Copyright © 2003, Anne Olsen-Ryum
Sandvika is a popular site of
recreation. Here you find parking lot, playground, barbecue facilities,
benches, toilets, trash cans and areas where camping is allowed.
Specific rules apply for this unique
Sandvika used to be an active coastal
village from the beginning of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th
century. In those days, Sandvika had a shop and fish trade. You could buy the
basic necessities in the shop: coffee, sugar, flour and tobacco. Five families
used to live here, but all have left the place.
There were also 12 cabins where
fishermen from other areas of Norway (Skjervøy and Lyngen) used to live
during the annual winter season for cod in the Breivikfjord. From February to
Easter about 30 boats came here in addition to the local fleet. The owner of
the shop bought the fish, which was salted or dried on racks. Cod-liver oil was
cooked here, too.
The local people did some agriculture in
addition to the fishing. In 1875, the people in Sandvika had 5 cows, 3 calves,
24 sheep and one pig. Later, they had a horse, too.
From about 1910, activities in Sandvika
decreased and stopped in 1916. All the seasonal fishermen had their boats in
Breivikbotn, where they sold their fish and the harbour was much more
During World War II, all buildings in
Sandvika were burned by the German troops, but both families that lived there
rebuilt their houses after the war.