Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Sørfold
Sørfold muncipality has approximately 2.000 inhabitants and covered a area of 1.635,9 km2. The principal industries are fishing, sea farming and agriculture. Sørfold is a good example that major industry and untouched nature can live side by side. The E-6 through Sørfold is a toll road. Bicycle travellers should be aware of the many long and dark tunnels on this part of E-6.
At Straumen lies Elkem Salten Verk which produces ferrosilicon, and just a few kilometres away you will discover Rago national park with wild and untouched nature.
Along the western side of the fjord, the road 826 follows the Kvitblik lake with protected marsh area and continues past Hammerfall Dolomite Quarry to Røsvik with an old trading centre.
RAGO NATIONAL PARK
Rago National Park has a magnificent rugged landscape, and is known for its steep mountains and cascading rivers. A scatter of pine trees grows among treeless upland heaths and smooth rock slabs dotted with erratic boulders. The flora is rather poor but includes some rare mountain plants. Wolverine breed here, while the lynx visits occasionally.
Splendid scenery awaits hikers visiting Rago. The natural approach route for a visitor to Rago is along Storskogdalen. You´ll find several marked trails and 2 unstaffed tourist cabins. However, the capacity is limited, so a tent is advisable, to be on the safe side.
Blåmannsisen (Blåmann Glacier) is the fifth-largest glacier in mainland Norway. It is located on the border of the municipalities of Fauske and Sørfold, just 2 kilometres west of the border with Sweden.
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.
There are good fish stocks in several lakes in the National Park, and small game hunting is possible. Remember to get fishing and hunting licences.