Bleik

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Bleik
Village
View Bleik seen from Mount Røyken
View Bleik seen from Mount Røyken
Bleik is located in Nordland
Bleik
Bleik
Location in Nordland
Bleik is located in Norway
Bleik
Bleik
Bleik (Norway)
Coordinates: 69°16′21″N 15°57′19″E / 69.2726°N 15.9554°E / 69.2726; 15.9554Coordinates: 69°16′21″N 15°57′19″E / 69.2726°N 15.9554°E / 69.2726; 15.9554
CountryNorway
RegionNorthern Norway
CountyNordland
DistrictVesterålen
MunicipalityAndøy
Area
 • Total0.38 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Elevation7 m (23 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total461
 • Density1,213/km2 (3,140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
8481 Bleik

Bleik is a fishing village in Andøy Municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The village is located on the northwestern part of the island of Andøya, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southwest of the village of Andenes.[3]

The 0.38-square-kilometre (94-acre) village has a population (2018) of 461 which gives the village a population density of 1,213 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,140/sq mi).[1]

Bleiksøya Island Nature Reserve with its sea bird colony.

The triangle-shaped island off the coast is called Bleiksøya. This island is the biggest resort of puffins in all of Norway. The lake Bleiksvatnet lies just south of the village.

Bleik has one of the longest beaches in Norway, and it is said that the beach is the reason for the village's name. The beach is white, and bleik is a word for white/pale in the Norwegian language. In the village, there is a horse barn, a school, and a grocery store. Tourist information, puffin safari, a camping site and a pub are also available.[4] Bleik is also known for naming the Bleik Canyon, which starts about 15 km offshore from the beach of Bleik in the Norwegian Sea. Bleik Canyon is a very deep canyon with depths up to 3.000 m and is the residence of whales and Giant squid. [5] It is a popular hotspot for whale safaris because of the presence of Sperm whales.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2018). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Bleik, Andøy (Nordland)". yr.no. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Bleik" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  4. ^ "Andøya".
  5. ^ "Figure 1. Map of the location of the Bleik Canyon in relation to".