April 1, 2014

Norway Arctic: A car ferry in Lyngen, Troms

Tour to Norway Arctic. Day 08 - Lyngen in Troms

Selected photo for today a typical fjord landscape in Lyngen, Troms county, where a car ferry is out on her surely busy day.

Later in the day I will end up in the next largest city in the arctic region: Tromsø (BTW the largest city is Murmansk in Russia).

I will arrive around 4pm in Tromsø and have a very long wait before my southbound coastal steamer MS Nordkapp arrives at midnight.

Some info from Wiki:

The Lyngen Alps are a mountain range in northeastern Troms county in Norway, east of the city of Tromsø. 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

Lyngen was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838.

Lyngen have app. 2,225 residents.

During the Cold War the Norwegian Army planned to abandon Finnmark and halt the Soviets along the European route E6 highway at the choke point between the Lyngen fjord and the mountains. However, there were always great worries that the Soviets would also advance through Finland and the very sparsely defended extreme north of Sweden (north of Kiruna) and attack the Lyngen position from the rear via Signaldalen.

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