Lyngen Alps

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Lyngen Alps
Lyngsalpan
Lyngen.jpg
Highest point
Peak Jiehkkevárri (Tromsø/Lyngen border)
Elevation 1,833 m (6,014 ft)
Coordinates 69°29′09″N 19°52′36″E / 69.48583°N 19.87667°E / 69.48583; 19.87667
Dimensions
Length 90 km (56 mi) North-South
Width 15 km (9.3 mi) East-West
Naming
Native name Lyngsalpene
Geography
Country Norway
County Troms
Municipalities Balsfjord, Tromsø and Lyngen
Range coordinates 69°47′N 20°10′E / 69.79°N 20.17°E / 69.79; 20.17Coordinates: 69°47′N 20°10′E / 69.79°N 20.17°E / 69.79; 20.17

The Lyngen Alps (Norwegian: Lyngsalpene) are a mountain range in northeastern Troms county in Norway, east of the city of Tromsø. The mountain range runs through the municipalities of Lyngen, Balsfjord, and Storfjord. The mountains follow the western shore of the Lyngen fjord in a north-south direction. The length of the range is at least 90 kilometres (56 mi) (depending on definition—there are mountains all the way south to the border with Sweden) and the width is 15–20 kilometres (9.3–12.4 mi). The mountains dominate the Lyngen Peninsula, which is bordered by the Lyngen fjord to the east, and the Ullsfjorden to the west. The British climber William Cecil Slingsby was the first to climb many of the peaks.[1][2]

Tvillingstinden and Tafeltinden − view from Skáidevárri

The mountains are of alpine character, popular among extreme skiers.[3] The highest summit is the 1,833-metre (6,014 ft) tall Jiekkevarre, the highest mountain in Troms county; Store Lenangstind is also a prominent mountain. There are several glaciers in the mountains. The Lyngen Alps are sufficiently high as to give rain shadow in the interior lowland areas east of the mountains.[4]

Panorama view of the Lyngen Alps over the Balsfjorden as seen from Storsteinnes in 2009 February.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dyer, Anthony; Baddeley, John; Robertson, Ian H. (2006). Walks and Scrambles in Norway. Rockbuy Limited. ISBN 9781904466253. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Lyngsalpene" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ http://www.snowgenius.com/ski-mountaineering/ski-touring-lyngen-alps-norway
  4. ^ Tollefsrud, J.; Tjørve, E.; Hermansen, P. (1991). Perler i norsk natur - en veiviser. Aschehoug. 

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