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Salangen in Norway Salangen municipality coat of arms


457,9 km2

Salangen Local Directory

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Salangen muncipality has approximately 2.200 inhabitants and covers a area of 457,9 km2. Cross the Mjøsund bridge to return to the mainland and Salangen. If you turn north in the direction of Dyrøy and Sørreisa you can visit the idyllic Dyrøya and Steinora – northern Europe’s highest scree. Alternatively, you can turn south towards Sjøvegan and go on an exciting cave trip. The administrative center in the muncipality is Sjøvegan.


Sjøvegan is the administrative centre and the village is located at the end of the Sagfjorden, a branch of the Salangen fjord. The river Salangselva empties into the fjord at Sjøvegan. The river flows through the lakes Nervatnet and Øvrevatnet just to the east of the village. The village is located about 17 kilometres east of European route E6. The nearby town of Setermoen in Bardu Municipality is 25 kilometres east of Sjøvegan and the village of Laberget is located about 3.5 kilometres southwest of Sjøvegan. The home venue of the Salangen IF team is located in Sjøvegan. Salangen Church is also located in the village.


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.


Salmon fishing in the Salangselva river. 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.