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Giske


Giske in Norway Giske municipality coat of arms

Population:
7,924

Areal:
40,1 km2


Giske Local Directory


Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Giske

Giske municipality has approximately 6.780 inhabitants and covers a area of 40,1 km2. Fishing and agricultural have always been important for settling and employment in Giske. Today, Giske is a modern township situated only 15 minutes away from Ålesund. The four islands in the municipality of Giske were a centre of power during the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. It was the seat of earls, local kings and Viking chieftains.

Experience the outermost islands through the subsea tunnels. Drive over Giske bridge to the fishing village of Alnes with Alnes Lighthouse, to the picturesque marble church on Giske from the early 12th century, to Skjonghellaren cave or to Alesund Airport, Vigra. Sagas, legends and monuments from the bronze age and viking era, you will find these on the islands of Giske.

GODØY COAST MUSEUM

The museum has a collection of artefacts from the Second World War, fishing industry history collection and an exhibition on the Eilifs-røysa burial mound. There is also a boathouse with an old boat.

ALNES

A charming and unique fishing village. Popular picnic area with beaches and a spectacular view of the ocean. An idyllic local community out by the open sea with a great sandy beach for beautiful summer days.

ALNES LIGHTHOUSE

Alnes lighthouse has been lit since 1876 and is now preserved by the national authorities and restored. The lighthouse and the attendant's house is open for guided tours during the summer season. The attendant's house now comprises exhibitions and a small cafe with home made cakes. Sale of art, handicraft and souvenirs.

THE SUB SEA TUNNELS

Ålesund - Giske: One of the world's longest undersea tunnel connections was opened in October 1987 by His Majesty King Olav V. The 3 tunnels, of 3.5, 4.2 and 3.8 km together with a bridge, connect the islands in Giske municipality to the mainland. Toll fee.

GISKE CHURCH

Giske church is a beautiful marble church from the 12th century that was built as a family chapel for one of Norway's most powerful families.

SKJONGHELLAREN CAVE

At Valderøy a cave with a 38 metres opening that goes 100 metres into Valderøyfjell mountain. The huge vaults of Skjonghelleren (cave) on the island of Valderøy gave shelter to the Stone Age man the marble Church of Giske is one of the earliest traces of the spread of Christianity in Norway. Traces from old Stone Age settlements have been discovered here from after the last Ice Age when the Giske island had hardly risen out of the sea after the ice masses had disappeared. 30,000 year old traces of fauna have also been found.

BURIAL MOUNDS

Giske has a large number of burial cairns from the Stone Age and onwards. Some examples of these are: Mjeltehaugen at Giskegjerdet is about 30 metres across. A decorated stone coffin was found here, among other things.

Eilifrøysa, on the Godøy island, is a 5 m high burial mound from the early Roman period (375-400 AD). It was excavated in 1962. A presentation of the find is found at the Godøytun museum.

Blimshaugen on Vigra is about 36 metres across and 5 metres high. A number of graves and stone coffins have been uncovered here from the early Roman period.

Aapproximately 60 graves at Gjuv, on Godøy island.

SIGHTSEEING

Round trip Giske - Godøy, A 3 hour guided round trip that can be combined with a tour around the islands of Valderøy and Vigra. Local Norwegian / English guides can be booked at the tourist information office one day in advance.

Helicopter sightseeing: You can hire a helicopter to go sightseeing from Ålesund Airport, Vigra. Contact: Lufttransport.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Gjøsund, Giskesenteret Kingelveven Weaving workshop and outlet (Verkstad og utsal). Godøy, Alnes lighthouse (fyr) exhibition and sale of works by local artists. Molnes, Saga Stone, Workshop, art, vases and candlesticks made out of boulders and stones.

SUNNMØRE

Sunnmøre is the southernmost traditional district of the western Norwegian. Its main city is Ålesund. Though it is one of the three traditional districts in Møre og Romsdal, Sunnmøre is home to more than half the population of the county. The district is made up of mainland as well as several large islands such as Gurskøy and Hareidlandet, plus many small islands.

There are many local newspapers throughout Sunnmøre, as well as one that aims to cover the entire region, published from Ålesund, called Sunnmørsposten.

THE SUNNMØRS ALPS

It is a great pieature for us to welcome you to our "kingdom" - in the centre of Northern Europe´s fjord and alpine country. The region is spectacular, stretching from deep-blue fjords, via verdant valleys with emerald-green slopes way up to the highest wild peaks with their white glaciers. This is not just a picture, but reality, a landscape which you can become fond of.

Majestic peaks and a rugged alpine massif distinguish the Sunnmørs Alps from other mountain areas. Mountains plunge vertically into the fjord from a height of 1.500 - 1.600 metres and from the summit of Jakta at 1.588 metres, ther is a perpendicular fall of 1.821 metres to the bottom of the fjord. This will give you some idea of the enormous dimensions between the summits and the seabed below the waters of the fjords.

SWIMMING

Lovely sandy beaches at Godøy island, Sandvika on Alnes, Vigra, Blindheimssanden beach (WC), Giske, Sandvika beside the bridge as well as Øygardssanden beach (north side).

DIVING

Giske has many good places for diving. Most of these are out among the islets and skerries, so you will need a boat to reach them. Some good and very interesting places can be reached by car.

BIRD WATCHING

Giske has one of the most important ring marking stations for wading birds in Europe. The Makkevika coastal area at the Giske island measures around 28,5 hectares (75 acres) in the north west with sandy stretches, boulders and wetlands. The sanctuary is used by many wading birds on their way south/north in autumn and spring.

FIHING

Fishing in mountain lakes at Alnes, fish for small trout in Alnesvatn lake on top of Godøy island. Fishing permits

Sea fishing, Good places to fish from the shore, near the shore and at sea. Fishing trips by boat by appointment. February - April, cod fishing, summer, pollack and mackerel.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Godøy, Giske, Valderøy, and Vigra: These are great places to go on cycling trips on your own. Please note that bicycles must be transported by bus through the undersea tunnels.

The beaches are great for surfing and the area is also great for kayaking and sailing.

HIKING AND MOUNTAIN TRIPS

Giske can offer inviting tours along the coast, especially in the Makkevika wetlands with its wonderful bird life (sanctuary) and on Giskesand beach. You can go for great walks along the coast on Godøy island, along Alnes-sand beach on the west side, and onwards to Dyb.

GODØY MOUNTAIN

Great hiking with marked trails from both Alnes and Dyb. Good clothing/ shoes is recommended as well as a healthy fitness condition. NB! The mountain lake of Godoy is a drinking water reservoir for the municipality: Camping is therefore prohibited.

MOLNES MOUNTAIN

Good hiking terrain by the sea and over Molnes mountain at Vigra.

VARDEN VIEW

Varden Utsiktspunkt (Beacon vista point), at Valderøy island. There are several hiking trails to the top, among them a 20 minutes path up from Kolvik park.

MARINAS

There are good harbours and local marinas on all islands, for instance at Godøy, Geilevika and Alnes. Geilevika guest harbour facilities. Giske, Giske guest harbour facilities at the south seaside adjacent to the old church. Valderøy, Gjøsund Guest harbour facilities. Ytterland Guest harbour facilities. Vigra, Roald harbour.

GOLF

Giske Golfclub is a golf course with 6 holes and a variation of difficulties.