Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Lurøy
Directly under the Polar Circle, right in the middle of Helgeland´s multitude of islands and skerries, lies the community of Lurøy. Lurøy muncipality has approximately 2.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 263,8 km2. Administration centre is Lurøy and the principal industries are fishing, sea farming and agriculture. By following Coastal Route (Rv 17), the first sight to greet the visitor is an unusually beautiful coastal strip. To the south, the Sila tunnel, to the north, Eidhaugen bordering Rødøy. To the west, well-known mountains such as Lovund and Horseman (Hestmannen), border the sea.
The islands of Lurøy show nature at its best. The people here live in small communities on the mainland or the islands, with easy access to nature and outdoor activities. The varied landscape offers numerous opportunities for recreation.
The unique mountain formation known as the Horseman is a famous landmark. A little bit north of Mount Hestmannen is Selsøysvik Gamle Handelssted (an old trading post) where they have recreated activities from the 1770's. Another restored trading post (Falch Gamle Handelssted) can be found in Tjogsfjorden which has a unique antique collection from the 1930's. Just north of Hestmannen is the old trading centre of Selsøyvik. Founded in the 1770´s Selsøyvik is still a thriving community with a grocery store, fish farms, shipping agency and tanker facilities. Both Mount Rødøyløva and Mount Hestmannen (the Horseman) lies near the shipping lanes and has always been an identification mark for sailers.
The island of Lovund has a rich bird life and a prominent fish-farming industry. Hundreds of thousands of puffins arrive here during summer. Lovund has very good facilities for tourists. Learn about the island’s history at the heritage centre.
Lovund is notable for the large Puffin breeding colony located on the rocky North slope of the island. Since the old days people have said that the puffins arrive on the 14th of April. This day is also considered to be the first day of summer. The Puffin at Lovund leave the island at the end of August. Then they fly to their right element, the ocean outside Norway and the North Sea. But every year they return on the 14th of April, and people travel from far away to see these thousand of birds arrive at the same time.
The islands are situated just south of the Arctic Circle and Vikingen, a small landmark island with an Arctic Circle Monument. The island itself is great for short excursions on foot, and we invite you to explore the nearby waters by boat. Kvarøy has beautiful beaches that are ideal for a picnic, for swimming, or just watching the waves. The youngest members of your family will enjoy the Indian Forest, a playground in natural woodlands, or exploring the shore and tide pools. Like many other fishing villages and trading posts on the outer islands of Norway, the islands of Helgeland saw a dramatic exodus after World War II. Nevertheless, thanks to its fortunate location on the shipping lane, Kvarøy’s population remained reasonably stable. With approx. 70 inhabitants today, Kvarøy is still a thriving community.
In 1976, a fish-farming company was established on Kvarøy. Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett is still locally owned, employing many of the island’s residents and inspiring the establishment of new businesses. The island has two daily visits, by the Torghatten Nord fast boat service, which runs between Bodø and Sandnessjøen.
Grønsvik Fortress is one of the most well preserved German fortresses from World War II. It is close to the Rv 17 and has a car park with a picnic area and a tourist office.
The Arctic Circle Monument at Vikingen, Lurøy coastal museum, Lurøy church, Tonnes cave, Lurøy farm and renaissance garden, mountains with fantastic views.
Use the ferry or express boat to get around. The ferry leaves from Stokkvågen while the express boat departs from both Stokkvågen and Tonnes on the mainland, and from Sandnessjøen and Nesna.
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.
From the bird watching spot, you can observe the island’s amazing birdlife. There’s a good chance you will spot the
White-tailed Sea Eagle, the largest avian predator in Northern Europe. Other common bird species include the Great Cormorant, Puffin and Mallard.
The fishing opportunities in the surrounding seas are impressive. The sea attracts boating enthusiasts, while anglers can choose between ocean and fresh-water fishing. Fish frequently caught in local waters include Wolffish, large Saithe, Cod, Haddock, Plaice and Halibut. Clean Arctic seas and ideal temperatures make the waters of Inner Kvarøy an ideal environment for the Brown Crab.
Kvarøy Sjøhus offer you a visit to a modern salmon farming facility, our guide will explain how the fish grows from eyed roe to salmon fry, and show you the development from smolt to fully mature fish. The aquaculture expert will explain the care that keeps the fish healthy and thriving. At the end of our tour, you will have the opportunity to taste prime quality, locally produced salmon.
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