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Dyrøy in Norway Dyrøy municipality coat of arms


288,6 km2

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Dyrøy muncipality has approximately 1.250 inhabitants and covers a area of 288,6 km2. The administrative center in the muncipality is Brøstadbotn. Dyrøya was divided in two by Dyrøysundet but in 1994 the Dyrøybrua bridge was ready. The biggest island is Dyrøya, the biggest lake is Skøvatnet and the highest mountain is Løksetinden (1.240 metres). Farming and fur-bearing have always been important for settling and employment in Dyrøya.

The main attractions are the two museums Heimly Farm at Bjørkebakken, the village museum Kastnes Farm at Kastnes and the shipwreck Elise Schulz rests right underneath the mainland bridge.

On 1 January 2020, the municipality became part of the newly formed Troms og Finnmark county. Previously, it had been part of the old Troms county.

The municipality is located on the island of Dyrøya and the mainland area to the east, with the Dyrøy Bridge connecting the island to the mainland. The Vågsfjorden, Tranøyfjorden, and Solbergfjorden flow along the western and northern border of the municipality. The municipality is mountainous with a narrow beach area along the coast. On the mainland, the Bjørkebakkdalen valley leads south from the municipal center Brøstadbotn. The municipality has several peaks over 1,000 metres, the highest being the 1,237 metres tall Løksetind on the border with Salangen in the south.


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.


Hire a boat or a guide and go fishing in one of the world's most bounteous seas. Summer or winter. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, sea trout and Arctic trout. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.