Ånderdalen National Park

Ånderdalen National Park (Norwegian: Ånderdalen nasjonalpark) is located on the large island of Senja in Troms county, Norway. The 125-square-kilometre (48 sq mi) park lies within the municipalities of Torsken and Tranøy. The park was established by royal decree on 6 February 1970 and it was enlarged in 2004. The national park preserves this Northern Norwegian coastal region in a natural state, including pine and birch forest and alpine plants.

The national park had no moose before 1940, but it now has a permanent population. It is also an important calving and grazing area for semi-domesticated reindeer. The most common smaller animals are red foxes, stoats, hares, small rodents, and two species of shrews. Seals occur at the heads of the fjords and otters are often seen along rivers. Trout and char are common, and salmon run right up the river to the lake Åndervatn.[1][2]

Ånderdalen National Park
Ånderdalen nasjonalpark
IUCN category II (national park)
Ånderdalen National Park logo
Nasjonalparker Nord-Norge
Number 23 is Ånderdalen
LocationSenja, Troms, Norway
Nearest cityFinnsnes (closer), Harstad
Coordinates69°12′N 17°16′E / 69.200°N 17.267°ECoordinates: 69°12′N 17°16′E / 69.200°N 17.267°E
Area125 km2 (48 sq mi)
Established1970, enlarged 2004
Governing bodyDirectorate for Nature Management

Name

The last element is the finite form of dal which means "dale" or "valley". The meaning of the first element is unknown. In the valley and the park are similar names such as the river Ånderelva and the lake Åndervatnet.

References

  1. ^ "Norwegian directorate for nature management:Ånderdalen National Park" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Ånderdalen nasjonalpark" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-04-11.

External links

  • Map of Ånderdalen National Park
Flakstadvåg

Flakstadvåg is a village in Torsken Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located along the Selfjorden on the southwestern part of the island of Senja. It is surrounded by the fjord, mountains, and a marsh. There is one road connection to the village from the outside world. Ånderdalen National Park lies just to the northeast of the village. Flakstadvåg Chapel is located here.

Medby

Medby is a village in Torsken Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located along the Veidmannsfjorden on the southwestern part of the island of Senja. The village lies along a highway that connects the villages of Grunnfarnes and Sifjord. The Kaldfarnes area lies just to the west of Medby and Ånderdalen National Park lies about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the east of the village. Medby Chapel is located in this village.

Senja

Senja (Norwegian) or Sážžá (Northern Sami) is an island and future municipality in Troms county, Norway. At 1,586.3-square-kilometre (612.5 sq mi), it is the second largest island in Norway (outside of the Svalbard archipelago). It has a wild, mountainous outer (western) side facing the Atlantic, and a mild and lush inner (eastern) side. The island is governed by four municipalities: Torsken, Tranøy, Lenvik, and Berg, however in on 1 January 2020, the four municipalities are scheduled to be merged into one large Senja Municipality. The island of Senja had 7,864 inhabitants as of 1 January 2017. Most of the residents live along the eastern coast of the island, with Silsand being the largest urban area on the island. The fishing village of Gryllefjord on the west coast has a summer-only ferry connection to the nearby island of Andøya: the Andenes–Gryllefjord Ferry.The island sits northeast of the Vesterålen archipelago, surrounded by the Norwegian Sea to the northwest, the Malangen fjord to the northeast, the Gisundet strait to the east, the Solbergfjorden to the southeast, the Vågsfjorden to the south, and the Andfjorden to the west. Ånderdalen National Park is located in the southern part of the island.

Torsken

Torsken is a municipality on the western coast of the large island of Senja in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Gryllefjord. Other larger villages in Torsken municipality include the villages of Torsken, Medby, and Flakstadvåg.

The historic Torsken Church in the village of Torsken dates back to the 18th century. Ånderdalen National Park is located partially in Torsken and neighboring Tranøy municipalities.

The 243-square-kilometre (94 sq mi) municipality is the 310th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Torsken is the 401st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 943. The municipality's population density is 4 inhabitants per square kilometre (10/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 0.6% over the last decade.

Tranøy

Tranøy is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The municipality is situated on the southern coast of the large island of Senja. The administrative centre is the village of Vangsvik in the eastern part of the municipality. Other important villages include Stonglandseidet, Skrollsvika, and Å.

The nearly-abandoned island of Tranøya, with the 18th-century wooden Tranøy Church, used to be the centre of activities for the municipality. From Tranøybotn it is only a short walk to the Ånderdalen National Park, with varied landscapes within a very limited area, including deep pine forests.

The 524-square-kilometre (202 sq mi) municipality is the 204th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Tranøy is the 352nd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,536. The municipality's population density is 3.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (8.0/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 2.7% over the last decade.

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