Batsfjord fishing village
is one of the largest in Scandinavia
Batsfjord fishing village
The Batsfjord fishing village on the coast of Norwegian Lapland calls itself "The Fishing Capital". It is one of the largest
fishing ports of Norway and Scandinavia, the main industry being fishing and fish processing. The picture is taken at twilight time at
end of Novembre.
Most of Norwegian Lapland was put to fire by the Germans as they withdrew at the end of World War II. Thus you may find older
houses here. The restaurant and guest house "Havly" - built in 1938 - is one of them. The hotel is of good but simple standard.
The hotel has its own social room for Russian fishermen. The "Velferden" restaurant is one of
the few places in all of Lapland where you can eat fish courses nearly every day through the year.
(Photo: Olav E. Johansen)
Sights and attractions
The Båtsfjord Church
(consecrated 20 May 1971) has one of Europe's largest stained glass windows of 85 square metres.
is an abandoned fishing village with sights such as the local history collection and the
Syltefjord chapel. There you can also find traces of the old hunting culture (5-6.000 years old).
Syltefjord is an historic fishing village with a waffle café making and selling stone products. Also access to famous bird cliffs
is a small bird cliff at walking distance from Båtsfjord. You can follow a trail.
is one of Norway's largest and most important nesting cliffs with a large variety of birds,
including gannets (sula bassana)
. Syltefjordstauran holds the largest breeding colony of
black-legged kittiwake (rissa tridachtyla)
(140,000 pairs) in Norway. Other species are common guillemot
Brünnich's Guillemot (uria lomvia)
(1,200 pairs), razorbill (alca torda)
(1,300 pairs) and even atlantic puffin
The site is located on the northern side of Syltefjord. Follow road 890 and 891 from Tana bridge to Syltefjord.
Boat trips are available from Nordfjord during summer. Another option is to walk the trail from Nordfjord to
Syltefjordstauran (11 km).
The cliffs are protected as a nature reserve.
This is a coastline with steep cliffs and several rocky pillars, plunging 200 m into the sea from a montane plateau.
There is also a large colony of 250
grey seal (halichoerus grypus)
There are some war remains from World war II in Batsfjord municipality.
Read about them here
At the Fiskernes Velferd
cafeteria they serve delicious fish meals - and other meals, of course. But the potatoes they offer on the
plate are not first class. If you have
time enough, ask them if they can cook unpeeled potatoes. Maybe they can't, but if enough people ask, they may change from the industrially peeled to unpeeled
potatoes, because they taste a 100 times better. Agree?
Another thing about this nice place is that it is difficult to find for others than locals.
But here is a map
just for you. Bon appetit!
At Outer Syltevik
there are two church ruins and traces of stone age settlement. There are even places of sacrifice, including
an old Sami sacrificial ring.
Ask at Båtsfjord Tourist Info or at Syltefjord café. See map where
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