Established in 1886, Sørreisa is a scenic municipality that takes its name from the Reisafjorden along which it is located. It encompasses the villages of Sørreisa, Grunnreisa, Skøelva and Smørsgård, with a fascinating history museum and charming churches among its attractions.
Things to do in Sorreisa
You can delve into the local history at the Kramvigbrygga, a 19th-century warehouse that’s been transformed into a museum. Learn about the country store that was operated by Reisen Forbrugerforening during the building’s earliest years and the butter that was manufactured in the region. Dioramas and vintage artefacts tell of the people and events that shaped Sørreisa’s past, including its role in World War II.
A short drive north of the town centre is the Sørreisa Church, a modern landmark built on the site of a 19th-century octagonal church. The square-shaped church that now stands pays homage to its predecessor in its octagonal-shaped sanctuary, with the design conceived by the Norwegian architect Viggo Ditlefsen.
If you drive in the other direction from Sørreisa, you’ll arrive at the Skøelv Chapel, a whitewashed chapel built in 1966 in a long church style. It boasts a picturesque setting overlooking the River Skøelva and is a popular destination for local couples to wed. Families with kids can let off some steam at the nearby playground of Lekeplass Bakkejord Velforening, while elevated views across the Reisafjord are on offer from Ramberg hill.
Getting around Sorreisa
Sørreisa is around 2.5 hours’ drive south of Tromsø and Tromsø Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect Sørreisa to towns and villages across Troms og Finnmark and the town centre is compact enough to explore on foot. Having your own vehicle is best for exploring the surrounding region.