Lødingen kommune

Lødingen village viewed from the ferry from Bognes

Coat of arms

Nordland within

Lødingen within Nordland
Coordinates: 68°24′15″N 15°34′17″E / 68.40417°N 15.57139°E / 68.40417; 15.57139Coordinates: 68°24′15″N 15°34′17″E / 68.40417°N 15.57139°E / 68.40417; 15.57139
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Ofoten
Administrative centre Lødingen
  Mayor (2011) Anita Marthinussen (H)
  Total 524.51 km2 (202.51 sq mi)
  Land 504.71 km2 (194.87 sq mi)
  Water 19.8 km2 (7.6 sq mi)
Area rank 202 in Norway
Population (2012)
  Total 2,179
  Rank 312 in Norway
  Density 4.3/km2 (11/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -7.6 %
Demonym(s) Lødingsværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1851
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.lodingen.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Lødingen (Northern Sami: Lodegat) is a village and municipality in Nordland county in Norway. Lødingen is located on the southeastern corner of the island of Hinnøya, and is part of the traditional district of Ofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lødingen. The other main village is Vestbygda. Lødingen has the nickname "Biketown" because it hosts several annual bicycle races like Lofoten Insomnia and Vestbygd-rittet.

General information

View north into Tjeldsundet from just north of Lødingen village
Saami family near Kanstad, Lødingen, 1896. Some of the descendants of the children in the photograph are reindeer herders in the area to this date .

The municipality of Lødingen was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1869, the southwestern district of Lødingen surrounding the Tysfjorden (population: 1,402) was separated to form the new municipality of Tysfjord. This left 2,064 residents in Lødingen. Then on 1 January 1909, the eastern district of Lødingen (population: 1,404) was separated to form the new municipality of Tjeldsund. This left 3,034 residents in Lødingen. On 1 January 1962, the southern part of Lødingen surrounding the Efjorden and the island of Barøya (population: 433) were transferred to the municipality of Ballangen. Then on 1 January 1964, the eastern part of Lødingen on the island of Tjeldøya (population: 297) was transferred to Tjeldsund.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Lødingen farm (Old Norse: Lǫðueng), since the first church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of laða which means "grain/hay barn" and the last element is eng which means "meadow".[3][4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 May 1984. The arms show a gold-colored woollen thread that is folded as a flower with five leaves on a red background. The municipality is at the junction of road, shipping, and ferry routes to five areas: Lofoten, Ofoten, Salten, Vesterålen, and Southern Troms. It is also located between five fjords: Vestfjorden, Ofotfjorden, Tysfjorden, Tjeldsundet, and Gullesfjorden. The symbol is also an ancient symbol for good fortune.[5]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Lødingen. It is part of the Ofoten deanery in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland.

Churches in Lødingen
Church NameLocation
of the Church
Year Built
LødingenLødingen ChurchLødingen1897
Vestbygd ChurchVågehamn1885


All municipalities in Norway, including Lødingen, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Lødingen is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Lødingen Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party NameName in NorwegianNumber of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet8
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet2
 Conservative PartyHøyre3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti2
 Liberal PartyVenstre2
Total number of members:17


The municipality encompasses the southern part of the island of Hinnøya. The terrain is mountainous, with several small islands and fjords. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lødingen, located at the inner part of the Vestfjorden at the southern entrance of the Tjeldsundet strait. The nearest airport is Harstad/Narvik Airport, Evenes, about 73 kilometres (45 mi) away by road. Lødingen is an important ferry harbor, the car ferry to/from Bognes in Tysfjord leaves 12 times per day and takes 60 minutes. Møysalen National Park is located in the northern part of the municipality. It's named after the mountain Møysalen on the border of Lødingen and Sortland.


Climate data for Lødingen (village)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 158
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[7]


E10 road in Lødingen, May 2011.


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  3. Rygh, Oluf (1905). Norske gaardnavne: Nordlands amt (in Norwegian) (16 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 297.
  4. Store norske leksikon. "Lødingen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-06-12.
  5. Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-11-24.
  6. "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.
  7. "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
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