1. Within an hour by car

The Vardetangen coastal hiking route

Norway's most western mainland point and a perfect small hiking route, also with children/strollers. Go by car on the road 57 (i.e. the main road from Lindås) in the opposite direction of Bergen. After 15 minutes from the house, you get to the village Fonnes. A few hundred meters, you see the sign "Ervik 1,6 km". Keep right at the first crossing, then continue until the road ends by the fjord/a small harbour. There you see the municipality's information board about Vardetangen and you can park there. Hiking is about 2 km from there, relatively flat. On your way, you pass the beautiful public beach "Årvikane", where you can also use the public barbeques if you bring coal from the supermarket.

Fedje municipality

Small village in the ocean in the west. Ferry 30 minutes' drive from the house (Sævrøy ferry terminal, check out the website of www.norled.no for timetable). More information at www.destinationfedje.org

 

Sletta

Western Norway Emigration Centre. A small church and several houses have been transported from the USA and reassembled in a rural environment in Western Norway similar to that which many Norwegian emigrants to North America left behind. Probably mostly interesting for guest from the US? Check out www.muho.no/en/western-nor

Lyngheisenteret / The Heathland Centre

The Heathland Centre (Lyngheisenteret) is beautifully located on the heathlands at Lygra in Lindås municipality in Nordhordland, about 30 minutes from the house. Here you can wander around along paths winding through the heather-clad heaths. As a result of cultivation, pollution and overgrowth, this unique cultural landscape is rapidly disappearing in Norway and Europe. The Heathland Centre is an information centre focused on preserving knowledge and the way of life about how to manage the coastal heathlands. They preserve the heathland through traditional land use including burning and grazing by wild sheep, the same type of sheep that we have at Sundsbø. Exhibition and film in English. muho.no/en/the-heathland-centre-at-lygra

 

Hiking at Stølsheimen

This is a mountain area that you see from the house on the other side of the fjord, a vast and varied mountainscape with many trails. https://en.visitbergen.com/things-to-do/stolsheimen-p960583

Bergen

An obvious destination for sightseeing, 1 hour by car. Check out www.visitbergen.com

2. Longer daytrips

The Sognefjord (1.5 hours) or Flåm (3 hours by car).

There is also a public boat service to Bergen and the Sognefjord (during the tourist season also to Flåm) 20 minutes by car from the house, from the “Vardetangen” stop. Check out https://www.norled.no/en/expressboat/

The Hardangerfjord is also a possible long daytrip by car

© Marianne Sundsbø