Talvik, Norway

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Talvik herred
Former Municipality
Municipality ID NO-2013
Adm. Center Talvik
 • Total 1,650 km2 (640 sq mi)
Population (2015) 315
Demonym(s) Talviking
Split from Alta-Talvik in 1863
Merged into Alta in 1964
View of Talvik Church
Talvik is located in Finnmark
Location in Finnmark
Coordinates: 70°02′32″N 22°56′59″E / 70.04222°N 22.94972°E / 70.04222; 22.94972Coordinates: 70°02′32″N 22°56′59″E / 70.04222°N 22.94972°E / 70.04222; 22.94972
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Municipality Alta
Elevation[2] 8 m (26 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 9540 Talvik

Talvik (Northern Sami: Dálbmeluokta and Kven: Talmulahti) is a village and a former municipality in Finnmark county in Norway. It is located in the northern part of the present-day Alta Municipality, along both sides of the outer Altafjorden.

The village of Talvik is located on the western shore of the Altafjorden, along the European route E06 highway. The village is an old trading centre since the 1800s. Talvik Church is located in the village.[3]


The municipality is named after the old Talvik farm, since Talvik Church was located there. One explanation of the name is that the first element name is derived from the Old Norse word tall meaning "pine" and the last element is víkr meaning "inlet". The other explanation is that Talvik is a corruption of the Northern Sami word Dálbmeluokta which means "fog bay".[1]


Originally a part of the municipality of Alten-Talvig (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1863, Alten-Talvig was divided into two separate municipalities: Talvik (population: 1,938) and Alta. On 1 January 1964, Talvik (population: 3,266) was merged with Alta to form a new, larger municipality of Alta.[4] The village has a population of 315 as of 2015.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Talvik. – kommune" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Talvik" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Talvik tettsted" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  5. ^ Statistics Norway

External links[edit]

  • Alta travel guide from Wikivoyage