The managing director of Spildra Landhandel AS/Kvænangen Adventure is Rita Isaksen, who is educated in retail and arts and crafts and is owner/operator of Spildra Landhandel, established 1989, the local general store, and the pub Baksia. Since 1998 Kvænangen Adventure has been co-organiser of weekend gatherings here on the island of Spildra for students studying "Sámi Cultural Studies” and "Master of Indigenous Studies" at the University of Tromsø. These groups visit annually to explore the island’s unique Sámi archaeological sites. In recent years, Kvænangen Adventure has offered courses and adventure activities.
Rita’s husband, Roy-Iver, is the local guide on the island and in the fjords,offering guided walks in English along the cultural heritage trail here on Spildra. The walks last around four hours and offer excellent photo opportunities of mountains, Stone Age tofts, Viking history, exceedingly old Sámi graves, Sámi sacrificial sites and bear graves. The Sámi graves and bear graves are unique archaeological sites within Scandinavia. Kvænangen Adventure offers accommodation and meals for two – fourteen people in an apartment and cabin in Dunvik. Roy-Iver is educated as a ship’s officer, former fisherman for 30 years and he runs a shipping company with express boats certified to carry up to 12 passengers and a larger ferry, which can be used for trips around Kvænangen. For more information, please visit www.grand-sebaste.com.
As well as our cultural heritage walk, we offer fjord cruises on Jøkelfjorden to see Øksfjordjøkelen, the only glacier in Europe which calves directly into the sea. In November-January we also make trips for looking at the amount of herrings entering the fjord been hunted by Orcas, Humpback whales and fishermen. Wintertime from September to late April is the time to explore the Arctic on sea or at land. The time for the Northern Lights around the houses. We also visit the island of Skorpa, which boasts a unique geology and zoology and a small wooden church dating from the 1700s, and Sørstraumen, which is one of Norway’s stronger maelstroms. We arrange diving trips in the fjord. En route, you may see bird species such as the white-tailed eagle, falcon, hawk and cormorant. We can also see several species of small whales including porpoises and dolphins, but larger whale species such as sperm whales, minke whale and Beluga or white whale also enter the fjord. The Kvænangen Fjord is also ideal for fjord fishing with a high probability of catching halibut, catfish and really big cod all year round, as well as large quantities of coalfish over the summer months. Kvænangen is regarded as the world’s best coalfish fjord.
we offers transfers to and from Skjervøy for guests arriving/continuing on the Hurtigruten (Coastal Steamer). We also provide transport from the mainland, e.g. from Jøkelfjord or Burfjord.
We also own the local pub, maybe Norway's smallest pub?
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