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Wednesday, 26 October 2011 08:23

Tromsø is placed on Tromsøya Island, connected in the east by Tromsøbrua to mainland and in the west by Sandnessbrua (Sandnessund Bridge) to next island Kvaløya.

Kvaløya - means Whale Island, it has an area of 737 square kilometres (285 sq mi), making it the fifth largest island in mainland Norway. Kvaløya is a very mountainous island, with at least ten mountains higher than 700 m, and three reaching an elevation of more than 1000 m making it excellent hiking area with all levels of difficulty. From easy sunday walks like Stor-Kjølen (795m) to almost vertical climbing wall of Store Blåmann (Big Blueman, 1044 m). Which can be also climbed without equipment, only last part is quite steep). There are also several small fjords, offering excellent fishing oportunities, both from shore or the boat. Some fjords almost divide the island in two or three parts. Between mainland there is tida current Rystraumen. Near this current, on the Kvaløya side, is Straumhella (30km / 19miles from the city), a very popular recreation area with very good fishing opportunities, especially at high tides without direct sunshine. Ryøya is an small island in the midst of Rystraumen, with a small population of protected musk oxen grazing in the pine forest, the only such population in North Norway.

Sommarøy at the southwest coast, is a popular recreation area with great coastal scenery. It is a populated island in the western part of the municipality of Tromsø, about 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of the city of Tromsø. The island is connected to Kvaløya with the Sommarøy Bridge. The village of Sommarøy covers the island as well as the neighboring island of Hillesøy and many smaller surrounding islands.
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The north and western coasts of Senja are facing the open sea. Here, steep and rugged mountains rises straight from the sea, with some fishing villages (like Gryllefjord, Husøy) wherever there is some lowland. The eastern and southern parts of the island are milder, with rounder mountains, forests, rivers and agriculture land. It is often referred to as "Norway in miniature", as the island's diverse scenery reflects almost the entire span of Norwegian nature. Senja is well known domestically for its beautiful scenery, and is marketed as a tourist attraction.
Among the sights of the island are Ånderdalen National Park with coastal pine forests and mountains, traditional fishing communities, and the "Troll of Senja" (Norwegian: Senjatrollet)- the world's largest troll. The southernmost municipality Tranøy also has several small museums documenting local history, among these the Halibut Museum ("Kveitmuseet") in Skrolsvik.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 05:37