Solund is an island paradise with 1700 islands, islets and skerries where the fjord meets the open sea. Norway’s westernmost municipality is an excellent destination for everyone looking for exhilarating nature experiences. Solund is located just two hours from Bergen at the outermost point of the Sognefjord. Are you wondering what are the best things to do in Solund? Here is Visit FjordKysten's top list.
Top 5 in Solund
Kayaking to the distinctive rock formations, Lågøystolane. Photo: Magnus R. Furset
Solund is a dream come true for kayakers. The many islands provide shelter from winds and waves - and when the weather is good it’s just a short way out to the mighty ocean. Experience charming fishing villages and a unique geology from the seat of your kayak. Perhaps you’ll see the eagles that live out here?
The Norwegian Coastal Culture Academy, NKKA offer guided kayak tours and courses in this spectacular coastal scenery.
Utvær Lighthouse. Photo: Merete Mellingen.
You cannot go further west in Norway than the islands of Utvær. The island boasts both historical significance and captivating natural surroundings. Here you’ll find the monumental Utvær Lighthouse built in 1900. The light from the lighthouse can be seen 35 km out in the North Sea. For decades the light have been the first sight of land for the ones approaching the Norwegian coast at night.
Did you know Utvær Lighthouse is the motif on the newly launched 50-krone banknote?
3. Island Hopping by the postal boat
Island Hopping. Photo: Susanne Odijk Solbakken
Some of the charming islands in the Solund archipelago are car free and have no road connections. The local postal boat binds the communities together by delivering mail and transport passengers from one island to another. You can join the post boat and go island hopping among the multitude of islands. The captain will be your local guide and show you hidden treasure along the way.
You can choose if you would like to go island hopping as a daytrip or take the trip over several days. Daytrips from Bergen can be booked on gofjords.com and single tickets for the island hopping between Hardbakke and Bulandet can be booked on fjordkysten.no. To get a sense of what it is like to live on Norway's westernmost islands we recommend booking accommodation in the municipalities Solund and Askvoll, and go island hopping over several days.
4. Storm watching
Storm watching. Photo: Merete Mellingen.
Norway’s westernmost municipality boasts an outstanding setting for storm watching. Winters in Solund are often mild, green and stormy, with fantastic winter light. October to March is high season for storms! Some days are clear and sunny, but stormy weather is usually just around the corner. A comfortable stay is an important part of the experience. Enjoy a great view from your hotel room, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy a hot drink with your nearest and dearest.
You can book Stormwatching tours to Solund on gofjords.com. Delicious food, guided storm experiences, transport and accommodation are included.
Great view from Pollatinden. Photo: Hildur Ytreøy
Solund is great for hiking with clearly waymarked footpaths in varied terrain. Pollatinden (541 masl) is the second highest peak in Solund. From the top you get a breathtaking view of the archipelago!
You can find information on other attractions and accommodation at fjordkysten.no.
Welcome to Solund!