I fancy an ice climbing trip early January and was looking for somewhere new. Been to Scotland, Rjukan, Cogne, Settesdal and La Grave. I am planning to take the camper van and make it a 3 weeks trip. Any good, reliable venues considered?
I would suggest the Lyngen and Narvik areas of arctic Norway, but I think it would be a fairly epic drive from the UK and you would be legally obliged to have winter tyres fitted. Probably January is a bit early as well, although locals definitely climb in those areas all through the winter.
Head for mid(south) Norway, base yourself in the vicinity of Hemsedal. Little bit north you've got Laerdal, to the west Aurland and Gudvangen, to the east Vang/Valdres. All areas more or less in 1-3h driving time from Hemsedal. All aspects,grades, length you can think of. World class.
You don't want the real north in January, almost no light and an extra 3000+ km of driving.
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