Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Loppa
Loppa municipality lies furthest West in Finnmark County, facing the Arctic Sea and on the border of Troms County. The municipality is home to just under approximately 1.100 inhabitants, spread over ten locations varying in size. Total surface area of 686,8 km2. Øksfjord is the administrative centre of the municipality. It is located at the mouth of the Øksfjorden on the mainland, about 20 kilometres northwest of Øksfjordbotn, a village at the other end of the Øksfjorden.
Archaeological digs on Loppa Island have confirmed that Finnmark´s first human inhabitants settled down on this island ca. 10.000 years ago. The borough can boast 3 glaciers and Finnmark County´s highest mountain peak. Other places in the borough are dependent on ferries and express boat services. Trade and Industry is fisheries and public services / government bodies.
Andsnes, Skavnakk and Langfjordhamn are all very small villages in the western parts of the municipality, with very few residents. The villages are connected to the rest of the municipality by express boat, the only means of transport.
Andsnes village is connected by road (approx. 7 km) to Segelvik.
Skavnakk is a small village in the south-west of the municipality, on the west banks of the Frakfjord directly south of Loppa Island. During the summer however, Skavnakk is much more popular as many of the vacated houses are now used as holiday homes.
Langfjordhamn is located on the innermost reaches of the Langfjord. Today, no businesses remain in the village, which formerly had a grocery store, school and fish processing plant. This is the perfect area for outdoor pursuits of all kinds. There is wonderful hiking and mountaineering and several tops provide breathtaking views which you can reach without having to climb.
The area also has several glaciers, Øksfjordjøkelen, Svartfjelljøkulen and Langfjordjøkelen. The Øksfjordjøkelen glacier is the largest and perhaps the most challenging. The smaller Langfjordjøkel is somewhat easier to climb but please make sure you have the proper equipment and knowledge before setting out!
If you have a boat, the coast is perfect for relaxation, fishing and camping out on the beach. What could be better than a freshly caught fish, cooked over a campfire and eaten with your bare hands?
The village of Øksfjord was historically an important regional fishing village that included a fish processing factory and fish oil factory. The factories have been closed since the 1980s, but since then some fish farms have been in use. In Øksfjord, there is a fish skin leather factory that manufactures first class leather, used in shoes, clothes and souvenirs. Øksfjord have approximately a population of 600. There is a car ferry connection to Hasvik on Sørøya, and to Sør-Tverrfjord and Bergsfjord.
The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures here between stops at Skjervøy and Hammerfest. Øksfjord Church is located in this village and it is the main church for the municipality. Since most of Loppa municipality is inaccessible by car, Øksfjord is a major transportation hub with regular car ferry connections to the Nuvsvåg, Bergsfjord, and Sør-Tverrfjord areas. There is also a regular ferry connection from Øksfjord to the village of Hasvik on the neighboring island of Sørøya.
Øksfjordjøkelen is the ninth largest glacier in mainland Norway. The glacier is located on the border between Finnmark and Troms counties. The 42-square-kilometre glacier lies in both Loppa and Kvænangen municipalities and is the only glacier on mainland Europe that drops ice directly in to the sea. The highest point was earlier known to have an elevation of 1,204 metres. It is now a mere 1,191 metres due to climate change. But it still is, for the time being, the highest point in all of Finnmark county.
May be seen from Øksfjord, Nuvågen and Bergsfjord. The mountain Svartfjellet lies just north of the glacier in Loppa. That is another of the highest points in Finnmark county. The lowest point on the glacier has an elevation of 330 metres. The village of Alteidet is located nearby, along the European route E6.
Svartfjelljøkulen glacier has an extension of about six square kilometers. The highest point is given as 1,162 meters.
Langfjordjøkelen is a glacier that is located on the border between Finnmark and Troms, making it one of the northernmost glaciers on the mainland of Norway. The 8-square-kilometre glacier is located in the municipalities of Loppa and Kvænangen. The highest point on the glacier reaches 1,050 metres above sea level.
Nuvsvåg is a fishing village is on the mainland but relies on a ferry crossing (10 minutes) to reach the municipal centre of Øksfjord. The village has a shop, petrol station, school and cafe/pub and is surrounded by high mountains, of which Loppatinden is the highest at 1.175 metres above sea level. Nuvsvåg has it all: fjords, sea, wild mountains, glaciers, rivers and valleys. From Øksfjord, you cross the fjord by ferry followed by a 20 minute drive to the village of Nuvsvåg.
An old fishing port with approximately 140 residents. The village has a primary school, shop, cafe, power station, boat slip, church, fish processing plant and an active coastal fleet. Bergsfjord is situated in the west of Loppa municipality and can be reached by ferry or express boat from the municipal centre of Øksfjord. The express boat takes around 50 minutes. Bergsfjord was once the municipal centre for Loppa before the administration moved to Øksfjord in 1964.
In 1917, an electric power plant was built in Bergsfjord, using hydropower from the Bergsfjord river. The power plant was one of the very first in the county of Finnmark. The German forces burned the plant to the ground during the war. In 1959, a new plant was erected by the power cooperative, A/L Bergsfjord Kraftlag. This new plant supplies electricity to the villages of Bergsfjord, Sandland and Sør-Tverrfjord. The cooperative was dissolved in 1969/70 and taken over by a new cooperative,
Ymber (Nord-Troms Kraftlag) who still operates the power station in Bergsfjord.
Bergsfjord has wonderful countryside for outdoor adventures. You can go fishing on the coast or in the Bergsfjord lake, try grouse hunting in beautiful and challenging terrain or join an organised hike onto a glacier. There are plenty of snowmobile trails and skiing trails when the snow falls. You can go mountaineering, hiking among beautiful scenery or take a stroll along the beach.
Sør-Tverrfjord is a small village in the west of Loppa municipality, connected by road to Sandland and by ferry to Bergsfjord and Øksfjord. The ferry crossing to Øksfjord takes approx. 2 hours. There is also an express boat service to the other parts of the municipality. The village has a grocery store but no school, and has around 35 residents. Sør-Tverrfjord was once home to both a salmon processing plant, slaughterhouse and shrimp farm. Now Norway is in the process of introducing salmon farming to the area. The crossing to Bergsfjord takes approx. 10 minutes by express boat and 20 minutes by ferry.
The nature is wild and beautiful with steep mountains, deep valleys, inland lakes for fishing, rivers, hunting opportunities and plenty of adventure on the glaciers and fishing in the fjord and sea.
Sandland is a small village in western Loppa with approx. 50 inhabitants. The village is connected by road to Sør-Tverrfjord, where you can continue by ferry. Øra has a ancient cultural landscape with primitive housing sites and stone wall fencing. Easily accessible. Sandland has a primary school with pupils from 1st to 10th grade. The school also has a swimming pool. The closest grocery store is in Sør-Tverrfjord. The scenery is wild and beautiful with steep mountains, deep valleys, inland lakes for fishing, rivers, great hunting ground and possibilities for fjord and sea fishing. Unlike most other places in Loppa, Sandland is fairly flat. The village has an express boat service.
THE ISLAND OF LOPPA (LOPPA ØY)
Loppa Island has a fascinating history and rich cultural heritage from the time the island was one of the most important trade harbours along the coast. The harbour is now home to a fishing fleet and caters for the express boat service. On the island, there is a small, beautiful church with three altarpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries. You can also visit the ruins of a medieval church which unfortunately burned down to the ground during the war. Fertile Loppa is called "the green island", and is an exceptionally beautiful place with steep mountains, colourful meadows of wild flowers and chalk-white beaches. The island offers unforgettable outdoor pursuits, activities, bird safaris, hunting and fishing.
Lopphavet is well-known for its great deep-sea fishing. You are almost guaranteed a catch of cod, halibut and other delicacies. Salmon fishing is excellent during the first half of the summer. If you are lucky, you might get the chance to set sail with the local fishermen to pull in their nets.
On Loppa island and Lille Loppakalven, the hunting season for willow ptarmigan starts on 10 September, and the cloudberry season is at the end of July / start of August. Bird watchers from far and near visit Loppa’s unique bird sanctuary. The nesting cliff is incredibly steep and dives straight down into the sea and the island has over one hundred different bird species such as puffin, common eider, eagle, owl and grouse. The island is also a true paradise for nature photographers!
The midnight sun casts a wonderful light over the Loppa seas and the weather can change rapidly from sun to rain, fog to storms. The island´s beach is truly magnificent and although the water may be cold, it is so clear that many are tempted to take a dip when the sun is at its warmest. Divers visit Loppa to explore the recently discovered coral reef and the crystal-clear waters. The Cave on Loppa Island is only accessible by boat.
THE OLD ROAD in ØKSFJORDBOTN
Loppa´s contribution to "Northern Journeys". In a national context, one of the best preserved roads from the turn of the century. In 1995, the road was restored according to the original profile drawings, and is today identical with the 1910-model. This 1,3 km long stretch of road is all that remains of one of the county's first traffic thoroughfares. It is accessible in Summer and Autumn. A brochure has been published on the road.
The county borough has 5 churches / chapels. These are found in Øksfjord, Loppa Island, Sandland, Bergsfjord and Nuvsvåg.
COASTAL STEAMER (HURTIGRUTA)
The World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.
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.
The borough is ideal for tough and easier family walks, in Summer and Winter. So many outdoor activities are waiting to be experienced; mountain trekking, lake fishing trips, canoe paddling, deep sea fishing, rowing, horseback riding, glacier wandering with experienced glacier guides and a range of other excursions suited to families, groups and school classes.
Two major ski runs organised annually, one before Easter. These contests attract around 300 participants each, and are amongst Finnmark's largest skiing events.
Vassdalsvannet, fishing lake in Øksfjord. Located at the borough´s centre. Easily accessible. Fishing licences on sale. Lopphavet is well-known for its great deep-sea fishing. You are almost guaranteed a catch of cod, halibut and other delicacies. Salmon fishing is excellent during the first half of the summer. If you are lucky, you might get the chance to set sail with the local fishermen to pull in their nets.
Golfclubs in Finnmark.