Skålvik Fjord

Coordinates: 63°6′25.866″N 8°17′50.726″E / 63.10718500°N 8.29742389°E / 63.10718500; 8.29742389
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Skålvik Fjord seen from Mount Tussan

Skålvik Fjord[1][2] (also Skaalvik Fjord;[3][4] Norwegian: Skålvikfjorden) is an arm of Vinje Fjord in the municipality of Halsa in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway, in the traditional Nordmøre district.[5] Skålvik Fjord extends 9.5 kilometers (5.9 mi) southwards to Betna. Geologically, the same channel of the fjord extends north of Vinje Fjord and continues as the Sålå Strait (Sålåsundet) in the Municipality of Aure.

The entrance to the fjord lies between the Korsneset peninsula to the west and the hamlet of Steinstien to the east. The outer part of the fjord is only 400 to 500 meters (1,300–1,600 ft) wide until it expands at the village of Vågland on the eastern shore, outside of Liabøen. Between Vågland and Klevset on the opposite shore there are several islands and islets in the fjord. There is a boatyard (Vaagland Båtbyggeri AS) in Vågland.[6][7]

The village of Betna lies at the southwest end of the fjord, above Betna Bay (Betnvågen). Reit Bay (Reitvågen) lies on the other side, just east of Halsa. Reit Bay has two beaches; these were designated as the Reit Bay Nature Reserve (Reitvågen naturreservat) in 2002.[8]

In 2002, the orca Keiko appeared in Skålvik Fjord, resulting in extensive media coverage.[9][10]


  1. ^ Insight. CNN, September 6, 2002.
  2. ^ Lemmer, Gerhard; Frey, Elke; Rahe, Helge (2001). Norway (2 ed.). Nelles Verlag GmbH. ISBN 3-88618-897-3.
  3. ^ Ratelle, Amy. 2015. Animality and Children's Literature and Film. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 134.
  4. ^ Orlean, Susan. 2004. My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere. New York: Random House.
  5. ^ "Skålvikfjorden, Halsa (Møre og Romsdal)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Vaagland Båtbyggeri.
  7. ^ Møkkelgård, Juanita. 2012. Ny kontrakt til Vaagland Båtbyggeri. Trollheimsporten (July 13).
  8. ^ Naturbase: Reitvågen.
  9. ^ "Keiko Not So 'Wild' in Norway". September 2, 2002 [updated August 31, 2006]. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Keiko's Love of Children Puts His Life in Danger". The Guardian. September 8, 2002. Retrieved October 15, 2015.

63°6′25.866″N 8°17′50.726″E / 63.10718500°N 8.29742389°E / 63.10718500; 8.29742389