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Orkdal in Norway Orkdal municipality coat of arms


594,2 km2

Orkdal Local Directory

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Orkdal municipality has approximately 12.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 594,2 km2. The biggest centres in the district is the community administrative centre at Fannrem. Orkanger has approximately 6.000 inhabitants. Orkdal has a diversified agriculture which amongst other things, has contributed to maintaining a very beautiful cultivated landscape.

The commercial life of Orkdal is dominated by agriculture, small industries and services. The biggest employer is Orkdal municipality with approximately 915 employe. Orkanger village are located at the end of the Orkdalsfjorden, and arm of the Trondheimsfjord. Orkanger is the administrative and commercial centre of the municipality of Orkdal. Orkanger Church is located here.

Just north of Orkanger lies the port of Thamshavn. Until 1974, Orkanger had a station on the Thamshavn Line railway with the Thamshavn Station just north of the village. Other places in Orkdal is Fannrem, Svorkmo, Ofstad, Vormstad and Gjølme. Orkdal has its own World Champion in ski-flying, Roar Ljøkelsøy.


Orkanger is located at the end of the Orkdalsfjorden, and arm of the Trondheimsfjord. Orkanger is the administrative and commercial centre. Orkanger Church is located here. Combined with Fannrem, the conurbation constitutes the second largest urban area in Sør-Trøndelag county after Trondheim. Just north of Orkanger lies the port of Thamshavn. Until 1974, Orkanger had a station on the Thamshavn Line railway with the Thamshavn Station just north of the village.


Fannrem village is located along the Orkla River about 5 kilometres south of Orkanger, Thamshavn and Gjølme and about 9 kilometres north of Vormstad. The main city center of Fannrem is mainly composed of service industries, surrounded by residential areas and farms.

Orkel AS is situated in Fannrem, about 45 km southwest of Trondheim, with the river "Orkla", famous for its salmon fishing, as the nearest neighbor. The company is one of the biggest manufacturers of farm machinery in Norway. Tractor trailers, round balers and snow blowers are the main products. Orkel AS has a unique position on the domestic market, due to its long and lasting service for the Norwegian farmer.

Norgesfôr Orkla, the main grain mill and silo for the Orkdalen region is located in Fannrem. Orkdal Church is located in Fannrem. The church is located in the municipal center, near the Trondheimsfjord. The wooden church was built in 1892, and it was consecrated on 28 April 1892 by the dean, Brodahl. The architect who designed the church was Christian Thams.


The Museum preserves industrial and technical pieces of historical interest in the districts of Orkdal and Meldal, developing these into objects of attraction, and it also presents the local history of industry and labour in an informative, exciting manner. At present you may experience the Thamshawn railway, the world´s oldest alternating-current-driven railway, and travel in carriages which were delivered at the 1908 opening of and railway.


The Trønder is a variable racial strain, ranging in type from large, Irish-looking Brünn individuals and tall, slender Battle-Axe survivors, to almost completely Nordic populations. This range is well represented throughout the population of western and central Norway "the Trønder homeland" from out which wandered the hordes of Vikings who came to settle parts of Iceland, Scotland, and northeastern England more than a thousand years ago, leaving an important racial imprint abroad.

The two central Norwegian Trøndelag provinces, North and South Trøndelag, form the northern geographical extreme of the Trønder type, which is mostly Nordic and very high-vaulted, most probably due to the presence of a strong Battle-Axe strain. This type is concentrated in the valley of Orkdal in Sør-Trøndelag, and predominates north of the Dovre mountains from Nordmøre eastward into Sweden (Jämtland). The western Norwegian inland contains a similar population, albeit one in which the Brünn element is much stronger and the Battle-Axe strain is at times negligible. One exeption to this western rule is the population of Hardanger, which is strikingly long-headed, and which seems to be of predominantly Battle-Axe and Nordic type. In this Hardanger type the Brünn strain is more masked.


The Orkla River is by everyone visiting this "big-salmon-river" amazed how easy accessible and easy to fish she is. The total salmon run is for about 60 km (40 miles) from the Tosetfoss at Rennebu to the river mouth at the town of Orkanger. The Norwegian fly fishing fraternity regards the Orkla as "the Norwegian Flyfishing River" and the Orkla has probably more experienced fly-fishers per mile than any other Norwegian river.

The fishing conditions throughout the whole river are excellent and there are a stable run of big salmon during the season from early June to late August. In addition the river has a satisfactory grilse run as well. The Orkla is the southernmost river we are offering in Central Norway and we are very pleased to be able to represent some excellent beats in this river.

A quite remarkable feature about the Orkla is that she is one of the few Norwegian rivers that have benefited from hydro power regulations and in fact so much that the Orkla has increased the catches of salmon during the last decade. An added benefit is that it has provided a better quality fishing on the upper parts of the river and a more stable run throughout the season.

The Orkla has been known as a big-salmon-river since the 1880s when English noblemen discovered the river and her features. The fishing stretches are variable with waterfalls, white water areas, deep holding pools as well as magnificent steady current making the fly move tempting across the current.


Orkanger Golfclub is a golf course under construction.