Gisund Bridge

Gisund Bridge (Norwegian: Gisundbrua) is a cantilever road bridge on Norwegian County Road 86 in Troms county, Norway. The bridge crosses the Gisundet strait from the town of Finnsnes on the mainland to the village of Silsand on the island of Senja. The 1,147-metre-long (3,763 ft) bridge has 25 spans, the main span being 143 metres (469 ft) long. The maximum clearance to the sea below the bridge is 41 metres (135 ft). Gisund Bridge was opened on 23 June 1972.[1]

Gisund Bridge

View of the bridge
Coordinates69°14′30″N 017°58′08″E / 69.24167°N 17.96889°ECoordinates: 69°14′30″N 017°58′08″E / 69.24167°N 17.96889°E
LocaleLenvik, Norway
Total length1,147 metres (3,763 ft)
Longest span143 metres (469 ft)
No. of spans25
Clearance below41 metres (135 ft)
Opened23 June 1972

See also


  1. ^ Merzagora, Eugenio A. (ed.). "Road Viaducts & Bridges in Norway (> 500 m)". Norske bruer og viadukter. Retrieved 2012-12-05.

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Finnsnes (audio ) is a small town that is the administrative centre of Lenvik Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The town is located on the mainland part of Norway, just across the Gisundet strait from the island of Senja. The Gisund Bridge connects Finnsnes to the suburban villages of Silsand and Laukhella on the island of Senja. The municipality is well provided with kindergartens and a decentralized school system on both primary and secondary level. There are also three schools on upper secondary/high school level and a centre for decentralized studies on university level. Finnsnes Church is located in the center of the town.

Finnsnes has several small suburbs that surround it, forming one large urban area. These are Sandvika/Skogen, Finnfjordbotn, Nygård, Trollvika, and Silsand. Over the last 100 years, the town has grown from a small farm community into the center for commerce in the small region. Finnsnes has experienced extensive growth both commercially and industrially the last few decades. In 2000, the village of Finnsnes was granted town status. The 3.27-square-kilometre (810-acre) town has a population (2017) of 4,658 which gives the town a population density of 1,424 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,690/sq mi).


Gibostad is a village on the large island of Senja in Lenvik Municipality in Troms county, Norway. Gibostad is a former trading centre, located about 20 km (12 mi) north of the Gisund Bridge. Many of the buildings in the harbour area are about 200 years old. The soil is very fertile and perfect for farming; that is why it is also the home of an agricultural school at Senja High School. The lake Lysvatnet is located just west of the village.

The 0.4-square-kilometre (99-acre) village has a population (2017) of 326 which gives the village a population density of 815 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,110/sq mi).For a long time, Gibostad was the administrative centre of Lenvik, but the administration was moved to Finnsnes during the 1960s, following the growth of that city. Gibostad is the largest village on northern Senja, located about midway between Botnhamn and Finnsnes, where the strait of Gisundet is narrowest. The village of Bjorelvnes and Lenvik Church lie directly across the strait from Gibostad.


Gisundet is a strait in Lenvik Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The 35-kilometre (22 mi) long strait separates the island of Senja from the mainland. The strait flows into the Malangen fjord in the north and into the Finnfjorden (and later the Solbergfjorden) in the south. The strait is crossed by the Gisund Bridge which connects the village of Silsand on the island to the town of Finnsnes on the mainland.


Lenvik (Northern Sami: Leaŋgáviika) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The municipality is partly situated on the mainland, partly on the island of Senja. The administrative centre is the town of Finnsnes, where the Gisund Bridge connects Senja to the mainland on Norwegian County Road 86. Other villages in the municipality include Aglapsvik, Gibostad, Botnhamn, Fjordgård, Finnfjordbotn, Husøy, Langnes, Laukhella, Silsand, and Rossfjordstraumen. The lake Lysvatnet is located on Senja island, west of Gibostad.

The 893-square-kilometre (345 sq mi) municipality is the 126th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Lenvik is the 101st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 11,644. The municipality's population density is 13.7 inhabitants per square kilometre (35/sq mi) and its population has increased by 4.3% over the last decade.

List of bridges in Norway

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List of bridges in Norway by length

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Norwegian County Road 86

County Road 86 (Norwegian: Fylkesvei 86) is a 110-kilometre-long (68 mi) highway in Troms county, Norway. The eastern end of the road begins in the village of Andselv (in the Bardufoss area of Målselv Municipality). It then heads west to the Gisund Bridge connecting the mainland of Norway to the large island of Senja. The road then heads across the island of Senja to the village of Torsken on the western coast of Torsken Municipality. Part of the route is one of eighteen designated National Tourist Routes in Norway.


Senja (Norwegian) or Sážžá (Northern Sami) is an island and future municipality in Troms county, Norway. At 1,586.3-square-kilometre (612.5 sq mi), it is the second largest island in Norway (outside of the Svalbard archipelago). It has a wild, mountainous outer (western) side facing the Atlantic, and a mild and lush inner (eastern) side. The island is governed by four municipalities: Torsken, Tranøy, Lenvik, and Berg, however in on 1 January 2020, the four municipalities are scheduled to be merged into one large Senja Municipality. The island of Senja had 7,864 inhabitants as of 1 January 2017. Most of the residents live along the eastern coast of the island, with Silsand being the largest urban area on the island. The fishing village of Gryllefjord on the west coast has a summer-only ferry connection to the nearby island of Andøya: the Andenes–Gryllefjord Ferry.The island sits northeast of the Vesterålen archipelago, surrounded by the Norwegian Sea to the northwest, the Malangen fjord to the northeast, the Gisundet strait to the east, the Solbergfjorden to the southeast, the Vågsfjorden to the south, and the Andfjorden to the west. Ånderdalen National Park is located in the southern part of the island.


Silsand is a village in Lenvik Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located on the eastern shore of the large island of Senja. The 1.03-square-kilometre (250-acre) village has a population (2017) of 1,583 which gives the village a population density of 1,537 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,980/sq mi).Silsand is now considered a suburb of the neighboring town of Finnsnes, which is located across the Gisundet strait on the mainland. Before the construction of the Gisund Bridge, Silsand consisted of just a few houses. With the construction of the bridge and the change in rural Norwegian demographics, the population has experienced a rapid increase since the early 1980s. Most of the new inhabitants come from other smaller villages in the Midt-Troms area.

Silsand has three schools: Småslettan skole (1-4th grade), Silsand barneskole (5-7th grade) and Silsand ungdomsskole (8-10th grade). FK Senja, a football club, is also based in Silsand, with their home field in the neighboring village of Laukhella. Storevatnet lake is located just northwest of the town.


Troms (pronounced [trʊms] (listen) or Romsa (Northern Sami) or (unofficially) Tromssa (Kven) is a county in northern Norway. It borders Finnmark county to the northeast and Nordland county in the southwest. Norrbotten Län in Sweden is located to the south and further southeast is a shorter border with Lapland Province in Finland. To the west is the Norwegian Sea (Atlantic Ocean).

The entire county, which was established in 1866, is located north of the Arctic Circle. The Troms County Municipality is the governing body for the county, elected by the people of Troms, while the Troms county governor is a representative of the King and Government of Norway. The county had a population of 161,771 in 2014.

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