A tour round Leka
This cave is probably a place of settlement and sacrifice dating
from the Stone Age. The cave contains twenty-one painting
Here the Finnish sailing ship "Fedrelandene" ran
aground during a violent storm on a February night in 1848
is a burial mound of
a Viking King. It is the second largest
burial mound in Norway, and the largest one containing a ship burial. The mound
was created ca. 870 A.D. and was originally 12m high and 55m. in
diameter Further there are about 160 stone barrows on Leka. mounds are to be
found scattered about the island.
The old legend of king Herlaug
3 Old Fortification and Caves
At the top of mounts "Steinstind"
and "Mannatind" there have been found traces of old
forts from the time of the great migrations (400-600 AD.) Smaller caves are
to be seen in the area which were used by humans i.e. at Gutvik on the
mainland and on Leka. Two of the best known are "Litj
Bindalskjerka" and "Svartomnen", both in Gutvik.
"Lekamoeya" (The maid of Leka) is a steep peak at the south end of
the island, still used by fisherman as a landmark.
The place where the well known eagle snatch took place
In 1932 an eagle snatched a three year old girl named Svanhild
Hartvigsen that dwelt at courtyard on the farm Soeraa and flew her to
Mount Hagafjellet, a distance of several hundred meters. A search party
discovered her some hours later on a narrow shelf in the face of the steep
mountain. Her cloths bore the distinct marks of the eagle claws, but the
child was not injured. The place marked on the mountain may be seen from
the road and the whole affair is accounted "a miracle of Leka".
Push the picture
At the farm Soeraa there have been found
burial place dating the
6 The Herlaug festival
In June every year the people of Leka along with the tourists celebrate
the festival of King Herlaug. A theater group performs an open-air
performance based on Snorres tales of the king.
This performance alternates with another depicting the fate of the French
ship "LÉnfant de la Patrie" which was wrecked on the shores of
Gutvik in 1798. This is a true story about a French pirate ship and it's
The celebration lasts a week and includes different activities and events,
among which are a fishing competition, cabaret theatre, children theater,
march and exhibition.
Leka district museum
museum was founded
by Johannes Furre in
1961. To day contains the collection eleven boats and about 2000
other artifacts. You will find 2 of the cannons from the wreck of the
French ship "L´Enfant de la Patrie".
A small crofters museum may be seen at Gutvik on the mainland. This
institution is the only one of it's kind to be seen in North-Troenderlag
and displays the way of life of the agricultural population at about the
year 1840 when the houses were built.
8 Leka Church
The church is a long structure completed in 1867. The
in the church is a valuable treasure from about year 1535 and of
Dutch provenance. The myth tells it's gift from the Dutch princess,
Elisabeth, the wife of Christian II. The cabinet was loaned for
exhibition to the "World Exhibition" in Amsterdam in 1958.
The church also contains five great Italian eighteenth century paintings
which were "fortunately" rescued when the church burned down in 1864.
9 The Camping
The Leka Motel and Camping a unique camping Ground that
affords it's guests stone cabins for rent. It is a convenient starting
point from which to explore Leka's natural beauty as well as its
culture. Guests may also rent fishing equipment and boats.
In addition to the wreck of "L´Enfant
de la Patrie" other shipwrecks can be seen by divers in the ocean
11 The Skeisnesset Cultural Trail
The island has several cultural
trails of varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, which are
marked and posted with information beards. The area is of unique interest
with historically, and geologically, and the trails meander along areas
protected by regulating from damage to the ecology. Some of the trails are
rather steep and / or rocky, while others are easy to navigate that they
may be taken by wheelchair bound explorers or even by parents pushing baby
12 The Aardalstrands beach
13 Yacht port
at Skei contains marina. On the site nearby the boat club bicycles
may be rented for sightseeing and shower, laundering and kitchen
facilities are available.
14 The old schoolhouse
15 Traces of the past
pass between Haug and Solsem, at a height of 90 meter above the sea
level is it discovered rock remains from stone tool making. At the same
place large amounts of charcoal are found indicating human habitation. These
finds are above Solsem cave which may indicate that the site is even older.
Since the flint are relative rare occurrence in the country it must have
been brought here from the mainland.