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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Autumn and Winter Experiences in Norway
There is no doubt Henrika, Patrik and little Majken are an outdoor family – it would be a shame not to be in these beautiful surroundings. Luckily they share all their knowledge with their guests, from their favourite hikes to the most stunning views.
Simply spectacular Living in the moment is hard to do but sometimes presence of mind is the only way forward. Climbing deeper and deeper into the valleys, surrounded by complete silence and the deep blue sky, it forces all other thoughts away. Reaching the glacier at the journey’s end is the ultimate goal. Life can be that simple. At least in Lyngen. By Stine Wannebo | Photos: Magic Mountain Lodge
Finding love across countries is rare, but there is one couple that has done so twice. When finding the place of their dreams in the serene north of Norway, Finnish Henrika and Swedish Patrik dived headfirst into the natural beauty that is Lyngen, a little place just 90 minutes outside of Tromsø. In the whistle-stop between the mountains, Magic Mountain Lodge was created from what used to be an old nursing home. Looking out at the Lyngen Alps, the fjord and the clear blue skies there could not be a prettier place to live. “We fell for all of it,” Henrika Lönngren explains. “After cycling, skiing and visiting so many places across the globe, we knew we wanted a place where people from all over the world
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could come and visit us. Lyngen had to be that place.” A warm family home Three years have gone by since Magic Mountain Lodge welcomed their first guests and since then the little family business has only gotten bigger. Not only have they built a successful hostel with 18 rooms, the family itself has also grown. “Little Majken is two years now and she is as much involved in the running of the lodge as we are,” Lönngren says. “She has her own little broomstick, so she can help out when we are cleaning the rooms.” Their lodge in Lyngen has become as much of a skier’s paradise as an effective
family home and there is no doubt why the guests love it there. From backpackers to elderly couples, they all seem to enjoy the unpretentious and friendly atmosphere at the lodge. Lönngren says: “We try and make it so that everyone eats at the same time – it’s much more homey that way.” The stunning outside The lodge can pride itself on having been voted one of the top five best guesthouses in Northern Norway. Lyngen’s exceptional terrain offers breath-taking experiences such as mountain climbing and glacier walks as well as cycling and skiing. No matter the time of year one thing is certain – staying inside is the poorest option of all. Lönngren says: “Whether you come to see the Northern lights, ski down the steep mountains or cycle along the fjord, this is the closest to nature you can possibly get.” For more information, please visit: www.magicmountainlodge.no
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.