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301,7 km2

Lavangen Local Directory

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Lavangen muncipality has approximately 1.050 inhabitants and covers a area of 301,7 km2. Most of the villages lies close to the fjord. The municipality administration center is at Tennvoll. In 1998 was Tennevoll the hottest (temp) place to be, the explanation is probably the high peaks surrounding the fjord. The main attractions are Åelva, Krambuvika bygdemuseum, Bear burial at Røkenes, Old fishing cabins at Lotternes, a war memorial Fleischerstøtta at Lapphaugen. Fossbakken, Lapphaugen, Bukkemyra and Gressdalen have a important war history.


The villages of Spansdalen and Fossbakken lies further from the fjord in a valley between high peaks. The highest peak is Spanstind (1,456 meteres) but we have lots of mountains over 1.000 meteres. A 200 metres waterfall from Spanstind towards Spansdalen lies Henrikkafossen Waterfall. Spansdalselva river runs throug the valley down to the ocean.


The naturereservat Stormyra south of Fossbakken is a ski eldorado. Spansdalselva river is approximately 12 km long filled with salmon and trout. At Lavangen three cultures meet Sami, Norwegian and Sweedish.


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.


Spansdalselva river is approximately 12 km long filled with salmon and trout. In the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, it is usually to catch cod until 25 kilos. In addition to cod, you can catch coalfish, wolf fish, haddock and other sorts. In the period March - November the possibilities are very good for catching fish. But because of a local cod family (tribe) are living in the fjord, the possibilities for catching fish are good all the year round.

If you want to go fishing in one of the many lakes in the mountains, we offer guided tours into the mountains. Here you can catch trout and char. Maybe you want to stay some days in a log cabin close to the river, where you can catch salmon.