in Northern Sami
, Tana älv
), is a 330 kilometer
long river in Lapland, in the Norwegian county of in Finnmark
and the Lapland Province
of Finland. In its upper course it runs for 256 kilometers along the Finnish-Norwegian border, between the municipalities of Utsjoki
(Finland) and Karasjok
(Norway). The river is the third largest in Norway.
Tana river is well known for its excellent salmon fishery and is the most productive salmon river in Norway. The world's record for Atlantic salmon is held by a salmon caught on the Tana; it was 36 kilograms and was taken in 1929 by the late Nils Mathis Walle.
The Tana Bridge was constructed in 1948; its main span is 195 meters. The border crossing to and from Finland passes through Polmak and over the Samelands bridge near Utsjoki.
The river discharges into the Tanafjorden. The river mouth is one of the largest virgin river deltas in Europe.