Home to one of the oldest military camps in Norway, Setermoen lies along the River Barduelva in the northern county of Troms og Finnmark. Today, it is one of the largest garrisons in the country, with around 1,000 soldiers from the Norwegian Armed Forces stationed here.
In the heart of Setermoen is the Bardu Kirke, a white, wooden church built in an octagonal style in 1829. Designed by architect Ole Olsen Lundberg, it features a large square tower with a pyramid-shaped roof and a beautifully painted semi-circular ceiling.
To learn more about the presence of the Norwegian Army in Setermoen, head to the Troms Forsvarsmuseum, which details the artillery, intelligence and medical battalions that are stationed in the town. In addition to military artefacts, clothing and photographs, it exhibits two German-built Panzerkampfwagen III tanks, one of which was damaged during the Battle of Kursk in 1943.
Setermoen is around 30 minutes' drive from Bardufoss Airport, which has regular flights to Oslo. The much larger Tromsø Airport is 2.5 hours away and has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect to Setermoen and the town is compact enough to explore on foot.