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.
Fishing has always been the main source of income on Utvær Proximity to the fishing fields made it a cetre for seasonal fishing. No-one lives there on a permanent basis any more, but a lot of tourists come to visit during the summer.
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.
LIGHTHOUSE SAFARI TO UTVÆR
Every Sunday from 3rd July to 7th August you can join a lighthouse safari from Hardbakke to Utvær. Departure from Hardbakke at 16:10. The trip takes 3 hours with about 2 hours 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 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, 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.