Tyin is a lake in the southwest part of the Jotunheimen mountain range in Norway. The lake lies in Vang Municipality in Innlandet county, although a small portion extends into Årdal Municipality in Vestland county. The western border follows, for a large part, the border between Vang and Årdal. The 33.02-square-kilometre (12.75 sq mi) lake serves as a reservoir for the Tyin Hydroelectric Power Station and the water level is regulated between 1,082.84 to 1,072.50 metres (3,552.6 to 3,518.7 ft) above sea level. The lake holds a volume of 0.313 cubic kilometres (0.075 cu mi).

Tyin lake.jpg
Tyin is located in Innlandet
Location of the lake
Tyin is located in Vestland
Tyin (Vestland)
Tyin is located in Norway
Tyin (Norway)
Tyin is the irregular lake in the left of this figure.
LocationInnlandet/Vestland border
Coordinates61°17′N 8°13′E / 61.283°N 8.217°E / 61.283; 8.217Coordinates: 61°17′N 8°13′E / 61.283°N 8.217°E / 61.283; 8.217
Basin countriesNorway
Surface area33.02 km2 (12.75 sq mi)
Water volume0.313 km3 (254,000 acre⋅ft)
Surface elevation1,072.50–1,082.84 m (3,518.7–3,552.6 ft)

The Norwegian county road 53 runs along the south side of the lake (Tyin–Årdal) and the Norwegian county road 252 runs along the east side of the lake (Tyin–Eidsbugarden) and both roads connect to the European route E16 highway to the south.

In 1869, the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT) built its first cabin, which was located on the shores of Lake Tyin. Today the DNT's tourist cabins make this area, just to the south of Jotunheim National Park, one of the best developed touring areas in Europe. There are also a restricted number of private cabins by the lake.


The name of the lake is derived from the name of the river Tya, the river that connects the lake to Årdalsvatnet and the Sognefjord. The meaning of the river name is unknown.

Media galleryEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit