Berner Oberland day to day description and photos

Day 1 - Jungfraujoch to Hollandiahütte

Our day begins in Interlaken, were we catch the 6:30 train to the Jungfraujoch. Though not far the ride up to the Jungfraujoch gains an incredible 9560 feet! We have to make train changes in Interlaken Ost, Lauterbrunnen, and Kleine Scheidegg before the final train, to the Joch. The entire process takes a few hours, but it certainly beats walking! From Kleine Scheidegg the track is almost entirely through tunnel, bored through the Eiger and the Mönch.

After a quick look around at the Jungfraujoch, we step into our skis and drop a short way down the Jungfraufirn, one of the several giant arms of the Aletschgletscher complex. If conditions are good we'll climb up and over the Louwitor, a 11,800 foot high pass between the Louwihorn and the Kranzberg. This gives us access to the Kranzbergfirn on the south side of the Louwitor. A great descent awaits! We ski down about 2000 feet to the Grosser Aletschfirn, and then a final gentle walk up to the Hollandiahütte.

If conditions are not good for crossing the Louwitor, or for a more gradual acquaintance with the demands of skiing at altitude, we can descend the Jungfraufirn all the way to Konkordiaplatz before turning right to head directly up to the Hollandiahütte.

Day 1 - Jungfraujoch to Hollandiahütte
680 meters
2230 feet
904 meters
2965 feet
includes crossing the Louwitor



A view of the inside of the Sphinx observation room, part of the Jungfraujoch complex of restaurants, shops and other tourist attractions. Once we step into our skis, however, we enter into another world.


Skiing close to large crevasses en route to the Louwitor.
This photo was taken quite close to the one left. Here, we are looking east toward the Gross Grünhorn.


Looking south from the Louwitor. The large peak behind is the Aletschhorn, at 13,750 feet, one of the highest peaks in the area.


Kathy and Sam, enjoying the snow on the descent of the Kranzbergfirn.


Looking back up the Kranzbergfirn. The descent started in the upper left edge of the photo.


After our descent to the Grosser Aletschfirn, we have a gentle ski up to the Hollandiahütte.

Continue on to Day 2.....

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