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Norwegian Joint Headquarters

The Norwegian Joint Headquarters plans, conducts and leads the Norwegian Armed Forces' operations in times of peace, crisis and war.

​​​​​​​​The Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) operates day and night, and has the overall command and control of all military activity in Norway. It also commands the Norwegian military personnel abroad.

NJHQ is located in a mountain complex about 22 km from the city of Bodø in Northern Norway. From its joint operation centre, experienced officers continuously monitor the activity in Norway's vast land and sea territories.

This is possible thanks to our many sensors such as radars, the Coast Guard and the maritime surveillance aircraft P-3 Orion. The headquarters gathers all the information and makes a complete picture of the current situation. This picture is shared with other departments in the Norwegian Armed Forces, and with NATO.

The NJHQ Commander is the Chief of Defence's most important advisor in questions concerning military operations and activity. The current Commander is Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen.​

How to get there

The Norwegian Joint Headquarters is located at Reitan, 25 km east of the city of Bodø. Public transportation to Reitan is not so frequent. Therefore we recommend to arrange transportation via one´s contact person to the Headquarters. The alternative is to rent a car. Drive out of the center of Bodø and follow the highway 80 for about 25 minutes. 

NJHQ m​ain tasks:

  • Keep an eye with Norway's vast sea and air territories, and have a current understanding of the overall situation.
  • Exercise sovereignty in Norway's land, sea and air territories – and exercise national jurisdiction in these areas.
  • Be present, and be able to handle crisis of any kind.
  • Support civil society.
  • Plan and lead military exercises.
  • Provide control and suppo​rt to Norwegian forces in international operations.
Published 11 June 2015 17:16.. Last updated 05 February 2019 10:44.