The walk may be divided in 2 alternative routes, which you may walk
separately, or combine to a somewhat longer walk. Warning: the
alternatives differ as to the type of shoes required.
Route A (marked with a solid green line on the map):
Terrain: A comparatively easy walk around the centre of
Førde, generally on improved roads with no special
requirements as to footwear.
Time: About 1 hour.
There are several possible starting points from parking areas that are marked
on the map. In this description we start at the parking area by the cafe
on the quay (1). To get there, leave E39 at the sign to Førde Sentrum and
follow the road to its end.
From this parking area you follow the old Sjoarvegen (Lovers Lane) up to
the right and around Vestbygdo with the old boathouses side by side along
the sheltered bay. When the path reaches the road, turn left and proceed
through thriving pastoral landscape until you reach the main road again.
(At this point you may continue along Route B, either by crossing the
main road (be careful), or by going another 200 m to the right (south), use
the pedestrian tunnel and walk back. The forest road towards Lierskard
starts at the beginning of the cultivated land on the upper side of the main
If you continue on Route A, turn left along the main road to a road leading
to the quay in Førde. Cross the main road and continue to the left about
100 metres to another crossroads. Turn left onto the road with the sign to
Erve and past Førde Gard (5). This old farm has a well-kept main building
from 1850 and receives visitors on Thursdays during the season.
Continue another 150 metres to another crossroads. Turn left onto the
road with a sign to the church. The road goes past the receiving shop for
herbs, Øko-urt Vest (6); one of only two such receiving shops in the country.
Ecologically grown herbs are dried and sorted here for packing and
distribution. You may buy herbal products in the little factory outlet
The road continues past Førde Church (7). The church is built in a modified
roman style with curved arches and was consecrated in 1938. By the church
there is a monument in memory of those who fell during the last war, and
a relief in stone showing two of those who made particular contributions
to the resistance. The settlement of Førde was the centre for the resistance
in the Sveio region.
Continue on the same road as it passes under E39 and past the old power
station (8) that supplied the village with electricity during the war. After
the power station, take the first road to the left past the Førde Rectory
from 1870 (9).
The road now turns down towards the idyllic Simondalen. Turn left onto
a little path across the bridge over the river, and return to the village by
the road past the commercial bank (10). Turn right here and follow the
road back to the quay and the parking area.
Route B (marked with a broken, green line on the map).
Terrain: Forest road and footpath, some steep parts and
moors along Sætrahaugen. Use waterproof boots.
Time: About 2 hours.
This route also has several possible points of departure. Look at the map
where several parking areas are indicated. The description of this alternative
starts at the parking area near the school by the main road E39. (See
Route A, which also comes up to this point).
The forest road you are to follow starts at the edge of the cultivated land
across the main road from the parking area. You have two options: either
cross the main road (be careful), or walk about 200 metres to the right
(south), use the pedestrian tunnel and walk back.
The forest road is quite gentle initially, and becomes steeper near the top.
There is an excellent view to Førdespollen and Bømlafjorden. Along the
path you find information boards with details about local place names
From the top (2) there is only a short distance to the now abandoned
farms at Lier (3), and the short detour to these old farms is worthwhile.
Otherwise, depart directly from the top (2), proceed along the marked
footpath to the left (to the right if you are returning from Lier), and take
the path through the forest. There are some boggy parts along this stretch
of the path. From Sætrahaugen the path winds steeply down and soon
enters the forest road past the old Førde power station (4). Soon after this
you are back on the district road..
Turn left and follow the district road about 0,5 km to the crossroads, and
you are on Route A.