The great outdoors
The Karmøy countryside is attractive and diverse with many opportunities to get outdoors and be active or simply relax. A back-pack and a sandwich are all you need to explore the many paths that wind across the landscape. From strategic vantage points you can observe the Haugaland mountains on the mainland.
- Visnes. Numerous well-kept paths around Visnes mining area. Visnes Outdoor Recreational Amenity is an unusual blend of coastal landscape, forests more typical of Eastern Norway, and a copper mine with an exciting history. The area is centred on the old mining industry and is full of interesting things to do. This is a family-friendly environment suitable for children and accessible for wheelchair users.
- Bukkøy, Avaldsnes. A naturally beautiful area suitable for walking alongside Karmsundet. A path leads from St Olav’s Church at Avaldsnes. The church was an important refuge for pilgrims making the long journey to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.
- South-Karmøy. Trails on the south of Karmøy island generally all lead to Røyningsbu. The retreat is open from 11 to 2 o’clock on Sundays and most holidays (not 1 or 17 May) and offers walkers a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Accommodation is also provided for groups of up to 20 at a time. On the way to Røyningsbu you will experience the Kamøy Uplands at their best. Starting from the sports centre, one takes good hiking tracks and trails that are maintained by Skudenes Hill Club. The club made an excellent contribution in preparing the conditions for those who wish to experience the uplands north of Skudeneshavn.
- The Karmøy March. Take a trip over the roof of Karmøy! Along the way you will experience all the variations of Karmøy’s landscape and wonderful nature from cool forests to open heather uplands. Standing 132 metres over sea level, Søre Sålefjell Mountain is particularly noticeable in the landscape, however, once the summit is reached the view of most of Haugalandet is superb.
- Søre Sålefjell. A popular hiking destination in the Kopervik area is Søre Sålefjell (132 m.o.h.) with a great panoramic view. There are several alternative routes:
Alternative 1 (1.5 hours): Drive to Sørstokke (Gruvevegen/Håvelievegen) approx. 2 km south of Stokkastrand school. It is best to park down by the main road next to the bus stop. Take the main road a little north of the bus stop and follow the road in a westerly direction. Along the gravel road to Sålefjellet, nice information signs have been set up that tell about the area and the mines. We continue on the path along Igletjødn and steeply up towards Søre Sålefjell.
Alternative 2 (4 hours): Drive towards Åsebøen Stadium and Liarlund for parking. Follow the gravel road as far as it goes, turn left at the first crossroads. After a short distance in beautiful forest terrain, we come out into more open landscapes with bogs and heather. We follow the path (K for Karmøymarsjen) south to Melstokkevatn and follow the path up to the mountain.
- The highest peaks in Karmøy municipality can be found on the mainland, Tronefjell (151 masl) and Spannavarden (146 masl) are two of them.
- Kinnebu and Åkramarka. Åkramarka has a rich and varied nature ranging from an agricultural and cultural landscape in the west to heather uplands and Snaufjell Mountain in the east. The cabin Kinnebu is open every Sunday from 11.00 to 14.00 (September-June).
- Åkra – Ferkingstad. If you would like to get more out a hiking trip in the coastal landscape than even the great experience of nature that one normally gets, then you should take a trip along the nature and heritage trail that runs from Åkra to Ferkingstad. Cultural and historical monuments lie in abundance between Åkratunet and the boathouse ruins at Hop. Ca 4km.
- The natural phenomenon Dueglåp is a great coastal attraction and favorite photo motif. Cave with tough rock formations and potholes. From Langåker you can take a nice marked tour via Taravika. Please use parking at Vestre Karmøyveg (Kiwi, Betania, Ferkingstad school, – outside opening hours) and then enter Nordre Langåkerveg. 10min, then marked path 0.5km.
- Bjørgene is located at Torvastad on northern Karmøy. This is a family-friendly recreation area with tracks amid rolling landscape that features five mounds. There are many tracks allowing for walks of varying lengths.
- Fotvatnet provides a nice tour in Kopervik/Bygnes. Great paddle water.
- Lindøy, just south of Røyksund, has a lot to offer: heather moors, forests, beaches and bathing spots, campsite with gapahuk, climbing park, berries, good fishing spots. For renting a rowing boat and canoe, contact Friluftsrådet T: 52 77 48 30.
Discover Karmøy by bike
The ragged coast, heather moors, restless sea and soaring birds all contribute to an unforgettable encounter. Bike hire from Tourist Information in Skudeneshavn and Skudenes camping. El-cycles are available in Åkrehamn, at Amfi and Centrum varehus.