Engeløy island in Norway
Engel means Angel in Swedish and Norwegian, but in Norse Engel means fishing bait.
Why this island is called fish bait beats me. I think Angel island suites it much better.
To get to Engeløya island you have to cross the bridge and just like going to other places in Steigen, you get here by: Either taking the costal boat from Bodo or Svolvaer or driving here.
If you are looking for a beach, there is a beautiful white sand beach at Bø.
There are many hikes and climbs around the island, check them out at UT.no
There is a lot of history in Steigen, this sign means histoical place to see.
There is history from the Iron age all the way to WW2. (When Norway was occupied by Germany)
I have made a blogpost about Batterie Dietl on Engeløya island is from WW2.
It is one of the Northern Europes biggest gun batteries. It was built by Russian prisoners of war. It houses a museum that can be visited.
At Bø the foundation of a ring fortress and burial sites from Viking times, from around the year 300- 600 AD.
Another ring fortress with 16-17 longhouses inside was found at Vollmoen on Engeløya that could house about 600 people. This one is better preserved than the one at Bø.
In 1902 the first excavation in Bø started, they found bracelets, pins from the beginning of 500 AD.
A different find from a grave had game pieces, an axe, spearheads and a sword.
In 1954 another excavation was done, two of the graves were from 500 BC some from 550 AD. The rest were from 800-1050 AD.
In other words: Engel island has been an important Viking location for many long years.
At Hagbartholmen island by the sea near Steigen church there is a Viking grave field with about 20 burial mounds.
The Sigarshaugen burial mound is on the west side of the church and that is the largest Viking burial mound in Northern Norway. On the east side stands a 6 metre high stone.
The tragic story of Hagbart and Signe
Every other year the tragic story of Hagbart and Stine is played at the "saga spillen" http://www.sagaspill.no/
It is an outdoor Viking theatre that is loved by many and is said to be the Romeo and Juliette of Steigen.
The tragic love story of Hagbart and Signe:
Signe was the daughter of King Sigar at Steig, he had promised his daughter away to a Russian king. But Signe was in love with the Chieftains son Hagbart from Vågan in Lofoten. He disguised himself in women's clothing and together they planned their escape to Lofoten. They also made a pact.
Signes slave woman told on them and Hagbard was condemned to death.
From the court on Hagbardholmen island, Hagbard saw that Signes house was on fire, she had killed herself.
Sigarshaugen mound, Hagbardholmen island and Signelillsteinen stone are all connected to the story.
Steigen church is built from a stone church from 12oo AD.
Camping on Engeløya:
You are allowed to put up a tent for two-three days in most places. About 250 metres from private property.
Campers can be parked at Røssøya, Vikingstua på Engeløya and on sertain places by Batterie Dietl.
Recharging the battery can be done at the parking lot before Steigen tunnel.
Campers can be emptied at Leinesfjord.
Please remember! Never leave trash anywhere in nature!
There are a few places to eat at when you are in Steigen:
LefsPia– Is a Café that serves lunch, cakes. It is situated at Hakvåg, Engeløya Elses Oase - Café serving sandwich, soup, cakes situated at Våg, Engeløya. Vertshuset – Breakfast, lunch and dinner. in Leinesfjord.
Vikingstua – A Viking themed Bar that does concerts and lots of other events. at Solheim on Engeløya.