Seiland (Northern Sami: Sievju) is the eighth largest island in mainland Norway, located in Troms og Finnmark county. The 583-square-kilometre (225 sq mi)[2] island is divided between the municipalities of Alta and Hammerfest[3][4]

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Seiland is located in Troms og Finnmark
Location of the island
Seiland is located in Norway
Seiland (Norway)
LocationTroms og Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates70°25′N 23°14′E / 70.42°N 23.24°E / 70.42; 23.24Coordinates: 70°25′N 23°14′E / 70.42°N 23.24°E / 70.42; 23.24
Area583 km2 (225 sq mi)
Highest elevation1,078 m (3537 ft)
Highest pointSeilandstuva
CountyTroms og Finnmark
MunicipalitiesAlta and Hammerfest
Population147[1] (2013)
Pop. density0.3/km2 (0.8/sq mi)

Archeological excavations have shown that people have lived on Seiland for over 7000 years. Today, however the only people on it live in a few relatively isolated areas such as from Altneset to Hakkstabben on the southern tip of the island; Kårhamn on the northwestern side; and the Hønseby, Eidvågen, Fiskebukta, Survika areas in the northern part of the island. In 2006, the majority of central Seiland was designated as Seiland National Park.

There are two glaciers on Seiland: Seilandsjøkelen and Nordmannsjøkelen. The 1,078-metre (3,537 ft) tall Seilandstuva is the tallest mountain on the island. There are a number of fjords located on the island including Lille Kufjorden, Store Kufjorden, Nordefjorden, and Jøfjorden.[5]

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  2. ^ "Statistisk årbok 2009: Geografisk oversikt" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-08-01. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Seiland". Retrieved 5 Aug 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Seiland National Park". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 5 Aug 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Seiland" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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