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Stetind, the national mountain of Norway


Stetind, the national mountain of Norway, the gem among Norway´s mountains. Stetind shows a marked and sensational mountain formation, a monolith rising out of the fjord up to 1.392 meters above sea level.

For ages it has been a landmark which, well visible from far off, rises high above other nearby peaks. Stetind is well known among mountain climbers, and has been so for a long time.

The peak is a world in itself, formed by screes and steep, smooth and slippery slopes of naked rock. The top of the peak looks as if it has been formed by four blows of an axe, three vertical and one crosswise.

Tysfjord is recognised by its many long and deep fjords. The longest one stretches almost to the Swedish border. The road offers many fine natural sights and goes through Stetind, a well known mountaineering peak, by tunnel.


Kjøpsvik is Tysfjord´s administrative centre. Tysfjord is especially known for its great concentration of Killer Whales that enter the fjord every fall. The Killer Whales follow the spawning herring, which also every year has come to Tysfjord in great shoals between October and January. Nature is overwhelming north of the Polar circle. The days are short, but at night the aurora may really light up the sky.

The mountains of North Norway are perhaps not as impressive when measured in metres above sea level, but one must remember that they often rise straight up from the sea and even then they can reach heights of almost 2000 metres.