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Ibestad in Norway Ibestad municipality coat of arms


241,2 km2

Ibestad Local Directory

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Visit the diverse island realm of Ibestad! The municipality of Ibestad is situated in the southern part of Troms County and comprises the islands of Rolla and Andørja. Hamnvik is the administrative centre. The municipality has approximately 1.500 inhabitants a covers a area of 241,2 km2. Langlitinden mountain (1.277 metres), highest mountain on an island in Scandinavia.


Hamnvik commercial centre was established in 1794 by Jens Bing Dons. Once a prosperous commercial centre, the building is now a private home with an authentic atmosphere. Six of the thirteen buildings are protected. Is Ibestad's "Fotefar mot nord" project. Guided tours on request.


Andørja island is a 137 square kilometre in Troms. Andørja is Northern Europe mountain richest island, with eleven peaks over 1000 meters. The highest peak is Langlitinden with 1277 meters above sea level, and it is with it also the highest mountain on an island in Scandinavia. The island has a distinctive fjord, Straumsbotn, which shares the island roughly in half. Andørja Church in Engenes was the church for the whole municipality.

In 1994 Andørja was connected to the mainland by the construction of Mjøsund bridge. Andørja is also connected to the neighboring island Rolla via Ibestad tunnel, which is 3,396 meters long undersea road tunnel. There are also boat connection from Engenes between Harstad and Tromsø.


Rolla has more water in proportion to total area than any other island in Norway, and Andørja more mountains than any other island in northern Europe.


The mill at Dyrstad has been restored and the millpond reconstructed. The mill shows how old millstones functioned. On one day's notice, we can give you demonstration of grinding of corn into flour. You may see the exterior of the mill at any time of day.


Skippergården is an old building in a unique U-shape, the oldest section dating from 1760. The building has been used as both home and school. At present, it contains a collection of old items from Ibestad, such as old clothes, books and small/large household affairs.


The rock carvings, dating from the year 2500 BC, are located at Vik, about 2 km from Hamnvik.


The pothole at Hamnvik, shows how holes were created in the rock by erosion during the Ice Age.


Åmen is a pirate's cave on the west coast of Rolla. Can only be reached by boat.


Burial mounds and old building sites from Early Iron Age are found at Sørrollnes. Not marked.


Ibestad Church was built in 1881 and Ibestad rectory in 1758. The rectory, which is still in use, is included in the Central Office of Historic Monuments' list of protected buildings. Ibestad's old church yard was used up until 1918. Ibestad's history runs back to the 12th century. The old church was demolished in the 1870s.


At Engenes. Built in 1914.


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.


Culture path at Dyrstad. Marked. Klåpheia gives you a panoramic view of the islands of Senja, Dyrøy, etc. Blåisen Glacier.


Footpath to Foldneset a good fishing spot. Not Marked. Straumsbotn is an 8 km long fjord cutting into the landscape. Ample opportunities for fishing in the fjord. Mjøsundet is a popular recreation area and a good fishing spot.