Location: Troms, Arctic Norway
The Lygen Alps stand out as the most alpine of the Norway fjord regions. The 'Alps' monicker is appropriate. A vertical, high-alpine, glacial feel dominates the region. The ubiquitous hanging glaciers source the deep aqua-marine water hues that exist throught all the Lynger Alps fjords. Throw in an amazing Midnight Sun . . . and the Lynger Alps are one of the most scenic mountains regions in Norway and Europe. All made even more dramatic by its rising straight out from the fjords.
Hiking in the Lyngen Alps, Norway:
The Lyngen Alps have massive, glaciated ranges shooting straight up from the fjords. For the intrepid, there are inumerable exploring options. For the more modest, here are some nice options to get into the Lyngen mountains.
Furuflatta - On the Lyngenfjord, south of Lyngseidet, Furuflatta has an exceleent glacial-valley hike. Start at the football pitch in Furuflatta. A very well marked trail leads several km up the valley. Take the path to a great alpine lookout over a threaded river valley up to several glaciers. Furuflatta, despite being at sea-level, feels extremely 'alpine'.
Oldervika - Though techincally in the Tromso region . . . the Oldervika hike provides the money shot of the Lyngen Alps. This is an excellent, easy evening hike to see the Lyngen Alps lit up beautifully with an evening glow. Take the hike south of Oldervik. Drive south about 1km from town. Park at the clearly marked parking turnoff just before the closed gate. Continue down the forested path, over the fjord.
Kayaking in the Lyngen Alps, Norway:
Lyngenfjord and Ullsfjord are both mega-fjords . . . extremely long, and even-though narrow-looking on maps (relative to length) still quite wide. Only in the inner-most parts of the fjords (Ullsfjord especially)) would there be calm enough conditions to get on the water in general
Camping in the Lyngen Alps, Norway:
Camping alongside a deply aqua-marine fjord underneath majestic Alps mountains is a great experience. At Skibotn, Stranbu has possibly one of the best tent spots anywhere. It is well removed from the caravans and right on a nice flowing river, with multiple peaks right in view, almost a 360^ view. Good sunset spot too. Elsewhere, there are plenty of rough spots deeper in the mountains (just follow all regulations).
Driving in the Lyngen Alps, Norway:
The Lyngen Alps are dramamtic driving at any time. If your arrival to Norway is from Finland . . . the contrast are immediate and stunning. A full loop tour around the Lynger Alps is a must. Starting in Tromso, this heads to Breivkeidet, and across Ullsfjord to Svensby. Then along Kjosenfjord to Lyngseidet, and ferry across to Oldereve, with it great view West to the Lyngen walls. From Olderev, a long loop back around on E6.
Nice offshoot back-roads include Signaldalen (Storfjord in Lyngenfjord), and the stunning drive up through the head of Ullsfjord to Jovik.
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