Værøy within Nordland
|• Mayor (2003)||Harald Adolfsen (H)|
|• Total||18.53 km2 (7.15 sq mi)|
|• Land||18.49 km2 (7.14 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.04 km2 (0.02 sq mi)|
|Area rank||428 in Norway|
|• Rank||418 in Norway|
|• Density||40.5/km2 (105/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-3.6 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1857|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Værøy is an island and municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Lofoten. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sørland. The other village in Værøy is Nordland. Most of the residents live in the Sørland area surrounding the main harbor. The old Værøy Lighthouse sits at the end of that harbor.
The municipality of Værøy was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1928, the southern district of Værøy (population: 731) was separated to become the new municipality of Røst.
The Old Norse form of the name was Veðrøy. The first element is veðr which means "weather" (here referring to harsh weather and the exposed and unsheltered position of the island). The last element is øy which means "island". Historically, the name has been spelled Værø.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 10 July 1988. The arms show a puffin on a blue background. Puffins nest in large numbers in the area and used to be of great importance for the village, both for meat and down.
of the Church
|Old Værøy Church||Nordland||1799|
The island municipality is made up of many islands, the two largest islands being Værøya and Mosken. It is located at the end of the Lofoten archipelago. The Norwegian Sea lies to the northwest and the Vestfjorden lies to the southeast. The Moskenstraumen maelstrom lies to the north between Værøy and Moskenesøya.
The weather in Værøy can be very changeable. Sunshine, rain, wind, and mist may interchange rapidly. The winter climate is mild and the temperature seldom drops below 0 °C (32 °F). This makes conditions for stockfish exceptionally good.
Røst and Værøy are rather famous with meteorologists, as it is the most northern location in the world where there is no meteorological winter, as the average temperature is mostly above freezing all winter. The winter temperatures in southern Lofoten represent the highest temperature anomaly in the world relative to latitude due to the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean Sea. However the winter weather is rather windy and damp, so it does not feel so mild.
Helicopter transport is available from Bodø at the Værøy Heliport in Sørland. There formerly was airplane service at Værøy Airport, but it was discontinued after the Værøy accident in 1990 in which five people lost their lives. The airport was determined to be in a bad location due to the location and the frequent presence of due to difficult winds. Ferry service is also available from Bodø, Moskenes, and Røst.
- Lofoten Sjokolade is located on Værøy. Lofoten's most exotic attraction.
- Turstien is a floodlit track which has been very popular ever since its opening in 1999. The surface is suitable for bikers, prams, and wheelchairs.
- Breivika is situated on the road between Sørland and Nordland, and here you find the beach Skarsursanden. From the main road there is a signposted path going up Breivikdalen.
- Heia offers a magnificent view of the island. It can be reached via a step path called Bjørka, or by following the tarred road up Rømdalen. About halfway up you pass by an old eagle trapping site.
- Eagle trapping is a tradition peculiar to the Værøy islanders. They caught eagles with their bare hands. Ancient sites can still be seen, at Rømdalen, for instance.
- Gjerdeheia forms a vast and completely flat plateau on top. It can be reached from Breiviksdalen by turning left at the end of the valley or following the path going up Rømdalen and turning right before passing Hornet.
- Nordlandsnupen is Værøy's highest mountain. One must reach it by walking up Breiviksdalen and turning right at the end of the valley.
- Mollbakken in Nordland consists of smoothly ground round stones. Here, many burial sites from the Viking Age have been found.
- Old Værøy Church in Nordland is the oldest church in Lofoten, built around 1740. The altarpiece dates back to about 1714 and features alabaster figures made in England in 1430.
- Nordlandshagen - the Garden of Nordland - is a popular area for the outdoor life. The midnight sun can be seen here from May 30 to July 13.
- Mostad is located in the south. The mountainside more or less hangs right over the old, derelict village of Mostad. This is where the puffin dog originated. Often people will walk from Nordlandshagen.
- Norwegian Lundehund or Puffin dog is one of Norway's seven species of dogs, and the rarest one. It has an extra toe, is small, and very agile. Puffin dogs were used solely for the puffin hunt and because the hunt was of such great importance to the islanders, this race of dogs managed to survive in Værøy.
- Sanden is a beach with a 400-metre (1,300 ft) tall wall of rock towers over the spot, making it incredibly warm on fine summer days. Access is only by boat.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Værøy.|
- Nordland travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway
- Lofoten Sjokolade (Norwegian)