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Flatøy
Flatøy (Norway)
Geography
Location Vestland, Norway
Coordinates 60°32′05″N5°15′34″E / 60.5346°N 5.2595°E / 60.5346; 5.2595 Coordinates: 60°32′05″N5°15′34″E / 60.5346°N 5.2595°E / 60.5346; 5.2595
Area2.2 km2 (0.85 sq mi)
Length2.8 km (1.74 mi)
Width1.6 km (0.99 mi)
Highest elevation171 m (561 ft)
Highest pointHåøytoppen
Administration
Norway
County Vestland
Municipality Alver Municipality

Flatøy is an island in Alver Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The 2.2-square-kilometre (0.85 sq mi) island lies in the district of Nordhordland, just north of the city of Bergen. The main village on the island is Krossneset on the southern part of the island. The northern part of the island, on the southwest shore of Kvernafjord, is very sparsely inhabited. [1] Historically, the island was one of the two main islands of the old Meland Municipality.

The island is strategically located at a major transportation crossroads. It lies between the Salhus neighborhood in the city of Bergen (to the south), the island of Holsnøy (to the west), and the village of Knarvik to the east. The island is connected to these larger communities by three bridges: Nordhordland Bridge connects it to Salhus, the Krossnessundet Bridge connects it to Holsnøy, and the Hagelsund Bridge connects it to Knarvik. Since the only road connection from Bergen to Nordhordland is via the Nordhordland Bridge, Flatøy serves as the entry point to the whole Norhordland district. [1]

The island is the home to approximately 500 inhabitants, mostly in Krossneset, and was served by a local elementary school, Flatøy Skule until it closed in 2010. The students now go to Frekhaug on Holsnøy for school. Flatøy is also home to the music festival Flatøy Rock.

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Meland Former municipality in Hordaland, Norway

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Lindås Former municipality in Hordaland, Norway

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Nordhordland District in Vestland, Norway

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Nordhordland Bridge Bridge in Norway

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Knarvik Village in Western Norway, Norway

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Salhus, Vestland

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Frekhaug Village in Western Norway, Norway

Frekhaug is a village in Alver Municipality, located in Vestland county, Norway. The village sits at the southern tip of the island of Holsnøy. Prior to 2020, the village was the administrative centre of the old municipality of Meland.

Krossneset Village in Western Norway, Norway

Krossneset is a village in Alver municipality, in Vestland county, Norway. The village sits on the island of Flatøy, about half-way between the villages of Frekhaug and Knarvik.

Hagelsund Bridge

The Hagelsund Bridge is a suspension bridge in Alver Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The bridge connects the island of Flatøy with the village of Knarvik on the mainland. The length of the bridge is 623 metres (2,044 ft) with the largest of the 9 spans being 250 metres (820 ft) wide. The bridge consists of 2 lanes with car traffic heading in opposite directions, and a walkway for pedestrians and bicycles. The bridge has a 50-metre (160 ft) clearance above the ocean for boats to pass beneath the bridge.

Holsnøy island in Norway

Holsnøy is an island in Alver Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The 88.8-square-kilometre (34.3 sq mi) island lies to the north/west of the mainland, between the islands of Radøy to the north and Askøy to the south. The highest point on the island is the 324-metre (1,063 ft) tall Eldsfjellet, a mountain located about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north of the village of Rossland. The island is hilly and marshy, with the majority of the residents living along the southern shore. The largest settlement on the island is the village of Frekhaug on the southern shore.

Askøy (island) island in Norway

Askøy is an island in Vestland county, Norway. The 90-square-kilometre (35 sq mi) island is located entirely inside the municipality of Askøy, and the island makes up about 88% of the municipal area and is home to about 96% of the municipal residents. In 2014, there were 26,230 people living on the island. Since the opening of the Askøy Bridge leading to the mainland in the city of Bergen in 1992, the population has increased rapidly. The island is named after the old Ask farm along the eastern coast of the island. The village is the site of the old Ask Church.

Salhusfjorden

Salhusfjorden is a 4-kilometer (2.5 mi) long fjord and sound between Bergen Municipality and Alver Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. To the west, it starts between the villages of Salhus and Frekhaug, where the Byfjorden meets the Herdlefjorden. To the east, the fjord ends between the village of Knarvik and the Hordvikneset peninsula, where the Osterfjorden runs northeast, the Sørfjorden runs southeast, and the Radfjorden runs north. The fjord is up to 500 meters (1,600 ft) deep. It acts as one of the borders between the districts of Midhordland to the south and Nordhordland to the north. The islands of Holsnøy and Flatøy lie along the northern side of the fjord.

Krossnessundet Bridge bridge in Norway

The Krossnessundet Bridge is a cantilever bridge in Alver Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The bridge connects the islands of Holsnøy and Flatøy on the north side of the Salhusfjorden. The village of Krossneset is located at the eastern end of the bridge. Opened in 1978, it is part of County Road 564. It is 391 metres (1,283 ft) long and has a main span of 175 metres (574 ft).

Cross Link is a proposed fixed link which would connect the municipalities of Øygarden, northern Askøy, and Alver in Vestland county, Norway. The road is planned to give better transport within Nordhordland and from there to Askøy and Øygarden.

Flatøy Rock is a music festival held on the island of Flatøy, in western Norway. It was started in a garden by Vegard Flatøy and his friends in the summer of 2008, while Flatøy's parents were on vacation in Lanzarote. In the beginning, the stages were self-roofed by a garden tent.

Radøy (island) island in Hordaland, Norway

Radøy is an island in Vestland county, Norway. It is located east of Fedjefjorden in Alver Municipality. The island has an area of 110.7 square kilometres (42.7 sq mi). The highest point of the island is the 217-metre (712 ft) tall Morkefjellet.

Kvernafjord

Kvernafjord is a small fjord next to the island of Flatøy and just west of the village of Knarvik in Alver Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. The fjord lies between the Radfjord, which is part of the same fjord system, and the sound Hagelsund, which creates a link to the southeast, where Salhusfjord meets Osterfjord. Kvernafjord extends 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) northwest to a line between Radtangen on the island of Radøy to the northeast and Skarpeneset on the island of Holsnøy to the southwest. The strait Alverstraum lies to the east, creating a connection to the village of Alversund.

Alver (municipality) Municipality in Vestland, Norway

Alver is a municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located in the traditional district of Nordhordland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Knarvik. Other villages include Alversund, Alver, Isdalstø, Lindås, Ostereidet, Seim, Manger, Askeland, Austmarka, Bøvågen, Haugland, Sæbø, Sletta, Frekhaug, Hjartås, Holme, Io, Krossneset, Meland, and Rossland.

References

  1. 1 2 Store norske leksikon. "Flatøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-04-16.