(1834), The Lyngen Peninsula, Norway
First ascent: Geoffrey
Hastings (UK) and Elias Hogrenning (N), 3. July
Ski ascent with Karl-Otto Sandvik
Troms Turlag, 13. May 1978.
The Jiehkkevárri traverse over Holmbukttinden,
Jiehkkevárri and Kveita with Erlend Hagan and Stefan Wiebel
(DE), 23. May 2012.
Skiing towards Holmbukttinden.
From the parking area in Holmbukta, follow the valley towards the
Blåisen glacier which is visible from the road.
Keep to the left of the river Tverrelva as you ascend. Past the
treeline, it is easy to follow the talus to the base of a well definded
Just before reaching the
moraine, turn left up a steep valley below the cliffs of Holmbukttinden.
Looking down towards
Continue up the valley, which curves
to the right, and head for the lowest point to reach the col.
This can be tiring with skis, but is
usually doable without having to boot pack.
In late season however, many parties
opt for boot packing with ice axes, and in very late season crampons.
After reaching the col, follow the
North ridge to the summit of Holmbukttinden.
The ridge becomes more defined as the
summit nears, and, depending on conditions, can be exposed before
reaching the summit.
Erlend Hagan on the summit of
Holmbukttinden with Kveita (left) and Jiehkkevárre (right).
Stefan Wiebel on the summit of
Sagbladet (the Saw Blade) and Goverdalstinden from Holmbukttinden.
|After summiting, descend
the east ridge toward the col. Skirt around the edge of the glacier,
keeping to the left of the ridge crest until reaching the col. From the
col, a short but steep ascent gains the plateau. Gradually ascend along
the plateau for 4 kilometers or so until finally reaching the final
hump that is the summit of Jiehkkevárri. There are some high
points that can be skirted to the right on the ascent, or they can
simply be skied over without any difficulties.
Looking back towards the East ridge
On the summit of Jiehkkevárri.
Skiing down to the col between
Jiehkkevárri and Kveita.
A steep icy section leading down to
The col between Jiehkkevárri
and Kveita a.k.a. Babylon's hanging garden.
Jiehkkkevárri from the south
ridge of Kveita.
Looking back towards Kveita.
The summit of Kveita from point 1652.
Fantastic skiing down the icefall
from point 1666 to the glacier Fugldalsbreen.
The pass Fugledalsskardet and the strange, windshaped exit to
A view from the glacier Fornesbreen towards the Kjosen fjord and the
still frozen lake Jægervatnet.
Easy skiing on Fornesbreen.
Looking back towards Fugledalsskardet
(the lowest point to the right).
Another great skiing section leading
down from Fornesbreen to Fornesdalen.
No more snow.
Geir Jenssen 2012