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


Claudio Antoniazzi
Activity manager


Kristin Klausen
Cleaning manager


Maria Torlopova
Event, course and conference host


Susanne Eriksen
Wedding planner