Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Lenvik
Lenvik municipality has approximately 11.300 inhabitants a covers a area of 892,5 km2, and is the third biggest municipality in Troms. Lenvik also consists of parts of the second biggest island in Norway, Senja. Senja is also called the island of adventure, and is a Norway in miniature with mountains and fjords, small communities, nature, culture and people, hospitality and go-ahead spirit, and all kinds of weather.
Lenvik has three ores in its municipal shield. These symbolises that the sea was the arena for communication which tied the people on the farms together into one unit.
Trade and service provides employment for many people, but Lenvik also has major companies for fish processing and fishing tackle, and a melting work. Fishing and agriculture is still very important, and fish farming is of increasing importance for the employment of people. Prospects of education are good in the municipality. Lenvik has much to offer in the field of sports and culture. There are several indoor halls for sports and facilities for both alpine and cross-country skiing.
Stella Polaris production plant and head office is in Kårvikhamn, a village in the seafood-rich Senja region in Troms. Stella Polaris is one of the world´s leading producers of coldwater prawns, and supplies cooked, peeled and frozen prawns to retail, foodservice and industry customers all over the world.
It has its name from Lenvika, which from the middle ages and till 1879 was the spiritual centre of the parish. During the 12th century a church was built in the bay south of Malangen, and in the Icelandic Rimbegla it says that the church of Lenvik was the northenmost in the world. Perhaps it was meant to mark the northern boundary of that time for Norwegian jurisdiction and church law. When the municipal laws were instituted in 1837, municipal boundaries were the same as between the churches, so that each parish constituted one municipality. Lenvik had been a parish from 1759, and the name was transferred to the municipality.
The millennium city of Finnsnes is also the regional centre in Mid-Troms, and a centre of trade and service for about 35.000 people. Every summer the city prepares for the one-week summer festival, aiming to put Finnsnes on the map. Finnsnes has two hotels. Good communications makes Finnsnes an attractive place for conferences.
Finnsnes is an important centre of communications both on land and sea. The Coastal Steamer has daily calls both northbound and southbound, and Tromsø and Harstad can be reached within a little more than an hour by speedboat. On the way you can enjoy the most spectacular landscape.
Finnsnes also hosts the main office of one of the biggest transportation companies Norway, and the local bus company on Senja takes you to and from all parts of Senja. Besides it’s a short way to Bardufoss Airport providing connection to the rest of the country.
The Finnsnes House of Culture is the cultural centre of the region. It contains a 400 seats hall for theatre and concerts, and provides a varied menu of local, national and international performers and stars. There is a great variety of voluntary cultural activities all the year round, with both a winter and a summer festival mobilizing people in a joint effort to create activities and provide grand experiences.
The local museum at Bjorelvnes (15 km north of Finnsnes) is definitely worth a visit, especially in the summertime. Here you can camp in modern cabins and rent a traditional North-Norwegian boat to go fishing or just enjoy the freedom of the sea. If you prefer to learn about local history and culture, you can have an exciting visit inside the museum.
Senja is the second largest island in Norway. Senja is located along the Troms county coastline with Finnsnes as the closest town. Senja is connected to the mainland by the Gisund Bridge. The municipalities located on Senja are Lenvik (part of which is on the mainland), Berg, Torsken, and Tranøy. The island has an area of 1.586.3 km² and less than 8000 inhabitants. Population centroid is along Gisundet inside the island. This is also the largest settlement, Silsand. The largest fishing village is Gryllefjord, with a summer ferry to Andøya in Vesterålen. If you arrive with the ferry from Andenes to Gryllefjord, you´ll find the Hulder- and Trollpark located at road E86 on the right side of the road, direction from Gryllefjord towards Finnsnes.
The north and western coasts of Senja are facing the open sea. Here, steep and rugged mountains rise straight from the sea, with some fishing villages wherever there is some lowland. The eastern and southern parts of the island are milder, with rounder mountains, forests, rivers and agriculture land. The good feeling makes it easy to get away from it all and find peace of mind. Here you can fully enjoy the fresh air and the splendid natural surroundings that are so difficult to describe in words alone. The scenery is something else and will surely take your breath away. Certainly it takes ours away, and we spend our lives in this ever-changing wonderland of weather and wind.
On the seaward side of Senja island where the ocean meets the sky, the tourist route winds across the hill overlooking the village of Bergsbotn. From a 44-metre long platform you can enjoy the grand vista of the Bergsfjord and the surrounding peaks.
Tungeneset on Senja brings viewpoints and picnic areas to the next level, with its Nordic design structure nestled between the Steinfjord and the Ersfjord. From this walkway constructed with Siberian larch wood, you will enjoy views of the Norwegian Sea in the west, and the intense Okshornan mountain range, also known as Devil’s Jaw, in the north.
Segla is the most recognizable mountain on the Senja island in Norway. It was the picture of Segla that immediately convinced me to visit Senja. And there is no surprise why! Segla rises 639 meters above the sea level and the view of it looks almost unreal. The east side of the mountain is rising gently, whereas the steep cliffs on the west side drop directly into the fjord.
Try great Senja hiking opportunities and go for Hesten hike to be rewarded with wonderful views. For that, you need to climb a mountain just next to Segla, called Hesten.
Hesten is a mountain where the iconic picture of Segla is usually taken from. Hike to Hesten for the best views of Segla and camp on the top. As it turned out, camping on the peak wasn’t possible, but we still managed to find a spot below.
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.
Botnhamn, Fjordgård and Husøy is fishing centres on the north of Senja. The fishing possibilities here on the outer coast are unique. Large shoals of fish are brought in by the tides. Finnsnes has a great advantage due to it's sheltered location. Even when strong winds blow in from the Atlantic Ocean, you can almost always find sheltered places to fish.