Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Meløy
Meløy muncipality has approximately 6.700 inhabitants and covers a area of 873,2 km2. The principal industries are public and private services, industry, agriculture, forestry and fishing. Ørnes is the administration centre of Meløy. The passengers of the Coastal Steamer have been heard to describe the entrance into Ørnes as one of the most beautiful along the route. "Svartisen" is Norway's second largest glacier. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures. There are guided tours during the summer of both the old and the new power station at Glomfjord, and Meløy bygdemuseum at Reipå. Stone Age carving areas are to be seen at Fykan and Åmøy. At Kilvik there is a memorial to commemorate the opening of the Svartis Tunnel. The statue was unveiled by H.M. King Olav V.
The Ågskaret, Halsa and Engavågen communities are situated in the south of Meløy municipality. In Forøy you’ll find a camping ground and a Inn (gjestegård) with a café. In the centre of Halsa the guest harbour to the local boat union is situated in connection with a well reputable service house. Here you will also find other services as shops, a bank, petrol station, and the post office. Meløy is a part of "Skulpturlandskap Nordland". The sculpture named "Varde" by Per Kirkeby you´ll find about 3 km from Halsa church on the way to Engavågen. The Coastal Road runs through the municipality.
There are daily connections to several islands in the borough. The Coastal Route passes through rich natural scenery and fascinating small communities. There are numerous lakes and rivers in the area and, also, fine hiking terrain and picnic areas. Though the water temperature in northern Norway may deter you from swimming, there are many sandy beaches along this route. Leave the main road and explore the surround ing terrain which can provide wonderful new experiences.
Meløy's coast includes more than 700 islands of various sizes. The larger islands were important meeting places for many people during older times when most people travelled by sea. At this time, the Borough's administration centre was located on the island Meløy before moved to Ørnes. Meløy has an ideal and fertile landscape with surprisingly flat and green areas amongst high rugged mountains. If you roam about the island, you will find memorials and burial mounds from Viking times. A guided tour will take you to one of the North's largest wooden churches, built in 1867. The neighbouring island of Mesøy is fertile and has beautiful scenery. It has, however, no ferry connections but a boat can be hired in the summer. Meløy has opportunities for activities at sea and on land such as fishing, photography, walking and sea trips to list a few.
Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.
The blue-green snout of Norway’s second-largest glacier Engenbreen is an impressive sight, stretching all the way down from the mountain massif on the southern side of Holandsfjorden. You can reach the glacier by shuttle boat across Holandsfjorden from Holand or Braset.
At Øra the road goes to Kunna. Off here, lies the island Støtt which was a trading centre in days gone by. Many ships have sunk off Kunna, and the remains are still visible of a Dutch boat which was shipwrecked during the 1920's.
Further south along Rv.17 you come to the memorial "Pila" and the turning point for the Meløy Bygdemuseum. This museum has a large collection of traditional agricultural, fishing, forestry and household exhibits.
Reipå is the northern most community in Meløy Borough. The coast has long sandy beaches, good examples beeing Stia and Hornneset. In the centre of Reipå is the 1909 Fore Church. Meløy heritage museum is situated at Øde.
ØRNES OLD TRADING CENTER
Ørnes Old Trading Centre from 1794 is now fully restored. Popular tourist areas are to be found at Mosvolldalen and Spilderdalen. Here you will find lovely scenery, wooded areas and rivers and lakes with good fishing possibilities.
When driving from the north the memorial commemorating "Urædd" is the first sign that you are entering the Borough of Meløy. This beautiful statue of a swordfish was unveiled by H.M. King Olav V commemorating the submarine which sunk here during the World War Il, but was not discovered until 1985. The place is known as "Grensen" (the border) and is a popular place for visitors during the summer months. It is the best spot to see the midnight sun, and on clear days the Lofoten wall and the island of Røst can be seen.
COASTAL STEAMER (HURTIGRUTA)
The World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.
The influstrial town of Glomfjord lies at the end of the fjord. The building of the power station during the 1920's laid the foundations for the town. The harbour is one of northern Norway's busiest ports. Hydro Agri, Glomfjord, produces enough chemical fertilizer to supply twice Norway's requirements. From World War II the "Glomfjord raid" has become famous in later years. During the winter the skilift is open and, with fine alpine slopes, there are good opportunities for cross- country skiing in the mountains.
A new road has been built on which you can drive to both "Namlausvatnet" and "Holmvatnet". At the start of the road you will find a signposted trail to an 8000 year old area with stone carvings (elk, reindeer and whale a.o.). The trail continues to the mountains and onwards to the lake Nedre Navervann. Here you will see a large, old staircase Fykantrappa with 1127 steps descending to the bottom of the mountain. If you wish to enjoy a fantastic trip, then we recommend this route which will take three to four hours to complete.
The old "rallars" (migrant workers) used this route to carry up equipment when building the power station. This route is now used at the annual "Rallarmarch". The old power station is also worth a visit and there are guided tours. The power station is reached by a turning off the Fykan tunnel.
The island Bolga is a beautiful place that lies surrounded by small islands. Altogether there are 365 small islands and the islanders like to say that they have an island for each day of the year! Lovely small beaches make the islands a paradise for both young and old. At Bolga you will also find "Bolgbørra", which is a big hole through the mountain.
Another attraction is the 60 ton rocking stone which, surprisingly, can be rocked which the greatest of ease using one hand only. Far north in the Borough is the island group Støtt, a trading place in olden times. There are only about 80 occupants of the islands, but Støtt is an active and busy fishing community. Many visitors come here by boat during the summer. The remains of a fort from World War II can be seen here.
The community of Halsa lies between Holandsfjorden and Bjærangsfjorden, 30 km. from "Glomfjord". The landscape here is quite flat and, surprisingly, without the high mountains found elsewhere in the Borough. There are several lakes with fishing opportunities. At Halsa you will find the salmon farm of Torris Products Ltd, one of the largest in northern Norway.
The Halsa Church lies at the crossroads where the road to Engavågen branches off the coastroad. From here, the road continues to Åmøy and Grønøy. From Forøy there is a car ferry, crossing about ten times daily to Ågskaret. The crossing takes about ten minutes. Ågskaret is the most southerly village in the Borough. It lies at the opening of Holandsfjord. At Ågvannet you will find a nice picnic area.
Engavågen is an active agricultural area with a widely spread population. As well as the road from Halsa, there is also a connection to Ørnes and the islands Bolga and Meløya by carferry from Vassdalsvik.
Grønøy (green island) is a fertile and green island that lives up to it's name. There are good walking areas and excellent fisihing grounds. A former old trading centre was in fact a guesthouse during the 1700's. "Grønøyfurua", an old pine tree, is well known as a motif in paintings and on the back of Norwegian matchboxes.
The largest of Meløy's islands is Åmøy, 30 km. from Halsa. On the northern side there is an area that has stone carvings 8000 years old. The Island has fine walking terrain and high mountains.
A polar circle is either the Arctic Circle or the Antarctic Circle. On Earth, the Arctic Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33´ 44" N, and the Antarctic Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33´ 44" S.
Areas between each polar circle and its associated pole (North Pole or South Pole), known geographically as the frigid zones, would theoretically experience at least one 24 hour period when the sun is continuously above the horizon and at least one 24 hour period when the sun is continuously below the horizon annually. However, atmospheric refraction extends the continuous daylight area while shrinking the continuous darkness area somewhat.
The exact location of the polar circles differs annually as the rotation axis of the earth shifts due to nutation and precession. Therefore the latitudes noted above are an average of those yearly changes.
The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles. The opposite phenomenon, the polar day, or midnight sun, occurs when the sun stays above the horizon for more than 24 hours.
There are many signposted trails and walks, some of which are described in the leaflets obtained from the various communities. For further information contact the Meløy Tourist Office.
The coast has long sandy beaches, good examples beeing Stia and Hornneset. Reipå is the northern most community in Meløy Borough.
The Borough has many goqd fishing spots in lakes and rivers. However a fishing license must be purchased at most of these places. Possible sea trips for groups amongst the islands both day and night, and it is also possible to land on many of the small islands.