Selja, Selje

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View of Selja island from Selje village
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Location in Sogn og Fjordane county
Location Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
Coordinates 62°02′55″N 5°17′43″E / 62.0487°N 5.2952°E / 62.0487; 5.2952
Area 1.6 km2 (0.62 sq mi)
Length 1.4 km (0.87 mi)
Width 1.5 km (0.93 mi)
Highest elevation 201 m (659 ft)
Highest point Varden
County Sogn og Fjordane
Municipality Selje Municipality

Selja is a small island in Selje Municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It has been formerly known as Sellø or Selø. The island is located in the Sildagapet bay, just 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) west of the harbor in the village of Selje. The sparsely populated island has about 5 permanent residents who commute by boat to the mainland since the island is not accessible by road.

The island is mainly known for its connection to Saint Sunniva, who, according to legend, landed and died there in the late 10th century. Today, the ruins of a monastery named "Sankta Sunniva kloster" (Selje Abbey) is the only notable feature on the island. The cave of Saint Sunniva and the ruins of an early (and very small) cathedral are also located on the island. The cathedral is the predecessor of the Ancient Diocese of Bergen.[1]

The painter Bernt Tunold grew up on the island, where his parents had established a farm on the church grounds.

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  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Selja" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-07-11. 

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