Since the 1500s, the settlement has been a market place for fishermen, tradesmen and the Sámi. The long fjord provides shelter from the open sea, and has been used as a haven for mariners throughout the ages.
The air is very clean and the weather mild, despite being at a latitude of 70° north. There are plenty of shopping opportunites at two supermarkets, a hardware store, a clothing store, a book- and toy store, two outdoor and sports shops and several eateries. There is an ATM at the Coop store in the centre of town.
The atmosphere is laid back and friendly, and people enjoy chatting with visitors about everything from snowmobiles to district politics.
Kjøllefjord is a cultural hotspot, with numerous festivals and concerts arranged each year. It is also home to Foldalbruket, an old fish depot converted to an inn and museum. There are two art galleries with frequent guest exhibitions.
To see Kjøllefjord live, visit the Kjøllefjord webcam. It covers most of the town through a number of preset angles, and you can control the camera yourself.