Ice climbing


Ice climbing is a huge sport in this part of Norway, and indeed there are plenty of quality waterfalls and coastal ice climbing in the Troms region. This area in particular attracts ice climbers from all over the world.

Spansdalen, the valley under Spanstinden mountain between Fossbakken and Tennevoll is particularly famous and the main attraction during the Arctic Ice Festival. With a large choice of short and 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.


Each year, the famous Arctic 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 just a few hundred meters from our cabins.

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

Read more about ice climbing at the ICE festival website or Facebook Page for all the latest news about this event in Lavangen

The Waterfalls of SPANSDALEN and 

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.



Ice climbing and mountaineering are an exciting activity but coming with a risk.

Because we do care a lot about your health and your experience in Northern Norway, please check the avalanches warning before going out on adventures :

Avalanche warnings