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Experience the historic island of Svanøy!
Svanøy, known as the "pearl of Sunnfjord", is Flora municipality's southernmost and most verdant island.
A visit to Svanøy makes an excellent day trip from Florø! On Fridays during the summer, you can join a guided tour on Norwegian Deer Center.
From Florø, the local boat sails through a magnificent landscape to Svanøy Bay on the island of the same name. Svanøy has a long and multi-faceted history. In previous centuries, the island was the most important centre in the region, with a high level of export and shipping activity. The island is home to Svanøy Manor House, which was both a nobleman's dwelling and an episcopal residence. The building is undergoing restitution this year, but you can visit their beautiful yard.
Today, about 70 people live on the island, and Svanøy is widely known for its high-quality salmon and venison. Norsk Hjortesenter – the Norwegian Deer Centre – on the island is a national centre of expertise on wild and farmed deer, and lets you experience the deer at close quarters.
The Svanøy Bay, Svanøybukt, is a popular spot for holiday visitors and local people alike. You'll find a guest harbour with power hook-ups, a general store and an inn. You can get a free map of the island and hire bikes at the general store. Cycling around this lush island is a fantastic experience. Why not ring +47 57 74 00 29 to reserve a bike in advance? Next to the general store is the inn, Svanøy Kro, were you can enjoy a delicious venison or salmon burgers.
The historic Svanøy Manor House is just 10 minutes' walk from Svanøy Bay. In its time, the manor house has been home to both aristocrats and bishops. 5 km beyond Svanøy Manor House is Norsk Hjortesenter – the Norwegian Deer Centre, a national centre of expertise on the red deer, where you can experience deer at close quarters!