Lyngstuva

Sometimes I don’t manage to catch up with my blog – new adventures are waiting, more photos are added to the pile, and after a while it becomes “old news” and I skip to more recent trips. Sometimes I have to make exceptions though :) the photos in this blog are more than 3 months old but this trip was too good to be skipped over!

It was a day where nothing went as planned, and yet it turned into a perfect day :) What we thought would be the last ski trip of the season turned into the first summer trip :D but let’s start at the beginning…

Paul was keen to go skiing in the Lyngen Alps, and we planned a daytrip to Daltinden. The Lyngen Alps are too extreme for my liking, but I decided to come along anyway, and play around on snowshoes – possibly to a glacier – while Paul was skiing. The weather was beautiful, but we soon found out that the Lyngen Alps are a real weather divide: sunny and blue skies on the west side; a grey sky with low clouds on the east side. Daltinden is on the east side, and Paul decided to abandon the trip as the top of the mountain was in the clouds. We drove around Lyngen for a while, contemplating whether we should find a different mountain on the west side – but it was getting late in the day and we knew nothing about the mountains there and felt underprepared. In the end we settled onto a walk on the coast, at the very northern tip of the Lyngen peninsula (Nordklubben). We were in for a treat!

A nice place for a break, with a bbq place, picknick tables and even a shelter Nord-Fugløya seen from the 100 m high hill at the very northern tip of Lyngen

From the top of a 100 m high hill, we had a fantastic view in all directions – and below we could see a lighthouse with a cabin. We decided to visit the lighthouse, but on the way there got sidetracked when we saw the wreck of a ship on the shore.

We discovered a lighthouse and a cabin down below On our way to a shipwreck. We had to walk through some snow here, but in most other places it was snow free and it felt like the first summer trip :)

The ship had broken in two, so badly that at first we thought the different parts must belong to two ships.

The ship wreck from a distance Paul on his way to the shipwreck

It was impressive to see such a damaged ship, with bent metal everywhere – it makes you realize how powerful the forces of nature can be around here!

The power of nature... a piece of wood and a lot of mangled iron Here you can clearly see how the ship landed on a rock

We then continued to the lighthouse. To our pleasant surprise, the cabin was open :) We were quite hungry and couldn’t resist the can of Lapskaus that we found in the cabin – in turn we left behind some freeze dried food that we had with us. We lit the stove to warm up the food…

Parts of the engine Lyngstuva lighthouse and the pretty little cabin

The cabin was very cosy inside, with lots of interesting items and a guestbook full of fascinating stories. Apparently the cabin was neglected when some German guys decided to adopt it. They brought building materials all the way from Germany, and have renovated the cabin, painted the outside, repaired a few things… all completely voluntary and at their own initiative – impressive kindness! The cabin is open to everyone, and there is a loft where you can sleep (bring a sleeping bag and a mat). Some people spent quite long periods here, and they write deep philosophical stories in the guestbook :D

Inside the cabin A place for tough people: whiskey and tobacco

From the lighthouse cabin you have a perfect view to the north, and some people come to see the midnight sun from there. It was still to early for midnight sun, but the days are long. At around 21:00, the northbound and southbound Hurtigruten ships meet right in front of the cabin. This is always a big thing, the ships hoot at each other, and people are out on the deck to wave at the other ship. I never really understood this to be honest ;) – there are 11 ships and they paths cross every day – but hey, it’s kind of cute. That day, it was the Polarlys and the Vesterålen that crossed paths.

The southbound MS Vesterålen and the northbound MS Polarlys meeting just in front of the lighthouse The MS Polarlys passes Nord-Fugløya The lighthouse, the cabin and the view...

After watching this “spectacle”, it was time to head back to the car. The sunset was really pretty, and as a bonus we saw a group of porpoises swimming in front of the wind turbines of Vannøya, and Nord-Fugløya.

The windturbines on Vannøya, and a group of porpoises in the foreground The porpoises in front of Nord-Fugløya

We missed the last ferry connection, which meant we had to drive the long way home. We were very tired after a long day, but when the sky turned a deep red, pink and orange around 23:00 we just had to make another photo stop…

Amazing sunset on our drive back to Tromsø Paul taking a photo of the reflections

What a perfect day! Sometimes it’s really nice when nothing goes to plan, and you let the day surprise you :)

3 Responses to “Lyngstuva”

  1. Jan-Stefan says:

    Amazing images!

  2. Ben says:

    As a motorcycle rider (I think the term ‘biker’ would be a bit misleading) I completely recognise the culture of acknowledging another rider. We always nod when passing another rider. Even bus drivers wave to each other here, though that could probably be because they all know each other.

    Those sunset pictures are just magical. Every time I read a new blog entry of yours, I am more convinced that my life won’t be complete until I have the opportunity to live in northern Norway.

  3. Tomas says:

    To Ben: Exactly – my words. I would like to live there too.