Join us on a unique Arctic Norway rock climbing holiday, with a combination of world famous rock climbing on the Lofoten Islands and Norway’s National Mountain, the Stetind. The region offers acres of high-quality granite, set amongst stunning fjord scenery and no time pressure thanks to 24 hour daylight! Summiting a classic peak under the midnight sun is an experience you will never forget – our main focus is the ultra classic South Pillar of Stetind, along with other local classics in the Ofoten region and Lofoten Islands.
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Trip Reports >> Lofoten – Stetind Arctic Rock
This is an advanced level trip. To take part you should be at Fitness Level 3 and Tech Level 4 (see our Fitness/Experience guidelines below). Previous multi-pitch rock climbing experience required, seconding at HVS, with good crack climbing technique. You should also be very comfortable on exposed multi-pitch abseil descents.
One IFMGA guide climbing with 2 clients.
Included in price
- 6 days of guiding
- All guides expenses, including travel, food and accommodation
- Local travel in shared hire vehicle to complete the course itinerary
Excluded from price
- Food and accommodation
- Travel to Norway
- Equipment hire
(Budget approx £200-£300 to cover your food and accommodation – paid directly during the trip)
Accommodation is very flexible during this week, depending on weather and personal preference, but we mainly use excellent free camp sites in the mountains, or Rorbu (fisherman’s type cabins).
Outward travel to Norway, meeting with guide in UK/Oslo depending on flights. Arrive in time to collect hire vehicle and drive to venue. Camping below Stetind to start the week.
Warm up route on Eidtinden south buttress. Camping at the base of Stetind.
Sunday – Thursday
Classic routes in the Ofoten region.
- Stetind South Pillar
- Kugelhornet East Ridge
Lofoten classics – 4 hour journey by car/ferry to Lofoten.
- Presten – Vestpillaren
- Pillaren – Only Blueberries
Drive back to the Evenes after the days climbing, overnight in local hotel, repack for flights.
Flights back to the UK.
Your course meeting point is Evenes airport (EVE), between Harstad and Narvik: the gateway to the Lofoten Islands and Ofoten/Narvik region. The most convenient way to reach Narvik is fly to Oslo, with connecting flights on to Evenes airport (same airline). Your guide will collect you from Evenes airport at the start, and drop off at the end of the trip in time for return flights. For transfer to Stetind and travel during the trip, your guide will transport the team in a hire vehicle.
- Norwegian and SAS airlines offer various flights from the UK, including London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, which arrive in time for the evening pickup. Check Sky Scanner flight comparison site for your best option.
Further information and travel links can be found on our Travel Planning page.
To enjoy this trip you should be comfortable operating at Fitness Level 3, and Tech Level 4 (as appropriate for the style of climbing on this trip ie Alpine, rock climbing or ice climbing).
Fitness Level 3
You do 3-4 hours CV training/sport per week. At this level you are happy doing a 5-6 hour hillwalk, 50 mile cycle or 3-4hr mountain bike ride without being totally exhausted. If you are into challenges – then the thought of doing a road sportive, or training to do a 1/2 (or maybe even a full) marathon, wouldn’t seem too ridiculous. Eg: you should be able to do the full Langdale Horseshoe: Langdale – Pike of Stickle – Angle Tarn – Bow Fell – Crinkle Crags – Pike of Blisco – Langdale in a day without finishing up exhausted.
Tech Level 4
Experienced climber. Leading multi pitch trad rock climbs at VS – HVS / multi pitch winter climbs to Scottish grade 4 / alpine peaks at AD – D standard. If you mainly climb with guides or seldom lead climb, you have extensive experience seconding at this standard.
To view all climbing Technical and Fitness Levels, and for advice on trip preparation and training, please visit our training advice page.
Summer Alpine Kit List
Above all, alpine climbing kit needs to do the job, but be as light as possible. We work with various manufacturers including Arc’teryx, whose products we can thoroughly recommend.
- Waterproof jacket – lightweight breathable model
- Overtrousers – with long side zips
- Socks – warm ‘Smartwool’ type, plus thin liner socks and spares
- Gaiters – made from breathable material (or trim fitting trousers with ankle volume adjuster)
- Wicking thermal tops – long sleeved and light colour is ideal!
- Fleece mid layer – or equivalent light insulating layer
- Mountain trousers – light/mid-weight windproof softshell model
- Thin gloves – windproof ‘hardfleece’ model is good
- Warm insulated gloves – wind and waterproof
- Warm hat – must fit under a helmet
- Spare warm layer – fleece or lightweight synthetic belay jacket
- Water Container – at least 1 litre
- Headtorch and batteries
- Map, compass and whistle (optional, but a good idea)
- Personal medications and blister kit – zinc oxide tape, compeed, painkillers etc
- Sun Glasses – CE rated 3 or 4 with side protection
- Goggles – for windy/snowy conditions
- Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
- Sun hat
- Wallet and passport
- Alpine Club/BMC card (if you are a member) and insurance docs
Hut Overnight Items
- Small wash kit
- Spare lightweight t-shirt/socks/pants
- Silk sheet sleeping bag liner
- Ear plugs
- (Hut slippers for indoor use, and blankets/duvets and pillows are provided by the huts)
- Rucsac – 35/45l is perfect for general use
- Rucsac – superlight 15/20l model, for taking on long multi-pitch rock routes (for technical courses/private guiding)
- *Rigid mountaineering boots – Axe, Boot and Crampon advice
- Rock boots – must be comfortable enough to wear for several hours (can be hired in resort if nec)
- Approach shoes or trainers
- Trekking poles
- Harness, locking karabiner and belay device
- 2 prussik loops + karabiner – if in doubt, bring 3m of 6mm climbing cord!
- 120cm sling + locking karabiner
- Climbing helmet
- Crampons with antiball plates
- Ice Axe classic type for intro and general mountaineering courses
- Technical Ice Axe and Hammer – required for parts of the Tech Alpine/Cham Alpinist/Ice and Mixed/North Faces courses
Your guide will have ropes, climbing rack, first aid and survival equipment.
*Boots: These are VERY important to the success of your trip! Its best to have your own boots and break them in well before the start of the trip – see advice below.
Recommendations and Advice
Visit the Knowledge Base section of our website or our blog for equipment advice. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch!
Backcountry UK in Ilkley offer an excellent mountain boot fitting service and general equipment advice.
Please see our Equipment Hire page for more details.
For this trip you must have specialist travel insurance providing medical, emergency search/rescue and repatriation cover for climbing and mountaineering activities as outlined in the course itinerary. We also strongly recommend that you purchase cancellation cover, in case you’re unable to attend your trip due to personal circumstances or injury. Please arrange your insurance as soon as your trip is confirmed to run.
Please find further details on our insurance info page.