Godøy

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Godøy
Giske kommune - Godoya 1.jpg
View of Godøy
Godøy is located in Møre og Romsdal
Godøy
Godøy
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Geography
Location Giske Municipality, Norway
Coordinates 62°28′08″N 05°59′56″E / 62.46889°N 5.99889°E / 62.46889; 5.99889Coordinates: 62°28′08″N 05°59′56″E / 62.46889°N 5.99889°E / 62.46889; 5.99889
Area 10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Length 6 km (3.7 mi)
Width 3 km (1.9 mi)
Coastline 19.5 km (12.12 mi)
Highest elevation 497 m (1,631 ft)
Highest point Storhornet
Administration
County Møre og Romsdal
Municipality Giske Municipality
Demographics
Population 1120 (2014)

Godøy is an island in Giske Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The island is famous for its beautiful nature, dominated by the 497-metre (1,631 ft) tall mountain Storhornet and the large lake Alnesvatnet.

The name Godøy stems back to the Viking age, and is derived from the name "Gud øy", which translates to "Island of God(s)" in English. The current name Godøy can be loosely translated to "Good Island".

Most of the population lives on the southeastern side of the island in Godøy and Leitebakk, although the small fishing village of Alnes, with the old Alnes Lighthouse, is located on the north side of the island about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) away via a tunnel through the 436-metre (1,430 ft) tall mountain Sloktinden. Godøy Chapel is located on the southern coast of the island.

There is a lot of cultivated farm land along the shores. Fishing and fish processing are the main industries for the island. There is an undersea tunnel, the Godøy Tunnel, which connects Godøy to the neighboring island of Giske. There is further ferry-free road transportation (including the Giske Bridge) that connects the island to the town of Ålesund.[1]

A variety of wildlife can be found on the island, mammals such as Red deer, Roe deer, Otter, Harbour seal and American mink are predominant. The steep mountain sides of the island also contain a number of nesting White-tailed eagles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Godøya – øy i Giske" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-27.