Hiking close to the North Sea
Facing the ocean
Kvitsøy is an island municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. Idyllic island of Kvitsøy lies far out on the fjord between Haugesund and Stavanger. It is the smallest of Ryfylke's municipalities.
At only 6.29 square-kilometer (2.43 sq mi), it is the smallest municipality in Norway by area. Kvitsøy is located in the traditional district of Ryfylke.
- Duration: Full day
- Level: Beginners
- Requirement: 5 persons
- All transport (cab, ferry)
- Open water (over the ocean) fjord cruise
- Guided full day tour
- Entrance to the lobster museum
- Hot meal lunch
- Coffee and tea
The tour begins with a ferry from Mekjarvik to Kvitsøy. This 40 minutes ferry ride is quite an adventure. To be outside during crossing over to Kvitsøy is outstanding, especially during bad weather with big waves.
When arriving the islands, the guide will walk you to the "city center". Small white houses, idyllic narrow streets, quiet everywhere.
Visit the lobster museum
The main exhibition deals with the story of the lobster, fishing lobsters and trading with them. Kvitsøy has long been known as a center for lobster fishing, but local fishermen also fish for herrings, sardines and shrimp. The sea has always been of fundamental importance for the settlement on Kvitsøy. The museum follows this theme with an exhibition on the daily life of an island fisherman. The museum also displays buildings and furnishings from a traditional fisherman's home as well as an exhibition devoted to boats and motors. In addition, the museum can boast of an extensive collection of equipment used in the fishing industry.
Guided tour in the moonscape
After visit the museum, the guide will take you to another univers. A hike between the sharps cliffs, close to the waves, is terrifying with much wind. But, a must. Feel the wind, explore the waves and get saltwater in you hear. You are alive!
Along the hiking tour we will passed by a lot of bunkers from the WW2. Some are open, some closed. You are free to have a look. While finish the hiking, the guide will bring you back to the ferry for crossing over to the mainland.
If you want a heavy ocean adventure, pick this tour !
What to bring:
- Hiking shoes
- A cap
- Raincoat if rain
- Warm jacket (wind and waterproof)
Time schedule (Monday-Friday)
08.00: The guide will meet you outside Stavanger tourist information and take you by bus or car to Mekjarvik, 20 minutes
08.55: Ferry to Kvitsøy, 40 minutes.
10.00: When arriving on the island we will walk 20 minutes to the center. In the center we will visit the interesting lobster museum.
12.00: Lunch time. We will serve you a hot meal prepared over a bonfire.
13.00: A guided tour around the Island. We walk along a track right by the ocean. Panoramic view.
16.10: Ferry back to Mekjarvik and Stavanger city center.
The tour is perfect for all types of hikers. This tour is a must if you want a hike right by the North Sea.