1/3 The northern lights above Skjervøy Photo: Jan R. Olsen - Naturfoto Photo 2/3 Skjervøy is a typical fishing community in the northern part of Troms County Photo: Nina Helland Photo 3/3 There are great conditions for outdoor activities in the area Photo: Ole Størksen Photo Previous Next Next departures Northbound 11/12/2016 22:45 MS Finnmarken Southbound 12/12/2016 19:45 MS Nordlys Departure times are given in local Norwegian time. View sailing plan View in map Skjervøy – at the heart of Northern Troms Alpine mountains and deep fjords provide Skjervøy with a magnificent setting Last edited 16/12/2015 Skjervøy is an island and municipality in the northern part of Troms County. It is a typical fishing community where seafood production provides the main livelihood. In recent years fish farming and aquaculture has grown increasingly important. The 2,900 citizens live on several islands. There are great conditions for outdoor activities in the area. The oldest wooden church in Nord-Hålogaland diocese, built in 1728, is found in Skjervøy. Skjervøy is also famous for being the first port of call for the polar vessel ‘Fram’ when it returned to Norway after having been absent for 3 years on Nansen’s expedition to the North Pole in 1896. Everyone had eagerly anticipated news of the fate of ‘Fram’, especially since Nansen and Johansen, who had left ‘Fram’ in the Arctic Sea, had arrived in Vardø a week earlier. Port address Havnegata 18, 9180 Skjervøy View in map Telephone +47 77 76 05 66 History Ancient Sami settlement sites found here date back to the Stone Age. The municipality of Skjervøe (later spelled Skjervøy) was established on 1 January 1838. The name originates from the Old Norse word Skerføy, The first element is skerf that means "rocky ground" and the last element is øy meaning "island".