Ice climbing is a huge sport in this part of Norway. There are plenty of quality waterfalls and coastal ice climbing in the Troms region. This area attracts ice climbers from all over the world: Spansdalen is the valley under Spanstinden, between Fossbakken and Tennevoll. With short to long routes & options for all skill levels, it´s one of the classic ice destinations in Northern Norway. The largest waterfall in the close by area is almost 600 meters.
ICE FESTIVAL in Lavangen
Each year, the famous Ice Festival reunite beginners and experienced ice climbers as well as everyone in love with skis and the outdoors in Lavangen for an outdoor event.
The evenings are filled with exciting programs of events all around winter mountaineering.
The detailed cultural program for the festival are online around October for the next year
The Waterfalls of SPANSDALEN oder
Spansdalen is the valley which runs down from Fossbakken (on the E6 highway north of Bjerkvik) to the Lavangen fjord at Tennevoll. The valley is an ice climbing paradise, with numerous frozen waterfalls on both sides. They range in length from one to seven pitches, and most of them have short approaches from the road (up to 60 minutes). The approaches can usually be done without skis or snowshoes.
The area & many of the lines listed here are described in Rick McGregor’s ice guide bellow.