name = Andøy
county = Nordland
idnumber = 1871
landscape = Vesterålen
governor = Jonni Helge Solsvik (H)
governor_as_of = 2005
arearank = 169
area = 656
arealand = 616
areapercent = 0.20
population_as_of = 01.01.2006
populationrank = 182
population = 5,245
populationpercent = 0.12
populationdensity = 9
populationincrease = -13.4
demonym = Andværing
language = Neutral
lat_deg = 69
lat_min = 5
lat_sec = 40
lon_deg = 15
lon_min = 45
lon_sec = 52
utm_zone = 33W
utm_northing = 7665098
utm_easting = 0530452
geo_cat = adm2nd
munwebpage = www.andoy.net
Andøy was created as a new municipality
January 1, 1964- after the merger of the old municipalities of Andenes, Bjørnskinnand Dverberg.
The Norse form of the name was "Andarøy" (from "*Amdarøy"). The first element is the genitive case of the old uncompounded name of the island: "Ömd", the last element is "øy" f 'island'. The meaning of the uncompounded name is unknown.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1983). It shows a
The village of
Andeneshas been an important fishing village since the Iron Age, and today it is the starting point of whale safaris ( whale watching) to see the sperm whalesoff the island that migrate here in the summer.
The municipality of Andøy is spread across
Andøya, the northernmost island in the archipelago of Vesterålen, and Hinnøya, the largest and most populous island in Norway. The municipality also consists of smaller skerries like Bleiksøya, Vomma and Stavaøyan.
The bird cliff Bleiksøya, [ [http://nordland.miljostatus.no/msf_themepage.aspx?m=1537#7565 Miljøstatus - Nordland - Tema - Naturområder - Naturvernområder - Naturvernområder i Nordland ] ] outside of
Bleik, is a spectacular and photogenic landmark outside the Northern part of Andøya, with many species of sea birds including puffin. The midsection of the island consists of marshes, known for their Arctic cloudberries. The island is also the only place in continental Norway where coaland fossils from dinosaurs are to be found. Forfjorddalen nature reserve on Hinnøya has some of the oldest pine trees in Scandinavia, some more than 700 years old. [ [http://nordland.miljostatus.no/msf_themepage.aspx?m=1569#8400 Miljøstatus - Nordland - Tema - Naturområder - Naturvernområder - Naturvernområder i Nordland ] ]
Business, science and military
Andenes is still a thriving fishing village and enjoys a number of tourists every year.
Andøya Air Stationis located next to Andenes. It is the home of 333 Squadron of the Royal Norwegian Air Forceand houses all P-3 Orionmaritime patrol aircraft in the Norwegian armed forces. Andøya Rocket Rangeis a civilian facility for launching sounding rockets, located a few kilometres south of Andenes.
Hurtigrutenstops at Risøyhamn.
Andøya Airport at Andenes is served by
During the summer, Andenes is connected to
Gryllefjordon the island of Senjaby ferry.
By car you reach Andøy on Route 82, northbound from
Lying furthest north in the area known as Vesterålen, Andøy is a mixture of vast areas of marshland fens, with a backdrop of high peaked mountains. The coast is not only famous for its sea bird colonies such as Bleiksøya, you will also find sheltered bays with white sandy shores. The area has a rich bird life and this is reflected in some good birding localities like Forfjorden Nature Reserve and Skogvoll, the latter a Ramsar site of international importance.
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