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Gildeskål in Norway Gildeskål municipality coat of arms


661,9 km2

Gildeskål Local Directory

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Gildeskål has approximately 2.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 661,9 km2. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Inndyr. Other villages include Forstranda, Lekanger, Mevik, Mårnes, Nygårdsjøen, Saura, Storvika, Sørarnøya, Sørfinnset, and Våg. Gildeskål is a coastal municipality that encompasses part of the mainland as well as many islands. Major islands include Fleinvær, Fugløya, Nordarnøya, Sandhornøya, and Sørarnøya. Sandhornøy Bridge connects the island of Sandhornøya to the mainland. There are many lakes in the municipality among: Fellvatnet, Langvatnet, Litle Sokumvatnet, and Sokumvatnet.

The southern part of the municipality includes part of the Saltfjellet mountains and the northern part of the municipality borders the Saltfjorden and the Vestfjorden. Trade and industry in Gildeskål municipality are a mixture of tradition, represented by agriculture and fishing; and innovation, expertise and technology, represented by the resource centre, aquaculture and the production of electric power.

Abundant natural resources and considerable scope for development. Gildeskål´s natural surroundings provide excellent opportunities for outdoor life. From the magnificent coastline with its fjords and countless islands, to deep-sea fishing trips, to wild mountain areas (accessible from Sundsfjord but NB! no caravans). The Coastal Road runs through the municipality.

The poet and priest Elias Blix grew up here. He is particularly famous for his poem "Eg veit meg eit land". You can see the stone monument commemorating the poet on Sandhornøy Island. In Gildeskål there are also exciting and special caves. The flora here is particularly rich, including a large variety of species of orchid.


Inndyr, the township centre, has a population of about 900 and is the seat of the local council administration. There are also, amongst other things, a bank, post office, shops, petrol station, slipway, cafe and overnight accommodations there.

In Nygårdsjøen there is a bank, a service station and some shops. There are overnight accommodations in Kjelling and Kjøpstad. In Storvika there is a shop, a petrol station and lavatory drainage facilities for motor caravans. Camp site in Mevik. There are two overnight accommodation businesses in Sandhornøya, together with a cafe and grocer´s store. On the islands of Arnøyene, there are shops, petrol stations, fish landing stations and the Salmon Island resort. In Fleinvær there is an overnight accommodation business.

The parish of Gildeskål, with its two churches from the 1100´s and 1800´s, together with the village museum and gallery, provide us with such a platform. A visit there, under expert guidance, gives us perspective. A perspective that will be reinforced by a visit to "The Forgotten City", Gildeskål´s contribution to the Artscape Nordland project. A moment of contemplation there gives us spiritual comfort and an unbounded respect for the power and beauty of nature.


Sandhornøya the 103 square kilometre mountainous island is located south of the town of Bodø near the entrance to the Saltfjorden. The highest mountain on the island is Sandhornet 993 meters. The mainland lies to the east and the island of Sørarnøy lies to the west. The villages of Lekanger, Mårnes, and Våg are located on the island. The island is connected to the mainland by the Sandhornøy Bridge. Sandhornøy Bridge crosses the Tverrsundet strait between the mainland and the island of Sandhornøya. The bridge is 374 metres long and the longest of the 3 spans is 154 metres. Sandhornøy Bridge was opened in 1989 as an arm off of Norwegian County Road 17. Sandhornøy is also the birthplace of famous Norwegian professor and hymn writer, Elias Blix. A memorial monument of Blix can be seen by the coastline.

Saltfjorden or Saltenfjorden is a 40-kilometre long fjord begins around the Fleinvær islands, travels northeast past Sørarnøy, Sandhornøya, and Straumøya islands along the southern shores of the town of Bodø; and ends at the village of Løding. The narrow Saltstraumen strait connects the Saltfjorden to the large, inland Skjerstadfjorden. The strait has a very strong tidal current, making travel difficult and dangerous.


Fleinvær is approx. two miles southwest of Bodø. Only 75 minutes by speedboat from Bodø. The boat goes 1-3 times daily except Tuesdays, when you have to go to Inndyr. The archipelago consists of a number of low islands, islets and reefs. It is said that (Conde Nast) Fleinvær has as many islands as there are days in a year. Archaeological research shows that (Lonely Planet) Fleinvær has been populated since the 8th century. Most of the settlements are located on the central islands of Mvær and Sørvær, with scattered settlements on the islands around these.

The Arctic hideaway Fleinvær is a plant on nine small houses designed for concentrated work, rest and peace of mind; Fleinvær has no cars, no shops but high sky and wide horizon. The facility is perfect for 6-12 people. The number of exclusive beds is 6. Each house has a function, ie there are four bedrooms, a sauna, a bath house, a kitchen house, a work house, and a think box.


At Ureddplassen you find a nine-metre-wide terrace with a wide view over the fiord and towards the open sea, Fugløya, Lofotveggen (“the Lofoten Wall”) and the horizon. As you move down towards the beach and sit down on one of the steps, you will find that the noise from the cars disappears. From the beach area you have a magnificent view of the mountain peaks in the background, behind weather-beaten rock formations and forest. In the month of May you can often hear intense birdsong from the mountain side. Ureddplassen is a place for a short break, a nice rest and a picnic, or for long nights with midnight sun or northern lights. A wave-shaped toilet building with glass walls is beautifully lit in the dark. 

Wheelchair accessible.


"For thousands of years people have followed the movement of animals and the seasonal rhythms in the Arctic landscape. Footprints are few. SALT is inspired by and moves in that same Arctic landscape with care and respect." The art project SALT is centred round three architectural structures inspired by the fish rack, developed by the Finish architect Sami Rintala, and opens August 29th 2014 on the spectacular Langsanden, at Sandhornøya. In the fish rack Chinese artist Yang Fudong will create an exceptional new and site specific outdoor film installation for the beach.


The island of Sør-Fugløy is the haunt of a colony of puffins and the sea eagle is not an unusual sight. Seals can often be seen playing on the islets and in the sounds.


The Svartisen glacier is the second largest glacier in Norway. The Svartisen glacier is a park of Saltfjellet / Svartisen national park, wich is Norway´s most various national park. The Svartisen glacier is 375 square kilometer, an thereby covers quite a bit of land. The glacier stretches all the way from the widths in Saltfjellet mountain area, through beautifull valleys with calm rivers, and out to fjords and steep mountains at the coast. Location of the Svartisen glacier is: Saltdal, Rana, Rødøy, Meløy, Gildeskål, Beiarn and Bodø.


The old church in Gildeskål dates back to the first half of the 12th Century, and it lies approximately nine kilometres from the Coastal Road. Guided tours during the summer season.


Old Gildeskål Church, built in 1130, "The Forgotten City" (Artscape Nordland), Storviksanden Beach, The Isle of Fugløya (Puffin colony, etc.), Rare orchids, Caves, Rødgården House (Listed building from the year 1630), Sundsfjordfjellet Mountains (Outdoor recreational area), Kjellingstraumen (Outdoor recreational area), Blix-gården House (The home of Elias Blix), The Storvikskaret Pass (Viewpoint).


The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.


Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.


The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.


A good fishing in rivers and lakes. From the magnificent coastline with its fjords and countless islands. Deep sea fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing trip out on the ocean. You can fish for salmon, cod and halibut. Be aware that there are a number of special rules in regards to fishing. Remember to purchase a fishing licence.


Golfclubs in Nordland County.