Experience the charming, car-free island of Espevær off the Bømlo coast.
Hummarparken lobster park was built in 1887 and restored in 1994. It is a unique heritage site. Hummarparken is the biggest lobster park in the country, and is now a museum and aquarium. You can take a guided tour or rafting tour of the hall, where lobsters roam freely in the summer.
Baadehuset museum gives you an insight into the era when Espevær was an important part of the herring fishery. This is because historically, Espevær was the biggest fishing village in Bømlo, attracting as many as 30,000 fishermen during the rich herring fishery years of the 1850s. The building was erected in 1850 on old stone walls dating back to 1690, and is now a museum. A shop and café are open here during the summer.
Espevær is famous for its ‘UFO ring’, which appeared in 1975 and can still be seen just as clearly. Tourists can walk from Espevær to see the ‘UFO ring’.
You can also take a cable ferry in Espevær.
The cable ferry was built at the Mæhles Machine Shop in Baadeholmen. It began operating in 1978 across the 45-metre-wide strait between Baadeholmen and Garvika. The cable ferry is coin operated and costs NOK 20 each way, with the trip taking around two minutes. You can take the ferry at any time of the day or night, and there is space for four people on board.
The Gamleposten 5444 restaurant is open in summer – a place where you can enjoy local delicacies and a taste of history.
From Eidesvik in Langevåg, a daily boat service runs to and from Espevær. The crossing takes around 10 minutes. MS Venemøy and Kystoppleving are happy to tailor-make boat trips for you.