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Floro - A travel report by sgsdgsdgs
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Floro,  Norway - flag Norway -  Sogn og Fjordane
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Westernmost town in Norway (and amusingly proud of it)

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Tiny town (pop. 10,000) by the western coast a few hours boatride north of Bergen, Florø has no major attractions, but is surrounded by beautiful islands, has some good fishing and is a cutie of a town in itself.

Favourite spots:
The island of Kinn, where according to the legend the Irish saint Sunniva stranded and had the ancient church built. It's windy and bare, but absolutely nice - choir concerts in the church with storm outside and nothing but ocean between you and America has it's charms.

What's really great:
Been living here on and off for four years, but honestly can't think of exact reasons why I keep coming back - guess the mentality of the coastal people and the cutieness of the town is what attracts me.

Sights:
In town: Coastal Museum (kystmuseet), walks at Storåsen or Brandsøyåsen. Out of town, excellent hiking, boating and fishing. Visits to old fishing villages possible by local boat.

Accommodations:
Two hotels - Quality Maritim and Victoria, both pretty good, would go with Quality for the view (oceanside) if I should chose. One motel, which is the most resemblant of an YH in terms of price, Åsgården Motell - but often inhabited by weird individuals with nowhere else to live. Krokane camping has nice low-price cabins but is a twenty minutes walk to town centre, whereas Florø Rorbu has more up-scale appartments for rent.

Links and pictures here: http://www.floranett.no/overnatt.html
The tourist info provides private accommodation every now and then.

Nightlife:
-Everyone knows it as Morilden, but it just changed names to - Bar Blue I think. Somethink like that. Attached to the Victoria hotel, attracts a mainly fourty-ish crowd.
-Fængsele: Disco, younger crowd, extremely noisy.

Hangouts:
-Hjørnevikbua: In daytime a hangout for the local alcoholics; at nighttime very nice but often extremely crowded; during summer has a huge float attached so you can drink on the water unless you're prone to seasickness.
-Fru Olsen's Efterfølger: Quiet, yet spacious pub, loads of Irish music, pool and - err - occasional karaoke. Overall very nice place.
-Haavebua: Attached to Quality hotel. Mainly used as concert location with pub, spacious, very cosy. The rock club tends to get hold of good bands rather frequently.
-Robin Hood: Higher age limit than most places, think 21 or 26 - frequented by business type people 40+
-Windjammer: Nice at times, often a bit alcoholized.

These are all located along the two main streets, so any pub crawl can be done very efficiently.

Restaurants:
Best restaurants at both hotels. Recently opened Tomine Restaurant looks very appealing, serves Mexican and other, haven't tried yet. Most pubs serve food at daytime. Mombasa makes excellent pizza and does deliveries. Pizzahjørnet sells what name indicated, not quite as good. Bistro 2 Kokker does all kinds of meal, lacks raffinement, but does allright on price. Florøkroa is slightly out of center (walkable), does nice standard dinners, family place. And there is a Turkish kebab/pizza/beef place which I can't remember the name of.

Other recommendations:
Cinema four-five days a week, impressingly good selection of films, in same building as public library with free internet access (best to get there before schools close). Other events are usually posted there and around the main street.

Last weekend of June is showtime in town, with historical theatre on Kinn (island mentioned above), concerts in town, and the seriously weird sildabordet - the worlds longest diner table containing herring-based food only, it fills all the street, is free, tastes awful, is very sociable.

www.vestkysten.no provides good info whenever they manage to keep the site up.
www.fylkesbaatane.no contains boat scedules from Bergen and northwards, www.nsbillag.no for buses.

Published on Tuesday September 3th, 2002


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Thu, Sep 07 2006 - 10:13 PM rating by mrscanada

I'd love to go here and see the shows at the theater. Super review.

Tue, Jun 03 2003 - 11:21 PM rating by karmapd

Hei! Mama Rosa var det vel :)

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