Garn Formation (Garnformasjonen)

(Modified from NPD Bulletin no. 4)

Fangst Group


From the Norwegian word for a net. The unit corresponds to the upper part of the Tomma formation (Hl-4) of informal usage, or "Tomma I".

Well type section

Well 6407/1-3 (Statoil), coordinates 64°52'25.48"N, 07°02'53.47"E, from 3704 m to 3600 m (Fig. 20). The lower 84 m of the unit are cored, including the base.

Well reference section

Well 6507/11-3 (Saga Petroleum), coordinates 65°01'59.8"N, 07°30'42.34"E, from 2457 m to 2412 m (Fig. 16). The lower 29 m of the unit are cored, including the base.


104 m in the type well and 45 m in the reference well.


The Garn Formation consists of medium to coarse-grained, moderately to well-sorted sandstones. Mica-rich zones are present. The sandstone is occasionally carbonate-cemented.

Basal Stratotype

The lower boundary is defined by a drop in gamma ray response from the underlying shaly Not Formation into the Garn Fm. In the type well this coincides with an erosional contact at the base of a thin conglomerate.

In the western part of Haltenbanken a higher semi-regional gamma response in Garn sands can be wrongly interpretated as the boundary with the Not Fm. These high gamma values are due to local occurrence of radioactive heavy minerals in Garn sandstones. The type and reference wells of the Garn Fm, further east on Haltenbanken do not display this radioactive anomaly.


Bajocian to Bathonian.

Depositional environment

The Garn Formation may represent progradations of braided delta lobes. Delta top and delta front facies with active fluvial and wave-influenced processes are recognized.

Lateral extent and variation

The Garn Formation is encountered across most of Haltenbanken. It may be over 100 m thick on the Halten Terrace, but in structurally high positions the entire unit may be eroded. In the Trænabanken area shaly sediments are lateral equivalents of the Garn Formation sandstones.


The Garn Formation is time equivalent to parts of the Brent Group in the North Sea, to the lower part of the Vardekløft Formation in East Greenland and to the upper part of the Stø Formation in the Hammerfest Basin.


The formation is not subdivided at present although two different units may be identified in the western part of Haltenbanken.

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