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Selje and Stad

Selje is a municipality in Norway, in Sogn og Fjordane County. It is situated in the old district of Nordfjord. Seljeis is a village that is the administrative hub of the municipality of Selje. Some of the other towns in the municipality include Leikanger, Havik, Hoddevik, Flatraket, Ervik, and Barmen. 

Selje is situated at the northwesternmost point of the county of Sogn og Fjordane. The majority of the municipality is situated on and around the Standlandet peninsula, and there are some small surrounding islands like Barmoya and Selja. The Stad Ship Tunnel is a canal/tunnel that has been proposed for a narrow isthmus that connects the Vanylvsfjorden to the Moldefjorden, and it would obviate the need for boats to travel around the peninsula – which is a dangerous sea route. 

Selje was one of a handful of Episcopal sees in Norway (Nidaros, Oslo, and Selje). Once the diocese was moved to Bergen, monks reigned over the church there, and pirates later destroyed it in the early 1500s. Selje is a municipality that is home to the Selje Abbey, which is a defunct Beenedictine monastery located on Selja Island. There are uins of the church and the abbey that can still be seen on the island. 

Selje Church is a parish church in the municipality. It is a wooden, white church, and it was built in 1866. If you’re interested in 19th century Norwegian church architecture, this is a great example of it.

Stad is a peninsula in the municipality of Selje in the northwestern part of the county in Norway , in Sogn og Fjordan. The peninsula is the location of the dividing point between the North Sea to the south and the Norwegian Sea to the north. The name is often written as Stadlandet, Statt, or Stadt – and it shouldn’t be confused with the German word Stadt. 

The peninsula is a high mountain plateau that stretches 1,600 feet, and the Tarvaldsegga peak tops it. There are a number of lower valleys located on the peninsula, but the plateau starts to plunge down at the western end. 

Due to its harsh climate, the peninsula can be difficult for ship transport along the Norwegian coast. It is one of the primary obstacles that prevent a passenger route for fast boats from Alesund to Bergen. The current transportation from Bergen to Alesund is by air through Osla, by car (up to eight hours), by bus (up to nine hours), or by coastal ferry (up to 13 hours).

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