View from the village looking west
|• Total||0.55 km2 (0.21 sq mi)|
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|• Density||529/km2 (1,370/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|Post Code||9146 Olderdalen|
Olderdalen (Northern Sami: Dálošvággi; Kven: Junttaniemi) is the administrative centre of the municipality of Gáivuotna–Kåfjord in Troms county, Norway. Olderdalen is located in the Olderdalen valley along the Kåfjorden with a view of the Lyngen Alps, and has a ferry connection to Lyngseidet, the administrative centre of Lyngen, across the fjord. European route E6 passes through this village also.
Olderdalen is located about 16.7 km (10.4 mi) to the northwest of the village of Birtavarre and it is about 70 km (43 mi) to the west of Tromsø. The 0.55-square-kilometre (140-acre) village has a population (2012) of 291, which gives the village a population density of 529 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,370 /sq mi). Kåfjord Church is located in this village.
The Olderdalen area is home to mainly farming and fishing. Raising sheep and dairy cattle are two of the most prominent types of agriculture in the area. There is also grocery services as well as public and private services.
During World War II many of the houses and farms in Olderdalen fell victim of the German scorched earth tactics when they withdrew from Finland and Finnmark. This led to much of the infrastructure and buildings in the village being destroyed to prevent the invading Soviet forces from obtaining supplies.
- Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2012). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.".
- "Olderdalen" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- This article incorporates information from