Sunday, 31 January 2016

Ultima Thule much browsed in New Zealand


The blog visit map, now by the end of January, shows strong incoming from New Zealand - I can't even see the islands under the blue pins!

Invercargill, Christchurch, Nelson, NewPlymouth, Napier...
A complete coverage !


I published in Ultima Thule two posts concerning New Zealand: Dunedin and Invercargill, two precious historic towns, at the southernmost latitudes of South Island.

Thanks for visiting !

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Lyngseidet,
a tiny beauty on the Lyngenfjord

I 'discovered' Lyngseidet because a high number of visitors from the village were registered here at the blog meter.
I wondered why so many people browsed Ultima Thule from that hidden small village of less than 1000. But it is, indeed, a lovely little village.


Lyngseidet is located on the Norwegian coast, deep into the Lyngenfjord and far above the Arctic Circle.


The settlement sits on an isthmus that is about 3 km wide between an arm of the Ullsfjord and the Lyngenfjord.

View from the fjord.

The small center around the ferry pier includes the church (down, left), the old bakery (center), the library, the post and grocery (red building, right), and the Strandveien coastal street bordering the fjord down to the Sorheim Brygge lodges. Small but friendly.


Lyngseidet is 500 km north of the arctic circle.

Coordinates: 69° 34′ N, 20° 13′ W
Population:  ~ 1000

On the old quay, some rorbuer (red cabins) still face the fjord - they are now tourist lodgings.


The village is still home to a bank, the ferry company, municipal offices, primary school and kindergarten

Arriving.

This wooden house presently offers tourist accomodation.

The 'old centre' is composed of just two wooden buildings, the Rossgården estate and the old bakery.


The bakery (right) dates back to the 19th century; it was usually the first shop to open in a new settlement. The ochre house is probably the oldest structure in Lyngseidet, with wood-panelled walls typical of the era.

The bakery was declared a listed building in 1982.

Rossgården, one of the best houses in town, a residence built also in the 19th century.

Lyngseidet has some importance as administrative centre of the municipality of Lyngen, in the Tromsø region of Norway. The municipality was established in 1838.





Sørheim Brygge (quay, pier), rorbuer lodging at Strandveien



Lyngen Church


The building of the current Lynge Church started in the 1100s. The choir and the vestry were added in the period 1375-1450, and later the porch, by 1500. The original church site was the neighbouring fishing hamlet of Oldervik.


The church tower was originally built in half-timbering, which gradually fell into disrepair, and the current tower was built in 1723.


Lingseidet has two high seasons - fishing season, in summer, and the snow season in early spring.

Sørheim Brygge in early spring.




The municipality has its own shipping company, operating the car ferries mainly to Tromsø and connecting with other fjord harbors around.



The Lyngen peninsula is a very scenic and mountainous area, known as the Lyngen Alps. The highest peak is the Jiehkkevárri, reaching 1 833 metres.


Taking a road to (from) Lyngseidet surely grants you the most magnificent views.



The alpine region around Lyngseidet is excellent for winter sports.

Fastdalstinden, the mountain nearby Lyngseidet.

White Heaven at high speed.