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Part of Haakonsvern
Tromsø, Troms, Norway
Olavsvern is located in Troms
Coordinates 69°31′51″N 19°00′45″E / 69.5309°N 19.0125°E / 69.5309; 19.0125
Type Auxiliary military base
Site information
Owner Triko AS
Controlled by Royal Norwegian Navy
Site history
Built 1967 (1967)
In use 1967 (1967)-2009 (2009)

Olavsvern was a Royal Norwegian Navy auxiliary base located just outside the city of Tromsø.[1] It is located along the European route E8 at the entrance to the Ramfjorden from the Balsfjorden.

The base was small compared to its counter, Haakonsvern in Bergen. It lost its status as an orlogsstasjon in 2002. After that it was a subordinate unit of Haakonsvern and no units were permanently stationed there.

On 14 March 2005, an accident in a scuba exercise inside the base led to the death of SBS commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard van der Horst.[2]

The base was closed down in 2009 and put up for sale by the Norwegian government for 105 million Norwegian kroner (17.5 million USD) in 2011. NATO has said that the Norwegian government could sell the base as neither of them had a need for the base.[3][4][5] An investment group bought it for 38.1 million Norwegian kroner in 2013 and plans to use it as a maintenance center for Arctic oil rigs and subsea drilling equipment.[6]


  1. ^ Finberg, Vegar; Thomas Kjemperud (12 February 2009). "The largest EOD exercise in Nato". Norwegian Armed Forces. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Bakkeli, Tom & Tetlie, Marius (18 March 2005). "Tragisk død for britisk offiser". VG Nyheter (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Rapp, Ole Magnuss (17 December 2011). "Nå kan sivile kjøpe marinebase" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  4. ^ Price, John (18 December 2011). "Naval base for sale in Norway". the Foreigner. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  5. ^ Pettersen, Trude (30 May 2012). "Arctic submarine base for sale". Barents Observer. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Nilsen, Thomas (28 February 2013). "NATO sub base to be center for Arctic oil rigs". Barents Observer. Retrieved 2 November 2014.