Andfjorden is a fjord on the border of Nordland and Troms counties in Norway. It primarily flows between the large islands of Andøya and Senja. Grytøya and the smaller islands Bjarkøya and Krøttøya are located in the fjord. The main crossing is via the Andenes–Gryllefjord Ferry between Andøy and Torsken municipalities. Other municipalities through which the fjord flows are Tranøy, Harstad, and Kvæfjord.
The fjord is about 60 kilometres (37 mi) long, has a maximum width of 30 kilometres (19 mi), and has a maximum depth of 517 metres (1,696 ft) which makes it a rich feeding ground for Sperm whales and Killer whales. Whale safaris are run from Andenes and from Krøttøya. Several other fjords branch off the Andfjorden including the Kvæfjorden, Godfjorden, and the Vågsfjorden.
At the tiny Steinavær islands in the Andfjorden, there is a large coral reef.
View of the fjord from Nupen in Kvæfjord, looking northwest towards Andøya
Location of the fjord
|Location||Troms/Nordland counties, Norway|
|Max. length||60 kilometres (37 mi)|
|Max. width||30 kilometres (19 mi)|
|Max. depth||517 metres (1,696 ft)|
Andøy is the northernmost municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Vesterålen archipelago. The main island in the municipality is Andøya. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Andenes. Other villages in the municipality include Bjørnskinn, Bleik, Dverberg, Fiskenes, Fornes, Nordmela, Risøyhamn, Skarstein, Å, Åknes, and Åse.
The 656-square-kilometre (253 sq mi) municipality is the 171st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Andøy is the 205th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 4,902. The municipality's population density is 7.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (20/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 3.5% over the last decade.Andøya
Andøya is the northernmost island in the Vesterålen archipelago, situated about 300 kilometres (190 mi) inside the Arctic circle. Andøya is located in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The main population centres on the island include the villages of Andenes, Bleik, and Risøyhamn.
The island has an area of 489 square kilometres (189 sq mi), making it the tenth largest island in Norway. The island is connected to the neighboring island of Hinnøya via the Andøy Bridge. The Andfjorden lies to the east of the island, the Risøysundet strait lies to the south and east side of the island, and the Gavlfjorden lies to the southwest side. The Norwegian Sea lies to the west and north.The numerous bog areas on Andøya are used for the extensive production of peat. Andøya is also well known for its cloudberries. Besides the flat and largely continuous bog areas, Andøya also consists of steep mountain ranges reaching up to 700 metres (2,300 ft) high. The sharp peak of Kvasstinden is the highest point on the island at 705 metres (2,313 ft). The Andøya Rocket Range which was founded in 1962 is also located on the island near the Andøya Air Station.Bjarkøya
Bjarkøya is an island in Harstad Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The 14.6-square-kilometre (5.6 sq mi) island is located north of the island of Grytøya and northwest of the island of Sandsøya. The Andfjorden lies to the northwest and the Vågsfjorden lies to the southeast. The main church for the island is Bjarkøy Church in the village of Nergården. The island's population (2017) is 267.The Bjarkøy Tunnel connects the village of Austnes on the southeastern tip of the island to the northeastern tip of the neighboring island of Grytøya. This tunnel is part of the Bjarkøy Fixed Link project that also has a bridge between the islands of Grytøya to Sandsøya. The tunnel and bridge project will open in late 2018.The highest point on the island is the 248-metre (814 ft) tall mountain Falkeberget.Dverberg
Dverberg is a small village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located on the east coast of the island of Andøya, along the Andfjorden, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of the large village of Andenes. The village of Dverberg is also called Myre. Dverberg Church is a wooden, octagonal church built in 1843, located on the north end of the village.As of 2010, the village of Dverberg/Myre had around 250 inhabitants.Elgsnes
Elgsnes is a village in Harstad Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located on the northeastern part of the large island of Hinnøya, along the Andfjorden, about 24 kilometres (15 mi) northwest of the town of Harstad and about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of the village of Kasfjord. Elgsnes is located at the tip of a narrow peninsula, looking across the Toppsundet strait towards the village of Grøtavær on the island of Grytøya. Elgsnes Chapel is located in this village.Fiskenes
Fiskenes is a village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located on the northeastern part of the island of Andøya, along the Andfjorden. The village of Andenes lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the north, and the village of Skarstein lies about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the south. The population is approximately 50 people.Grytøya
Grytøya (Norwegian) or Rivttek (Northern Sami) is an island in Harstad Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The 108-square-kilometre (42 sq mi) island lies just north of the large island of Hinnøya and south of the island of Bjarkøya. It is surrounded by the Vågsfjorden in the east and the Andfjorden in the west. The highest peak on the island is the 1,012-metre (3,320 ft) tall mountain Nona. The population of Grytøya (2017) is 433. The southeastern part of the island is the most agriculturally productive. The northern part of the island was formerly part of the old municipality of Bjarkøy, which merged with Harstad Municipality on 1 January 2013.Grøtavær
Grøtavær is a coastal fishing village in Harstad Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located on the western part of the island of Grytøya, along the Andfjorden, about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northwest of the village of Lundenes. Grøtavær Church is located in the village and the Grøtavær islands are located just off shore.Gullesfjorden
Gullesfjorden is a fjord that cuts into the island of Hinnøya in Troms county, Norway. It is located mostly within Kvæfjord Municipality, although a small part in the northwestern part of the fjord lies in Sortland Municipality in Nordland county. The inner head of the ford is known as Gullesfjordbotn.
The 35-kilometre (22 mi) long fjord is one of three which branch off of the main Andfjorden on the north side of Hinnøya. The other two branches are the Godfjorden and Kvæfjorden. The Gullesfjorden has a smaller feeder fjord entering from the southwest called Austerfjorden.Krøttøya
Krøttøya is an island in Harstad Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The 1.3-square-kilometre (0.50 sq mi) island is the northernmost inhabited island in the Andfjorden. It is located int he Meløyvær archipelago, consisting of 365 small islands, with over 20 white-sand beaches. Several other islands are connected to Krøttøya by road, but the island group is only accessible by boat. Krøttøy is surrounded by the large islands of Senja to the east, Bjarkøya and Grytøya to the south, and Andøya to the west.Kvæfjord
Kvæfjord (Northern Sami: Giehtavuotna) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Central Hålogaland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Borkenes. Other villages include Hundstad, Langvassbukta, and Revsnes.
Together with Harstad, the two municipalities cover a large part of the island of Hinnøya in the southern part of the Troms county. Kvæfjord consists mostly of mountains and fjords. The municipality centers on the Kvæfjorden and Gullesfjorden.
Kvæfjord is also where the Norwegian national cake, Kvæfjord cake, originally comes from.
The 513-square-kilometre (198 sq mi) municipality is the 207th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Kvæfjord is the 269th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,928. The municipality's population density is 5.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (15/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 3.6% over the last decade.Nupen
Nupen is a small mountain in Troms county, Norway. The 412-metre (1,352 ft) tall mountain lies on the border of the municipalities of Kvæfjord and Harstad, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) west of the town of Harstad. The village of Bremnes, Kvæfjord lies just west of the mountain and the Andfjorden lies to the north. The mountain is known for its view of the midnight sun.Risøysundet
Risøysundet is a strait between the islands of Andøya and Hinnøya in the Vesterålen archipelago in Norway. It is located in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county. The 24-kilometre (15 mi) long strait has only one road crossing: the Andøy Bridge as part of the Norwegian County Road 82 connecting the villages of Risøyhamn and Dragnes.
The strait flows between the Gavlfjorden/Sortlandssundet in the southwest and the Andfjorden in the northeast. The northeastern end of the strait is naturally very shallow and in low tide the sand bars can be above water. In the 1870s work began to dredge a channel through the strait to allow larger boats to pass. In 1922, a 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) long channel was completed enabling the Hurtigruten to pass through the strait.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.Skarstein
Skarstein or Skardstein is a village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located along Norwegian County Road 82 on the northeastern part of the island of Andøya, along the Andfjorden. The village of Andenes lies about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the north, and the village of Fiskenes lies about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the northeast.Troms
Troms (pronounced [trʊms] (listen) or Romsa (Northern Sami) or (unofficially) Tromssa (Kven) is a county in northern Norway. It borders Finnmark county to the northeast and Nordland county in the southwest. Norrbotten Län in Sweden is located to the south and further southeast is a shorter border with Lapland Province in Finland. To the west is the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic Ocean).
The entire county, which was established in 1866, is located north of the Arctic Circle. The Troms County Municipality is the governing body for the county, elected by the people of Troms, while the Troms county governor is a representative of the King and Government of Norway. The county had a population of 161,771 in 2014.Vågsfjorden, Troms
Vågsfjorden is a fjord in the southern part of Troms county in Norway. The fjord is located between Norway's two largest islands, Hinnøya to the south and Senja to the north. The fjord connects to the Andfjorden and the Tranøyfjorden to the north, and to the Astafjorden and Tjeldsundet to the south. The smaller islands of Grytøya and Sandsøya lie on the western side of the fjord and the islands of Andørja and Rolla lie along the eastern side of the fjord.
The 46-kilometre (29 mi) long fjord flows through the municipalities of Harstad, Tranøy, Dyrøy, Ibestad, and Skånland. The town of Harstad, on the fjord's western shore, is popularly known as Vågsfjordens perle (English: pearl of Vågsfjorden).Å, Andøy
Å is a village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located on the east coast of the island of Andøya along the Andfjorden. The village of Dverberg lies about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the north and the village of Åse lies about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the south. Its sign is often replaced due to people stealing it for novelty purposes.Åse, Nordland
Åse is a village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located along the Norwegian County Road 82 on the southeastern coast of the island of Andøya, along the Andfjorden. The village of Å lies about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) to the north, and the villages of Bjørnskinn and Risøyhamn lie about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) to the southwest.
The 0.43-square-kilometre (110-acre) village has a population (2018) of 272 which gives the village a population density of 633 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,640/sq mi).