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View of Hellesylt
View of Hellesylt
Hellesylt is located in Møre og Romsdal
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Hellesylt is located in Norway
Hellesylt (Norway)
Coordinates: 62°05′08″N 6°52′04″E / 62.0855°N 6.8677°E / 62.0855; 6.8677Coordinates: 62°05′08″N 6°52′04″E / 62.0855°N 6.8677°E / 62.0855; 6.8677
RegionWestern Norway
CountyMøre og Romsdal
MunicipalityStranda Municipality
 • Total0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
 • Total258
 • Density586/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
6218 Hellesylt

Hellesylt is a small village in Stranda Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The village lies at the head of the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch of the Storfjorden, and which the more famous Geirangerfjorden in turn branches off nearby.

The 0.44-square-kilometre (110-acre) village has a population (2018) of 258 and a population density of 586 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,520/sq mi).[1] There are several hundred other people living in the surrounding valley area as well.

In the summertime, thousands of tourists travel through or stay in Hellesylt each day. Most of them take the ferry to the nearby village of Geiranger, which in high season runs every one and a half hours. There is also a cruise ship pier that can handle very large ships. The village is surrounded by mountains and valleys. The Sunnylven Church is located in Hellesylt, which was the administrative center of the former municipality of Sunnylven.[3]

Hellesylt is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset, which is about to erode into the Sunnylvsfjord. A collapse could cause a tsunami destroying most of downtown Hellesylt.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The 1991 Icelandic film The White Viking was shot in Hellesylt.
  • Released in March 2016, "The Wave (Bølgen)" is a Norwegian disaster movie based on the premise of a rock slide from the mountain Åkerneset.[4]
  • The fictional city of Kattegat in the tv-series Vikings used Hellesynt as the backdrop. The series is shot in Wicklow, Ireland and digitally inserted Hellesynt in the background.


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2018). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Hellesylt, Stranda (Møre og Romsdal)". yr.no. Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Hellesylt" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-06-29.
  4. ^ "The Wave (2015) Bølgen (original title)". IMDb. Retrieved 16 March 2016.

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