Sørøya is Norway's fourth largest island in terms of area. The 816-square-kilometre island is divided between Hasvik Municipality and Hammerfest Municipality. It is often claimed to be 'one of the most beautiful' of the islands in Norway. In 2012, the population of the island was 1,092.
The island is very rocky and mountainous. The highest point on the island is the 659-metre tall mountain Komagaksla on the southern shore of the island. The coastline is very jagged and has numerous fjords that cut inland from the open ocean. The island is surrounded by the Norwegian Sea on the north and the Sørøysundet strait to the south. Across the Sørøysundet to the south are three large islands: Stjernøya, Seiland and Kvaløya. The island of Sørøya has no bridge or tunnel access, only a regular ferry route from the village of Hasvik to the village of Øksfjord on the mainland. Hasvik Airport is located on the southern tip of the island.
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