Lyngen

Lyngen is a municipality in the Region of Troms in Northern Norway. The municipality is characterized by the towering mountains that rise 1833 metres right up from the Arctic Ocean. Geographically, the municipality is a peninsula. There are some 3200 inhabitants in Lyngen.

Settlements

Bensnes in Lyngen municipality

Understand

The municipality is tricultural. The original inhabitants were the Sami and the area is called Ivggu in the Northern Sami language. The outer villages got a Norwegian population rather early on, and in the 18th century, people from Finland settled in the area (known as Yykeän in Kven/Finnish language). Today, almost everyone speaks Norwegian only, but Sami and Finnish is still spoken by a few elderly people.

The area is immensely suited for off-piste skiers. However, visitors will soon discover that the infrastructure is lacking. Book your accommodation early and bring all your gear, the rest the flexible inhabitants will fix on the spot.

Sea fishing is excellent in the area. There are plenty of boats available to hire, although shore fishing is good too. In the deep waters of Lyngenfjord (up to 300m) you can catch cod, whiting, haddock, coalfish, halibut, wolffish, redfish (Norwegian haddock) and more, and you can see porpoises and the occasional whale. There is even pretty good fresh-water fishing in Jagervattnet, a lake north of the Svendby ferry, where you can catch salmon and arctic char, although a licence is required.

Talk

The main language today in Lyngen is Northern Norwegian dialect, with slight variations within the municipality. However, some Sami and Finnish is still understood by the elderly.

English is widely spoken, especially by the young.

Get in

Map of Lyngen municipality

To reach the peninsula, there is a ferry from Breivikeidet in the borough of Tromsø to Svensby. The drive from Tromsø to Breivikeidet is about 50 minutes. From Svensby, there is 25 minutes' drive to Lyngseidet. From Lyngseidet there is a ferry onwards to Olderdalen on the east side of Lyngen. for updated info.

Alternatively you can take the longer land-only route, following the E8-E6-Rv868 all the way round Lyngenfjord. This is the route to take if you're too early or late for the ferry.

There are a couple of buses a day from Tromsø to places like Svensby, Lyngseidet and Furuflaten. The northern tip of the peninsula is served by a bus a day, approximately, and a catamaran a couple of times a week. for bus timetables.

Get around

There are precious few buses in the area. Having your own transportation is not a bad idea.

See

Stortinden summit at Jægervatnet lake

You go to Lyngen for the outdoor activities and the scenery. Heritage places of note include:

Do

In winter

Organizing off-piste

The infrastructure for off-piste is not fantastically developed, which is maybe part of the attraction. There are several ways of doing it:

- Skiing by boat: You stay on board a boat, and ski with a guide during the day. Organisers include: and .

-The "Cetacea" leaves Tromsø Thursday-Sunday in March/April with guides on board. - Hire a guide:

In summer

Buy

The shops in Lyngseidet are more functional than designed for the shopaholic. Surprisingly there are three well-stocked supermarkets, one near the ferry, and one to the NW of the town, opposite the medical centre, with the third directly behind this. There's a small gift shop next to the first supermarket, and a hardware store on the main street that also sells fishing gear (although all the supermarkets do too, albeit to a lesser extent).

Eat

Stigen Vertshus offers home cooking in Lyngseidet. Watch out for their goat specialities. All accommodation has cooking facilities, as the restaurant offer is rather thin, and it closes as early as 18:30.

If you get the opportunity, beg some freshly-boiled shrimps from one of the shrimp boats that occasionally tie up at one of the piers: they're absolutely delicious.

Drink

Northern Lights over Lyngen fjord

Stigen Vertshus also serves alcohol, but it's expensive. Slightly less expensive is the supermarket, but the Norwegian sales times are very limited compared to other countries.

Sleep

Book early for the off-piste season in March-May. Groups of budget conscious travellers could consider the top end alternatives, as they get less pricy if many people share. Searh on the Din Tur web site for accommodation.

Budget

Mid range

Splurge

Stay safe

Crime is more or less unheard of. The main danger is also the big attraction: The mountains are highly dangerous for the untrained. If you should hire a boat, always wear a lifejacket. The weather can change surprisingly quickly and it's not uncommon for the wind to change from a gentle breeze to a gale in minutes, so be prepared.

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