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Herøy in Norway Herøy municipality coat of arms


119,7 km2

Herøy municipality has approximately 8.800 inhabitants, covers a area of 119,7 km2 and lies in the county of Møre & Romsdal. The administrative centre is the town of Fosnavåg on the island of Bergsøya. The industrial area of Eggesbønes is located south of Fosnavåg. The Runde Environmental Centre is located in the northern part of the municipality on Runde island. Other population centres in Herøy include the villages of Leikong, Kvalsund, or Moltustranda. The ship design company Marin Teknikk is located at Dragsund and was established in 1981, cooperate often with Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik.

Herøy has Sunnmørsalpane mountain on one side and the sea on the other. 6 of the 8 islands is connected by bridges. Herøy is located soth-east of Ålesund and Torvik and have daily departures of the Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten). Herøy has a rich history with several Old Trading Post´s such as Kjeldsund, Flåvær and Herøy farm. At Herøy farm you can find a coast museum. On Nerlandsøy lies the place they found the Kvalsund-boat before the Viking area.

The Herøyfjorden bisects Herøy municipality. The half located south of the fjord is referred to as Inner Herøy, while the half located north of the fjord is referred to as Outer Herøy. Inner and Outer Herøy are tied together by the Herøy Bridge which connects the islands of Gurskøy and Leinøya. Along this main route of traffic is the islet Notøy and the even smaller Herøya islet, an old trading station (now museum) and the original location of the original Herøy Church.


Fosnavåg is the center in one of the biggest fishing communityes in the country and a nature harbour where you can see the special coastculture. Eggesbønes is a village that is located in the southern part of Fosnavåg. Located on the island of Bergsøya, the industrial area of Eggesbønes features a fishing harbor, and the world´s largest fish processing plant, which is operated by Marine Harvest. The village area is located along the Herøyfjord, just northeast of the Flåvær islands and the Flåvær fyrstasjon lighthouse. The island of Gurskøy is located across the fjord.


The island, with just 150 inhabitants. Runde has a unique variety of species. Almost all our seabirds that breed in colonies are represented, the most numerous being the tourists’ favourite: the puffin. It nests in screes and holes in the ground, making it difficult to count. But there are something like 100 000 pairs! The kittiwake forms the other really big colony with its 50 000 pairs. Its shrieking swarms really make themselves noticed. The beautiful gannet, shining white with a bright yellow stripe across its head, is the largest of all the feathered inhabitants. The colony at Rundebranden is the biggest and oldest in Norway, and one of just 40 gannet colonies in the world.


The World´s Most Beautiful Voyage is a voyage like no other. Nothing can compare with it. Nothing about this journey will resemble anything you have ever experienced before. A ticket for the Coastal Steamer is a ticket to the theatre, an 11-day drama in which new acts constantly unfold all around you. See the pictures from the Coastal Steamer taken by one of our passengers.


At the island of Skorpa there is a wild nature and there are no longer any permanent residents on the island. Today Skorpa is best known for vacation cottages and the herd of wild goats that live there. The terrain is steep and rugged, the highest point being the Keipen mountain 431 metres above sea level. The farm Matrikkelgård on Skorpa has the Norwegian farm registration number 1.


Gurskøya or Gurskøy is an island shared by the municipalities of Sande and Herøy. The villages of Gursken, Larsnes, and Moldtustranda are located on the island. The island lies north of the Rovdestranda area on the mainland; southwest of the islands of Hareidlandet and Dimnøya, west of the island of Eika; east of the islands of Kvamsøya, Voksa, and Sandsøya; and south of the Norwegian Sea. The island is home to many fish-related industries such as fishing and fish processing.


Sunnmøre is the southernmost traditional district of the western Norwegian. Its main city is Ålesund. Though it is one of the three traditional districts in Møre og Romsdal, Sunnmøre is home to more than half the population of the county. The district is made up of mainland as well as several large islands such as Gurskøy and Hareidlandet, plus many small islands.

There are many local newspapers throughout Sunnmøre, as well as one that aims to cover the entire region, published from Ålesund, called Sunnmørsposten.


It is a great pieature for us to welcome you to our "kingdom" - in the centre of Northern Europe´s fjord and alpine country. The region is spectacular, stretching from deep-blue fjords, via verdant valleys with emerald-green slopes way up to the highest wild peaks with their white glaciers. This is not just a picture, but reality, a landscape which you can become fond of.

Majestic peaks and a rugged alpine massif distinguish the Sunnmørs Alps from other mountain areas. Mountains plunge vertically into the fjord from a height of 1.500 - 1.600 metres and from the summit of Jakta at 1.588 metres, ther is a perpendicular fall of 1.821 metres to the bottom of the fjord. This will give you some idea of the enormous dimensions between the summits and the seabed below the waters of the fjords.


Runde Dykkersenter (Runde Diving Centre) at Runde offers an organised service with tank filling and anything else you may need. The waters are known to hide a large number of shipwrecks as well as provide an abundance of underwater seaweeds, plants and animals on top of extensive spear fishing opportunities.


Nordmøre may have Norway's best and most varied opportunities for anglers. You will find a sea rich in species and the supply is abundant; a coastline with shielded areas ideally suited for small boats; fjords with saltwater fish as well as freshwater fish on its way to or from the spawning sites up the rivers; some of Norway´s best rivers for angling for salmon or trout; ten thousand freshwater lakes, all clean and stocked with fish. The lakes are located from out on the islands to up in the mountains, as high as 1.500 - 2000 metres above sea level.


Golfclubs in Møre & Romsdal.