Astafjorden is a fjord (more accurately, a strait) in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It flows through the municipalities of Salangen, Gratangen, Ibestad, and Tjeldsund. The 30-kilometre (19 mi) long fjord flows from the Salangen fjord in the east to the Vågsfjorden in the west. The 3.5-kilometre (2.2 mi) wide fjord separates the islands of Andørja and Rolla from the mainland. There are several small fjords that branch off this fjord including: Lavangen, Gratangen, Grovfjorden, and Salangen.
|Location||Troms og Finnmark county, Norway|
|Primary inflows||Salangen, Lavangen, Gratangen|
|Max. length||30 kilometres (19 mi)|
|Max. width||3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi)|
The fjord (and the former municipality of Astafjord) were named after the old Ånstad farm (Old Norse: Arnastaðafjǫrðr). The first element of the old name comes from the male name Arna or "Arne", the second element staða means "home" or "farm", and the last element fjǫrðr is identical with the word for "fjord". Thus, the fjord by Arne's farm.
Another possible explanation for the origen of the name of the Astafjord in Troms might be that it was named after Queen Asta, mother of King "Hellige" Olav in the 11th century who allegedly brought Christianity to Norway.
- Store norske leksikon. "Astafjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Rygh, Oluf (1911). Norske gaardnavne: Troms amt (in Norwegian) (17 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 48. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Astafjord" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 2010-01-04. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)