Kvænangen (fjord)

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Skorpa from Gildetun-Kvænangenfjorden.jpg
View of the fjord
Kvænangen is located in Troms
Location in Troms
Location Kvænangen, Troms
Coordinates 69°44′46″N 22°05′18″E / 69.7462°N 22.0883°E / 69.7462; 22.0883Coordinates: 69°44′46″N 22°05′18″E / 69.7462°N 22.0883°E / 69.7462; 22.0883
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 72 kilometres (45 mi)
Max. width 15 kilometres (9.3 mi)

Kvænangen (Northern Sami: Návuotna) is a fjord in the municipalities of Kvænangen and Skjervøy in Troms county, Norway. The 72-kilometre (45 mi) long fjord stretches from the Norwegian Sea to the village of Kvænangsbotn. The Reisafjorden is a large fjord which branches off the Kvænangen fjord to the west. The European route E06 highway crosses the fjord on the Sørstraumen Bridge where the fjord is only about 350 metres (1,150 ft) wide, just west of Sekkemo.[1]

There are a number of islands in the fjord. On the west side of the fjord are the islands of Arnøya, Laukøya, Skjervøya, and Kågen. The smaller islands of Haukøya, Rødøya, Skorpa, Nøklan, and Spildra are located in the middle of the fjord.

Panorama Kvænangenfjord

Although not in large numbers, cetaceans are known to live in or to visit the fjord. Harbour porpoises and dolphins are more commonly observed while larger species or whales such as Minke, Sperm, and Beluga.[2] In recent years, Humpback whales started making comebacks to local waters to feed,[3][4] and there had been a rare observation of a critically endangered North Atlantic Right Whale that have become possibly functional extinct in eastern North Atlantic, stayed for several weeks in the fjord,[5] indicating this area was once a part of historical feeding ground for right whales as well.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Kvænangen – fjord i Troms" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  2. ^ "About us - Kvænangen Adventure". The Kvænangen Adventure. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
  3. ^ Haug, Isabell (2012). "Hvalfart på Kvænangen - SØRSTRAUMEN: Man trenger ikke dra lenger enn til Kvænangen for å oppleve hval på nært hold.". Framtid i Nord. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
  4. ^ Østvangs Perspektiv (2012). "Knølhval i Kvænangen". Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Catalog No: 1133 - Whale Name: PORTER". New England Aquarium Special Section: North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Case Reports for the OSPAR List of threatened and/or declining species and habitats" (PDF). Ospar Commission 2008 ISBN 978-1-905859-97-9 Publication Number: 358/2008 (OSPAR Convention). 2008. Retrieved 2015-01-05. 
  7. ^ Gross A. (2010). "Background Document for the Northern right whale Eubalaena glacialis" (PDF). Ospar Commission 2010 ISBN 978-1-907390-37-1 Publication Number:496/2010 (OSPAR Convention). Retrieved 2015-01-05.