It can easily take more than a single day to cover all the islets and islands around Bømlo.
We recommend that you plan your route based on your personal wishes and interests - or
of course take in the full splendour of the area over two days!
Leave Bergen on the E 39 to Os and Halhjem. Take the ferry from Halhjem
to Sandvikvåg, a 50 min. trip. Departures on the hour. Follow the
E39 for 400 metres, turn right on Rv 545 to Fitjar, carry on to Sagvåg and
follow the ferry signs to Siggjarvåg, (every 40 min). 15 min. ferry crossing.
Follow Rv 542 from Siggjarvåg north, past Foldrøy towards Svortland
Community Centre at Bremnes (There is a crossroads at around 7 km
where you can take a side trip (3 km) to Rubbestadneset (1)).
Turn right at the Community Centre to Urangsvåg (2) and take the scenic
route over the first bridge to Goddo, carry on to Brandasund (3), over a
series of 4 more bridges linking the islands.
Return by the same route to the Svortland Community Centre at Bremnes
(4). Follow the signs to Sakseid but turn off towards Langevåg, Rv 541.
The road takes you to Finnås and the Kulleseidkanalen (5) and further on,
Lykling, (6). After Lykling you drive through Grutle (7) on the way to
(From Langevåg you can drive to Eidesvik and then take the express boat
to Espevær, (9), 4-8 departures daily.)
Return to Sakseid and turn right to Håvik. (Narrow road, not recommended
for larger vehicles which should turn left to Tormodsæter, then right to
Rubbestadneset, and right again to Mosterhamn at the Ekornsæter
Follow the signs to Mosterhamn (11) at the Håvik crossroads. You cross
the Røyksundkanal (10) on the way.
Return to Siggjarvåg from Mosterhamn
Places of interest and attractions:
(1) Rubbestadneset, a popular residential area, based on the corner stone
industry Wärtsilä NSD Norway and a number of smaller high-tech
companies. The Wichmann Blacksmiths Museum celebrates the
development of the world famous Wichmann marine engines. Amenities:
General store, bank, post office, hotel, cafe.
(2) Urangsvåg, a hamlet by the sea with its country store, coastal
atmosphere, boating and fishing tackle.
(3) Brandasund is a small but lively coastal community with two
fascinating old village shops, one on each side of the bay. Get some home
made buns and coffee and enjoy the fine ocean views including the Slåtterøy
lighthouse. Well kept lay-bys, excellent fishing venues and lovely
(4) The group of communities making up central Bømlo is called Bremnes.
The administrative and trade centre is Svortland, idyllically located
by Storavatnet. Many first class shops, a service station, a hotel and several
(5) Finnås lies on both sides of Kulleseidkanalen, a shipping channel
linking east and west Bømlo. Built as an aid for the spring herring trawlers
it was finished in 1856. There is a summer hotel at St. Olavs School and
Finnås also offers shops, a petrol station and a marina. Visit the Kulleseid
Telegraph Station Museum, one of the earliest of its kind in Norway.
(6) GOLD! Norway’s biggest gold rush took place at Lykling in the
1880”s. A total of 140 kgs. has been found. You’re advised to hire a guide
if you want the full history as the mine is quite large - and you need prior
permission if you’re going prospecting!
(7) Grutle offers fabulous views of the sea and a genuine village store
(8) Langevåg is one of Bømlo“s urban residential areas. Don_t miss out
on the old Church (1621), the Hilleborgstova from 1827 and Fridtun, 1845.
Stock up on supplies and tank up the car while you”re here.
(9) Espevær - a unique little island community in the North Sea. The
houses huddle together in the sound, protected from the ravages of the sea
and storms. Once the largest fishing community in Bømlo, with up to
30,000 fishermen in the rich herring years of the 1850”s. Hummerparken,
built in 1887 and restored in 1994, is a unique cultural monument. Take a
walk to the «UFO ring» which mystically appeared in 1975 and can still
be clearly seen. The old Baadehuset, built in 1850 on old stone walls
dating from 1690, is now a museum. Shops and a cafe.
(10) Røyksundkanalen is a natural channel for small boats and divides
Moster from the rest of Bømlo. You will find Skogbu Tourist Hotel and
(11) Mosterhamn is a cultural pearl, offering the early 12th century
church and the ancient Moster Amfi, a fantastic outdoor amphi-theatre
built into an abandoned limestone pit. Olav Tryggvason sailed into Moster
in 995 to claim the Kingdom and christen Norway. The Moster Amfi
houses the Centre for Religion and Church History, and the exhibitions
«From Heathendom to Christianity», and the audio-visual experience
«1000 Years - One Service». Mosterhamn has a variety of shops, a cafeteria,
a petrol station.