Helgøy Church

Helgøy Church (Norwegian: Helgøy kirke) is a historic parish church of the Church of Norway in Karlsøy Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located on the small unpopulated island of Helgøya. It is a little-used annex church for the Karlsøy parish which is part of the Tromsø domprosti (arch-deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.[1] The 350-seat church is no longer in regular use since the island of Helgøya is no longer populated. The last confirmation class at the church was confirmed in 1966. The population of the island decreased steadily until it no longer had permanent residents. Today, the island is used for summer vacation homes and the church is now only used on occasion for special services, including one summer service each year.[2]

Helgøy Church
Helgøy kirke
Coordinates: 70°06′46″N 19°21′36″E / 70.1127156°N 19.3601149°E / 70.1127156; 19.3601149
LocationKarlsøy Municipality,
Troms og Finnmark
DenominationChurch of Norway
ChurchmanshipEvangelical Lutheran
StatusParish church
Founded15th century
Events1889: Moved building to Helgøya
Functional statusActive
Architectural typeLong church
Completed1741 (282 years ago) (1741)
DeaneryTromsø domprosti


The earliest existing historical records of the church date back to the year 1580, but the church was likely built in the late 1400s and was subject to the priest in Tromsø. The old church was located about 200–250 metres (660–820 ft) northwest of the present church site. A new church was built on the site around the year 1660. This was a timber-framed long church with a west tower, sacristy, and an entry porch.[3]

Around 1889, the old church was torn down and replaced with a church from another location. The new church was built about 200–250 metres (660–820 ft) to the southeast on the island of Helgøya. This new church was not actually new—it had a long history before arriving at Helgøy. The building was originally constructed in 1741 as Hemnes Church in Hemnes municipality in Helgeland. Then, in 1872, the building was taken down and moved to Hamn in Berg municipality on Senja island. It was rebuilt there as a church by the nickel plant. When the plant closed in 1888, the church was once again dismantled and moved to Helgøya to replace the earlier church building. This newly rebuilt church was consecrated on 7 March 1889 by the Bishop Johannes Skaar. This "new" white, wooden church was built in a long church style with a steeple. The church seats about 350 people.[2][4][5]

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  1. ^ "Oversikt over Nåværende Kirker" (in Norwegian). KirkeKonsulenten.no. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Historiskk kirker" (in Norwegian). Karlsøy kommune. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Helgøy gamle kirkested" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Helgøy kirke". Kirkesøk: Kirkebyggdatabasen. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Helgøy kirkested / Helgøy kirke 3" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. Retrieved 21 February 2021.