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Part of Haakonsvern
Tromsø, Troms, Norway
Olavsvern is located in Troms
Type Auxiliary military base
Site information
Controlled by Royal Norwegian Navy
Site history
Built 1967 (1967)

Olavsvern is 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 is small compared to its counter, Haakonsvern in Bergen. It lost its status as an orlogsstasjon in 2002. It is now a subordinate unit of Haakonsvern and no units are permanently stationed there. A consequence of the restructuring of the Royal Norwegian Navy is that the base may be shut down in the near future.

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]

It's now been reported that Olavsvern is for sale for 105 million Norwegian kroner (17.5 million USD). NATO has said that the Norwegian government can sell the base as neither of them have a need for the base. [3][4]


  1. ^ Finberg, Vegar; Thomas Kjemperud (12 February 2009). "The largest EOD exercise in Nato". Norwegian Armed Forces. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "SBS Chief Killed on Exercise in Norway". Sky News. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Nå kan sivile kjøpe marinebase". Aftenposten. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Naval base for sale in Norway". the Foreigner. Retrieved 2011-12-18.