions, capturing images of people testing themselves in mountain environments.
Hyperborea was a mythical realm of giants who the ancient Greeks believed lived ‘beyond the north wind’. The mountains of Arctic Norway are perhaps the real-world version.
Fabian Linge taking some big air off a small rock outcrop with the awe-inspiring Lofoten Island skyline in the background. Skiing from summit-to-sea is a frequent possibility in Arctic Norway.
Al Todd and Niall McPherson fighting the elements on a final bootpack up to the col on Trolldalen, Lofoten.
A pair of skiers bootpacking up the final slopes of Hellskarnuten in the Lofoten Islands in evening light.
Between November and May, skiing here offers a superb combination of stunning scenery, wild mountainous terrain, steep summit-to-sea descents, and the potential for sightings of the northern lights after a long day’s touring. The most popular areas include the Lyngen Alps (just east of Tromsø) and the Lofoten Islands (just west of Narvik) in part due to their relative accessibility. However, there are mountain ranges of equal stature outside these areas for those who would prefer to venture further off the beaten track. Whatever the precise nature of your trip, experiencing Arctic Norway should be on the bucket list for every competent off-piste skier.
Al Todd beginning the 900m descent down the south face of Himmeltindan on the stunning island of Vestvågøya in the heart of the Lofoten Islands.
Hyperborea was a mythical realm of giants who the ancient Greeks believed lived ‘beyond the north wind’.
The view south to the Norwegian mainland from the Lofoten Islands
Al Todd on the summit ridge of Stornappstinden (740m) during an ‘all four seasons and the kitchen sink’ kind of day. The weather ended up clearing in time for a decent ski down the south face of the mountain.
A local Norwegian skier calmly transports her dog to safety down the slopes of Kistbergtinden after good conditions quickly gave way to stormy weather and ferocious winds; with their close proximity to the sea, rapid changes in the weather is a common characteristic of the Norwegian mountains.
The Northern Lights above the peak of Trolldalen. The Aurora Broealis is an added attraction to the magnificent skiing to be found in Arctic Norway.
Niall McPherson skiing the famous Trollsadelen South Gulley in icy conditions, with views out over the sea fjords 900m below.
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