Join the local post boat to westernmost islands in Norway. With several thousand islands, islets and rocks is a lovely adventure journey!
Enjoy island hopping as a daytrip or book accommodation and take the trip over several days. By taking the trip over several days you get more time to enjoy the landscapes and atmosphere of this wonderful archipelago.
The trip starts with Norled Express boat from Bergen to Krakhella in Solund. Solund is the westernmost municipality in Norway, beautifully located by the mouth of the famous Sognefjord. Once on Krakhella, get on the local bus to Hardbakke, the centre of Solund. The bus stops by the harbour, where the post-boat “Stjernsund” awaits to take you to the islands of mid-Solund.
The captain will be your local guide while he takes you safely through the quiet waters, where you may be lucky enough to catch sight of wild coastal animals such as sea eagles, seals and porpoise. The post boat is very important for the community in Solund. Some of the islands do not have road connections, and the post boat connects them with Hardbakke, the centre of the municipality.
The boat stops where there are mail deliveries to be made or passengers to pick up. Last stop in Solund is the charming fishing village of Gåsvær. Here the boat stops for 30 minutes, and you can have a look around the island. After your stop at Gåsvær the trip continues over a stretch of open sea to Bulandet in the municipality of Askvoll.
You have about 2,5 hours for sightseeing at Bulandet, before the bus departs for Værlandet. Go to the viewpoint of Halsøhågen for a splendid overview of the islands, visit Bulandet Temapark and study their exhibit of traditional island life, or enjoy a meal at one of the local cafés. On the very western edge of the island there is also an art gallery, where you can purchase a souvenir from your trip.
It is possible to rent a bike instead of taking the bus to Værlandet. Then you can explore the beautiful road that connects the islands with 6 bridges. You can rent a bike at Bulandet and hand it in at the shop at Værlandet, located by the pier where you take the ferry to Askvoll. Biking from Bulandet to Værlandet takes about 1 hour, and on the way you can visit the idyllic village of Værøyhamna where Norwegian Seabird Centre is located.
From Værlandet pier you take the ferry to Askvoll, where you get on the express boat back to Bergen.
08.00 - Departure by express boat from Bergen
10.15 - Arrival Krakhella
10.20 - Departure by bus from Krakhella
10.50 - Arrival Hardbakke (get off by the harbor)
11.00 - Departure local post boat, Hardbakke
12.30 - Arrival Gåsvær, 30 min stop
13.00 - Departure Gåsvær
13.30 - Arrival Bulandet
15.50 - Departure by bus from Bulandet
16.15 - Arrival Værlandet ferry pier
16.30 - Departure by ferry from Værlandet
17.30 - Arrival Askvoll
17.40 - Departure by express boat from Askvoll
20.45 - Arrival Bergen
Remember to dress according to the weather. Bring shoes for walking and a raincoat, as the weather may change during the trip. It is possible to buy food and beverage at Gåsvær and Bulandet. Some places only accept cash payment.
Information and booking:
Buy your round trip tickets at norled.no, at the Tourist Information in Bergen or at Strandkaiterminalen. Please note that round trip ticket from Bergen is valid for one day. If you want take the trip over several days, you have to buy single tickets for each part of the journey. Please contact Visit FjordKysten for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Children under 4 years old: free.