Go south on E39 from Bergen past Nesttun and Os to the ferry terminal at
Halhjem. Ferry across Bjørnefjorden (1) to Våge.
From Våge (2) turn left in the roundabout on Rv49 past Gjerstad (3) and
Godøysund (4) and on to Lunde (5). From Lunde turn right to Fv78 past
Vevatne (6), Hovland (7), Årbakka (8), Nedrevåge (9), to Onarheim (10).
From Onarheim the road leads to Espevik (11), past Flakka (12) and to
Hodnanes (13). Then turn right onto Rv49 and pass through Flatråker
(Flat Acre) (14) and Uggdal (15) before returning to the ferry terminal in
PLACES OF INTEREST AND ATTRACTIONS:
(1) The ferry crossing of Bjørnefjorden gives you an excellent overview
of the north side of this island community. In the middle is Tysnessåto
(Tysnes Haystack) which is the tallest peak on these islands with 753
metres. In the foreground is Godøysund, a popular site for holiday houses
and boating and fishing among the skerries.
(2) Våge is the community’s trading centre with a tourist office, free
mooring, bank, shops and restaurants. Just east of the harbour is Tysnes or
Ty’s Ness, a small peninsula named after the god Ty of Nordic Mythology.
(3) Gjerstad is home to the island’s only junior secondary school. The
walk 11A to Ramnanuten (Raven Peak) starts here. Parking in front of the
(4) At the end of Gjersvik turn left to Godøysund where Godøysund Fjordhotell
has been in operation since 1883. Here you can still enjoy the old
footpaths around the island.
(5) Lunde is the third largest settlement in the municipality of Tysnes and
contains a petrol station, some shops and minor industry. (From here you
can take Rv49 to the bridge over Lukksund).
(6) Shortly after Lunde you reach Vevatnet which means ”Sacred Lake”.
This lake is central to the theory that the island of Tysnes was a place of
worship and offering in ancient times. The road past the lake is in itself of
considerable historical interest; built in 1930 it is one of the best examples
of the art of road building of that time.
(7) At Hovland the road approaches the Hardangerfjord and Onarheimsfjord.
Hovland was the home of Axel Movatt, the wealthiest man in Western
Norway in the sixteen hundreds. There is a public beach just south of
Hovland on Ølfarneset near Tveit. The word ”Hov” denotes a pre-christian
place of worship.
(8) At Årbakka there are signs of at least six stone monuments and more
than 20 burial mounds are officially registered. The old marketplace is
located near the fjord and this is where you park when taking walk 11B
(9) Further south you pass the large farm Nedrevåge. The unique botanical
and agricultural development in this area was designated as the Official
Tysnes Community Cultural Exhibit in 1997. See also walk 11B.
(10) Onarheim was an important centre during and after the Viking era.
The great, annual Onarheim Feast attracted powerful landholders from as
far away as Voss. Today Onarheim is still one of the largest hamlets in
(11) You are now entering the ”Chalk Belt”, so called because of the chalky
rock in the area. The calcareous soil supports a flora which is unique for
this latitude, notably ivy and holly. At Espevik cultivation of spat and
seed oysters started as early as 1882 and a third generation now produces
scallops, oysters and horse mussels for consumption.
(12) The chalk deposits in the area were a valuable local resource in earlier
times and burning of lime was a minor industry until 1900. The remains
of lime quarries and pits can be seen in Flakkavågen and the last one is
restored and can be visited near the main road in Flakka.
(13) In 1994 a new ferry terminal was constructed at Hodnanes and was
connected to Skjelavik by a new road. The terminal and access road have
greatly improved communication to the south.
(14) Just before the ferry terminal, Rv49 branches off towards Flatråker.
Here you find the Flatråker Watershed with several large lakes connected
by canals, which once were used for timber floating. The area is now
excellent for canoeing and camping. Canoes for hire.
(15) At the junction at Søreide you can turn off to Reksteren. The island is
a worthy destination in its own right, but today the tour continues to
Uggdal. This is the administrative centre of the community with shops,
petrol station and bank. By the fjord you find Tysnes Sea and Leisure with
a restaurant and bungalows and boats for hire. The walk 11C Heningen –
Myklestad starts from the parking area at Eide. From Uggdal it takes only
a few minutes to drive back to the ferry terminal in Våge.