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The House of Hegelund Lodge

The Arctic lodge is a high-end, privately held residence which offers many opportunities all year round. Located just by the seaside in Karlsøy municipality, far from the most touristy places, our lodge is first and foremost the perfect place to relax and experience quietness and peace of mind.

At our residence, you’ll have the best opportunities to spend quality time with your loved ones or to enjoy an unforgettable team building session among many other tailor-made experiences designed for you with the utmost care.

The lodge is currently being renovated and redesigned. While we wait for the completion of this work, we remain engaged in collaboration with other lodges in the vicinity.

For any inquiry please don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@houseofhegelund.com

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The Hegelund Family

Some of what you can do at the Lodge

Grouse hunting

The Hegelund family has been hunting grouse (lagopus lagopus) and willow ptarmigan (logopus muta) for several hundred years in what might very well be the best locale for chasing this often elusive bird. This peculiar type of hunt was a crucial element of the family’s subsistence activities in earlier times.

The yet unmatched record for the highest number of grouse caught in one single day by a member of the Hegelund family, is 82.

Nowadays, grouse hunting has turned into a more sport-oriented activity as well as a great opportunity to experience the wild nature. Those who get the chance to join such a hunt often make memories to last a lifetime. Images of the autumn skies merging with the Atlantic ocean, together with the recollection of the excitement felt when first spotting the grouse, represent a whole new type of experience.

Halibut Fishing

One major reason the Hegelund family has inhabited the cold shores of Karlsøy for several hundred years was the access to fish. Cod, pollock, salmon, monkfish and halibut among many others, all abound in the region.

Tips and secrets about halibut fishing have been ceremoniously passed down from generation to generation in the Hegelund family. When it comes to local expertise about halibut fishing, the Hegelunds have always been a reference. Everything from selecting the best types of bait to knowing the best fishing spots, among much else, is common knowledge in the family.

While the average halibut weighs “only” 30 to 60 kilos, the largest one ever caught in the family was a massive 220 kilos heavyweight, which required much effort to reel in.

Yet, even in normal situations, halibut fishing is a demanding and exciting activity. Between the time the halibut bites and the moment it has finally been wrestled up to the boat 20 to 40 minutes might very well have passed. We can guarantee that you will remember this endorphin-rich adventure for life!

Alpine touring in the Lyngen Mountains

What could be more tempting than taking your randonnée skis with you on a 30-minute boat tour to the Lyngen Alps to enjoy a skiing experience incomparable to any other powder-rich ski destination in the world?

The Lyngen Alps, with their peaks shooting up directly from the fjords to heights of 1800 meters above sea level, represent a truly unique skiing destination.

In this skier paradise, you can choose whichever type of trip fits your style the best: from easy half-day trips to 11+ hour expedition-style treks, there are countless ways to literally ski from the heights of the mountains all the way down to the sea.

The History of Karlsøy Municipality

Located off the northern coast of the Arctic county of Troms, Karlsøy Municipality consists of more than 600 islands. The area is exceptionally rich in both history and nature: the municipality’s largest island, Ringvassøy, harbors Norway’s largest freshwater island lake, and Europe’s largest colony of the mighty white-tailed eagle is located just nearby on the North-Birdisle (Nord-Fugløy) island.

As far as history is concerned, Karlsøy has been continually inhabited for over 10,000 years. Many fascinating events took place here and we can offer tailor-made history-oriented lectures, conferences, and tours to anyone interested.

Northern Lights Chasing

The lodge’s location by the Karlsøy seashore makes it in many ways the perfect locale to experience the magnificent Aurora Borealis. Far from the city, the surroundings are mostly free of the disturbing artificial-light pollution that often makes it hard to spot the elusive lights.

Thanks to this key factor, this area is considered one of the best in the whole country to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Besides providing you with such a great location, we can also give you tips on the best nearby places, both inland and by the shore, where you can set up your camera for getting the best possible shot.

The Midnight Sun

An old summer tradition in the Hegelund family consists of sailing to one of the countless remote islands in Karlsøy to enjoy a snack of a locally-brewed Mack beer and a seagull egg under the rays of the midnight sun.

Similarly, seeing the triumphant midnight sun illuminating the ocean in the middle of the night from atop a rugged mountain landscape is a sight to behold, even for the locals. Why not come and enjoy such an unparalleled experience yourself? The House of Hegelund lodge is ideally located near Karlsøy’s coastal mountains to help you make this dream a reality.