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Lyngen


Lyngen in Norway Lyngen municipality coat of arms

Population:
2,922

Areal:
812,4 km2


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Lyngen is an Arctic Eldorado, with the Lyngenfjord to the east and Ullsfjord to the west. The majestic and breathtaking Lyngen Alps dominate this part of Lyngen where arctic fjord meets alpine mountain. The Lyngen Alps range begins in the north with Storgalten and stretches south in an unending chain of jagged peaks, pinnacles and mighty glaciers. The cold, clean arctic ocean, rich in fish, cuts in to the mountains in a series of spectacular fjords. You can enjoy the scenic splendour of Lyngen in winter as well as summer.

The highest peak is Jiehkkevárri, reaching 1,833 metres. Another prominent mountain is Store Lenangstind. The Lyngen Alps are presently being discovered by off-piste skiers from around the world.

Lyngen muncipality has approximately 3.200 inhabitants and covers a area of 812,4 km2. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lyngseidet. Other villages include Furuflaten, which has various industries, and Svensby. Nord-Lenangen faces the open sea, and is largely a fishing village. The inhabitants are a unique blend of cultures, with Norwegian, Finnish and Sami background. Lyngen municipality has three densely-populated areas, each of which has its own individual characteristics. In Lyngen, the activities available range from fjord fishing and fresh water angling to hiking in wonderful hills and valleys, glacier walking and mountaineering.

The municipality has its own shipping company, operating the car ferries west to Breivikeidet and east to Olderdalen meeting European route E6. There is also a road going south along the shore of the fjord connecting to the main E6 road, giving ferry-free access to the main road network.

SELJEVIKA

Seljevika is located 1.5 hour from Tromsø and 4 km form the small village Lyngseidet. The area cover a big area close to the sea and are surrounded by the famous Lyngen Alps. The view from all sites is enormous to three fjords, Kåfjord, Lyngenfjord and Storfjord. Fishing and Skiing is fantastic in this area: Fishing in the in the fjords, at big sea, lakes and river, sea rafting, kajack, diving, sailing, mountain climbing (winter and summer). Skiing in the alps such as cross-country skiing, alpine-skiing as well: you can enjoy slalom, Telemark skiing, snowboarding and randone skiing.

THE LYNGEN ALPS

The Lyngen Alps is mainly located in the municipalities of Lyngen and Balsfjord, although there are mountains further south and east, but not as impressive as the Lyngen Alps.

The mountains follows the western shore of the Lyngenfjord in a south - north direction. The length is at least 90 km (depending on definition, there are mountains all the way south to the border with Sweden), and the width is 15-20 km. The mountains dominates the Lyngen Peninsula, which is bordered by the Lyngenfjord to the east, and Ullsfjorden to the west. The British climber William Cecil Slingsby was the first to climb many of the peaks.

These alpine mountains are popular among extreme skiers, and provide stunning scenery against the blue fjords. The Lyngen Alps are sufficiently high as to give rain shadow in the interior lowland areas east of the mountains. The highest peak is Jiekkevarre, 1.833 metres, the highest in Troms. The highest mountain peaks in Lyngen are: Jiehkkevarri 1.883 metres, Store Lenangstind 1.596 metres, Istinden (Kjosen) 1.550 metres, Store Jægervasstind 1.545 metres, Bredalsfjellet 1.538 metres.

LYNGSEIDET

Lyngseidet, the municipal centre, houses public institutions and service industries. The town is located on an isthmus that is about 3 km wide. The plastic Santa Claus named Gollis (a 9 metre tall Santa Claus made out of plastic materials). Lyngseidet is located 15 km north of the village of Furuflaten and 12 km by ferry from Olderdalen.

FURUFLATEN

The village is located along the Lyngenfjord. Furuflaten is located at the mouth of the Lyngsdalselva river, about 15 km south of Lyngseidet, and about 54 km straight southeast of the city of Tromsø. Lyngen´s industrial area. An industrial museum is being established here to preserve this centre´s distinct history, particularly as the centre for the local plastic industry.

NORD-LENANGEN

At a latitude of 70º north, where Norway stretches off to the east, you will find Nord-Lenangen. Nord-Lenangen is a quaint, typical north Norwegian fishing village. Shrimp fishing has dominated this area since the 1950s. Where the main forms of substistence are fishing and seafood industries. Here, you can experience age-old fishing traditions which have hardly changed for hundreds of years. Traditions which live in harmony with nature.

MOUNTAINS

The highest mountain peaks in Lyngen are: Jiehkkevarri 1.883 metres, Store Lenangstind 1.596 metres, Istinden (Kjosen) 1.550 metres, Store Jægervasstind 1.545 metres, Bredalsfjellet 1.538 metres.

LYNGEN CHURCH

The Lyngen church was built at Karnes in 1731, and was moved to its present location at Lyngseidet in 1740. In 1775 the church was rebuilt in its current cross shape, with the material from the old church used for a boathouse in Oldervik. Finally in 1840–1845, the church was renovated with a new tower, galleries, windows and panelling.

SOLHOV FOLKEHØGSKOLE

Solhov, which was built in 1924 to strengthen the Norwegian influence in this area which was largely populated by the Sami and Kven people. Solhov is the largest wooden school in North Norway.

FROM A TOURIST

The Lyngen peninsula is located in Northern Norway at a Latitude of 70 degrees North, far above the arctic circle. The Lyngen peninsula is literally crowded with peaks and glaciers, with the mountains rising directly out of the fjords to a height of 6,000 feet. The area is referred to as the Lyngen Alps.

Due to the warm ocean currents the fjords are ice free all year and the weather surprisingly mild. Being further North than Alaska, I expected much colder temperatures. However, the lowest temperature I recorded was 6 degrees fahrenheit on the top of Markusfjellet, a 5,000 foot peak. Most of the mountain temperatures ranged in the teens to low twenty's with ample amounts of sunshine. In the small fishing village of Rotsund, we skied to the summits of five peaks Cillagaisa, Markusfjellet, Bæssetinden, Jiehkkevarri, Kveita, and climbed four others Stortind, Piggtind, Store Lenangstind and Struptind (1/2 mile east of Store Lenangstind).

CILLAGAISA

The ski ascent and descent of Cillagaisa was an excellent ski tour as the powder snow conditions were perfect and the slope of the mountain provided for a moderate and continuous ski descent all the way to the car. It was a pleasant introduction to Northern Norway and prelude for what was to come in the following three weeks.

JIEHKKEVARRI

The ski traverse of Jiehkkevarri and Kveita via the Blåisen Glacier and descent via the Fuglebreen Glacier was truly spectacular and memorable. The ski descent of the Fuglebreen was unnerving as we had to wind our way through ice bulges and towers. The bottom portion of the glacier was very steep with concern for avalanche danger. In addition, we could not see, from above, whether or not there was a route all the way down and off the glacier. We could not determine whether or not the glacier ended in an ice fall that would block our descent. However, we had heard from Havard that he thought the route was manageable on skis. Based on this, we went for it, as the alternative of climbing back up and over the summit was unthinkable.

STORE LENANGSTIND

The ski across the Koppangsbreen Glacier and climb of Store Lenangstind and Struptind was the frosting on my "three weeks in paradise" and my favorite. The scenery was most outstanding as the glacier was rimmed by beautiful peaks pushing up through a sea of snow and ice. The glacier was as smooth as glass with no sign of crevasses as the winter snows had covered all of the glacier's rough edges.

The glacier is very accessible and the ski up from the small fishing village of Koppangen was quick and easy. We were to the base of Store Lenangstind in less than four hours. The slope of the glacier is perfect for skiing up as well as down, steep enough to get you there quickly but not too steep to wear one out. The fresh dusting of powder on the glacier enhanced the skiing even further.

On Store Lenangstind and Struptind we encountered similar climbing conditions and difficulties as on Stortind but on a much smaller scale. We reached the summit of Store Lenangstind in eight pitches via the East Ridge. Near the summit of Struptind, the Southeast ridge narrowed to a knife edge. On this lead I straddled the apex of the ridge by sitting down with one leg on each side of the ridge and inched myself forward. We climbed both peaks in a light snow storm and complete whiteout. At times, the visibility was so poor that I could barely see Dick at the opposite end of the climbing rope. This was the only tour/climb in the three weeks that we had bad weather.

My tours in the Lyngen Alps were truly fantastic. I highly recommend the area for skiing and climbing in April through mid May or hiking and climbing in July. I look forward to returning soon.

MIDNIGHT SUN

We have the Midnight Sun in our region from 20th May - 20th July. During this period, the sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.

POLAR NIGHT

The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.

ULLSFJORDEN

Ullsfjorden is a fjord in the municipalities of Tromsø, Karlsøy and Lyngen. The 75-kilometre fjord flows from Sjøvassbotn northwards along the west side of the Lyngen (where the famous Lyngen Alps are located). The Kjosen fjord branches off to the east side and the Grøtsundet branches off to the west (which then flows into the Tromsøysundet). The islands of Reinøya and Karlsøya lie along the western side of the fjord. The southern part of the Ullsfjorden is also known as Sørfjorden.

SKIING

With over 60 summits over 1.000 meters flanking the Lyngenfjord shores, skiers are provided with an incredible choice of terrain. February and March is powder snow, April to May powder/spring snow. By mid February the polar nights have been already replaced with 7 hours of sunshine by mid May it´s the midnight sun. Avergage summit heights are around 1.000 meters to 1.200 meters but on the high glaciers of the main Lyngen Peninsula there are summits over 1400 meters with Jiehkkevarri being the highest at 1.834 meters above sea level.

Lyngen Lodge is located 500 km inside the Arctic Circle and due to the high Northern latitude the sun´s glancing rays have less effect on the snow.

FISHING

The majestic alps make an awesome backdrop while you´re fishing. Out at sea, the view towards the mountains is a memory guaranteed to stay with you for a very long time. In the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, it is usually to catch cod until 25 kilos. In addition to cod, you can catch coalfish, wolf fish, haddock and other sorts. In the period March - November the possibilities are very good for catching fish. But because of a local cod family (tribe) are living in the fjord, the possibilities for catching fish are good all the year round. During the winter, the inner part of the fjord is frozen and is ideal for ice fishing. It is also possible to fish for salmon and sea trout for those who wish.

If you want to go fishing in one of the many lakes in the mountains, we offer guided tours into the mountains. Here you can catch trout and char. Maybe you want to stay some days in a log cabin close to the river, where you can catch salmon. Well-suited areas for fresh water fishing around the lake Jægervatn.

GOLF

Tromsø Golfclub is located 35 minutes from Tromsø. The course is the most northenly 18 hole golfclub in the world. The surroundings with Lyngsalpene is spectacular.