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View of the village
View of the village
Melbu is located in Nordland
Location in Nordland
Melbu is located in Norway
Melbu (Norway)
Coordinates: 68°30′08″N 14°47′58″E / 68.50222°N 14.79944°E / 68.50222; 14.79944Coordinates: 68°30′08″N 14°47′58″E / 68.50222°N 14.79944°E / 68.50222; 14.79944
RegionNorthern Norway
 • Total1.73 km2 (0.67 sq mi)
Elevation8 m (26 ft)
 • Total2,207
 • Density1,276/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
8445 Melbu

Melbu is a village in the municipality of Hadsel in Nordland county, Norway. It is located on the island of Hadseløya on the northern shore of the Hadselfjorden. Melbu is one of two population centres on the island of Hadseløya, and it is called "The Pearl of Vesteraalen". The other being the town of Stokmarknes in the north. The 1.73-square-kilometre (430-acre) village has a population (2013) of 2,207. The population density is 1,276 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,300/sq mi).[1] Melbu is host to the annual Sommer-Melbu festival.

Melbu seen from the hill Haugnyken

Melbu Church is located in this village. Melbu is also a school centre in Vesterålen, and has a ferry connection to Fiskebøl in the Lofoten islands to the south via the Melbu-Fiskebøl ferry. The nearest airport, Skagen, is about 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the north.[3]


Melbu has one of the biggest fish processing facilities of Norway Seafoods/Aker Seafoods in Northern Norway. Several main factory trawler licenses are permanently related to the factory facilities in Melbu. There are also other industry facilities connected to fish processing, aquaculture, and other marine industry in Melbu. The Norwegian Fishing Industry Museum is located in the town's former Neptune Herring Oil Factory.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Melbu" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Melbu" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-07-25.
  4. ^ Rognmo, Gro (March 12, 2016). "Den gamle sildeoljefabrikken i Melbu har blitt restaurant med kortreist mat". Dagbladet. Retrieved September 16, 2018.

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