Utvær, located 8 km west of Ytre Sula, is the name of the group of islands furthest west in Norway, with the westernmost lighthouse in the country. Every Saturday in the period 29 June – 17 August, you can join a Lighthouse safari!
Let yourself be captivated by Utvær's history and the beautiful scenery far out at sea.
Utvær is Norway’s westernmost island group with the country’s westernmost lighthouse. The light from this monumental lighthouse dating from 1900 can be seen 35 km out in the North Sea! Every Saturday in the period 29 June – 17 August, you can join a Lighthouse safari.
LIGHTHOUSE SAFARI 2019
The tour departs from Hardbakke in Solund. Depending on the weather, the tour will head north or south of Ytre Sula and through the island kingdom of Solund. There are no stops on the trip to Utvær. On Utvær, you’ll follow the North Sea Trail around the island with a guide. Along the way, you’ll see remains of the chapel that was moved in 1718 and marks where stones were used to sharpen swords. There will be chance to go up the lighthouse for those who wish to do so. The view from the lighthouse is magnificent!
Every Saturday in the period 29 June – 17 August, you can join a lighthouse safari from Hardbakke* to Utvær
10:45 - Departure from Hardbakke, Solund
11:30 - Arrive at Utvær
14:00 - Depart from Utvær
14:45 - Arrive at Hardbakke
*Would you prefer to travel from ytre Sula to the lighthouse safari? The boat can pick you up at Ytrøy, Nåra or Kolgrov, depending on the weather. Call Vidar Hop Skyssbåter at +47 97018145 in order to plan the alternativ starting point. After you have agreed upon a time and place with Vidar you can purchase your tickets here. The price for the lighthouse safari is the same regardless of whether you travel from Hardbakke or from ytre Sula.
Please note that this trip is a subject to favourable weather conditions.
Prices Adults NOK 600 - Children NOK 300. Children under 4 free of charge. A percentage of the income from ticket sales goes to “Vener av Utvær”, a group set up to protect the unique island of Utvær.
FOOD AND DRINK
You can buy Norwegian waffles, coffee and lemonade at the lighthouse. Please remember to bring cash for cash payment.
Private tours and events can be arranged year round on request. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +47 474 09 482 for more information.
Utvær, located 8 km west of Ytre Sula, is the name of the group of islands furthest west in Norway, with the westernmost lighthouse in the country. It boasts both historical significance and captivating natural surroundings. Utvær is an old fishing community. No one lives there on a permanent basis any more, but a lot of tourists come to visit during the summer. Join us for a walk on the island where you can stroll in Paradise - a beautiful garden. Visit the ruins of a chapel that was moved in 1718 and see the marks in the mountainside by Vikings sharpening their swords. The most fascinating aspect of the trip, however, is the nature and the ocean – furthest west in Norway.
Utvær is famous in history right back to the Viking Age. In 1066 Harald Hardråde sailed out from Solund when he left to conquer England. 200 vessels plus supply boats and other small craft were gathered together, and the saga says that some of the vessels departed from Utvær. The battle ended with defeat at Stamford Bridge. On the east side of the bay near the Likberget Mountain you can see some marks in the mountainside. The story is that these are marks made by Vikings sharpening their swords before leaving on a raid.
Fishing has always been the main source of income on Utvær. Proximity to the fishing fields made it a centre for seasonal fishing.
The imposing lighthouse was built in 1900, its cast-iron structure towering 31 metres above the top of the mountain. The beam of light is projected 45 metres above sea level across the surface of the ocean, blinking every 30 seconds and visible up to 35 km out in the North Sea.