The Lyngsalpan protected landscape area, or Ittugáissáid suodjemeahcci as it is known in North Sámi, sits on the Lyngen peninsula in Nord Troms. The Lyngen peninsula is situated between the two fjords Lyngenfjorden and Ullsfjorden. Lyngsalpan is the mightiest mountain range in North Norway
Forneselva. Photo: Frode Abrahamsen
Sørlenangsbotn. Photo: Tine M. Hagelin
Residential settlements surround almost the entire protected landscape area. There are therefore many starting points for trips into the protected area that are prepared with parking and information signs.
Bird and animal life
The most alpine areas in Lyngsalpan are quite species-poor, but the lower-lying mountain areas, valleys and forest areas have a wider species diversity of both birds and animals.
Buzzard. Photo: Trond V. Johnsen
Glacial striations in Faueldalen. Photo: Oddrun Skjemstad
Vegetation and Geology
The Lyngen peninsula is part of the Caledonian mountain range. It was formed by two large land masses moving towards each other, resulting in a collision 380-430 million years ago.
Reindeer herding is conducted in the entire landscape conservation area.
Reindeer arrives at Koppangen in April.. Photo: Oddrun Skjemstad
Shielings at Jægervatnet. Photo: Stine Barlinhaug
The wilderness has always been important to harvesting resources. Alongside fishing, agriculture has been the basis for settlement in the area for many hundreds of years.
In the protected landscape area, there is a number of traces of earlier settlement both by the ocean and inside the valleys.
Well sweep in pollen. Photo: Norsk folkemuseum
View over Stortinddalen. Photo: Tine Marie V. Hagelin
Lyngsalpan is administrated by a protected area committee
The protected area committee conducts annual projects such as upkeep, information and accommodation.
The joys and duties of the freedom to roam
Think about how lucky we are. The freedom to roam is a free public good and is part of our cultural heritage. It grants you the right to use uncultivated land, regardless of the land owner. Nature is for everyone who shows consideration.
Brochure and map
Here you can find the brochure for Lyngsalpan protected landscape area, map over the area and link to norgeskart.no where you can make you own map for your hike.