Måsøy municipality is giving away Norway’s northernmost church in scenic surroundings due to cutbacks.
Anyone who wants to take over the Finnmark County church on Ingøya (an island) is welcome to do so. The congregation hope whoever this is will run it as a tourist church, for example.
“The council and the church don’t have the funds to be able to care for the church. The parish council has therefore decided that they want to "give away" the church to a foundation or a Christian denomination that is able to take better care of the building,” the parish’ Arne Nygaard jr. said to Vårt Land.
Ingøya: 71°05′03″N 24°03′29″E
NordNordWest/WikipediaIngøy (population, about 20) is a small fishing village on Ingøya (Fávle-Iččát in Northern Sami (top left on map)) facing the Arctic Ocean in Norway’s northernmost archipelago. The island is reached by boat, Måsøy municipality says.
The Måsøy (Muosát) municipality’s administrative centre is located in fishing village Havøysund (Ávanuorri), east-southeast of Ingøya on Havøya on the northernmost part of the Finnmark coast at 71 Degrees North above the Arctic Circle. It is connected to the mainland by the Havøysund Bridge.
Ingøya has many activities to offer such as bird-watching (with its large population of eagles) and hiking. People can also visit Fruholmen lighthouse.
Erected in 1866, the lighthouse was reinforced in 1949. Its concrete tower is 18 metres high (about 59 feet), and the beacon is located 48 metres above sea level (about 157.5 feet). The beacon’s range is 19 nautical miles and is in service from 12th August to 21st April.
Other activities and sights include deep-sea fishing, nature trails, and sea/fjord skerries.
(Sources: Norway’s encyclopaedia Store Norske Leksikon (SNL), Wikipedia, and the Northern Norway Tourist Board).
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