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Andøya
Andøya (Norway)
Geography
Location Nordland, Norway
Coordinates 69°10′04″N15°53′04″E / 69.1678°N 15.8845°E / 69.1678; 15.8845 Coordinates: 69°10′04″N15°53′04″E / 69.1678°N 15.8845°E / 69.1678; 15.8845
Archipelago Vesterålen
Area489 km2 (189 sq mi)
Area rank #10 in Norway
Length57 km (35.4 mi)
Width15 km (9.3 mi)
Highest elevation705 m (2,313 ft)
Highest point Kvasstinden
Administration
Norway
County Nordland
Municipality Andøy Municipality

Andøya is the northernmost island in the Vesterålen archipelago, situated about 300 kilometres (190 mi) inside the Arctic circle. Andøya is located in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The main population centres on the island include the villages of Andenes, Bleik, and Risøyhamn.

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The island has an area of 489 square kilometres (189 sq mi), making it the tenth largest island in Norway. The island is connected to the neighboring island of Hinnøya via the Andøy Bridge. The Andfjorden lies to the east of the island, the Risøysundet strait lies to the south and east side of the island, and the Gavlfjorden lies to the southwest side. The Norwegian Sea lies to the west and north. [1]

The numerous bog areas on Andøya are used for the extensive production of peat. Andøya is also well known for its cloudberries. Besides the flat and largely continuous bog areas, Andøya also consists of steep mountain ranges reaching up to 700 metres (2,300 ft) high. The sharp peak of Kvasstinden is the highest point on the island at 705 metres (2,313 ft). The Andøya Rocket Range which was founded in 1962 is also located on the island near the Andøya Air Station. [2]

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Andøy Municipality in Nordland, Norway

Andøy is the northernmost municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Vesterålen archipelago. The main island in the municipality is Andøya. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Andenes. Other villages in the municipality include Bjørnskinn, Bleik, Dverberg, Fiskenes, Fornes, Nordmela, Risøyhamn, Skarstein, Å, Åknes, and Åse.

Hinnøya large island of Troms and Nordland, Norway

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Andenes Village in Northern Norway, Norway

Andenes  is the administrative centre of Andøy Municipality which is located in the Vesterålen district of Nordland county, Norway. The village of Andenes is the northernmost settlement of the island of Andøya. To the east is the island of Senja, and to the west the endless horizon of the North Atlantic Ocean. Andenes Lighthouse sits along the harbor and can be seen for long distances. Andøya Airport, Andenes is located just south of the village, off of Norwegian County Road 82.

Vesterålen archipelago and district in Norway

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Risøyhamn Village in Northern Norway, Norway

Risøyhamn is a village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located on the southern part of the island of Andøya. The island of Andøya is connected to the neighboring island of Hinnøya by the Andøy Bridge at Risøyhamn. The Hurtigruten coastal express boat has service to and from Risøyhamn twice a day.

Sortland Bridge bridge in Sortland, Norway

The Sortland Bridge is a cantilever road bridge that crosses the Sortlandssundet strait between the village of Strand on Hinnøya island and the town of Sortland on Langøya island. It is located within Sortland Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The bridge is 948 metres (3,110 ft) long, the main span is 150 metres (490 ft), and the maximum clearance to the sea is 30 metres (98 ft). The bridge has 21 spans.

Andøy Bridge bridge in Andøy, Norway

The Andøy Bridge is a cantilever road bridge that crosses the Risøysundet strait between the islands of Andøya and Hinnøya in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The northern end of the bridge is located in the village of Risøyhamn. The bridge is 750 metres (2,460 ft) long, the main span is 110 metres (360 ft), and the maximum clearance to the sea is 30 metres (98 ft). The bridge has 21 spans.

Bleik Village in Northern Norway, Norway

Bleik is a fishing village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located on the northwestern part of the island of Andøya, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southwest of the village of Andenes.

Bleiksvatnet lake in Andøy, Norway

Bleiksvatnet is a lake in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The 1.74-square-kilometre (0.67 sq mi) lake is located just south of the village of Bleik on the island of Andøya. The lake sits at an elevation of 28 metres (92 ft) above sea level. The Bleikmorenen nature reserve is located on the northern shore of the lake.

Skogvollvatnet lake in Andøy, Norway

Skogvollvatnet is a lake in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The 2.74-square-kilometre (1.06 sq mi) lake lies on the west coast of the island of Andøya. There is a 150-to-200-metre wide isthmus of land between the lake and the ocean on the west side of the lake. The tiny village of Skogvoll lies on the isthmus between the lake and the ocean.

Austvågøy island in Nordland, Norway

Austvågøya is the northeasternmost of the larger islands in the Lofoten archipelago in Nordland county, Norway. It is located between the Vestfjorden and the Norwegian Sea. The island of Vestvågøya lies to the southwest and the large island of Hinnøya to the northeast. In 2017, island had about 9,000 residents.

Langøya island in Nordland, Norway

Langøya is the third largest island of Norway, with an area of 850.2 square kilometres (328.3 sq mi). The island is a part of the Vesterålen archipelago in Nordland county, Norway. The island includes the municipalities of Bø and Øksnes as well as parts of the municipalities of Sortland and Hadsel.

Kvasstinden mountain in Andøy, Norway

Kvasstinden is the highest mountain on the island of Andøya in the Vesterålen archipelago in northern Norway. It is located in the southern part of Andøy Municipality in Nordland county. The mountain is 705 metres (2,313 ft) tall.

Forfjorden fjord in Nordland, Norway

Forfjorden is a fjord on the west side of the island of Hinnøya in the Vesterålen archipelago in Nordland county, Norway. The fjord lies along the border between Sortland Municipality and Andøy Municipality. The Norwegian County Road 82 follows the shoreline around the whole fjord. The coast around the Forfjorden has about 70 inhabitants. The fjord is located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of the town of Sortland and about 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of Andenes. The name is derived from its surrounding pine forest, as "Furu" and "Forra" translates to pine tree. The 7-kilometre (4.3 mi) long fjord flows to the west and joins the Gavlfjorden along with the Risøysundet and Sortlandssundet straits.

Risøysundet strait in Andøy, Norway

Risøysundet is a strait between the islands of Andøya and Hinnøya in the Vesterålen archipelago in Norway. It is located in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county. The 24-kilometre (15 mi) long strait has only one road crossing: the Andøy Bridge as part of the Norwegian County Road 82 connecting the villages of Risøyhamn and Dragnes.

Dverberg Church Church in Nordland, Norway

Dverberg Church is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Dverberg on the island of Andøya. It is one of the churches for the Andøy parish which is part of the Vesterålen prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The white, wooden church was built in a octagonal style in 1843 by the architect Christian Heinrich Grosch. The church seats about 230 people.

Bjørnskinn Church Church in Nordland, Norway

Bjørnskinn Church is a parish church of the Church of Norway in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is located in the village of Bjørnskinn on the island of Andøya. It is one of the churches for the Andøy parish which is part of the Vesterålen prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland. The white, wooden church was built in a long church style in 1885 by the architect Johan Kunig. The church seats about 250 people.

Dverberg (municipality) Former municipality in Nordland, Norway

Dverberg is a former municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1964. The municipality encompassed areas on the island of Andøya in what is now Andøy Municipality. Starting out at about 616 square kilometres (238 sq mi) in 1838, it was reduced in size in 1924. Upon its dissolution in 1964, the municipality was only 279 square kilometres (108 sq mi). The administrative centre was the village of Dverberg where Dverberg Church is located.

References

  1. Store norske leksikon. "Andøya" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. "Andøy". Vesterålen.info.