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Tjeldsund in Norway Tjeldsund municipality coat of arms


317,4 km2

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Tjeldsund muncipality has approximately 1.400 inhabitants and covers a area of 317,4 km2. The municipality Tjeldsund, northeast in Nordland Country, got its name from the Tjeldsundet strait that connects the two fjords, Vestfjorden and Vågsfjorden. From early times, the strait was the main traffic artery between south and north, making the area rich in relics.

>Both sides of the strait have been central settlement areas through thousands of years. There have been many discoveries in the area - greater than most people would imagine, and the boat-house tufts that remain from the Viking Age are among the largest in all of Norway.


Hol in Tjeldøya. Long church dedicated in 1901. Stands on an old church site from the 1522.


Myklebostad at Tjeldøya. Sculpture in the sculpture landscape of Nordland. The Icelandic sculptor, Olafur Gislason, is occupied with the dialogue between the work of art and its surroundings. Medie Thule is a building of wood, a house made for the spectator. The spectator is aksed to use or drawn his/her thoughts and attach them to the walls of the house. In this way, a dialogue is created between the spectators.


At Ramstadhøgda. A strategically-placed fort with a view over Tjeldsundet Straits north to Senja and South to Taraldsvik. The construction from 1916 lies hidden in the terrain, and has great dimensions. There are many rooms for servicing of canons and billeting of soldiers, in addition to the foundations after the two large canons that were originally bought for the border defence in 1905. Easy access to the fort along marked hiking trails from County Road 824 at Ramstadhøgda.


Tjeldsund Museum is located in the old schoolhouse in Hol at Tjeldøya. The buiding was from 1869 and consisted of residedntial parts for teachers / parish clerks and schoolrom where students could spend the night. The building has served several purposes during this century - the last as a stately home. Starting in 1991, the building was given status and a museum and was completely restored. There is an exhibition of old articles for daily use and pictures. A separate boathouse with Nordlands boats belongs to the house.


Ripelen at Tjeldøya. The gravesites at Ripelen are a collection of 12 stone piles. They are among the oldest in the region and tell the story about the farm settlement in Tjeldsun all the way back to the Early Iron Age. A cross-shaped bronze buckle from 400 AD was found in one of the stone piles.


The boathouse tufts at Sand are the largest in North Norway. With its 40 metres, the largest tuft could have housed ships that are larger than Gokstad and the Oseberg ship.


The collection from Ofoten's first pilot boat service. The exhibition contains objects from the pilot boat activities and describes the development within these services from the first-known private pilot boat to the the scheme for the district´s national pilot boat service.


"Slembehola" at the furthest end in Kjerfjorden. The saga tells that Sigurd Slembe spent the winter in Kjerfjorden in the 12th century.


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.


Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, cod and halibut. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.