Let's take you on a trip to Norway's westernmost point
The trip to Utvær is in the open sea and the journey can be as great an experience as the destination itself! Upon arrival Utvær you go ashore and stroll around and look at the attractions: The lighthouse, Slipeberga, Moloen and Paradis! This takes approx. 1.5 hours, before the trip returns.
Farther west than Utvær, it is not possible to travel in Norway if you have solid ground under your feet. There are no permanent residents left on the fishing village, and the area is today a nature reserve. From Utvær, it is just over 200 nautical miles to the Shetland Islands. Here the Vikings sharpened their knives and axes on their way to Viking, this shows a still clear trace in the rock southwest of the islet.
In the Middle Ages, there was a chapel south of the present houses. It is unknown when the chapel was built, but the first written sources that mention the chapel are Bjørgynar Kalveskinn from 1320. The chapel had income through gifts and fish tax. In the 17th century, it owned 15 cows and 27 sheep that were rented out. Later in the 17th century, Utvær Chapel experienced being looted by Scottish pirates.
The chapel was made of timber and was approx. 7.5 m long and approx. 6.3 m board and there were approx. 120 seats. The chapel bell from 1641 is today on display at the Heiberg Collections at Kaupanger. In the chapel, 4 sermons were held a year. The priest came by boat from Eivindvik and often sat weatherproof on the islands further inland. In 1718, the chapel was moved to Husøy, and when Straumen Church was taken into use at the end of the 19th century, the chapel was demolished.
Legend has it that an Irish princess, St. Sunniva, was attacked by Vikings in the tenth century. She gathered relatives and friends in three boats and without weapons, oars and sails they set out on the open sea. The ships drifted ashore at Selje (Selje monastery), Kinn and Utvær. The chapel at Utvær was dedicated to St. Clemens, which was the patron saint of sailors and anchormen
The fishing village Utvær was in the middle of the smorgasbord for the rich herring fishing in the 19th century, and at most between 200 and 300 people lived in the small island community.
In February 1945, the lighthouse was set on fire during an Allied air strike. It was rebuilt between 1948 - 1952 and the lighthouse itself got a different design than before and the "balcony" at the top one floor smaller.
The reorganization of the fisheries eventually made Utvær an abandoned place. The people moved, and in 1958 only two families remained on the small island. Today, there are no permanent residents left, but in the summer, holidaymakers fill the houses, and there is life and movement as in the old days.