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View of the fjord
Hjeltefjorden is located in Hordaland
Location in Hordaland county
LocationHordaland county, Norway
Coordinates60°40′N 04°55′E / 60.667°N 4.917°E / 60.667; 4.917Coordinates: 60°40′N 04°55′E / 60.667°N 4.917°E / 60.667; 4.917
Primary inflowsByfjorden
Primary outflowsFedjefjorden
Basin countriesNorway
Max. length35 kilometres (22 mi)
Max. width4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi)

Hjeltefjorden is a fjord in Hordaland county, Norway. The 35-kilometre (22 mi) long fjord runs north-south between many islands leading from the open ocean to the city of Bergen. Its name is derived from Hjaltland, the Old Norse name for Shetland. The main shipping routes from Bergen to Shetland ran through Hjeltefjorden.[1]

Hjeltefjorden is a major shipping route into Bergen, and it runs from the island of Fedje in the north to Byfjorden in the south. It is delimited to the west by the islands of Øygarden and Sotra and to the east by the islands of Radøy, Holsnøy, Herdla and Askøy.

Hjeltefjorden was the site of the closing stages of the Battle of Alvøen in 1808.


  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Hjeltefjorden" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-04-10.