View of the village
|• Total||0.34 km2 (0.13 sq mi)|
|Elevation||8 m (26 ft)|
|• Density||944/km2 (2,440/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
Sommarøy is an old fishing village in the western part of Tromsø Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located about 36 kilometres (22 mi) west of the city of Tromsø and is a popular tourist destination due to its white sand beaches and scenery. The 0.34-square-kilometre (84-acre) village has a population (2017) of 321 which gives the village a population density of 991 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,570/sq mi).
The fishing village of Sommarøy covers the island of Store Sommarøya as well as part of the neighboring island of Hillesøya and many smaller surrounding islands. The village is a typical fishing village with great local fishing fleets and substantial fish processing and other industries. Tourism is also important in Sommarøy. There is a hotel and rental cabins available.
The original settlement site was on the neighboring island of Hillesøya where the old Hillesøy Church was located. This site was where successive churches have stood from the Middle Ages until the late 1800s when the church was moved to Brensholmen on the island of Kvaløya. The main centre of the village moved to Store Sommarøya island around 1900.
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