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On the west coast of the island, facing the North Sea, lies Åkrehamn, a small fishing town with attractive sandy beaches and smooth rocky shoreline. People here have always been associated with the sea and the fishing industry, being so close to the ocean. At one time, old Åkra municipality was the largest fishing district in Norway, and active fisheries still exist. From the old harbour with its quaint wooden houses, local boats still visit the fishing grounds every morning. Catches are delivered to the merchants later in the day, and visitors can often buy fresh fish, shrimp and crab on the quay.

Åkra Seafood is a mark of quality in the market and among the country’s leading suppliers of crab products. Situated on Årabrotsholmen they may be reached on T: 52 81 68 70.

The Coastal Museum on the quay shows how life in Åkrehamn was in earlier days. The story of the West Karmøy’s regular contacts with the USA is also told.

Some way south of the harbour is sandy Åkrasanden – voted the most beautiful beach in Norway in 2014! A Scenic Heritage Path leads along the coast to Ferkingstad through fields of wild flowers and rich bird life.

For the best holiday shopping we recommend AMFI with its 30 outlets in one location.