Explore the region


Gratangen, a picturesque fjord village, lies 60 km north of Narvik, approximately 180 km from Tromsø in Troms County in northern Norway.

The European route E6 highway runs through the scenic south eastern part of the municipality giving easy access by car, coach and also for those who prefer to ride a motorbike in the summertime.

Journey to Foldvik in Gratangen, where the rich maritime history of the region comes to life.

Rune Jensen


The name Gratangen derives from the Old Norse Grjótangr meaning stone fjord and the Sami name for Gratangen is Rivttáid. Gratangen is surrounded by mountains, lakes and of course the beautiful Gratangsfjord. Ideal for the outdoor enthusiast wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We guarantee no crowds, heavy traffic or motorways. So, for those who appreciate quietness, amazing scenery, hiking, mountaineering, horse riding, ice climbing, history, landscape photography and of course fishing, it’s perfect and certainly a place you could grow fond of.

Crafted by renowned artist Calle Örnemark, Morgans Ship is a marvel of woodwork.

Rune Jensen

The world's largest mobile wooden statue

Morgans Ship is the world's largest mobile wooden statue, created by world renowned Swedish artist Calle Örnemark. The large wooden sculpture came to Gratangen in the summer of 2008 and has become a national landmark and tourist attraction. Well worth a visit.

Learn further about how to reach the destination and what experiences to anticipate at Morgans Ship

Explore Foldvik's outdoor market, a haven for local produce and crafts enthusiasts.

Rune Jensen

Authentic accommodation

It is possible for camping and accommodation in and around Gratangen. Foldvik Bryggeferie offers accommodation, snow shoe rental, bicycle rental, boat rental for fishing and leisure. Foldvik Bryggeferie is located on the banks of the fjord near to Grantangen centre and Foldvik brygger (pier). In the summertime it is possible to eat at the restaurant and pub at Foldvik brygger (pier). Visit the outdoor Foldvik market where you can buy and see local produce, arts and crafts this market usually takes place on the second weekend of August.

Commemorate Norway's wartime history with a visit to Gratangen's Monuments of War along the E6 route.

Joakim Jaksland

War history

Gratangen was the site of the Battle of Gratangen, one of the first battles between the German 3rd Mountain Division under Eduard Dietl and the Norwegian 6th Division under General Carl Gustav Fleischer after the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940. As you drive along the E6 road, look out for the Monuments of War sign posts so you can stop, view and read about the dramatic war history and The Battle for Narvik 1940.

A collection of Nordland boats in the museum.

Hans Arne Paulsen

Nordland boats

Gratangen's history with fishing and hunting has contributed toward making the municipality the host township/municipality for the North Norwegian Ship Preservation Centre and Boat Museum. The Boat Museum is located in Gratangsbotn and exhibits Norway's largest collection of Nordland boats and equipment spanning over 200 years. Here you can also rent a kayak for the day.

Take the family on an adventure to the scenic Snolke cabin.

Joakim Jaksland

Snolke Daytrip Cabin

A perfect day trip for the whole family on a marked trail in varied terrain, with a fantastic view from the modern Snolke cabin. The trip to the Snolke cabin in Gratangen is suitable for everyone. The trail is well marked with wooden boardwalk over the wet areas in the marshes. From the starting point at the parking lot, the trail goes through flat marshes and along beautiful forest paths until the landscape gradually goes uphill towards the mountains. Reach the modern Snolke cabin with its stone, glass, and wood design, offering panoramic views from its terrace. Read the full hike description.

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