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Skjerstad kommune
Former Municipality
The village of Skjerstad,viewed from Skjerstad Church
The village of Skjerstad,
viewed from Skjerstad Church
Official seal of Skjerstad kommune
Municipality ID NO-1842
Adm. Center Misvær
 • Total 465 km2 (180 sq mi)
Created as Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838
Merged into Bodø in 2005
Skjerstad is located in Nordland
Skjerstad is located in Norway
Location in Nordland
Coordinates: 67°13′59″N 15°01′32″E / 67.23306°N 15.02556°E / 67.23306; 15.02556Coordinates: 67°13′59″N 15°01′32″E / 67.23306°N 15.02556°E / 67.23306; 15.02556
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Nordland
District Salten
Municipality Bodø
Elevation[1] 28 m (92 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 8102 Skjerstad

Skjerstad (şjæŗ`şţa) is a village and a former municipality in Nordland county, Norway. The municipality originally encompassed area on the northern and southern shores in the central part of the large Skjerstad Fjord. The small village of Skjerstad sits at the mouth of the Misværfjorden, where it joins Skjerstad Fjord. The village is also the location of Skjerstad Church.


The municipality of Skjerstad was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1905, the northern district of Skjerstad (population: 4,646) was separated to form the new municipality of Fauske. In 1949, a small district of Skjerstad (population: 10) was transferred to neighboring Saltdal. On 1 January 1963, a small area in western Skjerstad (population: 224) was transferred to neighboring Bodin. On 1 January 2005, the entire municipality of Skjersted was merged into the town of Bodø. Just prior to the merger (in 2002), the population of Skjerstad was 1,080.[2]

Skjerstad is possibly the place of execution of Raud den Rame by Olaf Tryggvason, and the location of the annual historical hoax play called "Ragnhilds Drøm" (Ragnhild's Dream).[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Skjerstad" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ "Vikingskip" (in Norwegian). Salten Museum. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Sagaspillet "Ragnhilds drøm"" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2007-07-27.