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We offer various hiking experiences as well as summer and winter with the qualities and delights that North Norwegian Arctic nature can offer. Try a different and unforgettable trip in the northern Norwegian empire. Enjoy the silence, nature far from the noise of the city, into nature where its sounds, smells, colors and its beautiful wildness prevail.

Tailored tours according to their wishes.

We tailor adventure tours day trips as well as tours that span for several days.

We have the scene of wild, beautiful, unspoilt and magnificent scenery and coastal culture. You have the dreams and wishes.

Kjell Oddvar Inderby

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How to get here

Tromsø is the largest city in Northern Norway. Getting here by plane from abroad via Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Oslo is the capital of Norway. Then one is travelling by local flight to Tromsø.

 

About the city of Tromsø:

Tromsø is the largest urban city in Northern Norway with a population about 74 500. It`s also the third largest city north of polar circle anywhere in the world. The city center is located on the island of Tromsøya, which is connected to the mainland by the Tromsø bridge.

Founded as early as 1794 by King Kristian VII of Denmark as a new city center. Tromsø was then issued its city charter. Historically Tromsø has been a major center of the arctic hunting during 18-19`th century and known as the arctic gateway. Tromsø became a starting point for many of the polar expeditions to the arctic.

Explorers like Roald Amundsen, Umberto Nobile and Fridtjof Nansen has equipped and recruited many of the crew members in the city. 

Today, the city is the major trade center in the north. Institutions like Norwegian arctic university and Norwegian Polar institute have their belongings in the city.

Recommended attractions: Polar Museum, Tromsø Museum, Polaria (next to Norwegian Polar institute), The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsdalen, the cable car up to Tromsdalstinden/Storsteinen etc.

Tromsø, also known as the Paris of the north, a nick name that came into being because guests from abroad thought that people, especially women appeared far more sophisticated than they typically expected

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About us

Øyriket AS was established the 10th of January 2014 by Kjell Oddvar Inderby. He has his roots from Helgøy, one of numerous islands located at the west coast of Northern Norway. The idea behind the establishing was to offer and share the unique nature experiences, the silence and the tranquility that one might find around the area of Tromsø.

Biography of the founder.

Aurora's man

Gazing up at the sky as a child, Kjell Oddvar would take the northern lights for granted. Many years later he shares this magical light phenomenon with people from all over the world. After 37 years with the Norwegian Search and Rescue Service, Kjell Oddvar Inderby had to make a choice. In the course of his career he had covered all the oil fields off the coast of Northern Norway, helped establish the Svalbard SAR Service, conducted safety training, and been part of countless helicopter missions — in all kinds of weather. The retirement age in this demanding line of work is 57 years, but for an internationally oriented outdoorsman with a love for the arctic nature, the choice was simple. His next career would involve tourism and unique outdoor adventures “I live both in Tromsø and on the islands outside, summer and winter.” In the open expanses next to the sea is where I have my roots, as both my parents came from the islands,” explains Kjell Oddvar, who feels at home close to the elements. Most of his time off from work has been spent out here, but he has also greatly enjoyed the trips to China, the native country of his wife Shufang. These days Kjell Oddvar is a guide to the northern lights, and he finds it fulfilling to let his guests experience nature unspoiled and what happens in the sky away from the city lights of Tromsø. Years of experience interpreting weather patterns also comes in handy: “With inclement weather on the coast, the skies will often be clear on the inland side of the mountain range we call the Lyngen Alps. Often we will find the northern lights, but nature and conditions decide. You never know quite what’s in store for you,” he explains. Might it be a clear, starlit night in shades of blue, combined with the soft, banded mists of the northern lights interspersed with intensive, dancing bursts of colour? As a guide, Kjell Oddvar is used to hearing spontaneous exclamations of wonder. In the years to come he will contribute to further developing the local adventure tourism. At the same time it’s strange to think that what you yourself have taken for granted, has become a scarcity in the rest of the world. Here in the north we have an arctic climate, the unspoiled nature, peace and plenty of space. As children we often played in the woods and after a snowfall we’d lie down and make angels. If we called out to the northern lights, they’d move faster.” Many years later he watches guests from all over the world make angels in the snow while looking up at the magical northern lights. The harsh climate, the unique wildlife and the dispersed settlement pattern is also part of Northern Norway, and something many travellers have not experienced before. Their guide Kjell Oddvar doesn’t mind if they can’t pronounce his whole name. He’s fine with “Shell”.

Astrid B Madsen

7 December 2017

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Helgøy

A former fishing village and municipality.

A former municipality in Troms until 1 January 1964 when the municipality was merged with Karlsøy.  Helgøy itself was the municipality of the islands west of Vannøy, parts of Ringvassøya, northern Kvaløy and the small islands beyond. In ancient times, Helgøy was its own church cementeries. In 1857, municipal autonomy became a co-operation with Karlsøy municipality.

In 1886 Helgøy became a municipality and economic self-government, and then had 828 inhabitants. The society gained a flourishing development in the following years, and the island got  own church (today's church on the island), pastoral home, school and post office.

The communication lines between the islands and the city of Tromsø were conducted by steamships.

Helgøy municipality had 1495 inhabitants when they were  merged with the municipality of Karlsøy on January 1, 1964.

The island has an area of ​​43 km2.

The name Helgøy is from Helløy, or Heiløy, which means "The holy island." Historically, the village has had church since the 1200 century. The village has  through history  been as an active fishing and trade community and hub for fishermen in the region. The development of today's modern age led to centralization and modernization of the fisheries, which resulted in the island being gradually evacuated during the 1960s. Today there is no permanent resident, but the island is being held in use and used mainly as a holiday and recreation site.

Helgøy church, which is today on the island, was purchased from a place named “Hamn” of Senja in January 1888 by the merchant Chr.Figenschou. Originally, the church was located at “Hemnes” in Helgeland County, originally built in 1741. It was then moved to Hamn in Senja where it stood until January 1888. When it was built up at Helgøy, it replaced the church that had been in Kjerkevika for 225 years.

From ancient times there was a tradition of church weekend and “Ting”meeting on the island. The trade was lively and it was a big happening for the population who came from all the islands belonging to the municipality.

Today there are no longer meetings, but the tradition of church weekend is still being held.

Other historical events may mention that Keiser Wilhelm of Germany visited Helgøy and the town's trading house several times before 1914. He gave a gift, an emerald gift for the island. It is now located at Tromsø Museum.

Source: Håvard Dahl Bratrein "Bygdebok for Karlsøy and Helgøy".

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