The arctic coast of North Troms has been permanently inhabited since the end of the latest Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago. While humans soon settled the coast of Norway all the way up here, the first inhabitants of this beautiful archipelago were actually not humans, but sea mammals, such as seals, and most importantly, whales.
The first inhabitants of this beautiful archipelago were actually not humans.
In the old days, whales were an important economic resource and their oil, as well as their meat, was crucial for the survival of the local population. Nowadays, not much hunting is taking place anymore, and the waters of the archipelago can be seen teaming with Orcas almost every single winter day. Nowadays, both locals and international travelers can often be seen sailing boats through the fjords to get a sight of these majestic beings.
In some very special occasions, the Orcas are joined by the much larger Humpback whales, who swim all the way from the Caribbean to feed on a local specialty of note: fresh herring!