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View of the village in winter
View of the village in winter
Ørnes is located in Nordland
Ørnes is located in Norway
Location in Nordland
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
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Nordland
District Salten
Municipality Meløy
 • Total 1.51 km2 (0.58 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 1,661
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 8150 Ørnes

Ørnes is a village and the administrative centre of the municipality of Meløy in Nordland county, Norway. 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 (2013) of 1,661. The population density is 1,100 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,800/sq mi).[1]

The village can be traced back hundreds of years, but the year 1794 is recognized as the beginning of Ørnes, when Elling Pedersen was allowed to set up an inn at the place. 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.