Skutvika or Skutvik is a small village in the municipality of Hamarøy in Nordland county, Norway. The village is situated at the southwestern extreme of the Hamarøya peninsula, about 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of the town of Bodø, 95 kilometres (59 mi) southwest of the town of Narvik, and 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of the town of Svolvær. To the west and south of Skutvik is the Økssundet, a sound connecting the Sagfjorden and Vestfjorden. The landscape in the immediate vicinity of the village is dominated by hills, while further north a row of mountains rises up to 950 metres (3,120 ft) above sea level.

View of the village, ferry port, and "Old-Skutvik"
View of the village, ferry port, and "Old-Skutvik"
Skutvika is located in Nordland
Location in Nordland
Skutvika is located in Norway
Skutvika (Norway)
Coordinates: 68°00′55″N 15°19′55″E / 68.0154°N 15.3319°E / 68.0154; 15.3319
RegionNorthern Norway
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
8290 Skutvik
Økssundet merges with Vestfjord at Øksnesodden

There were 212 inhabitants in Skutvik in 2011.[2] Skutvik has a grocery shop, cafeteria with accommodation, electronics business, school and kindergarten among other things. The main employer is Mainstream Norway with its salmon-processing plant. The name Skutvik(a) literally means "(the) ship cove".


The ferry Vågan approaching Skutvik

The two-hour ferry ride from Skutvik goes through a varied landscape, first between the mountains of Steigen and the Hamarøya peninsula, and then the crossing of the open ocean of the Vestfjorden, that on a clear day provides the view over the entire Lofoten mountain range. To call at the tiny island of Skrova, the ferry goes between islets and rocks.

Tourist attractionsEdit

  • Hamarøyskaftet (The Hamarøy Mountain) is a peak which could be viewed from the county road about 7 to 8 kilometres (4.3 to 5.0 mi) from Skutvik, known for its special shape (almost vertical sides).
  • Nesstraumen (The Ness Current), located outside Ness, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of Skutvik, is one of the most powerful sea currents in Northern Europe with a maximum speed of up to 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph).
  • Artscape Nordland: The sculpture "Stella Maris" by Steinar Christensen is located next to the beach towards Økssundet.


  • Ness Camping is located in the tiny village Ness, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of Skutvik
  • Skutvik Fiskecamp (Fish Camp) is located next to the ferry port
  • Skutvik Gjestegård (Guesthouse)


  1. ^ "Skutvik, Hamarøy (Nordland)". Retrieved 2019-01-19.
  2. ^ Statistics Norway: StatBank Archived 2007-02-17 at the Wayback Machine 02.01.10 (Population by age, sex, marital status and foreign citizenship) 04317 Statistical unit 18490112

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