Lenvik

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Lenvik kommune
Leaŋgáviika suohkan
Municipality
Finnsnes.jpg
Coat of arms of Lenvik kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lenvik kommune
Troms within
Norway
Lenvik within Troms
Lenvik within Troms
Coordinates: 69°23′1″N 17°58′3″E / 69.38361°N 17.96750°E / 69.38361; 17.96750Coordinates: 69°23′1″N 17°58′3″E / 69.38361°N 17.96750°E / 69.38361; 17.96750
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Finnsnes
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Geir-Inge Sivertsen (H)
Area
 • Total 892.38 km2 (344.55 sq mi)
 • Land 848.74 km2 (327.70 sq mi)
 • Water 43.64 km2 (16.85 sq mi)
Area rank 125 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 11,345
 • Rank 93 in Norway
 • Density 13.4/km2 (35/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 2.4 %
Demonym Lenvikværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1931
Official language form Neutral
Website www.lenvik.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Lenvik (Northern Sami: Leaŋgáviika) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The municipality is partly situated on the mainland, partly on the island of Senja. The administrative centre is the town of Finnsnes, where the Gisund Bridge connects Senja to the mainland on Norwegian County Road 86. Other villages in the municipality include Aglapsvik, Gibostad, Botnhamn, Fjordgård, Finnfjordbotn, Husøy, Langnes, Laukhella, Silsand, and Rossfjordstraumen. The lake Lysvatnet is located on Senja island west of Gibostad.

General information[edit]

View of the lake Rossfjordstraumen

The large municipality of Lenvik was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1848, most of the mainland parts of Lenvik (population: 2,616) was separated to form the new municipality of Målselv, leaving Lenvik with 3,029 residents. Then in 1855, the northern part of Lenvik (population: 811) was separated to form the new municipality of Hillesøy. This left Lenvik with 2,757 inhabitants. On 1 January 1871, a small part of Lenvik (population: 70) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Malangen.

On 1 January 1964, many several neighboring areas were merged into Lenvik:

  • the part of Sørreisa on the island of Senja (population: 129)
  • the Hellemo, Paulsrud, Johnsgård, and Stormo farms in Tranøy (population: 106)
  • the part of Hillesøy on Senja and the island of Hekkingen (population: 1,159)

These areas joined to old areas of Lenvik to form a new, larger municipality of Lenvik with a total population of 10,219.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Lenvik farm (Old Norse: Lengjuvík), since the first church (Lenvik Church) was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Lengja and the last element is vík which means "cove" or "wick". The river name is derived from the word langr which means "long". From 1889-1908, the name was spelled Lenviken.[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 22 August 1986. The arms show three gold oars on a blue background. The oars and color blue are a symbol for the fishing and sailing in the municipality. To distinguish the arms from those from many other fishing towns, the oar was chosen as a symbol.[4]

See also: Coat-of-arms of Fedje and Herøy

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Lenvik. It is part of the Senja deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.

Churches in Lenvik
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Lenvik Finnsnes Church Finnsnes 1979
Lenvik Church Bjorelvnes 1879
Rossfjord Church Rossfjordstraumen 1822
Fjordgård Chapel Fjordgård 1976
Gibostad Chapel Gibostad 1939
Husøy Chapel Husøy i Senja 1957
Lysbotn Chapel Lysnes 1970
Sandbakken Chapel Sandbakken 1974

History[edit]

The first church was built around 1150 at Bjorelvnes, and for a century, this was the northernmost church in the world. Important villages in the past include Klauva and Gibostad. Gibostad was the administrative centre until the 1960s, when the administration was moved to Finnsnes. In 2000, Finnsnes was declared a town.

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Lenvik lies partly on the island of Senja and also on the mainland of Norway. The Malangen fjord flows along the northern boundary and the Solbergfjorden lies on the southern boundary. The Gisundet strait runs north-south through the center of the municipality with only one road crossing, the Gisund Bridge. The municipalities of Berg and Tranøy border the municipality to the west, the municipality of Tromsø is to the north (across the Malangen fjord), the municipalities of Balsfjord and Målselv are to the east, and the municipalities of Sørreisa and Dyrøy are to the south.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Gibostad, Lenvik
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −1.9
(28.6)
−1.8
(28.8)
0.2
(32.4)
3.6
(38.5)
8.4
(47.1)
12.9
(55.2)
15.0
(59)
14.6
(58.3)
10.5
(50.9)
5.8
(42.4)
1.5
(34.7)
−0.7
(30.7)
5.7
(42.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.4
(24.1)
−4.2
(24.4)
−2.3
(27.9)
1.0
(33.8)
5.5
(41.9)
9.7
(49.5)
12.3
(54.1)
11.6
(52.9)
7.5
(45.5)
3.3
(37.9)
−0.8
(30.6)
−3.2
(26.2)
3.0
(37.4)
Average low °C (°F) −7.1
(19.2)
−7.0
(19.4)
−5.5
(22.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
2.5
(36.5)
6.8
(44.2)
9.1
(48.4)
8.3
(46.9)
5.1
(41.2)
1.3
(34.3)
−3.1
(26.4)
−5.8
(21.6)
0.2
(32.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 85
(3.35)
80
(3.15)
60
(2.36)
54
(2.13)
39
(1.54)
47
(1.85)
62
(2.44)
71
(2.8)
91
(3.58)
119
(4.69)
94
(3.7)
98
(3.86)
900
(35.43)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 13.4 12.4 11.5 10.7 9.2 10.6 13.2 12.4 14.3 16.0 14.7 15.6 154.0
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[5]

Media gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1911). Norske gaardnavne: Troms amt (in Norwegian) (17 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 90. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Lenvik at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of lenvik at Wiktionary
  • Troms travel guide from Wikivoyage