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Gratangen in Norway Gratangen municipality coat of arms


313,1 km2

Gratangen Local Directory

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Gratangen muncipality has approximately 1.200 inhabitants and covers a area of 313,1 km2. Årstein is the township/municipality's administrative centre, where all public services are established. Gratangen's history with hunting and fishing as a primary industry has contributed toward making the municipality the host township/municipality for the North Norwegian Ship Preservation Centre and Boat Museum.

Norway's largest collection of Nordland boats is located in the Boat Museum, and the Ship Preservation Centre houses a valuablecollection of older covered boats. In addition to public services, the inhabitants are employed in agriculture and industry, private services, the travel industry, fisheries and aquaculture. Gratangen is a modern community with good transportation services, full day-care centre coverage, two combined primary and secondary schools and, not least, free housing sites in the housing estates.

Gratangen has a unique landscape within its boundaries that can be explored and experienced, both summer and winter.


The group of boathouses and Årsteinen are close to the bridge. The hamlet of Årsteinen got its name from "Arasteinen", or "the Eagle Rock". The group of boathouses are old boathouses from the 1800s that have been restored. The "gamme" - i.e. turf hut - is a large turf hut built in 1858. It and a number of other buildings on the farm have been restored and the history surrounding the Finnish immigration early in the previous century has been preserved.


Gratangen Church is located in Årstein and was built in 1970. The church´s tower is distinctively shaped like the sail of a boat. Near the church are memorials commemorating civilians who were killed during the last war, and a memorial to those who perished when "Lance II" sank in 1994.


Foldvik Mill was bought from Hamarøy in 1908 and moved to Foldvik. The mill was used by a large surrounding area and most particularly during the last war when the growing of grain increased greatly. Orindary operations were shut down in 1948 when cheap supplies were securd from the south. The mill is preserved with subsidies from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

War memorials from WW II stand central in Foldvik. There is a memorial to those who perished with the hospital ship "Dronning Maud", which was bombed by German planes and burned right near the quay in Foldvik on 2 May 1940. There is also a memorial from the landing of the French forces in 1940. The sinking of the polar vessel "Nyken". The memorial stone monument of those who perished with the shipwreck in 1939 is placed in Laberg.


North Norwegian Ship Preservation Centre and Boat Museum. Exhibition of Nordland boats and equipment through 200 years is located in the Boat Museum in Gratangsbotn. There is an antique workshop with boat yard in Hellarbogen for restoration of older vessels. Many of the fishing boats that are taken out of operation are found today as museum boats, still floating and in good condition. The memorial grove near the boat museum contains memorials from the battles in Gratangen on 24 - 25 April 1940, where the Alta Batallion and the Trønder Batallion were involved in what was to be the German's first defeat in battle during the campaign.

The Foldvik Wharfs are restored piers, drying racks for seine nets and quays that described the "time of the herring", when the wealth of the sea could be scooped right into the boat. The whart environment and boat museum also tell us about the history of sealing and its importance for the municipality through 100 years. The project is Gratangen contribution to the "Fotefar mot nord" project.


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.


Hire a boat and go fishing in one of the world's most bounteous seas. Summer or winter. 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.