Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Lenvik
The 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.
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.
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.