Førde Fjord

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Førde Fjord
Førdefjorden
Førdefjorden.JPG
View of the fjord
Location Sunnfjord, Sogn og Fjordane
Coordinates 61°28′17″N 5°26′51″E / 61.4713°N 5.4476°E / 61.4713; 5.4476Coordinates: 61°28′17″N 5°26′51″E / 61.4713°N 5.4476°E / 61.4713; 5.4476
Primary inflows River Jølstra
Primary outflows Brufjorden / Stavfjorden
Basin countries Norway
Max. length 36 kilometres (22 mi)
Max. width 2 kilometres (1.2 mi)
Settlements Førde, Naustdal
Førdefjorden

Førde Fjord (Norwegian: Førdefjorden) is a fjord in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is the longest of all the fjords in the traditional district of Sunnfjord. Førdefjorden passes through the municipalities of Førde, Naustdal, Askvoll, and Flora. The fjord begins at the town of Førde, at the estuary of the river Jølstra, which comes from the lake Jølstravatn. The water then travels west towards the town of Florø where the 36-kilometre (22 mi) long fjord splits into the Brufjorden and Stavfjorden before reaching the sea. The island of Svanøya lies just outside the mouth of Førdefjorden. There are roads along the shoreline on both the north and south sides of the fjord, and the European route E39 highway runs past the town of Førde, near Førdefjorden.[1]

Development[edit]

Nordic Mining have applied to deposit 6m tonnes of tailings a year for 50 years into the Fjord, prompting much opposition.[2][3]

Settlements[edit]

The following settlements are located along the Førdefjorden:

  • Stavang (in Flora municipality), on the north side, at the mouth of the fjord
  • Kvammen (in Askvoll municipality), on the south side, near the mouth of the fjord
  • Indrevevring (in Naustdal municipality), on the north side, a little ways into the fjord
  • Helle (in Naustdal municipality), on the north side, about the middle of the fjord
  • Naustdal (the administrative centre of Naustdal municipality), on the north side, near the inner part of the fjord
  • Førde (the adm. centre of Førde municipality), at the innermost part of the fjord

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Førdefjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  2. ^ Paris, Natalie (2014-11-12). "Norway: Fight to keep fjord waste-free". Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  3. ^ Vidal, John (2014-11-19). "Conservationists slam plans to dump mining waste into Norwegian fjord". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-03.