Setermoen is the administrative centre of Bardu Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. The village is located along the Barduelva river, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of the village of Sjøvegan and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of Bardufoss.


View of the main road of the village
View of the main road of the village
Setermoen is located in Troms og Finnmark
Location of the village
Setermoen is located in Norway
Setermoen (Norway)
Coordinates: 68°51′39″N 18°20′54″E / 68.8609°N 18.3483°E / 68.8609; 18.3483Coordinates: 68°51′39″N 18°20′54″E / 68.8609°N 18.3483°E / 68.8609; 18.3483
RegionNorthern Norway
CountyTroms og Finnmark
MunicipalityBardu Municipality
 • Total3.0 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Elevation83 m (272 ft)
 • Total2,464
 • Density821/km2 (2,130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
9360 Bardu

The local council proclaimed city status for Setermoen in 1999, but this was rejected by the government of Norway since the municipality has less than 5,000 inhabitants. The 3-square-kilometre (740-acre) village has a population (2017) of 2,464 which gives the village a population density of 821 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,130/sq mi).[1]


Setermoen is located along the river Barduelva, and on the shores of Sætervatnet lake in the middle of the Bardudalen valley. It is about 23 km (14 mi) south of Andselv/Bardufoss Airport and about 75 km (47 mi) east of the town of Harstad. The European route E6 highway runs right through the center of Setermoen. Both the Bardu Church and the Setermoen military camp are located in Setermoen.

Setermoen is located among the inland valleys and mountains.

Setermoen CampEdit

Military education was established at Setermoen in 1898 because of its strategic location in the midst of the mountains, and is one of the oldest army camps in Norway today. In many ways, the Norwegian Armed Forces has shaped Setermoen and the community through its presence.

Altogether, about 1,000 soldiers and 500 officers are stationed here, making it the largest garrison in Norway. Stationed at Setermoen are the following battalions, which are part of Brigade Nord:

In 2007, the government began a massive renovation program at Setermoen. Most of the main buildings and barracks were torn down and new ones built. Costs of the project were nearly 1 billion kr (about US$155 million). The reason for the project was the end of the Cold War and the reorganization of the Norwegian Army from a mere mobilization force into a modern professional force, as this requires a lot more follow-up to the troops and better standards to attract more volunteers.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2017). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Setermoen, Bardu (Troms)". Retrieved 2018-08-19.
  3. ^ Bergstad, Erik (2007-03-09). "Bygger for 1,5 milliarder". Folkebladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-08-19.