Måløy
© Geir Einarsen (guest image)
Måløy

Måløy

A small town and the administrative centre of the municipality of Vågsøy, in Sogn and Fjordane County

Has a population of just over 3,000

Most of the streets are numbered, rather than named

Attractions

Vågsøy has several unique characteristics. In addition to Måløy town centre and its many lighthouses, Vågsøy is known for housing the well-known Kannestenen rock, a stone that has through thousands of years been shaped by the sea into the unique “mushroom-like” shape it has today. Also, for lazy summer days Vågsøy has a beautiful silver sand beach which has been awarded as Norway’s most beautiful beach.

In addition to its local attractions, Måløy is close to several famous National attractions. This charming town is only a two hour drive away from Jostedalsbreen National Park, the largest glacier in continental Europe, and the stunning Geirangerfjorden. 

History

Måløy was originally founded as a trading center on the small island of Moldøen, on the strait of Ulvesundet between Vågsøy and the mainland. As trade flourished, the town gradually moved to the larger island of Vågsøy, while keeping the name of the smaller island. This is the cause of some confusion, although the smaller island is today often known as "Lisje-Måløyna" (the smaller Måløy). During World War II, it was used as a German coastal fortress, which led to the eradication of all settlement on the island to make room for the fortress, and as a result of Operation Archery in December 1941. Måløy was first in 1997 allowed by the municipality to call itself a town.

 

Address

InterComTerminalen
6701 Måløy
Telephone: 00 47 57 85 42 00

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