The view from the beautiful Vestkapp plateau, which stands 496 metres above the Stadhavet sea, is one of the most spectacular on the Norwegian coast. The cliff is nearly flat on top, from where it plunges straight down into the ocean. On clear days, you can enjoy panoramic views in all directions – to the Sunnmøre Alps, Mount Hornelen, the Ålfotbreen glacier and the awe-inspiring Stadhavet sea.Vestkapp is the westernmost point on the Norwegian mainland and is known for having both the best and the worst weather. The sea route around Stad and Vestkapp is notorious for its strong currents and shifting weather. Many ships have met a sorry end in these waters, which have given rise to many stories and fascinating myths. As many as 58 shipwrecks lie on the seabed in the area from Sildegapet in the south to Ervik in the north.
In this area steeped in history, a new chapter is about to be written. The Norwegian Coastal Administration is going to build the world’s first ship tunnel, which will enable ships to pass the Stadhavet sea in safety.
Hoddevik is another of Norway’s most popular surfing locations. The white sandy beach is surrounded by tall mountainsides that shelter the beach from the worst of the wind, making it ideal for surfing in extreme wind conditions. The hairpin bends leading down to Hoddevik are almost as famous as the beach itself. The spectacular road is a very popular photo opportunity.
Furthest out on the Stadlandet peninsula lies Ervik, a small hamlet steeped in history and with lots of activities to offer.
Ervik is also famed for one of the best surfing beaches in Norway. There is a very distinctive graveyard just beside the beach. The chapel was built to commemorate the sinking of ‘DS Sanct Svithun’ in 1943. The ship was attacked and sunk by allied fighter planes, and many of Ervik’s inhabitants risked their lives to save the passengers.
Selje and Selja Monastery
If you would like a spiritual break from active nature experiences, you should take a trip to the holy island of Selja, where you can breath in the silence while exploring the monastery ruins. St Sunniva is Norway's only female saint – and the legend about her is like an adventure story. The island of Selja is just a short 15-minute boat trip from Selje. In Selje, the parsonage, which is open to the public, is situated just beside a white sandy beach where the locals swim in the sea all year round.