is an island and municipality
in the county
of Møre og Romsdal
. It lies north-northwest of the city of Ålesund
The municipality was separated from Borgund January 1, 1908. The municipality of Vigra was merged with Giske January 1, 1964.
The municipality is named after the farm and island Giske (Old Norse Gizki
), since the first church was built there. The name is (probably) identical with the word gizki
m 'tablecloth, rag' (the island is small and flat).
The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1985) - but it has old roots: It is based upon the old seal of Erling Vidkunnsson
The municipality is composed of four islands: Giske, which gives its name to the municipality because of its historical importance, Vigra
, which is where Ålesund's airport
is located, Valderøy
, where the municipal administration is located, and Godøy
. There are also many smaller islands within its boundaries.
Giske is also the place where, according to Snorre Sturlason
, Harald Fairhair
cut his hair after uniting Norway.
The villages (population centers) of Giske include:
- Alnes, which lies in Giske municipality on Godøy island
- Roald is a village on Vigra Island in Giske municipality
- Valkvjet, which lies in Giske municipality on Valderøy island