Photo: © Petr Pavlíček – Visit Lyngenfjord
The protected area of Kvænangsbotn covers part of Kvænangsdalen valley/Bađaávži and the surrounding mountain areas. The landscape is dramatic and varies interchangeably between flat pine forests, tiny lakes, miers, birch forests near riverbeds, all between the nearby hills and mountains. It is in this landscape the local populace made their living throughout history, and some still do. Many telltale signs of having worked the land are still visible, telling stories of Sami reindeer husbandry or Kven forestry. This sets the stage for great outdoors experiences – from the short hikes to one of the many cabins in the area to longer treks with tents and fishing poles.
Modern reindeer husbandry has left its mark on parts of Navitdalen. Fences, buildings, and tracks are visible, especially near Sáiva where a fence separates where the reindeer graze for summer in the north, or graze for spring and fall in the south. The valley bustles with activity, especially during the fall. Navitdalen is quite inaccessible due to the 7 km distance and inclines into the valley from the nearest road and is best suited for longer trips where hikers bring their own tents. Maybe also fishing rod – and of course a camera.
Photo: © Jan R. Olsen
Photo: Rune Benonisen
Other protected areas in Kvængangen
There are several smaller protected areas in Kvænangen. There are two nature reserves created to preserve special ecosystems. These areas have no facilitation and is therefore not suited for visitation. Another two protected landscapes are on two islands in the Kvænangen fjord and were created to preserve the natural and cultural landscapes. These areas are inaccessible only by boat.