The island municipality of Solund is perfect for people who enjoy cycling. You can experience idyllic small hamlets, and you can go island hopping to the many islands in and around Solund. Head for the westernmost point in Norway, and kayak between islets and skerries. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can hike to the summit of one of the mountains in the area. The most popular mountain hikes in Solund are up Pollatinden and Ramnenipa.
Cycling in Solund
Bring your bike to Solund! The islands out here lie like pearls on a string, and their quiet roads make for lovely cycling and scenic experiences.
Krakhella - Leknessundet
Take the Nordfjordruta public transport service from Bergen or Selje and disembark at Krakhella. Cycle from here on the quiet road towards Leknessundet, a hamlet in the north of Solund. You can combine cycling with a walk up Uranipa (133 metres). The trip is slightly uphill, and there are beautiful views in all directions from the top.
Leknessundet - Hersvikbygda
From Leknessundet, cycle approx. 5 km back and then turn right at the crossroads. Cycle to the end of the road down towards the harbour until you come to Hersvikbygda. You can combine the bike trip here with a boat trip around the archipelago in northern Solund. Visit Buskøy and learn about the area’s history and the different activities that have taken place at the old trading post. The boat stops wherever there are passengers or post to be delivered. It’s also possible to book a round trip around the islands. For information about the route and to book, see vidarhop.no.
Hersvikbygda - Avløyp
Cycle from Hersvikbygda to Avløyp. Turn off at the crossroads towards Strand and cycle north along the idyllic Liasundet sound. You pass the hamlets Lia, Råke and Strand before finally arriving in Avløyp. You can take a detour here to ‘the sunset bench’ situated right beside the road, and enjoy lovely views across the Lågøyfjord. You can also take a break in Lauvika, where there is a nice foreshore. The road to Avløyp is relatively flat and easy to cycle.
Avløyp - Hardbakke
Cycle back along Liasundet sound and turn right at the crossroads towards Hardbakke. You reach the administrative centre of the municipality after just a few minutes. A multitude of experiences await you.
Stay in comfort at Solund leilighetshotell, or rent a cabin at Steinsund Marinesenter, five minutes from Hardbakke. You can spend a day or two exploring Hardbakke and the surrounding islands. Go island hopping with the post boat, on a lighthouse safari to Utvær, and on a guided kayaking trip with Sognefjord Active.
If you would like to see Solund from its highest point, hike up Ramnenipa, which lies like a wall behind Hardbakke. After an active day, you can enjoy a delicious meal at Skafferiet Mat og Drikke.
Cycling in Ytre Sula
After several days of exploring Hardbakke, cycle on to the most remote part of Solund. After the short ferry trip from Daløy to Haldorsneset, cycle on north to Hjønnevåg. You’ll find the accommodation provider Solund Rorbuferie and the restaurant Havkroa here, which is a good base for exploring Ytre Sula. The restaurant is open in summer.
Hjønnevåg - Kolgrov
From Hjønnevåg, cycle to Kolgrov – an idyllic hamlet with charming houses and beautiful scenery. Listen to the waves lapping the shore, or watch them pounding the land on stormy days. If you would like to spend a night there, you can do so in comfort at Kalgraff ferie og fritid.
Kolgrov - Kverhella
The landscape in Solund is made up of the rare rock conglomerate and large rocks deposited by the Ice Age can be seen in several places. Taking time to study the fascinating landscape of Ytre Sula is recommended on this trip. Turn off at Trovåg and cycle down a hill. Then cycle up a steep hill before magnificent views of Kverhella and the Rørdalsfjord open up before you. The accommodation provider Kverhella Hytter is located in Kverhella, and you can rent a boat from there and fish in the ocean.
Kverhella - Nåra
After a stop at Kverhella, cycle up onto the main road again. Turn right towards Nåra. From the hills behind Nåra, you get great views of the farthest flung islands in Solund, with Utvær farthest west. There is a grocery shop at Nåra.