Snåsa is a bilingual municipality with a vivid Sami language and culture. The cultural landscape is beautifully surrounded by summer mountain farms, mighty wilderness, a paradise for outdoor activities, hunting and fishing.
Inhabitants: 2 104
Size: 2329 km2
Highest mountain: Skjækerhatten 1139 m.a.s.l
Largest lake: Lake Snåsavatnet
Snåsa / Snåasen tjïelte is large in size, larger than the county of Vestfold and a paradise for those who love outdoor activities, hunting and fishing. The Snåsa town centre is located at the north end of Lake Snåsavatnet. Close by, right by the edge of the lake is the old municipal centre Viosen, a beautiful inland “port town” with distinctive architecture, and Vonheim – a protected assembly hall from 1901, as a symbol of good traditions for cultural heritage and community life.
Viosen was founded when the steam ship was the means of transport that connected Snåsa with the rest of the region. The current town centre is the station town that was developed when the railway came in 1926 and the railway still run through Snåsa. From E6 it is just 7 km to the town centre. An alternative route from Steinkjer (just 45 min by car) is road 763, which take you through a diverse landscape and with fine viewpoints of Lake Snåsavatnet. Along the route you will find Jørstadelva river, Tangen War Memorial and Bølareinen rock carvings.
Agriculture and forestry are the main industries, but in recent years industrial jobs has increased.
SOUTH SAMI CULTURE
Snåsa / Snåasen tjïelte is at the centre of the South Sami culture, and has several Sami institutions, a kindergarten, school and dormitory for South Sami children. Snåsa municipality is involved in the management of Sami language and culture. Several state jobs are linked to the activities of the Sami parliment. At Saemien Sijte, a South Sami Museum and Cultural Centre, you can learn more about the south-Sami culture and history. The muesum is open year-round and is well worth a visit. Modern reindeer husbandry is part of the economic base and the cultural landscape is beautifully surrounded by farmland, powerful wilderness – a paradise for outdoor life, fishing and hunting.
SUMMER MOUNTAIN FARMS
Snåsa has rich traditions of summer mountain farming, and these traditions are today kept alive by around 15 mountain farms open during the summer season. The cows graze on fresh herb-rich grass that gives the milk and mountain farm products special qualities. At the mountain farms, you can experience peace of mind and a magical atmosphere – and enjoy a rich selection of mountain farm products produced on the premises. There are summer farms both along the Lake Snåsavatnet and high up in the mountains. Maybe you visit will coinside with the caring of the animals or when the milk maid seperates delicious cream from the fat mountain milk. Maybe you visit the day when the gadfly has caused Rosalyn the cow to be rebellious…… or maybe you come when nothing happens and there is just peace and quiet. See here for overview of open summer mountain farms in Snåsa. (in Norwegian)
Not far from Saemien Sijte and Snåsa Church is the childhood home of the psycic “Snåsa Man”, Joralf Gjerstad. It has been restored to its former glory and looks just as it did throughout Gjerstad’s childhood. Pay a visit to the house and see the photos and honours Joralf and his wife Signe have received. At Snåsa hotel there is a “Joralf museum” in the form of an exhibition about Joralf’s life and work, with, amongst others, a bust of the Snåsa man,pictures and newspaper clippings.
OUTDOOR RECREATION AND ACTIVITIES
Almost half the municipality is protected through Blåfjella – Skjækerfjella National Park, one of Norway’s largest national parks and a great starting point for anyone who wants to go hiking both in summer and winter.
The mountain farms
“Walking the mountain farms” is a real concept in Snåsa. It involves a multiday hike through Snåsas stunning mountain areas with accommodation and refreshments at some of the 4 mountain farms. There are 4 mountain farms; Gjefsjøen, Holden, Gaundalen and Gressåmoen.
Snåsa Mountain Board is responsible for managing Crown lands in Snåsa, Norway’s second largest commons. They also rent out cabins that are excellent bases for hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. Additionally, the 2000 fishing waters in the municipality should tempt the fishing enthusiast.
Lake Snåsavatnet, the 6. largest lake in Norway, offers very good trout – and char fishing, in addition to being excellent for canoeing and kayaking. Along Lake Snåsavatnet there are several great accommodation venues where you can stay close to sights and places to eat. Such as Garveriet Kafe og Gjenbruksutsalg, Snåsakroa, Kafe Midtpunktet and På Hjørnet. Snåsa municipality has several marked bike routes. One of which is the route Sentrumsrunden. While biking this route you can also visit Bergsåsen.
Bergsåsen Nature Reserve, located in the middle of Snåsa town centre, features many fine trails and view points. Both here and Finsåsmarka have rich occurrences of wild orchids between May and July. Snåsa has chosen the “lady’s slipper” orchid as its municipal flower and it also features on the municipal coat of arms. 17 different types of orchids have been registered in the municipality.