Cyclists among flowers and hills.

Cycling close to nature in Florø

PHOTO Steinar Bauge

Cycling through rural, idyllic landscapes or getting your face wet with ocean spray? In the island kingdom of Sogn and Fjordane you can experience both.

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Pick up your bike at the airport, start pedaling and hey presto – you’ll be in the centre of Florø within ten minutes. Possibly sooner.

– Everywhere is within easy reach here. However, the first thing you should do is take a little ride around the westernmost town in Norway. Florø is very friendly, says Wenny Irene Hansen of FjordKysten.

Feeling peckish? In that case she recommends the fish soup at Hjørnevikbua or a salad at Lille Marked.

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Restaurant with seaside view in Florø.

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Hjørnevikbua

TAKE A BREAK: At the restaurant Hjørnevikbua they serve a delicious fish soup.

Island-hopping – and then some!

You haven’t really experienced island-hopping until you arrive in Florø as a summer tourist! It’s the perfect environment for cyclists, inviting you to hop on one of the ferries at Fugleskjærkaia where the island life awaits just 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. In the summer, when the weather’s nice, it’s absolutely gorgeous out there.

Medieval church on the island of Kinn.

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Håvard Stubhaug

MEDIEVAL CHURCH: The Kinna church is built in stone, probably in the 12th century. It's the oldest and the only one of its kind in the region of Sunnfjord.

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 rich in history and with a magnificent 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, the Centre also arranges guided tours. Just remember to call at least one day ahead, and you might be lucky enough to get a selfie with a deer!

See deer close up at Svanøy.

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Fjordkysten

OH DEER!: You can get pretty close to the deers at Svanøy.

And whatever you do, don’t miss the Nordsjøporten (Gate to the North Sea). It's a five kilometer road spanning six bridges, and linking the islands at the mouth of the fjord.

– Take the express boat from Florø to Askvoll, then the ferry out to Værlandet, and finally cycle on to Bulandet. It’s a wonderful trip, says Hansen.
 

Local craft beer

If you haven’t met these two characters, may we introduce you to 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 add when it comes to the weather:

– There’s a lot of weather out here on the coast, and that’s part of the experience. On the other hand, you'll never be surrounded by other tourists nor have to queue up, and that’s an attraction in its own right!