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Kvaløya ("Whale Island") is an island in Tromsø Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county. At 737 square kilometres, it is the fifth largest island in mainland Norway. It is connected to the neighboring island of Tromsøya to the east by the Sandnessund Bridge, to the island of Ringvassøya to the north by the sub-sea Kvalsund Tunnel, to the small island of Sommarøya to the west by the Sommarøy Bridge, and to the mainland to the south by the Rya Tunnel. The island of Sommarøy, on the southwest coast, is a popular recreation area with magnificent coastal scenery.

Kvaløya is a mountainous island, with at least ten mountains higher than 700 metres, and three reaching an elevation of more than 1,000 metres; of which the highest is Store Blåmann (big blueman at 1,044 metres, can be climbed without climbing equipment, last part is steep). There are also several small fjords, almost dividing the island in two or three parts: Kaldfjorden, Ersfjorden, and Kattfjorden.

Between the end of November and January, the sun remains below the horizon, and Tromsø is in darkness. The winter is the best season to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).



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