Pick up your bike at the airport, start pedalling and hey presto – you’ll be in the centre of Florø within ten minutes. Possibly sooner.
“Everywhere is within easy distance here. But the first thing you should do is take a little ride around the westernmost town in Norway. It’s really very friendly,” says Wenny Irene Hansen of FjordKysten.
Hungry after your journey? In that case she recommends the fish soup at Hjørnevikbua or a salad at Lille Marked.
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Island-hopping and then some!
You haven’t experienced island-hopping until you arrive in Florø as a summer tourist! Simply put, it’s perfect for cyclists. Just make your way to the quayside at Fugleskjærkaia and hop onto one of the ferries waiting to carry you to new adventures 25 minutes away.
“The saga island of Kinn is a must,” says Hansen. “Make your way to the picturesque medieval church where you can join a guided tour or just look around by yourself. There’s also a hiking association hut on the island, and in the summer when the weather’s fine, it’s gorgeous out there.”
Selfie with a deer?
She also recommends a trip to Svanøy.
“It’s a great place to cycle. There’s very little traffic and the terrain is flat. One of the big attractions is Svanøy Hovedgård, a superb manor house with a rich history and a large garden,” she explains.
The island is also home to the Norwegian Deer Centre. Not only does it carry out research, offer courses and manage free-range deer, it can also arrange guided tours. Just remember to call at least one day ahead, and you might be lucky enough to get a selfie with a deer!
And don’t miss the Nordsjøporten (Gate to the North Sea) either: a five-kilometre road with six bridges linking the islands at the mouth of the fjord.
“Take the express boat from Florø to Askvoll, then the ferry out to Værlandet, and then cycle on to Bulandet. It’s a great trip,” says Hansen.
Say hello to Svartekari and Prestesonen
If you haven’t met these two, perhaps you’re familiar with Bresjnev or Gamleguten? They all belong to the Kinn Brewery family of beers, one of the very best craft breweries in Norway.
“Guided tours and tastings are organised during the summer. They are very good communicators and have a great story to tell, so it’s a really superb experience,” says Hansen, who, on the subject of the region’s attractions, has something to say about the weather:
“There’s a lot of weather out here on the coast, and that’s part of the experience. Then again, there aren’t so many tourists here that you have to stand in queues, and that’s worth something in itself!”