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Lebesby


Lebesby in Norway Lebesby municipality coat of arms

Population:
1,343

Areal:
3.458,3 km2


Lebesby Local Directory


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Lebesby municipality lies by Laksefjorden in Central Finnmark. Surface area is 3.458,3 km2 with approximately 1.400 inhabitants. Lebesby is also the name of a village in the municipality. The municipality administrative centre is Kjøllefjord. Kjøllefjord is also centre for commerce and a traditional fishing port.

The municipality consists of the western half of the Nordkinn Peninsula, along with areas around the Laksefjord. Most people live in Kjøllefjord. This municipality is dominated by ethnic Norwegians, whereas the areas around the Laksefjord are predominantly Sami.

Fishing is the mainstay of the population. The Norway King Crab is located at Bugøynes and Trollbukt, they are now fishing and farming the red king crab, which can weigh up to 10 kilograms. Grieg Seafood has branches in Alta, Øksfjord, Hammerfest, the North Cape and Kjøllefjord.

KJØLLEFJORD

Kjøllefjord is the largest village in the northwestern part of Nordkinn Peninsula, located on the shore of a small fjord of the same name, which empties into Laksefjord. Many of Laksefjord´s population have roots in the coastal Saami culture. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures at Kjøllefjord. Kjøllefjord Church is located in the village.

One of the largest fish processing and fishing companies in Kjøllefjord is a branch of Havfisk. Another large company is Statkraft. Statkraft constructed a wind farm near the Gartefjellet mountain, with a maximum capacity of 40 megawatts (54,000 hp). The 17 wind turbines have an annual power output of 155 gigawatt-hours (560 TJ) and provide for the electrical needs of about 6,000 households.

FINNCHURCH

Finnkjerka which is said to be the most graceful sea cliff in Norway, formed like a church at the entrance to Kjøllefjord. According to legend, Finnkirka was an ancient sacrificial site for fishermen, seafarers and the Sami. Those sailing along the coast feared the stretch of sea past Nordkyn. The two rock formations are mentioned in old sources as a Sami sacrificial site and sacred sea cliff. Finnkirka is listed by The Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway (Riksantikvaren) as a Sami cultural monument. A marked trail offering spectacular viewing points leads out over the plateau above Finnkirka, but if you want to experience the cliffs at close range you need to go by boat.

On their eastward journey, seafarers sailed as far as the sea cliff Altertavla on the eastern side of the fjord and made an offering for a safe onward journey.

ADAMSFJORD NATURE RESERVE

Adamsfossen and Adamsfjord Nature Reserve a 37 metres high waterfall between Kunes and Ifjord. Nesting area for marsh birds. Terraced-formed landscape that reveals land upheaval activity since the last Ice Age.

BEKKARFJORD HEIGHTS

A vantage point with a view over Laksefjord.

BRATTHOLMEN

Abandoned islet in the Laksefjord. Previously a fishing port and trading place. There is a chapel and an old churchyard here plus ruins from Second World War fortifications.

KALAK HEIGHTS

Kalak heights and Kalakveien, the road between Lebesby and Kalak. Marvellous view over a dramatic rugged landscape.

NORDKYNVEIEN

The landscape between Bekkarfjord and Hopseidet reminds one of the moon´s surface. Summer road that is also used as a Winter road. Norway´s most rugged and infamous stretch of road in Winter.

VADSABAKTI

Offerfjellet. Laksefjordvidda plateau. Ancient Saami sacrificial site. Famous landmark.

OKSVÅGEN LAND STATION

This place has mostly been connected with the whaling industry in modern times. The Finnmark Hunt was mostly operated from stations ashore. Ruins of a land station may be seen at Oksvågen, a three-metre long steam cauldron hovers in the landscape. The road to Oksvågen Land Station goes through the world´s northernmost birch forest. Light rolling terrain, marked path where a walk takes less than 30 minutes. The station area is designed for visitors with a picnic area and information boards on the site's history.

RASTAGAISA

Eastern Finnmark´s highest mountain, 1,067 m.a.s.

SKJØTNINGBERG

Abandoned fishing port from the 15th century.

RYPØYA ISLAND

Uninhabited holm with diverse fortifications from World War II.

SAAMI CAMP

On Ifjordfjell and Børselvfjell mountains in Summer. In Autumn, reindeer are herded, marked and some are slaughtered here.

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.

MIDNIGHT SUN

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.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

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.

POLAR NIGHT

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.

REINDEER

There are approximately 9.000 reindeer on Summer grazing in the Ifjordfjell mountains, approximately 2.400 reindeer on Børselvfjell mountains and approximately 4.000 on Nordkyn.

SEAL COLONIES

Permanent colonies on Laksefjord skerries. May be seen from the road in Bekkarfjord.

SVÆRHOLDTKLUBBEN

Sværholdt - abandoned trading place furthest out on the West side of the Laksefjord. Ruins of a fortification from World War II. Only accessible by boat.

BIRD WATCHING

The same seacliffs mentioned above hold large numbers of breeding seabirds. In fact Norway's third largest seabird colony can be found in the municipality. Experiencing a seabird colony is one of nature´s great experiences, here you can see and listen to thousands of birds with such species as Fulmar and Atlantic Puffin being a part of a fascinating ecosystem. Only accessible by boat.

HIKING

There are 6 marked trails from Kjøllefjord to surrounding sights, including Finnkjerka and Kinnarodden.

FISHING

For mainland fishermen, Laksefjordvidda plateau is an Eldorado. Thousands of lakes with good fishing here. Light terrain. You can fish for salmon, sea trout and Arctic trout in many of the rivers. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean.

GOLF

Golfclubs in Finnmark.