A sculpture park is currently being erected in Flolid in Gulen in order to commemorate the fact that the Gulating legislative assembly met regularly on the shores of the Gulafjord for a period of five hundred years.
From the year 1300 the assembly was moved to Bergen. This was where important political issues were discussed and decisions were made. The members of the assembly represented the farmers of Western Norway, and the Gulating is thus related to the representative institutions of today. The old assembly was also used as a law court for both civil and criminal cases.
The Norwegian sculptor Bård Breivik is responsible for the artistic elements. The park is a work of art in its own right. It will be used as the setting for outdoor dance and music performances in beautiful and unique natural surroundings.
The production of millstones in Hyllestad started over 1,000 years ago, and used to be a major industry employing up to 1,000 people. Millstones were exported to Danish and Baltic areas and the western islands. Many of the crosses to be seen along the coast are made of millstones from Hyllestad, including the crosses in Eivindvik and Korssund.
The park offers nature trails that visualise the history of the industry, with debris and broken product as well as half-carved stones still not separated from the rock surface. Guided tours in the summer and a stone masonry camp, including activities.
You cannot travel any further west in Norway and still be on solid ground. There are no longer any permanent residents on the island of Utvær, but there are always two people on duty at the lighthouse. To visit Utvær you have to travel by boat – either your own boat or with one of the local boat services. There is a boat service available on request from Kolgrov all year round. In the summer season there is a scheduled service with departures from Hardbakke, Eivindvik and Korssund.
There are many islands for you to discover along the coast of Western Norway. The waters near Askvoll are blessed with some of he most attractive islands in the region. Join a guided cruise amongst those islands.
Visit Bulandet, an amazing archipelago of 365 islands, and the old fishing village and trading post of Gåsvær. Experience first-hand this wild landscape facing the sea, with a myriad of skerries and islands sculpted by storms.
From the charming town of Florø, a local boat sails out amongst isles and skerries, making its way to the saga island of Kinn.
Here stands one of the most beautifully situated churches in Norway. No one is sure when the Romanesque church was built, but it is at least one hundred years older than the masterfully carved pulpit from 1250.
If you hike up Kinnaklova, a famous sailing mark, your reward is a breathtaking view over the sea.
Locals consider Svanøy to be the "jewel of Sunnfjord" – and this beautiful emerald island enchants every visitor. Exploring the trails and narrow roads on foot, you will soon see why people have thrived here for over 4,000 years. For more than a thousand years Svanøy was a seat of worldly and religious power.
Beside the churchyard stands St Olav’s cross, inscribed with runes in the tenth century. Svanøy has many relics from the early nineteenth century, when the islanders were fervent followers of lay preacher Hans Nielsen Hauge.
Join a guided tour of Svanøy estate and the deer farm. Svanøy is an enjoyable boat ride from Florø.
Bremanger - round trip by bus
A memorable round trip by bus in beautiful surroundings packed with historical highlights.
The trip starts in Florø and continues to the village of Svelgen. The village has been an industrial place for many years. The society is founded on the industrial history. Svelgen is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is a popular recreational area.
The trip then continues to Ålfoten, where you might get a glance of the glacier. You will visit one of the most beautiful churches in the area, Rugsund Kyrkje. The buss will pass interesting historical areas as you head out to Grotle. Here you will see beautiful long white sandy beaches. There is also an old graveyard situated here.
You may go to Kalvåg for lunch, which specialises in local food. After lunch you can head back to Florø, or you can go by ferry to Kjelkenes and from there to Florø.
The fishing community of Kalvåg is situated far out with the North Sea as its neighbour in the west and Stad to the north. Here you will find one of the best preserved fishing villages in Western Norway.
Around the bay lie sea houses clustered together and full of atmosphere. You can visit the old herring salting houses, go for a walk along the open air art exhibition or just enjoy the atmosphere.
Visit the local galleries, and have a look at the art and the crafts you can find in Kalvåg. The shops offer unique products. Kalvåg is also famous for its excellent seafood.
Visit Selje Monastery, founded on the spot where St. Sunniva came ashore and had to hide from the Vikings.