- Vågsøy has four of the nine lighthouses in Sogn og Fjordane county: Kråkenes, Skongenes, Ulvesund, and Hendanes – the first three named lighthouses offer accomodations for vacation stays. See links for details. Vågsøy municipality is comprised in large part by the island of Vågsøy which is connected to the mainland by the remarkable Måløy Bridge.
- Other attractions in Vågsøy are: Kannesteinen rock, Vågsberget, and Refviksanden beach.
- Skongenes was built in 1870. It is painted white, with the lantern and gallery red. There is a 1-1/2 story wood keeper’s house and other light station buildings are preserved.
- Ytre Nordfjord Turlag provides transportation and offers guided tours to this light station, but there doesn’t appear to be road access. Google’s satellite image shows a pier for boats to the west of the lighthouse, with the surrounding area quire untouched by civilization. Vågsøy island has two land projections on its northern coast. Skongenes is located on the northerneastern tip of the island, while Kråkenes sits at the tip of the northwestern tip.
- Ulvesund Lighthouse is in Vågsøy municipality, but not on the island proper. It stands at the northern end of the Ulvesund channel which separates the mainland from the island.
- Ulvesund is not an active lighthouse as of 1985. There is, of course, an automated light near the shore guiding ships. Ulvesund offers accommodations and maintains a shop. Ulvesund Lighthouse website has details and contact information.
Other points of interests on Vågsøy
Måløy. Half way between Florø to the south and Ålesund to the North, Måloy is on the southeastern side of the island of Vågsøy. Few streets in Måløy are named; most, especially the ones on the hillside, are only numbered.
Måløy Bridge connects the village area of Degnepoll on the mainland and the town of Måløy on the island of Vågsøy. Opened in 1974, it was Norway’s longest bridge at that time. The bridge is built to stand wind up to 75 meters per second (170 mph), however vehicles can’t stand anything near that. There are boards on each side of the bridge showing the amount of wind, and the bridge has been closed several times because of strong winds.
Silda is an old fishing community, which formerly had a population of 150 – people who made a living from fishing and farming. Its current prmanent population is about 30, swelling in summer to several hundred people who stay in holiday houses and cabins. The island has a restaurant perched on a rock out in the southern harbor. There are also cabins for rent there. For the most part, the island is “car free”, but it has cycling and walking tracks, footpaths and walking terrain. A regular boat service runs to and from Måløy several times a day.
Kannesteinen Rock islocated on the west side of the island on the shore of a large bay. The sea has been beating against this rock for thousands of years, shaping it into the “mushroom-like” appearance it has today. Kannesteinen rock is in Oppedal, 10 kilometres from the center of Måløy.
Refviksanden beach. At the south end of the sound separating the two large land projections at the north end of Vågsøy, Refviksanden beach has beautiful white sand. This 1,5 km long beach is one of Norway’s finest swimming beaches. Refvik is about 10 km from Måløy. There are municipality-run campsitse with WCs and showers. Pitches for tents, caravans and camper vans. Ask for more information at the tourist information office. Vågsøy’s site, lots of nice pictures of the beach.
Getting to Vågsøy
Photographer Svein-Magne Tunli
Video: Famous beach in Norway – Refvik Sanden Nordfjord 2008
Video: Kannesteinen – Vågsøy
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