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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 landscape of the Fjord Coast has been shaped through thousands of years. Today, the variations in nature, with islands, narrow fjords and white sandy beaches, allow for a large range of activities. Join a fjordcruise or wildlife safari, go diving or fishing, rent a boat, or hike in the mountains. The many islands provide superb conditions for kayaking for both beginners and more experienced kayakers.
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. The combination of ocean, sea and mountain guarantees picture postcard scenery.
One of the best ways to explore the region is by island hopping. Visit Utvær in Solund, Norway’s westernmost island, and see Utvær Lighthouse which has guided ships along the coast for more than 100 years. Take the time to visit Bulandet in Askvoll, Norway’s westernmost active fishing community, located at the edge of the open sea. And a bit further north lies Florø, Norway’s westernmost town. You can travel to and around the Fjord Coast in several ways.
If you enjoy fishing, why not rent a cabin or a large converted boathouses close to the sea? Many cater specifically for sea anglers, with good boats and facilities for preparing and storing the catch. Your hosts will be happy to tell you about the best local fishing spots.
November to February is the high season for storm watching. Feel the wind and watch the waves from a safe distance.
The Vikings were very active in the region and traces from Viking times have been found all along the Fjord Coast, including the Gulating, “the Viking cradle of democracy”. The rock carvings in Vingen and Ausevika are unique in Europe, and the millstone park in Hyllestad presents unique geological features and might soon be on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Get more inspiration on the Fjord Coast’s official website.
From Bergen and Trondheim there are daily buses to Førde, Byrkjelo and Stryn.
From Ålesund you can take a bus to at Nordfjordeid, Skei and Førde.
From Oslo there are daily bus departures to Stryn and Måløy.
Find timetables and prices at Kringom’s website.
If you want to go to the Fjord Coast by car, It is approximately 2 hours to Gulen and 4 hours to Florø from Bergen.
From Oslo via Otta the drive is approximately 580 kilometres.
From Ålesund, the drive is about 130 kilometres.
From Bergen you can reach the Fjord Coast with Norled express boats, calling at several ports between Bergen and Selje. The express boats give you the opportunity to hop on and off at different destinations.
Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls at Florø on both its northbound and southbound voyages.
If you choose to travel with your own boat, you will find several guest harbours along the coast.
There are daily flights from Oslo (1 hour) and Bergen (30 minutes) to Florø Airport, which is the closest airport.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.