Torsken

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For the village of Torsken in Torsken municipality, Norway, see Torsken (village).
Torsken kommune
Doaskku suohkan
Municipality
Medby, Torsken
Medby, Torsken
Coat of arms of Torsken kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Torsken kommune
Troms within
Norway
Torsken within Troms
Torsken within Troms
Coordinates: 69°17′47″N 17°2′11″E / 69.29639°N 17.03639°E / 69.29639; 17.03639Coordinates: 69°17′47″N 17°2′11″E / 69.29639°N 17.03639°E / 69.29639; 17.03639
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Gryllefjord
Government
 • Mayor (2007) Fred Flakstad (Gryllefjord bygdeliste)
Area
 • Total 243.20 km2 (93.90 sq mi)
 • Land 235.08 km2 (90.76 sq mi)
 • Water 8.12 km2 (3.14 sq mi)
Area rank 308 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 892
 • Rank 407-408 in Norway
 • Density 3.8/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -21.0 %
Demonym Torskeværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1928
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.torsken.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Torsken is a municipality on the western coast of the large island of Senja in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Gryllefjord. Other larger villages in Torsken municipality include the village of Torsken, Medby, and Flakstadvåg.

The historic Torsken Church in the village of Torsken dates back to the 18th century. Ånderdalen National Park is located partially in Torsken and neighboring Tranøy municipalities.

General information[edit]

Map of Torsken

The municipality of Torsken was established on 1 January 1902 when it was separated from the municipality of Berg. The initial population of Torsken was 1,229. On 1 January 1964, the Rødsand area of Torsken (population: 160) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Tranøy.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Torsken farm (Old Norse: Þoskar), since the first church (Torsken Church) was built there. The farm is named after Torsken mountain, and that name is probably derived from Norse þo(r)skr which means "cod". (Several mountains in Norway are named after their likeness with a fish.)[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 23 March 1990. The arms show a gold-colored anchor cross (Norwegian: ankerkors) on a black background. It is a symbol for both Christianity and the importance of the local harbor. The economy of Torsken is largely dependent on its harbors and an anchor is an appropriate symbol.[4]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Torsken
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Torsken Torsken Church Torsken 1784
Flakkstadvåg Chapel Flakstadvåg 1925
Gryllefjord Chapel Gryllefjord 1902
Medby Chapel Medby 1890

Economy[edit]

View of Gryllefjord village

Most of the inhabitants live in the fishing village of Gryllefjord in the northern part of the municipality. The second most important village is Torsken, only a few kilometers to the south. Kaldfarnes/Medby, Grunnfarnes, and Flakstadvåg are other fishing villages further south. The municipality is close to the resources of the major fishing grounds off the Vesterålen archipelago, and 2004 landed 9.8 million tons of fish with a value of NOK 76.3 million for fish-processing in Torsken, Gryllefjord, Kaldfarnes, and Grunnfarnes. Most people work in the fields of fishing or fish processing.

The municipality has few productive forests, but there are some spruce trees planted in sheltered areas. In the southern parts of Torsken there is some usable farmland. There are five farms with more than 5 decares (0.0050 km2; 0.0019 sq mi) of agricultural land in the entire municipality (as of 1999).[5]

Transportation[edit]

View of the Gryllefjord

The Andenes–Gryllefjord Ferry that goes across the Andfjorden to Andenes on the island of Andøya is operated during about two months each summer. The road from the northern part of the municipality to Kaldfarnes, Grunnfarnes, and Flakstadvåg is far from direct. One must drive north and then east to Berg and then south to Tranøy before turning northwest and returning to Torsken. These are the only road connections from the rest of Norway to Torsken.

Geography[edit]

Torsken is a rugged area on the west coast of the island of Senja. Many different fjords cut into its mountainous coastline including Sifjorden, Selfjorden, Torskefjorden, Gryllefjorden, and Skipsfjorden. Between mountain peaks that range from 600 to 1,000 metres (2,000 to 3,300 ft), there are deep valleys and narrow depressions. Many of the valleys contain marshes or lakes. The bedrock under Torsken consists mostly of gneiss and granite.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Gryllefjord, Torsken
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.5
(27.5)
−2.5
(27.5)
−1.4
(29.5)
1.3
(34.3)
5.4
(41.7)
9.0
(48.2)
11.5
(52.7)
11.3
(52.3)
7.8
(46)
4.1
(39.4)
0.6
(33.1)
−1.6
(29.1)
3.6
(38.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 107
(4.21)
93
(3.66)
87
(3.43)
76
(2.99)
55
(2.17)
67
(2.64)
77
(3.03)
91
(3.58)
114
(4.49)
150
(5.91)
128
(5.04)
130
(5.12)
1,175
(46.26)
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[6]

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. 77. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Torsken" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  6. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

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