Ånderdalen National Park

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Ånderdalen National Park
Ånderdalen nasjonalpark
IUCN category II (national park)
Ånderdalen National Park logo.svg
Nasjonalparker Nord-Norge.JPG
Number 23 is Ånderdalen
LocationSenja, Troms, Norway
Nearest cityFinnsnes (closer), Harstad
Coordinates69°12′N 17°16′E / 69.200°N 17.267°E / 69.200; 17.267Coordinates: 69°12′N 17°16′E / 69.200°N 17.267°E / 69.200; 17.267
Area125 km2 (48 sq mi)
Established1970, enlarged 2004
Governing bodyDirectorate for Nature Management

Ånderdalen National Park (Norwegian: Ånderdalen nasjonalpark) is located on the large island of Senja in Troms county, Norway. The 125-square-kilometre (48 sq mi) park lies within the municipalities of Torsken and Tranøy. The park was established by royal decree on 6 February 1970 and it was enlarged in 2004. The national park preserves this Northern Norwegian coastal landscape. The bedrock consists of hard granite rocks and the landscape image gives exciting impressions of the glacial forces that have worked on Senja. The coastal pine forest in Ånderdalen has in some areas primeval forest with over 600 years old trees and countless marble pines and lower. Along the river river there are lots of lush hawked birch forests and floodplain forests.[1]

The national park had no moose before 1940, but it now has a permanent population. It is also an important calving and grazing area for semi-domesticated reindeer. The most common smaller animals are red foxes, stoats, hares, small rodents, and two species of shrews. Seals occur at the heads of the fjords and otters are often seen along rivers. Trout and char are common, and salmon run right up the river to the lake Åndervatn.[2][3]


The last element is the finite form of dal which means "dale" or "valley". The meaning of the first element is unknown. In the valley and the park are similar names such as the river Ånderelva and the lake Åndervatnet.


  1. ^ "Om nasjonalparken". www.nasjonalparkstyre.no. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  2. ^ "Norwegian directorate for nature management:Ånderdalen National Park" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Ånderdalen nasjonalpark" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-04-11.

External links[edit]

  • Map of Ånderdalen National Park