Leira, Ørsta

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View of Leira
View of Leira
Leira is located in Møre og Romsdal
Leira is located in Norway
Location in Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°07′17″N 06°35′05″E / 62.12139°N 6.58472°E / 62.12139; 6.58472Coordinates: 62°07′17″N 06°35′05″E / 62.12139°N 6.58472°E / 62.12139; 6.58472
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Sunnmøre
Municipality Ørsta Municipality
Elevation[1] 55 m (180 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 6190 Bjørke

Leira is a small village in the Hjørundfjord area of the municipality of Ørsta in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It lies between the villages of Bjørke and Viddal, at the end of Hjørundfjorden. The village is located in the Sunnmørsalpene mountains, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the mountains Skårasalen (to the northwest), Jakta (to the northeast), Kvitegga (to the southeast), and Hornindalsrokken (to the south).

There are about 15–20 residents in Leira, with most residents farming their land. Leira is fairly isolated, with only one road leading to it. The road goes from Bjørke, through a 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) long tunnel through the mountain, Kamben, before reaching Leira. The road continues along the fjord to Viddal where the road ends. The closest urban area is the village of Volda, about 38 kilometres (24 mi) to the west of Leira.

The name[edit]

The name is derived from leire 'clay'.


  1. ^ "Leira" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2010-09-23.