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Lyngen Alps in Northern Norway

69.7N 20.0E

February 27th, 2010 Category: Mountains

Norway - February 17th, 2010

Norway - February 17th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows mountains and fjords in northern Norway, near the border with Sweden. The Lyngen Peninsula is visible in the center of the image. It is dominated by the Lyngen Alps, a mountain range in northeastern Troms, east of Tromsø, mostly in the municipalities of Lyngen and Balsfjord.

The mountains follow the western shore of the Lyngen Fjord (east of the peninsula) in a north-south direction. The length of the range is at least 90 km (depending on definition, there are mountains all the way south to the border with Sweden), and the width is 15–20 km.

The mountains are of alpine character, popular among extreme skiers. The highest summit is Jiekkevarre, 1833 m, the highest in Troms; Store Lenangstind is also a prominent mountain. There are several glaciers in the mountains. Lyngen Alps are sufficiently high as to give rain shadow in the interior lowland areas east of the mountains.

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