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Deatnu / Tana municipality is a part of the area where the Saami population is concentrated in Inner Finnmark. Tana muncipality has approximately 3.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 4.049,2 km2. Tanaelva river, Norway´s third longest river, and one of Europe's best salmon rivers, runs through the borough via the luxuriant Tanadalen valley and forms the boundary between Norway and Finland. The river is often called the lifeline of the borough. The highest mountain is Rastegaissa (1067 metres above sea level).

Commerce and industry: Agriculture, reindeer farming, mining and services. The border crossing to Finland is at Polmak/Nuorgam and over the Samiland Bridge (Samelandsbro). The borough´s administrative centre is Tana bru. Tana bru has a position of 70º11’ 57’’ N, 28º11’ 9’’ E.

Historical finds and source records reveal evidence of ancient settlement in Deatnu-Tana, by the fjord and up through Tanadalen. In historic material, Deatnu-Tana is renowned as an ancient Saami region where fishing/ game resources in the forest areas, by the coast and in the mountains have been the primary sources of food. Tana is a tri-lingual municipality, where Norwegian, Saami and Finnish are spoken.

Tana abounds in natural resources, outdoor areas, fjord and plateaux that offer amazing natural adventures all year round. The Tanafjord areas is unspoilt scenery, just ideal for birdwatchers. Therefore we would ask that you keep to the following guidelines: Do not chop wood for the campfire from the sparse birch forest in the river valley. Buy firewood in the shops, or privately. Do not throw away bottles, tins, paper cups / plates, plastic, cigarette stubs or other rubbish in the outdoors. Please show consideration for the environment and Nature.


The Tana River is called Deatnu in Sami and Teno (Great River) in Finnish. The Tana River and its tributaries contain salmon over a distance of about 800 km, and the river constitutes the national border between Norway and Finland along 256 km of its length. A couple of the large tributaries are Anárjokha, Karasjohka/Iesjjohka and Utsjoki in Finland. Unique to the Tana River is drift netting and fish trapping. Fishing in the Tana River is regulated by special laws. The Tana estuary comprises one of Europe’s largest unspoilt deltas.


The fjord is 65 km long and extends through the boroughs of Deatnu/Tana, Berlevåg and Gamvik. The fjord lies between the Varanger and Nordkyn peninsulas. There are branching fjords such as Vestertana, Tarmfjord, Leirpollen, Langfjord, Hopsfjord and Trollfjord.


Built in 1948. Spanning 195 metres, Tana Bridge is Norway´s second longest soft suspension bridge. There is a 12-metre long fishing rod by the bridge; the rod was made from iron taken from the old Tana Bridge that was blasted away by the Germans during their retreat in the autumn of 1944.


The main exhibition at Tana Museum displays salmon fishing in the past and different fishing methods in Norway’s richest salmon river. About 1/3 of Norway´s wild salmon population has connections with the Tana watercourse, and salmon fishing is still very important for the inhabitants of the river valley. Apart from the theme of salmon fishing, the museum also exhibits other species of fish found in the river. The museum´s exhibits also show the recent history and culture of Tana. The museum is located in Polmak guest house, the borough's oldest building, from the 1790s. There are guided tours to Polmak Church and to Gollevarre cultural heritage site.


Gollevarri wildlife and cultural heritage site Located between Skiipagurra and Polmak, this site shows how wild reindeer hunting was carried out in the past. The trapping pits and meat stores are still visible today. Follow the marked path starting 6 km from Skippagurra towards the Finnish border. Information leaflet available at the museum, Tourist Information or cultural office.


A church built in 1850-53. Altarpiece from 1626. Extension built in 1959. Dormer by Trond Danche. The church building was one of the few churches in Finnmark, which was still standing after World War II.


In Rustefjelbma there is a long church built in 1964 with 300 seats. Dormer by Espen Poulson. Road church.


Long church of cogged timber, built in 1973 with 70 seats. Dormer by Kåre Kvammen.


This cairn was set up by King Oscar II and his entourage on 7 July 1873 by the old track over Seidafjellet, a few kilometres from Highway E6.


The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.


Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.


The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.


This is one of the largest unspoilt deltas in Europe. Large populations of salmon and duck. Specific information is available from Tourist Information, the public library and the service office at the town hall (rådhuset). Information also available at several sites within the reserve. The reserve is located approx. 40 km from the Tana Bridge and approximately 15 km from Rustefjelbma.


In summertime we recommend a hike from Levajok via Ifjord and Lakselv back to Levajok. Nature trails: Tana bru, Storfoss, Kaldbakknes and Høyholmen.


There are several kilometres of sandy beaches along the Tana River. Why not take a barefoot walk in the sand? Or how about a bracing dip in the water? For the nearest beaches, ask the locals, Tourist Information or the service office.


The Tana River and its tributaries contain salmon over a distance of about 800 km, and the river constitutes the national border between Norway and Finland along 256 km of its length. Unique to the Tana River is drift netting and fish trapping. Fishing in the Tana River is regulated by special laws. The Tana estuary comprises one of Europe´s largest unspoilt deltas. Sea trout fishing season: 15.07 - 30.08. Local boats between Smalfjord and Skjånes on the Nordkyn Peninsula several times a week. For additional information contact Tourist Information.


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