Lygnstøylvatnet is located in Norangsdalen, a valley offering abundant natural and cultural experiences. The lake was formed in 1908, when a rockfall from the mountain Keipen dammed up the river running through the valley. Within a few days, both the road and mountain pastures were underwater. Today, you can still see the old road, the farm walls, and the gate in the clear water.
A bonus on this trip is the drive through the beautiful valley Norangsdalen, an experience in itself. Øye and Norangsdalen have been favourite tourist destinations for a long time. The tourist ships anchored at Øye already around the year 1900. The horse-drawn carriages transported many famous people on the old road through Norangsdalen to Hellesylt. Among others, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany was a frequent guest. In connection with the Norwegian royal couple’s silver wedding in August 1993, they made a “Silver Cruise” in the northwestern fjord landscape of Norway. Norangsdalen was one of the stops, and today bears the nickname “Dronningruta” (the Queen’s route). Over the years, seven European queens have visited and passed Norangsdalen.