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Saltdal in Norway Saltdal municipality coat of arms


2.215,3 km2

Saltdal Local Directory

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Saltdal muncipality has approximately 4.700 inhabitants and covers a area of 2.215,3 km2. The Saltdal valley stretches from the Arctic Circle on the Saltfjell plateau, down to the fjord at Rognan. The E-6 passes through the valley and from Storjord the road 77 leads through Junkerdal/Graddis and onwards to Sweden. In the past Saltdal was a centre for boatbuilding, and the traditional Nordland boats are still built here.

Saltdal is a paradise for sports anglers with fresh water, salmon in the Saltdal river and seafishing from Rognan. The administration center Rognan, is also a charming shopping center. In 1979, a large fire left large areas of the traditional buildings in ruins, but during the rebuilding there has been used styles from the old architecture. One has succeeded in creating a busy atmosphere with no traffic, good play areas and good facilities even for the handicapped.


The Svartisen glacier is the second largest glacier in Norway. The Svartisen glacier is a park of Saltfjellet / Svartisen national park, wich is Norway´s most various national park. The Svartisen glacier is 375 square kilometer, an thereby covers quite a bit of land. The glacier stretches all the way from the widths in Saltfjellet mountain area, through beautifull valleys with calm rivers, and out to fjords and steep mountains at the coast. Location of the Svartisen glacier is: Saltdal, Rana, Rødøy, Meløy, Gildeskål, Beiarn and Bodø.


The Arctic Circle Centre is on highway E6 up in Saltfjellet. This is the obvious place for any traveller to stop. The Arctic Circle Centre's striking architecture is adapted to its natural surroundings, and the Arctic Circle itself runs right through the building. The Arctic Circle Centre is open during the season from May 1 to September 15. In the area, there are Russian and Yugoslavian WW II memorials. The Arctic Circle Centre is situated in a national park in wonderful hiking territory.


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.


Saltdal is a paradise for sports anglers with fresh water, salmon in the Saltdal river and seafishing from Rognan. The traditional Nordland boats are still built here.