Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Storfjord
Storfjord muncipality has approximately 1.900 inhabitants and covers a area of 1.542,7 km2 in Troms County. The administrative center is in Skibotn. Storfjord borders on both Sweden and Finland. In Treriksrøysa, which lies along the Norkalottløypa tourist trail, you can actually stand in three countries at the same time. Sames (Lapps), Kvenes (of Finnish descent) and Norwegians have lived together in Storfjord for generationsand all three languages are well-represented in the municipality. The nature invites you to participate in varied outdoor activities, and Storfjord borders against the mighty Lyngen Alps. You will find a good selection of overnight accommodations, sights and organized activities in the municipality.
Several special old buildings that reflect this historical diversity have been preserved and restored in, among other places, Horsnes, Signaldalen and Skibotn, where the venerable market booth stand in the town centre every year around Midsummer Night's Eve during the traditional Skibotn Fair.
In Storfjord you will find remains (i.e. bunkers, gunnery sites, bridges and roads) from the famous Lyngen Defence Line (Lyngen-linja) from World War II, with Bohlmannsveien road which winds itself up along the steep mountainside to the fortifications on Falsnesfjellet mountain.
With Skibotn as a starting point, you can actually go skiing in The Midnight Sun during the middle of the summer! The surrounding mountain formations make Skibotn a climatic oasis with the most clear-weather days in Northern Europe. You can quickly fill your pail in berry season, and a number of plants grow in Skibotndalen valley that you will not find anywhere else on our latitude.
Skibotn is a village with approximately 750 inhabitants in Storfjord municipality, located on the southeastern shore of the Lyngen Fjord. The village area is located at the crossroads of the highways E6 and E8. Skibotn is located in a valley, surrounded by large mountains such as Nallagais, Imagais, Steindalsbreen, Balggesvarr and Storfjellet. The river Skibotnelva empties into the fjord at Skibotn. The Skibotnelva river flows from the lakes Rihpojávri and Gálggojávri. Skibotn is known for its dry climate with frequent clear skies in the Skibotn valley, and the calcareous pine forests, with rare orchids. Due to the climate with few clouds, there is an astrophysical observatory located in Skibotn.
The glacier in Steindalen valley on the west side of Storfjorden between Oteren and Lyngseidet is easily recognisable to most people. The hike up Steindalen is a cultural experience at the same time as you can enjoy the special nature. Good parking at "the gateway" to Steindalen, and possibilities to hire a cabin - room in tourist cabins.
Rovvejokfossen waterfall, which is located in Skibotndalen halfway between Skibotn and the national border, is a breath-taking sight when the river is in full flow. The waterfall has a sheer drop of 28 - 30 metres.
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.
The lanscape in Storfjord invites you to participate in varied outdoor activities. Marked hiking trails in heights of up to 1.500 metres above sea level wind their way from cabin to cabin with a suitable distance of a day's walking between them, while the steepest summits beckon and attract experienced climbers.
Deep sea fishing in the fjord gives rich results, and the residents in Skibotn harbour will gladly make boats and fishing equipment available for your disposition. Casting out your line in the rivers and lakes also gives wriggling results. In this regard, we specially recommend a peaceful canoe trip on the Signaldalselva river.