In 2017 I spent one month in Armenia to do a documentary reportage on the country`s parliamentary elections. In my month long stay, I saw a country, disturbed by war and natural catastrophes, fall longer and longer down in abysses. But I also saw an amazing country. I came because of friends, the amazing hospitality, the incredible nature - and last but not least, to ski.
In this occasion, I wrote an article for the norwegian skiing magazine "Fri Flyt", in its 2018 january edition.
Here are some unpublished pictures from the country where East meets West. A country filled with charm, incredible nature experiences, a wonderful blend of pride, hospitality and religious fanaticism.
Welcome to Armenia - more then just a ski destination.
Former Sovjet Republic in Caucasus. Independet in 1991.
3 millioner inhabitants.
Language: Armenian, Russian and to some degree english.
2300 – 3000 NOK Oslo – Yerevan - Oslo. (Aeroflot. KLM)
Taxi: 55 – 350 NOK
Bus: 22 NOK
Rental Car: 280-380 NOK
in Yerevan 270 – 970 NOK
Outside Yerevan: 125 NOK
Hostel Yerevan: from 100 NOK
Local Mountainguide 250 €
Ski-facility: Tsakhkadzor. 6 lifts with 27 km slopes and 853 meter altitude difference. 22 €.
Villages as bases for backcountry skiing:
Aparan, Aghveran, Yeghipatrush, the curch Tsakhevank at the foot of Mt Araler, and Melikgyugh. The road to Aragats goes trough Byurakan.