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 Lofoten

Gimsøya is an island situated between the islands of Austvågøya and Vestvågøya in the Lofoten archipelago.

The European route E10 highway passes through Gimsøya linking the island to Austvågøya by the Gimsøystraumen Bridge and to the island of Vestvågøya by the Sundklakkstraumen Bridge. The main population centres on Gimsøya include Vinje (where Gimsøy Elementary school is located), Hov (where the golf course is located), Hovsund (where the marina and the abandoned fish factory is located), Barstrand (where some fishing industry is located), Gimsøysand (where Gimsøy Church is located), and Årrstranda.

Historically, the island made up a large part of the old Gimsøy Municipality which existed from 1856 until its dissolution in 1964.

The southern and eastern part of Gimsøya is mountainous. The highest point is the 767 metre tall Bardstrandfjellet. In the north and west, the island is flat and marshy, with the exception of the 368 metre tall Hoven mountain. There are large protected areas in Gimsøya related to fauna and bird life. "Gimsøy marshes nature reserve" (Gimsøymyrene naturreservat) is located on the island.

Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.



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