Havnnes is the northernmost fishing village on the island of Uløya, Norway, that is still in operation. A total of only 25 people live here. It was the only village in Uløya that was not burned down during the German evacuation of Norway at the end of World War II in the autumn of 1944. In fact, the Germans had made posters on cellulose cardboards saying "Künstlerisch Wertvoll - Daher nicht zerstören!" (Work of art - don't destroy!). If you wander between the houses of Havnnes, you will see that the outer area is painted red and the inner courtyard is painted white. In olden days, white was an expensive paint and the houses looked pretty in white as seen from the shore. However, the part of the house that was not visible from the shore was painted red because it was a cheap agricultural paint and the villagers could save some money.
Havnnes is still in private ownership. It produces stockfish and salted fish as it has been doing for years. Our guide from Lyngen Lodge, Graham Austick (who is also the owner of the lodge), gave us a walking tour of the small village. We saw fishing racks and dried fish in a fish factory. In addition, there was also a small museum of collectibles about life in the Arctic.
Havnnes has a small but cozy shop where one can buy newspapers and freshly baked bread. It also offers house and boat rentals for those who want to relax in a historic setting, surrounded by the beautiful Lyngen Mountains. In 2004, Havnnes was chosen as the cultural landscape in Troms. The village has a ferry connection to the mainland Rotsund.