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Målselv in Norway Målselv municipality coat of arms


3.322,4 km2

Målselv Local Directory

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Målselv streches from the 63 km long Swedish border in the southeast to Malangen in the northwest, dividing Troms county at the middle. Målselv is approximately 6.600 inhabitants and covers a area of 3.322,4 km2. Bardufoss is the biggest thickly populated area.

The E-6 goes through the area, and Bardufoss airport makes all other travel possible. Another thickly populated areas are Heggelia, Karlstad, Olsborg, Moen, Rundhaug, Øverbygd and Skjold. The main attractions are Målselvfossen waterfall, Divifossen waterfall, Divielva river, Fossmotunet, discover how the immigrants to Målselv and Bardudalen lived at the end of the 18th century, Devvdesvoupmi, Kongsvoldtunet and Moen Mill (mølle).

A great number of moose roam the forest of Målselv, in both summer and winter. If you prefer, guided walking tours are also available, with pack horses or dogs and an overnight stay in a lavvo (summer tent of the Lapps). River rafting with qualified guides can be arranged for the most daring visitors. During the winter you can choose to travel by dogsled over white mountain plains and spend the night in a lavvo while the northern lights glowe above you.

You can roam for days in the wild beauty of untouched nature, with the feeling of being the first and only person on earth. Quiteness regins, mile after mile. In the evening you crawl into your sleeping bag to the sounds of a crackling fire and a rushing river. The wilderness surrounds you, and sleep is elusive. Actually, you can´t really afford to waste time sleeping!


Målselvfossen waterfall, famous for its excellent salmon fishing and northern Europe’s longest salmon steps, around 450 metres. You can watch the salmon through a specially constructed window. Målselvfossen was named Norway’s national waterfall in 2003. The Salmon been stopped at Divifossen waterfall in Divielva river. The Målselv region includes some of Europe`s last wildernesses- forest, mountains, plains and lakes, whose desolation and grandeur are both mysterious and awesome.


The upper area of Dividal became a national park in 1970. This step was taken in order to protect wildlife and maintain the virginal naturalness of the land. Both lynx and wolverines have their winter lairs in the park area. It is assumed that bears inhabit the region. Stray wolves have also been observed. During the summer there are many reindeer in Øvre Dividal. The national park covers an area of 750 sq km and is easily accessible for those who use the cabins provided.


Bathing complex with competition pool, counterflow, therapy pool, diving facility, switchback slide, lagoon, paddling pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna. The complex is adapted for people with disabilities, including a separate dressing room. The recreation pool can be accessed by wheelchair. Kiosk and café with assorted menu. Open year-round.


Målselv is a young settlement and culturally not quite typical for northern Norway. The valley itself was not permanently settled until the end of the eighteenth century. Before that Lapps crossed valley with their herds of reindeer, driving them out to the coast each spring and back to their winter grazing areas in the fall. The first settlers arrived about 200 years ago from Østerdalen and Gudbrandsdalen in southern Norway. These men and women were a hardy lot, diligent and frugal, and did not mingle much with the costal population.

They kept to themselves and maintained the dialects, customs and traditions of their home villages. This led to the develoment of a unique northern-Norwegian valley culture, which has been preserved in language, foods, music and dance. Handcrafts in traditional Målselv style are widely recognized, and folk music thrives here. Village museums helps preserve the cultural heritage, such as old methods of building and tools.


We have the Midnight Sun in our region from 20th May - 20th July. During this period, the 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.


A multitude of birds populate the area, especially in the periodically recurring years in wich the number of rodens greatly increases and, correspondingly, the number of predatory birds and owls. The numerous marshes and lakes are habitats for scores of ducks and wading birds.


The Open Norwegian Championship in Snow Sculpting at Rundhaug, takes place the first weekend in December every year. The championship coincides with the "Rundhaugmartna´n", which is an outdoor market focusing on traditions, culture and the polar night. The championship is supposed to show the remarkable possibilities and qualities of the snow and ice as a material of sculpting. The competition is supposed to be for both professionals and amateurs.


Bardufoss Airport, which is virtually at the end of the alpine slope at Målselv Fjellandsby. At this exotic ski destination, you can also experience the Northern Lights dancing in the sky during the winter months, while in summer the Midnight Sun never sets.

Here are some of the attractions located right alongside the ski resort: A family theme park featuring a train ride, an indoors fun park and a puppet show based on the popular Norwegian children’s television series "Jul i Blåfjell". A Sami Village run by local Saami who have grazing land for their reindeer herds in this area. Here, you can experience authentic Saami culture, food and lifestyle. The traditional Saami joik (chant) and reindeer sled racing are all part of the experience. A lavvo traditional Saami herdsmen’s tent. A special Snowmanland, where visitors can throw snowballs, make igloos and snow caves and create artistic masterpieces from snow and ice, to name but a few examples.


Tamokdalen is a 30 km long valley in the municipality boundary between Balsfjord and Målselv and goes through the valley in the very south, about the Erikbufossen in Tamokelva river. The valley begins where Lyngsalpene ends in the south until it meets Målselva river in the north. Valley Floor is about 200 meters above sea level, the highest mountain is 1,600 meters above sea level.

The name is of Sami origin, and actually means "Trout Valley". Tamokelva river which flows through the valley and into Målselva river, starting at the entrance to Finndalen at Harkinn farm. The valley is surrounded by high mountains, characteristic of Troms, including Rostafjellet, Hattavarre and Tamokfjellet. The long, narrow, spooky, spectacular Øksehøgget in Tamok is choose the Norway´s toughest skirun.

The modern city of Tromsø is just one hours drive from Camp Tamok where Lyngsfjord Adventure offers their visitors to have a great chance to experience the Northern Lights.


Målselvfossen waterfall, famous for its excellent salmon fishing and northern Europe’s longest salmon steps, around 450 metres. You can watch the salmon through a specially constructed window. Målselvfossen was named Norway’s national waterfall in 2003. The Salmon been stopped at Divifossen waterfall in Divielva river. If you fish in Målselv river and in the sea you can catch salmon up to 25 kilo.

Fishing in rivers, lakes and the ocean is a good alternative for those who want to stay closer to the beaten path. Boats and fishing gear can be rented.


Golfclubs in Troms.