Into the wild

The Lyngenfjord region

Lyngenfjord is the region between Tromsø and Alta in Norway, encompassing the areas of the Lyngen Alps, Skjervøy, Reisa and Hatteng/Signaldalen. Alpine mountains, glaciers, fjords, islands, lush valleys and open plateaus: the Lyngen region is full of contrasts and wild nature. Lots of amazing adventures await you when visiting Lyngen, from snowmobile trips to whale watching or Northern Lights chasing.

Lyngen Alps map

Lyngen Alps, the Arctic playground

The Lyngen Alps are one of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes. 

They are located east of Tromsø on a peninsula stretching about 90 km, with spectacular fjords on both sides. 

Directly rising from the sea, these jagged mountains tower higher than 1,000 m. Jiehkkevarri (1,834 m) is the highest peak of the Lyngen Alps and the highest mountain in Troms og Finnmark County.

Lyngen Alps map

Lyngen Alps, the Arctic playground

The Lyngen Alps are one of Norway’s most dramatic landscapes. They are located east of Tromsø on a peninsula stretching about 90 km, with spectacular fjords on both sides. Directly rising from the sea, these jagged mountains tower higher than 1,000 m. Jiehkkevarri (1,834 m) is the highest peak of the Lyngen Alps and the highest mountain in Troms og Finnmark County.

A nature paradise worth visiting in every season

In summer, the valleys and forests are lush and green, but let autumn come and they are tinged with russet red and gold, contrasting with the icy turquoise waters of the glacial lakes and rivers. 

This is the perfect time to go hiking (for instance to the famous Blåvatnet, “the blue lake”), mountain biking, climb one of the many glaciers (with a guide!), or why not try dog sledding with carts? 

Let the first snow arrive and the Lyngen Alps turn into a winter wonderland, perfect for skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing and, if you are looking for an adrenaline rush, a snowmobile tour in Svensby (transport included from Tromsø)!

How to get there?

To get to the Lyngen Alps from Tromsø, the easiest (and most beautiful!) way is to drive to Breivikeidet and take the ferry from there to Svensby. 

The crossing takes about 20 minutes and will certainly add an extra dimension to your trip.

How to get there?

To get to the Lyngen Alps from Tromsø, the easiest (and most beautiful!) way is to drive to Breivikeidet and take the ferry from there to Svensby. The crossing takes about 20 minutes and will certainly add an extra dimension to your trip.

Go on a whale watching tour in Skjervøy

Skjervøy in the Lyngenfjord region has become the hotspot for whale watching in Norway. 

That’s where the orcas and humpback whales have been migrating every winter for a few years to feed in the herring-rich fjords of the Arctic. 

Generally, the best time for whale watching is from November to January. Whale watching safaris are organized with transportation from Tromsø. 

You can go on a whale watching cruise or take a bus before jumping into a rigid inflatable boat.  

Untouched wilderness in Reisa National Park

Reisa National Park (about a 4-hour drive from Tromsø, between Kilpisjärvi and Kautokeino) is still a destination off the beaten path but is worth a visit. 

When arriving at the end of the road in the Reisa Valley, that’s when the wilderness takes over: rivers, steep cliffs, stream valleys, waterfalls and dense pine forest shape an impressive landscape. 

The only way to get further into the valley is on foot or by riverboat. Scenic riverboat tours are organised to Mollisfossen and Imofossen, two must-see waterfalls. Mollis is the highest waterfall (269m) in Northern Norway, and one of the most beautiful in the country. 

You will travel on a long and slim riverboat on the Reisa River, one of Norway’s best salmon rivers.

Lyngenfjord, one of the best places to see the Northern Lights from Tromsø

Lyngenfjord is an ideal location to go Northern Lights chasing as the region enjoys a drier and more stable climate than other places around Tromsø. 

In fact, the Lyngen Alps are a barrier to the clouds, and clearer nights mean you have better chances of seeing the aurora borealis. 

You can add an extra adventure to your Northern Lights experience by joining an evening snowmobile trip in Signaldalen, the valley home of the most photographed mountain in the region: Otertinden! 

If you are looking for accommodation in the region, we recommend staying in an Aurora Hut for a wonderful night under the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

 

Whale watching in inflatable boat

Go on a whale watching tour in Skjervøy

Skjervøy in the Lyngenfjord region has become the hotspot for whale watching in Norway. That’s where the orcas and humpback whales have been migrating every winter for a few years to feed in the herring-rich fjords of the Arctic. Generally, the best time for whale watching is from November to January. Whale watching safaris are organised with transportation from Tromsø. You can go on a whale watching cruise or take a bus before jumping into a rigid inflatable boat.  

Reisa national park

Untouched wilderness in Reisa National Park

Reisa National Park (about a 4-hour drive from Tromsø, between Kilpisjärvi and Kautokeino) is still a destination off the beaten path but is worth a visit. When arriving at the end of the road in the Reisa Valley, that’s when the wilderness takes over: rivers, steep cliffs, stream valleys, waterfalls and dense pine forest shape an impressive landscape. The only way to get further into the valley is on foot or by riverboat. Scenic riverboat tours are organised to Mollisfossen and Imofossen, two must-see waterfalls. Mollis is the highest waterfall (269m) in Northern Norway, and one of the most beautiful in the country. You will travel on a long and slim riverboat on the Reisa River, one of Norway’s best salmon rivers.

Lyngenfjord, one of the best places to see the Northern Lights from Tromsø

Lyngenfjord is an ideal location to go Northern Lights chasing as the region enjoys a drier and more stable climate than other places around Tromsø. In fact, the Lyngen Alps are a barrier to the clouds, and clearer nights mean you have better chances of seeing the aurora borealis. You can add an extra adventure to your Northern Lights experience by joining an evening snowmobile trip in Signaldalen, the valley home of the most photographed mountain in the region: Otertinden! If you are looking for accommodation in the region, we recommend staying in an Aurora Hut for a wonderful night under the mesmerising Northern Lights.

If you are interested in visiting the Lyngen Aps area, we strongly recommend you to do so! Check our activities and tours that you can book online, that take you to this area. The transportation from and back to Tromsø is included.

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