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This article is about the former municipality in Nordland, Norway. For the island, see Gimsøya.
Gimsøy herred
Former Municipality
Municipality ID NO-1864
Created from Vågan in 1856
Merged into Vågan in 1964
Gimsøy is located in Nordland
Gimsøy is located in Norway
Location in Nordland
Coordinates: 68°19′14″N 14°14′28″E / 68.32056°N 14.24111°E / 68.32056; 14.24111Coordinates: 68°19′14″N 14°14′28″E / 68.32056°N 14.24111°E / 68.32056; 14.24111
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Nordland
District Lofoten
Municipality Vågan
Elevation[2] 0.5 m (1.6 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 8314 Gimsøysand

Gimsøy is a village and former municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The municipality was located in the present-day municipality of Vågan. Gimsøy municipality consisted mainly of the island of Gimsøya as well as part of the larger island of Austvågøya. Both islands are located in the Lofoten archipelago.[1]

The village of Gimsøy (also known as Gimsøysand) is located on the northeastern shore of the island of Gimsøya, southeast of the villages of Saupstad and Vinje. Gimsøy Church is located in the village. The church is built of wood. It was consecrated on 18 October 1876 and has 300 seats. The church was repaired after storms in 1887 and 1906, and also repaired in 1954-55.


The municipality of Gimsøy was established in 1856 when it was split off from Vågan. Initially, Gimsøy had a population of 987. On 1 January 1964, Gimsøy was merged with Svolvær and Vågan to form the new, larger municipality of Vågan. Prior to the merger, Gimsøy had a population of 1,551.[3]


  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Gimsøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Gimsøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.