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View of the village in winter
View of the village in winter
Ørnes is located in Nordland
Location in Nordland
Ørnes is located in Norway
Ørnes (Norway)
Coordinates: 66°52′07″N 13°42′20″E / 66.86861°N 13.70556°E / 66.86861; 13.70556Coordinates: 66°52′07″N 13°42′20″E / 66.86861°N 13.70556°E / 66.86861; 13.70556
RegionNorthern Norway
 • Total1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation12 m (39 ft)
 • Total1,661
 • Density1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
8150 Ørnes

Ørnes is a village and the administrative centre of the municipality of Meløy in Nordland county, Norway and is mentioned in documents dating from 1610 when a tenant farmer lived here. It is located along Norwegian County Road 17, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of Reipå and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of Eidbukta. The island of Mesøya lies just west of the village. Ørnes is a port of call along the Hurtigruten ferry route between Nesna and Bodø. The 1.51-square-kilometre (370-acre) village has a population (2017) of 1,603[3]. The population density is 1,100 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,800/sq mi).[1] The newspapers Framtia and Meløyavisa are published in Ørnes.[4][5]

The village can be traced back hundreds of years, but the year 1794 is recognized as the beginning of Ørnes, when Elling Pedersen, a member of the noble Benkestok-family from Meløya was allowed to set up an inn and trading post at the place. He lived at Meløya but when he died in 1802, his widow moved to Ørnes and continued trading. The business changed owners within the Benkestok family but was continued by others when the old family died out. These would typically combine trading with shipping. The settlement was ravaged by fire several times, but some of the original buildings from approx. 1800 remain intact; several dwellings, fishermen's cabins, boathouses, barns and a forge are kept in good condition and several are listed and protected.

Ørnes Church is located in the village, serving central Meløy. In this part of Northern Norway, temperatures can drop down quite low in the winter and the summers can be slightly mild. The lakes Lysvatnet and Markavatnet both lie to the northeast of the village.

The Hurtigruten ship MS Nordkapp about to call at Ørnes in late September


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Ørnes" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  3. ^ "statistisksentral byrå". ssb.no. 2017.
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon: Framtia.
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon: Meløyavisa.