This Girl Will Make You Long For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Mathea at the Nordenskiöld mountain, Svalbard

Mathea at the Nordenskiöld mountain, Svalbard

We met with Mathea Fennefoss Johnsgård, a sporty girl from Norway. Her photos will make you dream of mountain views and a long ski season, with her tips you are ready for your next adventure!

Geitgaljartind in Lofoten, Norway

Geitgaljartind in Lofoten, Norway

Tell us who you are and what you’re doing these days

Living in Tromsø, having a ball! Should probably be studying for my exams, but snow just arrived and a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! (JK, stay in school, kids). Other than skiing and studying, I fill my days with climbing, crossfit, good food and great friends, aspiring to keep my guts up through the polar night (it’s actually quite hard on a South-Norwegian). 

Skiing in Tromsø, Norway

Skiing in Tromsø, Norway

How did your interests for adventure and hiking start? 

I’ve grown up spending a lot of time in the outdoors together with my family, which I am very grateful for. As I grew older, I experienced that spending time in the mountains had become one of my primary needs like eating and sleeping (in fear of sounding very dramatic and extra), but it feels like I’m suffocating if I don’t get my outdoor quota filled. I was first introduced to alpine mountaineering when I started the Folkehøgskole i Lofoten, and was very quickly hooked on climbing as well.   

Mathea in Hiorthtinden, Svalbard, Norway

Mathea in Hiorthtinden, Svalbard, Norway

Can you share a special memory from one of your hikes? 

The first memory that came to my mind was from a february night in Lofoten. We brought a tent, some beer and wood, put on our skis and headed up to Småtindan. We could turn off our headlamps quite quickly, as the sky was lit up by very strong northerns lights. It was dancing all over the sky, bright green, purple and yellow. It was a clear night with no wind and great snow conditions, felt like skiing on silk. It was scenic. We were 4 very happy girls crawling into our sleeping bags that night. 

What are your top five essentials you always bring along on a trip?

It depends on the mission and what kind of activity is involved, but I always bring enough water, an isolating layer of clothing, map and compass, headlamp, first aid kit and the required security equipment (avalanche gear, crampons, etc). Oops, that was at least 6. 

Lyngen Alps

Lyngen Alps

Where would you say the best and most beautiful mountains to explore in Norway are located? 

I think there’s unlimited mountains to explore in this elongated country, however I’m very weak for the steep and dramatic mountains in the North. Lofoten of course has a special place in my heart, The Lyngen alps are rad and I’m ever so fond of Tromsø as well. Tromsø is underestimated, really, it’s litterally just as fun as Granca here. 

What’s a happy life in your opinion?

I think balance is key. I’m a sucker for good routines, that makes me feel in sync. Mountains, family and endorphins (however they may be released) makes life good.

Mathea and her friend Erlend at Trollsteinen, Svalbard.

Mathea and her friend Erlend at Trollsteinen, Svalbard.

When you’re not climbing a mountain, how do you like to spend your time?

I actually spend embarrassingly much time at Crossfit Tromsø, as well as in the boulder hall. I also hang around a lot at the university doing mathmatics with my boyzz. And then we eat together. A lot.  

Do you have any advices for those who wants to go for a longer hike, yet don’t have a lot of experience? 

Just do it!! Plan less, hike more. Start by exploring the nearby areas, leave your phone at home, bring a sleeping bag and good food, get out and listen to the silence. Walk for as long as you want and when you run out of food, you return to civilization. You’ll learn as you go, gain experience and soon enough be ready for greater adventures. 

The Lyngen Alps, in Troms, Norway

The Lyngen Alps, in Troms, Norway

Follow Mathea on Instagram to see her next adventure: @matheafennefoss

All pictures are Mathea’s own and published with her permission.

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