Norwegian side Tromsdalen kicked off their league campaign in remarkable conditions on Sunday as they played a match encircled by a towering wall of snow which reached six metres high.

Extreme snowfall in the build up to the season opener led to Tromsdalen groundsmen being kept extra busy before their match against Asane.

Photos posted on Twitter show the snow engulfing the surrounding area as ice caves had to be carved to allow players to take corners properly.



Despite the extreme weather the match went ahead at Tromsdalen Stadion, which normally can seat 3000 spectators.

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However given the conditions there were understandably a lack of fans at the game - though a few were spotted sitting atop a mound of snow behind one of the goals.

Amidst their icy surroundings Tromsdalen emerged with three points after they defeated Asane 2-0 in their first match in the Norwegian second tier since promotion last season.

Another photo on Twitter showed the pitch caked in a thick layer of snow just four days before the match illustrating the extent of the work it must have taken to see the fixture go ahead.

Tromsdalen are based in the city of Tromso, in the north of Norway and play in the Second Division after two seasons spent in the third tier.