Lyngen Alps

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Lyngen Alps
  • Lyngsalpan
  • Lyngsfjellan
View of Lyngen Alps
Tvillingstinden and Tafeltinden − view from Skáidevárri
Highest point
PeakJiehkkevárri, Tromsø/Lyngen border, Norway
Elevation1,833 m (6,014 ft)
Coordinates69°29′09″N 19°52′36″E / 69.48583°N 19.87667°E / 69.48583; 19.87667
Length90 km (56 mi) North-South
Width15 km (9.3 mi) East-West
Native nameLyngsalpene (Norwegian)
CountyTroms og Finnmark
MunicipalitiesBalsfjord, Tromsø and Lyngen
Range coordinates69°47′25″N 20°10′10″E / 69.7903°N 20.1695°E / 69.7903; 20.1695Coordinates: 69°47′25″N 20°10′10″E / 69.7903°N 20.1695°E / 69.7903; 20.1695

The Lyngen Alps (Norwegian: Lyngsalpene) are a mountain range in northeastern Troms og Finnmark 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]

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 og Finnmark 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.


  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. ^ "Ski touring in Lyngen". 8 October 2012.
  4. ^ Tollefsrud, J.; Tjørve, E.; Hermansen, P. (1991). Perler i norsk natur - en veiviser. Aschehoug.

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