Island Hopping to Solund, Bulandet and Værlandet is a round trip to the westernmost islands in Norway. Traveling by boat you get close to the unique and spectacular scenery on the coast, and you get to experience the everyday life of the people living on the islands.
The municipality of Solund has over 1700 islands, islet and skerries. The local mail boat takes you on a guided tour among these islands, while delivering mail to the people living on the islands. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready during the trip - spotting wild life like the white tailed eagle, seal and otter is a common sight in the area.
After delivering mail the boat makes a stop at the historical trade post Gåsvær, a small island far out at sea. Here you will meet Anne Marie – a local farmer, politician and tourist host. It is accommodation on the island, so if you want you can stay overnight.
After the stop at Gåsvær the boat continues North to Bulandet & Værlandet. Here you get off the boat and explore the islands on your own. 6 bridges and a 5 km road connect the many islands, making it perfect for biking!
We recommend starting with lunch on the café by the harbour, before renting a bike and exploring the islands. Visit viewpoints, art installations and the local museum or just enjoy the nature!
The local mail boat departs from Hardbakke in Solund at 11.00 every Monday-Friday from mid-June to mid-August. It is possible to return from Bulandet to Hardbakke in the afternoon.
Remember to dress according to the weather. Bring shoes for walking and a raincoat, as the weather may change during the trip.
It is possible to buy food and beverage at Gåsvær and Bulandet. Remember to bring cash (NOK) if you want to buy refreshments at Gåsvær.
We recommend booking accommodation in advance and taking the trip over several days. Start the trip by spending some days in Solund, before you go island hopping to Bulandet & Værlandet and spend some time here. Soon you will know how it is to live on the westernmost islands in Norway!
It is also possible to og island hopping as a daytrip from Bergen. Book your tickets at Norled or the Tourist Information in Bergen.
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