You cannot go further west in Norway. Travel off the beaten track to the Fjord Coast and get a taste of authentic coastal life.
The forces of nature are powerful where the fjords meet the open sea, offering wonderful sights, sounds and experiences. The landscape of Fjord Coast has been shaped through thousands of years, and today the variations in nature, with thousands of islands, narrow fjords and white sandy beaches, allow for a large range of activities – both on the sea, under the water surface and in the mountains.
One of the best ways to explore the region is by island hopping. Hop on one of the local boats and get close to the everyday life of people living on the westernmost islands in Norway. Visit Utvær in Solund, Norway’s westernmost island. Here you can see Utvær Lighthouse, which has guided ships along the coast for more than 100 years. You should also take time to visit Bulandet in Askvoll, Norway’s westernmost active fishing community. Bulandet is a conglomerate of islands and skerries at the edge of the open sea. Further north lies Florø, Norway’s westernmost town, founded in 1860.
The many islands provide superb conditions for kayaking. Beginners can paddle in sheltered waters while more experienced kayakers can surf the waves in the open sea.
Walk to the tops of natural monuments such as Alden, Lihesten or Hornelen – the highest sea cliff in Europe, or opt for one of the many North Sea trails.
You will find several walking areas and trails to choose from, and the combination of ocean, sea and mountain guarantees picture postcard scenery.
If you enjoy fishing, why not rent one of the many cabins or large converted boathouses close to the sea? Many cater specifically for sea anglers, with good boats and facilities for preparing and storing the catch. You can also be sure your hosts will be happy to tell you about the best local fishing spots.
The weather along the coast changes quickly and you can experience all four seasons in a day. November to February is the high season for storm watching. Feel the wind and watch the waves from a safe distance.
The Fjord Coast has a rich and dramatic history and offers many well preserved historical monuments, and exciting sites from the Viking age, including the Gulating, «the cradle of democracy». The rock carvings in Vingen and Ausevika are unique in Europe. The Vikings were very active in this region and traces from Viking times have been found all along the Fjord Coast. Visit the millstone park in Hyllestad. The park, which presents unique geological features, has been nominated for consideration of inclusion on the UNESCO world heritage list.
There is no need to wait until you´re here to find out what you´d like to do.
Western Norway is a region of narrow fjords cutting into tall mountains, of waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and of glaciers that never melt. Spectacular architecture and exiting food made from local produce enhance the experience.
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation.