About the landscape conservation area

Lyngsalpan forms a nearly 80-km long mountain range on the narrow peninsula between Ullsfjorden and Sørfjorden in the west, and Lyngenfjorden and Storfjorden in the east. The peninsula is never more than 15 km wide. The landscape conservation area is a renowned landscape feature in which about 50 peaks in the mountain range tower more than 1300 metres above sea level. The height of the mountains serves as an effective barrier, trapping humidity from the clouds. This means that there are about 140 glaciers with a total area of nearly 100 km² in the landscape conservation area.

Forneselva. Photo: Frode Abrahamsen

Summer in Dalbotn Lyngsdalen. Photo: Oddrun Skjemstad.

Lyngsalpan is more than just high mountains and rocky, inaccessible cliffs, however. On both the west side and the east side of the mountain range, there are wonderful and accessible valleys leading in between the mountains, in to the glaciers, moraine ridges and many beautiful glacial lakes.
The area has seen little human intervention and is not very developed, with only a few marked paths.  Most paths are unmarked, however, and many of the paths are made by grazing animals. Some of the valleys have open cottages from the local association, and you can visit them to eat your packed lunch, or spend the night there. The general rule is that you bring your own sleeping gear.

Movie from the Lyngen Alps

Why is it a landscape conservation area?

The landscape conservation area was protected in 2004 and covers an area of 961.2 km². The purpose of the protection is to;

  • preserve one of Norway’s most characteristic mountain areas that includes glaciers, moraines, valleys and geological formations with the biological diversity, the cultural relics and the cultural influence marked by the landscape
  • ensure access to nature experiences through traditional and simple outdoor life with a low degree of technical intervention.
  • ensure access to nature experiences through traditional and simple outdoor life with a low degree of technical intervention.

Forklefossen. Photo Oddrun Skjemstad.

Information board Sørlensangsbotn. Photo Oddrun Skjemstad.

What is permitted?

Normal outdoor life, hunting and fishing can be done just like outside the landscape conservation area. In the landscape area, you can pick berries and edible mushrooms. You can also take firewood and make sticks for grilling. It is best if you let old, dead/dying trees stand untouched. These are important for insects and birds.
The landscape conservation area is protected against noise pollution. Among other things, this means that the use of drones and remote controlled planes is not permitted.
We also do not leave trash behind in nature – this also applies to the landscape conservation area.

Official opening of the landscape conservation area

The landscape conservation area was officially opened on 17 June 2004 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon and then Environmental Protection Minister Børge Brende.  It was a lovely event with food, speeches and entertainment at Sørlenangsbotn. After the event, the Crown Prince and the minister were given a trip up Forholtaksla above Jægervatnet.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon and Environmental Protection Minister Børge Brende on inspection in Lyngsalpan after the opening ceremony 17. June 2004.