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. Every Sunday this summer you can join a lighthouse safari from Hardbakke to Utvær. The trip takes 3 hours with about 2 hour stop on Utvær, including a guided walk round the island and the opportunity to go up to the top of the beautiful lighthouse.
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. The view from the lighthouse is magnificent. Join us for a walk on the island where you can stroll in the Garden of Eden, 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.
The trip starts by boat from Hardbakke, the municipal centre of Solund. Depending on the weather conditions, you will go either north or south to Ytre Sula and through the islands of Solund. No stop is planned on the way out to Utvær. On reaching Utvær the boatman will guide you on a walk round the island along the North Sea Trail (Nordsjøløypa). Those who want to will also have the opportunity to go up to the top of the lighthouse. The return route to Hardbakke goes via Notøy, Husøy and Indrevær to Kolgrov, and then on to Hardbakke. No food or beverages are available on the trip, so take something with you if you need it, and remember your camera!
Please note that this trip must be booked at least one day in advance. It is also subject to favourable weather conditions.
For booking please call +47 970 18 145, or +47 57 74 30 00.