Comprising several islands in the Norwegian Sea, Smøla lies off the coast of mainland Norway between Trondheim and Ålesund. It’s home to one of the most famous runic stones in Norway and a recreated church from the 12th century. Smøla is renowned for its deep-sea fishing, with Atlantic halibut, cod and mackerel all regularly caught in the surrounding waters.
Things to do in Smøla
In the far north of Smøla is Veiholmen, an atmospheric fishing village that scatters across several tiny islands connected by road to the main island of Smøla. Perched atop a skerry north of Veiholmen is the Haugjegla Lighthouse, which has watched over the Norwegian Sea since 1922. Now listed as a protected site, its 28-metre-tall tower is constructed from cast-iron and brightly painted red and white.
At the southwestern end of Edøya is the Old Edøy Church, which was originally built at the end of the 12th century. It underwent numerous renovations throughout its history before being reconstructed following World War II. Wander around the historically-accurate replica that now stands on the site and gain insight into early Christianity in Norway.
Also of note is the Kulisteinen, a copy of one of the most famous runic stones in Norway. It stood on the island of Kuli for more than 900 years before being moved to the Vitenskapsmuseet i Trondheim. Take note of the large cross on one side of the stone and the runic inscription that is featured on its rim.
Getting around Smøla
Regular ferries connect Smøla to Sandvika, which is around one hour’s drive from Kristiansund Airport. Regular flights connect to destinations across Norway. Buses travel throughout the island while having your own car gives you greater freedom to explore.