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Alstahaug kommune
—  Municipality  —
Village of Tjøtta in Alstahaug

Coat of arms

Nordland within
Norway
Alstahaug within Nordland
Coordinates (city): 65°57′24″N 12°34′22″E / 65.95667°N 12.57278°E / 65.95667; 12.57278Coordinates: 65°57′24″N 12°34′22″E / 65.95667°N 12.57278°E / 65.95667; 12.57278
Country Norway
County Nordland
District Helgeland
Municipality ID NO-1820
Administrative centre Sandnessjøen
Government
 - Mayor (2007) Stig Sørra (H)
Area (Nr. 336 in Norway)
 - Total 187 km2 (72.2 sq mi)
 - Land 186 km2 (71.8 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 7,378
 - Density 40/km2 (103.6/sq mi)
 - Change (10 years) -2.4 %
 - Rank in Norway 134
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language form Neutral
Norwegian demonym Alstahaugværing[1]
Website www.alstahaug.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Alstahaug is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Sandnessjøen.

The old trading centre at Tjøtta
The old parsonage at Alstahaug is protected
Alsten island, with lowland at the foot of the Seven Sisters mountains
The medieval Alstahaug Church

The centre of Alstahaug is the town Sandnessjøen situated on the island of Alsten. The characteristic mountain range of the Seven Sisters is to be found on the island. Local legend has made this chain of peaks into seven sisters, two adjacent peaks representing twin sisters.

The island is connected to the mainland via the impressive Helgeland Bridge along route Rv17.

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General information

Name

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Alstahaug farm (Old Norse: Alastarhaugr), since the first church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the name of the island Alöst (now Alsten) and the last element is haugr which means "hill" or "mound".

Coat-of-arms

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 8 August 1986. The arms show the Seven Sisters (Norwegian: De syv søstre), a row of mountains in the area, mirrored in the clear waters of the fjord.[2]

History

Alstahaug was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Three other municipalities were later separated from it: Herøy (in 1862), Tjøtta (with Vevelstad in 1862), and Sandnessjøen (with Leirfjord in 1899). Tjøtta (without Vevelstad) and Sandnessjøen (without Leirfjord) were, however, again merged with Alstahaug on 1 January 1965. The area of Nordvik was transferred from Alstahaug to Herøy in 1864. The mainland area of Alstahaug was transferred to Vefsn in 1995.

At Alstahaug, at the opposite end of the island, one finds the medieval church of Alstahaug, where the poet and minister Petter Dass worked around 1700. Tjøtta, another island, is the place where the famous Viking Hårek resided in the 11th century.

Birdlife

Lying just south of the Arctic Circle in an area that is known as Outer Helgeland, Alstahaug offers the visiting bird watcher a chance to do some birding in spectacular scenery, be it coastal or inland where The Seven Sisters mountain chain marks the boundary between the habitats. One of the better areas to birdwatch is Tjøtta. Here you will find the small nature reserve Ostjønna.

The Seven Sisters Mountains in Alstahaug

Climate

Alstahaug has an oceanic climate. February is often the coldest month, and August is often the warmest. October is almost as warm as May. Mean annual precipitation is 1,510 mm at Sandnessjøen and 1,020 mm at Tjøtta. The wettest period is September - January with approximately 150 mm each month, while May - June averages 60 – 70 mm each month.[3]

Weather data for Sandnessjøen (10 last years)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 2
(36)
-1
(30)
1
(34)
6
(43)
11
(52)
12
(54)
15
(59)
15
(59)
13
(55)
10
(50)
7
(45)
4
(39)
Average low °C (°F) 0
(32)
-4
(25)
-2
(28)
2
(36)
7
(45)
8
(46)
11
(52)
12
(54)
10
(50)
7
(45)
4
(39)
1
(34)
Source: [4] 2009-12-05

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Alstahaug

  1. A municipality in Nordland, Norway







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