Seiland

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Seiland
Native name: Sievju
Norway - Seiland.png
Location in Finnmark
Geography
Location Finnmark, Norway
Coordinates 70°25′N 23°14′E / 70.42°N 23.24°E / 70.42; 23.24Coordinates: 70°25′N 23°14′E / 70.42°N 23.24°E / 70.42; 23.24
Area 559 km2 (216 sq mi)
Highest elevation 1,078 m (3,537 ft)
Highest point Seilandstuva
Country
County Finnmark
Municipality Alta, Hammerfest, Kvalsund

Seiland (Northern Sami: Sievju) is the eighth largest island in mainland Norway, located in Finnmark county. The 559-square-kilometre (216 sq mi) island is divided between the municipalities of Alta, Hammerfest, and Kvalsund.[1][2]

Archeological excavations have shown that people have lived on Seiland for over 7000 years. Today, however the only people on it live in a few relatively isolated areas such as from Altneset to Hakkstabben on the southern tip of the island; Kårhamn on the northwestern side; and the Hønseby, Eidvågen, Fiskebukta, Survika areas in the northern part of the island. In 2006, the majority of central Seiland was designated as Seiland National Park.

There are two glaciers on Seiland: Seilandsjøkelen and Nordmannsjøkelen. The 1,078-metre (3,537 ft) tall Seilandstuva is the tallest mountain on the island. There are a number of fjords located on the island including Lille Kufjorden, Store Kufjorden, Nordefjorden, and Jøfjorden.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seiland". Retrieved 5 Aug 2010. 
  2. ^ "Seiland National Park". VisitNorway.com. Retrieved 5 Aug 2010. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Seiland" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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