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About us

Welcome to Malangen Resort! Located in the heart of Northern Norway, you as our guest will be surrounded by untouched nature and beautiful mountains.

In summer you can enjoy water activities and the midnight sun, while in winter you can experience the Northern Lights and participate in winter activities such as dog sledding and a trip to our own Northern Lights Camp. You can also relax in The Arctic Spa or enjoy a delicious dinner at our Marmælen Restaurant.

Malangen Resort is an excellent venue for small and large events, such as weddings, conferences, birthday celebrations and board meetings. We have our own event planner on staff and tailor the event to the customer's needs.

With us you can choose between different accommodation options. The cabins have their own living room, kitchen, bathroom and beds for up to six people. The hotel rooms in the main building have all modern facilities and a fantastic view of the fjord.

Malangen Resort is proud to offer its guests a true northern Norwegian dining experience. At Marmælen Restaurant you can enjoy fresh and local produce, prepared by skilled chefs.

Whether you are here to experience nature, participate in activities or just relax, Malangen Resort will give you an unforgettable experience in the heart of Northern Norway.

Where cultures meet

Mala means border in Norse, and Malangen has long been a border fjord between the agricultural community and the Sami, dating back to before the year 1200. One can also call Malangen a melting pot, because it is a meeting point for three cultures: the Sami, the Norwegians and the Kvens ( people of Finnish descent). Today, this concept is more true than ever.

Malangen and the people

At the bottom of the fjord we can see traces of the hunters who lived in this area, and it is assumed that people settled here already when the ice melted 10,000 years ago. Rock carvings have been found here that are about 4000 years old. From the seventh century, Norwegian settlements were established along the fjord, and in the twelfth century, Malangen was the border between the kingdoms of Novgorod and Norway.

In the sixteenth century there was a migration of people where people moved from the south to hunt for land. They were later reunited with people from northern Finland who immigrated to escape poverty and famine. This mixture of cultures led on some occasions to violent clashes, but there are also several stories of intercultural marriages, and eventually the three cultures merged. Skutvik, on the other hand, where Malangen Resort is located today, was the last Sami bastion right into the nineteenth century.

Who owned Malangen ?

This is a complicated question to answer in a nutshell! In the 18th century, all inhabitants had the right to their "own" land. They then entered into contracts with the landowner. In the beginning, there were only two landowners; The king and the church.

After the Kalmar War in 1613, it was the Danish-Norwegian king who controlled northern Norway, and from the 17th century most of Malangen was in the king's possession. Only one farm was owned by the church, and that was Forøy on the outer Malangen. The users of the properties were a mixture of Sami, Norwegians and Kvens.

In the middle of the seventeenth century, the king sold most of his properties, and in 1666 Joachim Irgens had all the crown estates in the northern parts of Norway transferred. After Irgens' death, the properties were divided into several smaller parts, and the part that included Troms district (Malangen) was taken over in 1783 by Hans Andreas Moursund. It was not until around 1900 that the land was sold to the users of the land, ie the farmers in Malangen.

Today, people from all corners of the world meet at Malangen, have a chat, get to know each other. We promise to do our part to keep this valuable tradition alive. Welcome you shall be!

(By Hans-Olav Holtermann Eriksen)

Kamilla Norstrøm Haraune
Hotel director

Johannes N. Strømsnes
Hotel manager

Monica Strømsnes
Food & Beverage Manager

Brigyta-Renata Piiri
Reception manager

Veronique G. Morelle
Event and Sales Manager

Kristin Klausen
Cleaning manager

Maria Torlopova
Course and Conference host

Susanne Eriksen
Wedding planner

Alex Haxihiaj
Activity manager