Heading south …
Endless silky beaches line bays and inlets. On a hot summer’s day nothing compares to a visit to our local “Costa del Sol”. Sandvesanden, near Skudeneshavn, and Åkrasanden further north, offer inviting white sands and clear, clean water. Karmøy beaches offer first-class bathing for adults and children alike – and are a wonderful place to recharge your batteries.
A view of the open sea is a wonderful sight in all weathers, and Karmøy’s beaches are favourite haunts of tourists year-round.
Åkrasanden was voted the most beautiful beach in Norway in 2014! Åkrasanden has the renowned eco-label Blue Flag, which is an exclusive international environmental certification of beaches and marinas.
A Scenic Heritage Path extends along the coast from Åkrehamn to Ferkingstad.
Where to find Karmøys nice beaches:
- Lahammer, Skudeneshavn (670 m). A small, pleasant cove with shallow water and protected from the elements.
- Sandholmen, Syre. A brief jaunt from the yacht harbour at Syre. The path leads through a little wood to an attractive, natural bathing beach. The ideal place to be on a warm summer’s day. The small beach has areas of grass and sand and the water is shallow. A great starting point for a paddling trip to Skudeneshavn (2,7 km) if you take along a canoe or kayak. The beach is also a favourite with visitors all year round. Toilets.
- Sandvesanden. Located at Sandve north of Skudeneshavn (4,8 km), Sandvesanden is one Karmøy’s finest beaches. Compared to Åkrasanden Beach, Sandvesanden is a small, enclosed area bordered on the north and south by high sloping rocks. The area in which Sandvesanden is located is rich in plant life, with many shapes, colours and scents. The vegetation around the beach is pure joy for plant enthusiasts. Visitors are recommended to bring a reference book in order to tread carefully and study the diversity of flora found here. This is also a novel way of introducing children to coastal nature. Toilets.
- Stavastranden. With its historic traces in the landscape, sand dunes and dramatic waves, Stavasanden Beach and the fields that surround it are a very exciting part of Norway. Beautiful Stavasanden holds many possibilities for experiencing the nature and heritage of this spot.
- Åkrasanden. Åkrasanden was voted the most beautiful beach in Norway in 2014! Many visitors have been pleasantly surprised upon their first walk along Åkrasanden Beach. It is especially during the summer months that a Mediterranean atmosphere is prevalent, with the long and beautiful white sand strand glistening beside the sea. Åkrasanden Beach is also an excellent year-round starting point for hikers. A nature and heritage trail connects the strand area with Stavasanden Beach and Hop near Ferkingstad some 2-3 km further south. This is a walking trip through a cultural landscape formed by the people that lived here over hundreds of years and includes distinctive sand vegetation, exciting historical traces and boathouse ruins in the landscape that dates back to 160 AD. Toilets.
- Lindøy Friluftsområde. Lindøy Outdoor Recreational Amenity is suitable for people of all ages. Bright and inviting, the island sits bobbing in Fødesfjorden, just south of Røyksund and is full of hiking trails that meander through the rolling and changing terrain. The trails take the hiker across the heather, through small clusters of deciduous and pine trees down to the beaches and bathing areas as well as to the recreation area where there is a Lap-style Lavvu tent and grilling area. Toilets.
- Aksnesstranda. Facing southwest towards Førdesfjorden and just a few minutes drive from Haugesund (10-15 mins.), Aksnesstranda is ideally situated for enticing bathers from many parts of Haugalandet. Toilets.