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Storm Watching Tour to Solund, the Sognefjord Coastal Park

Departure points
9 Jan - 31 Mar
Departure points
Bergen
Duration
2 days
Difficulty
Easy
Departure points
From 2595,- NOK per person
Two people with their back towards the camera, yellow rain jackets and rain hats are holding on to each other as they are storm watching from a rock by the water in Western Norway.David Zadig

Just two hours from Bergen, at the outermost point of the Sognefjord, is the island paradise of Solund. Norway’s most westerly municipality boasts 1700 islands, unspoilt nature, diverse geology and – not least – an outstanding setting for storm watching. Here you’ll find islands sheltered from the wind and waves, as well as vantage points ready to provide a feast for the senses as the wind and weather play out their natural drama.

Arriving at Solund aparthotel is always a pleasure. You’ll find a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, comfortable rooms and great views.

Although the area’s name contains the Norwegian word for ‘sun’ – sol – there are usually more than 220 days of precipitation per year, although it’s not always heavy rain. And, ironically enough, this spot amidst the stormy weather and crashing waves is the perfect place to recharge the batteries. Watching waves endlessly crashing ashore is unbelievably de-stressing...

Itinerary

Storm-watching trip with 1 night’s accommodation (NOK 2595,-)

Day 1: Depart from Bergen by boat to Krakhella in the morning. From the ferry quay, the bus will take you along narrow, winding roads in a striking landscape. The journey to Hardbakke, which is the municipal centre of Solund, takes around 40 minutes. Your local guide will be waiting for you, and will provide plenty of useful information about the area and safety when storm watching, before we set off at noon. The best viewpoint is dictated by the winds, and lunch is served at a local café-restaurant along the way. Afterwards, you can choose between exploring Hardbakke or visiting the guest harbour – or perhaps you’d prefer a hot drink in the lobby? A two-course dinner based on local ingredients awaits in the evening.

Day 2: Breakfast is served from 07:00, and afterwards it’s time for a guided boat tour and island hopping in a unique coastal landscape on board the local post boat. The captain will provide information en route, and point out hidden gems as you pass through narrow sounds, past idyllic settlements and old fishing villages. Lunch is eaten on board or on one of the islands.

Storm-watching trip with 2 nights’ accommodation (NOK 3740,-)

Day 1: Travel like the locals on the commuter service leaving Bergen for Krakhella. From the ferry quay, the local bus driver will drive you along narrow, winding roads in a striking landscape. The journey to Hardbakke, which is the municipal centre of Solund, takes around 40 minutes. Your local guide will show you to Solund aparthotel, where you can enjoy a quiet evening and a dinner of locally sourced specialities.

Day 2: Breakfast is served from 07:00. You’ll be given plenty of useful information about the area and safety when storm watching, before we prepare to set off for the hike. The best viewpoint is dictated by the wind – we head northwards or southwards depending on its direction. Lunch is eaten at a local café-restaurant, and after the walk you can take in more of the area’s charm as you watch the changing light over Hardbakke, experience the atmosphere and shop at the guest harbour, or relax with a hot drink in the hotel lobby. In the evening, you can sample “Solund on a plate”, with a two-course dinner where regional cuisine meets a Mediterranean-inspired chef.

Day 3: After breakfast, it’s time to check out – but your trip isn’t over yet! You can look forward to a guided tour and island hopping in a unique coastal landscape on board the local post boat. The captain will provide information en route, and point out hidden gems as you pass through narrow sounds, past idyllic settlements and old fishing villages. Lunch is eaten on board or on one of the islands. In time you’ll be taken back to Harbakke to board the express boat to Bergen.

All tours include

Accomadation

Meals

Transportation

Guided storm watching hike

For for a more detailed overview of the itinerary's schedule, please click Here.

Map

Sights on the trip

  • Stjernsund Postal Boat

    There’s no better way to explore the narrow waters and small islands on the western coastline of Norway than on the postal boat. Listen to stories about the multitude of tiny communities living in the area, all told by the knowledgeable captain. He’s a fantastic local guide!

  • Geologiområdet Solund

    For anyone interested in rocks and geology, there is nowhere to match Solund. The island kingdom comprises stratified rocks from the Devonian (part of the Palaeozoic era), with the rare conglomerate in particular being of immense geological value. Those who aren’t so interested in geology may still enjoy looking out over the bare rocks to which hardy plants cling, or pondering on being in a municipality surrounded by water. When we say “island kingdom”, we mean “island kingdom”!

  • Stormwatching hike

    A storm watching hike will expose you to the raw elements of nature and take you to spectacular view points. The weather will determine where exactly the hike takes you. Dress warm and let the stormy weather give you rosy cheeks and Instagram photos that clearly shows that life is best outside.

  • Solund Apartmenthotel

    Included in your tour is lodging in a double room at the beautiful Solund Apartmenthotel.

Practical information

Facilities

There are WCs on board the express boats.

Equipment

The wind strengths can be considerable and there is a LOT of weather! Bring waterproof and windproof clothing so you can enjoy your storm-watching trip to the full, while staying dry and tolerably warm.

Food

’Skafferiet Mat og drikke’ is the local hotel restaurant. The regional kitchen is inspired by the international food scene. In addition there is a small convenience store if you would like to purchase some local specialties like kelp oil or pesto. There are also a couple of other local eateries in the area.

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