Svanøy is the most southern and most fertile island in Flora, with a long and rich history. Svanøy Estate was an old bailiff and aristocratic seat dating back from the 17th Century, with 250 acres of crops and 122 acres of forest. At its largest, it comprised of 339 farms, 759 tenant farms and almost half of the tax revenues in Sunnfjord. The estate was later divided into 4 large farms: Erikstad, Solhaug, Kvalstad and Svanøe. According to the legends, the Viking king, Eirik Blood Axe, grew up at Erikstad farm hence its name. Today's owners have through many years collected old household, fishing and farming tool which are displayed in the former main building. The Norwegian Deer Centre is a centre of competence for the breeding and farming of red deer and doe deer. The centre's main mission is to address problem areas with regards to deer in the wild and deer farming. The centre has a lot to offer visitors.