The Lyngen Alps are a stretch of peaks along the Lyngenfjord in Northern Norway, wedged between Tromsø and the Finnish border. The area is very popular with backcountry skiers and is also a worthy hiking destination. Limited light pollution makes it an excellent location to view the northern lights.

The Lyngen Alps and Lyngenfjord area can easily keep you entertained for a week, but can also be explored on a trip from Tromsø. It’s about a two-hour scenic drive and many of the local adventure companies offer transport.

Here’s a snapshot of things you can do in summer and winter in Lyngenfjord and the Lyngen Alps:

1. Stay in a glass igloo

The friendly folk at Lyngen North offer unique accommodation with two glass igloos by the sea. The self-contained domes are perfect for couples, with views of the fjord, mountains, and of course the sky above.

The igloos come into their own from September to March when the northern lights come out to play. If spending most of the night hunting the lights by driving around and standing in the cold doesn’t appeal to you, watch the lights dance across the sky from the comfort of your own bed instead.

Lyngen North, Spåkenesveien 281, 9153 Rotsund

2. Master northern lights photography

Northern lights, Lyngen
Once you’ve spotted the northern lights the next thing you want to do is take an awesome picture for Instagram, right? The lights often look cooler in photos anyway, and the chilled out Aurora 101 evening teaches you everything you need to know.

The course is held close to Lyngseidet with plenty of opportunity to spot the lights on a clear night (no guarantees of course). There is a local tapas platter included and the session is held at the Aurora Spirit distillery meaning you can…

3. Warm the soul at the world’s northernmost distillery

Marketed under the name Bivrost, the Aurora Spirit distillery in Årøybukt produces gin, vodka, whisky, and of course the Norwegian national spirit, aquavit. Aside from the northern lights evenings, guided tours run every weekday and include a complementary tasting.

Aurora Spirit, Årøybuktneset, 9060 Lyngseidet

4. Stroll to the blue lake on a sunny day

The Blue lake, Lyngen
On a bright day in summer or autumn, The Blue Lake (Blåvatnet), shines stunningly against its mountain backdrop. The hike is accessible to most, with a refreshing swim awaiting those brave enough.

The lake can be found along a four kilometer trail (8 kilometers return) from the Sørlenangsbotn parking lot. Camping is a little tricky due to the rocky terrain, but possible.

5. Enjoy the famous Lyngen Alps spring skiing

Midnight sun, Lyngen
It’s widely known in Norway that the ski touring in the Lyngen Alps is some of the best in the country. Ski season usually lasts from November to June, but the optimal conditions are in the spring time, from March to May.

Magic Mountain Lodge in Lyngseidet has cosy accommodation with a restaurant, bar, and of course plenty of skiing advice.

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Magic Mountain Lodge, Stigenveien 24, 9060 Lyngseidet

6. Trek to the Steindalsbreen Glacier

Steindalsbre glacier, Lyngen
The Steindalsbreen Glacier has left behind 8,000 years of history in the Steindalen valley. The current base of the glacier can be reached on a medium 10 kilometer return hike up the valley from the fjord. There is a cabin along the trail available for overnight stays and simple accommodation at the bottom of the valley.

Remember not to walk on the glacier itself without a guide. A guided tour ensures you have all the necessary equipment like crampons and harnesses, plus the knowledge to walk safely on the glacier.

7. Revel in the midnight sun

Midnight sun, Lyngen
From late-May to late-July the sun never sets over Lyngen. A late-night hike to one of the many local peaks for a fjord panorama is the best way to experience the eeriness of the glowing midnight sky. A visit to Lyngstuva is more relaxed, family-friendly option.

Much like with the northern lights, the longer your stay the better chance there is of having a magical experience.

8. Jump off the the Gorsa bridge

The wild Kåfjorddal valley is filled with canyons, waterfalls, and hiking trails. The most spectacular activity in the valley is without doubt the bungee jump from the Gorsa bridge – a suspension bridge strung 153 meters over the canyon below.

The bridge and narrow canyon are an attraction in themselves and can be visited on a marked hiking trail.

9. Hike Finland’s highest point

Marked trail to Halti mountain
Yep, Finland’s highest point. That’s not a typo. The point, at 1,324 meters above sea level, is situated on Halti mountain. Halti’s peak is actually in Norway (1,361 meters), but the Finnish border runs just 2 kilometres south.

The 14 kilometer roundtrip hike across rocky ground is demanding and best attempted in good conditions in late summer to ensure a pleasant hike and no snow.

10. Pop out for a horse steak and cod tongues

Norwegian cod dish
Traditional Norwegian food is hearty and satisfying, typically consisting of meat or fish and vegetables. Vollan Gjestestue in Nordkjosbotn has revived some regional delicacies including horse steak served with basil sauce and pan-fried cod tongues. For the less adventurous, don’t worry, some more standard fare is also on offer.

Vollan Gjestestue, Torgveien 2, 9040 Nordkjosbotn (map)

Traveling from Tromsø to the Lyngen Alps

The nearest airport is in Tromsø, with daily flights from Oslo and other cities in Norway.

Travelling with a car is the easiest way to explore the Lyngenfjord area. Cars can be rented from Tromsø airport or in the city. For ferry connections, find times on The key routes are:

The Arctic Route bus service is a very handy way to access some of the specific activities and accommodation providers in the area during winter. The bus operates from December 1st until late March. Many of the tour companies in Lyngen use this bus service for transfers to and from Tromsø.

Lyngseidet, on the western side of the fjord, is the main village in the region, home to around 800 people. The village has a small supermarket and petrol station.

Do you have any questions about planning an adventure in the Lyngen Alps? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. cecilia kan

    hi…do I need to book accommodation, other activities like dog sledding, etc during winter month in march 2019…what about hunting NL in this area…is it possible?
    ,,,understand only 2 glass igloos available…do I need to book in advance if I am interested?

    kindly advice us…this is our first time visiting Norway.

    • Aaron Beaton

      Hi! If you know what dates you’ll be there it’s a good idea to book in advance, especially for the igloos since they are popular. For dog sledding, you can probably wait until January or February. The area is great for hunting the northern lights, check out Lyngen Adventure.

  2. Jens Simonsen

    We are happy to help you out with all your requests Cecilia. Our all include packages will be perfect for you and your friends. Just contact us by mail for a nice offer.
    Artic-Lyngen Sjøcamp

  3. Hello, The link regarding the Ferry Connection at doesn’t seem to be work. An update would be appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Hi
    Is march a good period to travel in winter time or is february better? We would like to do some snowshoe hikes in the Lyngen alps and senja area. (The first 2 weeks of march)

    • Aaron Beaton

      Hi Celine,

      Both months are good, but in March, the days are longer and you will skip any school holiday crowds.


  5. Hi.. I’m planning to visit Norway this coming October 2019. Is it worth to travel to Tromsø from Oslo in the Autum? Would love to hear your advise Thanks!

    • Aaron Beaton

      Hi Nora,

      It depends what you want to do. If you want to see the northern lights, October can be a good time to go. Keep in mind that there probably won’t be any snow though.

      Autumn is a beautiful time in Norway, but the length of the days starts to decrease quickly in October. In Oslo for example, early October has over 11 hours of daylight while it drops to under 9 by the end of the month. In Tromsø it drops even faster, with 11 hours early in the month and under 7 by the end.

      Hope that helps!


  6. Shraddha H

    Is there a possibility perhaps with a tour to visit the Gorsa bridge now in the first week of Feb?

    • Aaron Beaton

      Hi! Yes it’s possible to reach Gorsa bridge in winter on skis or snowshoes. There is no marked trail and some parts are exposed so going with a guide is a good idea. I don’t think there are any specific tours, but I’d recommend getting in touch with XLyngen and asking if they can help you out.


  7. Nadia Falcone

    Now we are at tromso and we want to do e skitour in lyngenalps. Can you propose us an adress from a local guide? Whats the price for that?
    Dear greats Nadia

  8. Jess Connolly

    Hello, I am going to Tromso next week and we want to do some snow shoe hikes in the Lyngen Alp regoin. Can you suggest any good ones for this time of year? Is the glacier OK to hike to this time of year? And do you know if there are any hikes to a frozen waterfall without doing a tour? I can’t find the actual location :(. Thank you in advance!

  9. Hi, I’m planning to go to Tromso between 21st-23rd June. Is it possible to go on a boat tour to see glaciers?

    • Aaron Beaton

      Hi! I don’t know of any boat tours to see glaciers, as most glaciers in Norway are inland. There are plenty of other kinds of boat trips available though.


  10. Tess Montgomery

    Can you hike the Steindalsbreen Glacier and The Blue Lake (Blåvatnet) Around Mid-November (11th/12th)? Do you need a guide?

    • Aaron Beaton

      Hi Tess,

      It’s hard to predict conditions but it will be cold and maybe snowy. It’s a personal choice whether you want to do the hikes (guided or not) in those conditions but hiking season would generally be considered over by that stage of the year. It might be best to ask around when you’re there to get the latest local information.


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