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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Andøya is located in Nordland
Location of the island
Andøya is located in Norway
Andøya (Norway)
LocationNordland, Norway
Coordinates69°10′04″N 15°53′04″E / 69.1678°N 15.8845°E / 69.1678; 15.8845Coordinates: 69°10′04″N 15°53′04″E / 69.1678°N 15.8845°E / 69.1678; 15.8845
Area489 km2 (189 sq mi)
Area rank#10 in Norway
Length57 km (35.4 mi)
Width15 km (9.3 mi)
Highest elevation705 m (2313 ft)
Highest pointKvasstinden
MunicipalityAndøy Municipality

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). Andøya Space, which was founded in 1962, is also located on the island near the Andøya Air Station.[2]

Important Bird AreaEdit

A 10,000 ha area comprising low-lying boggy ground in central Andøya, along with a stretch of the eastern coast and the lake of Skogvollvatnet on the west coast, has been designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International (BLI) because it supports several thousand barnacle and pinkfooted geese on passage migration, as well as about ten breeding pairs of Eurasian curlews. Protected areas within or overlapping the site include the Skogvoll, Risøysundet, and Åholmen nature reserves and the Skogvoll and Risøysundet Ramsar sites.[3]

Media galleryEdit


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Andøya" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-03.
  2. ^ "Andøy". Vesterå
  3. ^ "Andøya (including Skogvoll)". BirdLife Data Zone. BirdLife International. 2021. Retrieved 2021-12-11.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Andøya at Wikimedia Commons