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Rebbenesøya  (Norwegian)
Ruobbá  (Northern Sami)
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Rebbenesøya is located in Troms
Location of the island
Rebbenesøya is located in Norway
Rebbenesøya (Norway)
LocationTroms, Norway
Coordinates70°03′08″N 18°43′21″E / 70.0523°N 18.7225°E / 70.0523; 18.7225Coordinates: 70°03′08″N 18°43′21″E / 70.0523°N 18.7225°E / 70.0523; 18.7225
Area80.6 km2 (31.1 sq mi)
Length14 km (8.7 mi)
Width10 km (6 mi)
Highest elevation694 m (2,277 ft)
Highest pointGeittinden
MunicipalityKarlsøy and Tromsø
Population140 (2001)
Pop. density1.7 /km2 (4.4 /sq mi)

Rebbenesøya (Norwegian) or Ruobbá (Northern Sami)) is an island in Troms county, Norway. The southern third of the 80.6-square-kilometre (31.1 sq mi) island is part of Tromsø Municipality while the northern (larger) portion of the island is part of Karlsøy Municipality. There is a regular ferry connection from Bromnes on the eastern end on Rebbensøya to Mikkelvik on the northwestern end of the neighboring island of Ringvassøya.[1]

On Rebbenesøya, there are many mountains that are suitable for tourists who enjoy the outdoors and hiking. The highest point on the island is Geittinden at a height of 694 metres (2,277 ft). There are also about 20 fishing lakes.

The island's school is in Skogvika with 6 students (2012/2013). The island also has a convenience store located in Engvika.


Twelve Norwegian commandos from Company Linge were attacked by a German minesweeper in Toftefjord on the island of Rebbenesøya on 30 March 1943. The only person who managed to escape was Jan Baalsrud, who managed to escape to Sweden. A monument to those killed is located in Toftefjord. Baalsrud's flight is referred to in the novel Nine Lives, which was later made into a film, also called Nine Lives.

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  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Rebbenesøy" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-04-06.