Stord is a municipality in Sunnhordland, located 83 kilometres south of the city of Bergen. Nestled in the North Sea, the island has spectacular scenery with a dramatic coastline, fjords, forests and mountains. The city covers the southern half of the island and has a municipality of 18,000 inhabitants.
Stord is an ideal destination for outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing and cycling are all available to enjoy on the island. Explore fascinating Viking histories and fjord culture. Sunnhordland Folkemuseum is a good place to begin an exploration. It’s an open-air museum close to the centre of Leirvik, comprising farm buildings, mill houses and displays portraying early local life. It offers great insight into the agriculture, fishing and forestry of the area. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy walking the trail at Hystad Nature Reserve. There is a two-kilometre path passing through the reserve with the largest black alder wood trees in Northern Europe. Fishing is available from many of the harbourside areas. The sea surrounding Stord has an abundance of mackerel, cod, haddock and pollock. It is also possible to fish from the shore, or if preferred from the lakes. Being on an island, Stord has incredible seafood restaurants which serve the local catch of the day. Alternatively, cosy bakeries offer hearty cakes and snacks. There are many international eateries in the municipality, for those preferring something more familiar. Those wishing to venture further will find the neighbouring island of Bømlo offers a diverse shopping experience and extreme fishing from its wild coastline.
Stord is linked to the mainland and its neighbouring island, Bømlo by a bridge and tunnel. Visitors can fly into Stord Airport from domestic areas. The island is also well served by a coastal bus service, ferries and fast boats. Buses run from Bergen to Stord, just disembark at Leirvik bus terminal. Taxis are also available to get around the island.
Stord was named after the Old Norse word “Storo” which means “earth” or “ground” in the Icelandic language. Many visitors travel to Stord, keen to view the unspoilt, rugged coastline and indulge in traditional outdoor pastimes.
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