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Stiftelsen Baadehuset Espevaer

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HappyNorwegians wrote a review Aug 2017
Bergen, Norway185 contributions333 helpful votes
Getting to this part of Espevaer is very fun. One needs to take a small cable-ferry from one side of the small harbor/bay to the other side. Use a 20 crowns Coin, close the gates, push the button and the small raft moves across the bay. One must take this on the way back as well. Make sure you have the coins. The museum is actually an old house used as both a tavern, office and hotel in the early days of the fishing/lobster boom there - now it is a restaurant and museum. The tour starts with an interesting slide-show. Afterwards you are allowed on the second-floor of the building filled with period furniture, Maps, books. The place is also used now as a restaurant for groups. Espevaer is a small Island off the Island of Bømlo. One must take a passenger ferry there. There are NO cars, just wonderful pathways going to the Lobster Building, old post-office (one is actually an old post-office the other is an upscale restaurant), the UFO-Ringen (a large oval mark left on the ground in 1975 - it has never disappeared), the Baadehuset I wrote about here, a small grocery store, boats harbor, beautiful gardens and cute homes. Well worth a day visit! Lots to do!
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Traductora wrote a review Aug 2015
Oslo, Norway439 contributions108 helpful votes
We spent half a day here recently, taking the ferry across from Eidesvik. We explored Hummerparken (the old lobster factory), which the children loved, we wandered over to see the UFO ring. It was a nice walk, but the place itself was a bit hyped. We had an afternoon meal at Baadehuset, which is accessed by a charming cable ferry (each trip costs NOK 20), and enjoyed the famous Espevær salmon. It was a lovely day out.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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Dutt53 wrote a review Jul 2015
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You can land in Haugesund, the nearest mainland airport in West Norway, to go to Espevaer island which is just off the coast on the North Sea. But on landing you may find fog at one end of the runway and sun shine on the other ! A 45 minutes drive to Haugesund harbour from the airport may be in bright sunshine but at the harbour you may simply find it fogged out.... all rather surreal ! Two ferries away hopping from the mainland via another island you reach Espevaer - The Stairway to Heaven ! The population is 74 residents....NO I DID NOT MISS ANY ZEROS !!! it is 74 !!! But at this time of July you may find a traffic jam needing a warden to first let 5 persons cross the road while having the next 7 wait their turn. Ok so this is laying it on a bit thick as, during this lovely summer season you have tourists and groups of school children on excursion to this remote island. The 74 residents are ever welcoming to this deluge of people. What do you experience? A set of small remarkable islands offering excellent fishing opportunities....during various seasons you can catch Cod, Pollock, Shrimps, Herring and 24x7 crabs. There is sooooo much life in the waters which are at this time peppered with sail boats from all over Norway and even Switzerland, adventure sailing hopping from island to island and even sweeping away 2000 Kms to North Cape at the tip of Norway or then straight due West on the high seas to Shetland island 40 hours away! You can arrange for hiring a cottage there as there are some that are meant for hired out to tourists. Or then even look for people who have houses but hardly go there except for a few days, at best a few weeks in a year. I was lucky to be visiting my old friends who have a cottage at OKjen street. Am I lucky ! There is so much to write about the island as it is hilly and by the sea. It has the most wonderful calm waters in between islands and is a haven for those seeking complete bliss here on earth. And it has the Hummer Parkin ( Lobster Park ) and also a place, now converted into a museum where a wealthy family resided and who offered shelter for the night to weary fishermen who travelled there to sell their catch, maybe repair their boats and fishing equipment and take rest. There is a log of all who came dating back to 1914 !!! A slice of history...a relic to even just see. I can continue but let me end by saying that a UFO landed on this beautiful island in 1975 and the mark of its landing is distinct 40 years later !! It is a must see for all visitors. It is an oval marking on the ground. My take about the UFO's visit ? They were looking for celestial heavens and found Espevaer - The Stairway to Heaven.
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Date of experience: July 2015
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