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Fauske municipality has approximately 9.600 inhabitants and covered a area of 1.210,4 km2. Fauske town centre has every faciliy a traveller could wish for. Good hotels and restaurants, garages, chemists, off license, travel agent, banks and tourist information.
The Fauske municipality also includes Valnesfjord, a fine center for outdoor life in both summer and winter. Sulitjelma is a former mining community surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers.
Fauske is primarely the crossroad in the district of Salten. To the west the road 80 leads to Bodø and Saltstraumen. To the east Rv 830 will take you to Sulitjelma. The North-Bound traveller changes here from train to the coaches of the "Northern Norway Express".
Blåmannsisen (Blåmann Glacier) is the fifth-largest glacier in mainland Norway. It is located on the border of the municipalities of Fauske and Sørfold, just 2 kilometres west of the border with Sweden.
Fauske is perhaps best known for its marble. Norwegian Rose as it is called, adorns amongst others the UN building in New York, the Japanese Emperor+s Palace and Oslo Town Hall. In addition to the Ankerske marble quarry and factory, there is a dedicated marble shop together with a local museum and highways museum. And if you want to "go underground", the Tourist Office arranges cave tours.
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.
There are two large glaciers in Fauske, Blåmannsisen and Sulitjelmaisen. The highest mountain is Suliskongen at 1,907 metres (6,257 ft) above sea level. There are many lakes in the municipality, such as Langvatnet, Låmivatnet, and Nedrevatnet.
Junkerdal National Park is partly located in Fauske. Sulitjelma, located 44 km by road east of Fauske, is a good starting point for hiking in the mountains and hikes to the glaciers. There are several DNT lodges in this area. There are many nature reserves in the municipality, such as Veten nature reserve with calcareous pine forest and a rich understory and Fauskeeidet wetland area with rich bird life and observation tower. There are several caves in the municipality. The fairly easy accessible Svarthamarhola (Svarthamar cave) is one of the largest caves in northern Europe, also hosting one of the worlds most northerly bat colonies.
Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, cod and halibut. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.