Nesset kommune

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Møre og Romsdal within

Nesset within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°39′31″N 8°7′13″E / 62.65861°N 8.12028°E / 62.65861; 8.12028Coordinates: 62°39′31″N 8°7′13″E / 62.65861°N 8.12028°E / 62.65861; 8.12028
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Romsdal
Administrative centre Eidsvåg
  Mayor (2007) Rolf Jonas Hurlen (H)
  Total 1,046.32 km2 (403.99 sq mi)
  Land 985.87 km2 (380.65 sq mi)
  Water 60.45 km2 (23.34 sq mi)
Area rank 98 in Norway
Population (2010)
  Total 3,074
  Rank 261 in Norway
  Density 3.1/km2 (8/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -6.5 %
Demonym(s) Nessetgjelding[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1543
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

Nesset is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway on the Romsdal Peninsula. The administrative centre is the village of Eidsvåg. Other population centers include Rausand, Boggestranda, Myklebostad, Eresfjord, and Eikesdalen.

Mardalsfossen, one of Norway's tallest waterfalls, a popular tourist attraction during the tourist season, is located in Nesset, along the shores of the lake Eikesdalsvatnet.

General information

Map of present-day Nesset Municipality
View of the famous Mardalsfossen waterfall

The parish of Nesset was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1890, all of Nesset south of the Langfjorden was separated to form the new municipality of Eresfjord og Vistdal. This split left Nesset with 1,706 residents. On 1 January 1877, the Sotnakken farm on the Romsdal peninsula (population: 19) was transferred from Nesset to neighboring Bolsøy municipality. Also on that date, the Tiltereidet and Meisalstranda areas (population: 212) of Tingvoll Municipality, along the west coast of the Tingvollfjorden, were transferred to Nesset Municipality. On 1 January 1890, the Bersås, Nævergjeld, Rausandhaugen, and Rausand area (population: 101) was transferred from Tingvoll Municipality (along the Tingvollfjorden) to Nesset Municipality. Then on 1 January 1964, Eresfjord og Vistdal Municipality was merged back into Nesset Municipality. Prior to the merger, Nesset had 2,360 residents.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Nesset farm and vicarage (Old Norse: Nøytisætr, spelled "Nødesetter" in 1520) since this is where the old Nesset Church was located. The first element is probably nes which means "headlands" (since the farm is lying on a prominent headland between the Langfjorden and the Tingvollfjorden) and the last element is setr or sætr which means "farm". Before 1889, the name was written Næsset.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 10 March 1986. The broken gray line symbolizes the two stage drop on one of Europe's highest waterfalls, the Mardalsfossen, which is located in the municipality. The designer was Olav Sandø, from Eidsvåg.[4]


The Church of Norway has four parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Nesset. It is part of the Indre Romsdal deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Nesset
Parish (sokn)Church nameLocationYear built
EikesdalEikesdal ChurchEikesdalen1866
EresfjordSira ChurchEresfjord1869
NessetNesset ChurchEidsvåg1878
VistdalVistdal ChurchMyklebostad1869


View of Boggestranda

The municipality is made up mostly of the Eikesdalen valley which surrounds the lake Eikesdalsvatnet. The lake is fed from the lake Aursjøen on the border of Oppland county. The water then flows through the Aura River into the lake Eikesdalsvatnet. That water then flows into the Eira River and then on to the Eresfjorden, a branch of the Langfjorden which itself is a branch off the great Romsdalsfjorden. The mountains Skjorta, Fløtatinden, and Gjuratinden surround the main valley.


From the shores of the fjord, to the towering mountains at 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) above sea level, the rural community of Nesset offers the visiting birder a range of habitats, and several interesting areas. One area worth checking is Eidsvågleirene. Though the selection of species will not be high, several of the commoner species can be found. The grey heron and mallard are characteristic species in the area.


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  3. Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 275.
  4. "Kommunevåpen - Nesset kommune". Nesset Kommune. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
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