Maloy, Norway

Introduction to Maloy, Norway

Originally found on a smaller island and relocated as it grew, Maloy was a German stronghold during the Second World War, until the successful Operation Archery raid by British Commandoes.

Situated on the island of Vagsoy at the mouth of the stunning Nordfjorden, Maloy is one of the Norway’s most beautiful and most important fishing ports. Originally located on the smaller island of Moldøen, Maloy was moved to keep up with its flourishing trade and fishing industries and was used as a key coastal fortress by the German forces in the Second World War.

A small town, Maloy isn’t packed with museums, shops and restaurants but it does offer easy access to Vagsoy’s stunning natural landscapes and other villages and towns on the island. From Maloy, the incredible Jostedalsbreen glacier is within easy reach and Refviksanden Beach – one of the finest swimming beaches in Norway – is only a short distance away.

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TOUR A - ISLAND OF VAGSOY & ULVESUND LIGHTHOUSE

  • See the sights of Måløy and the beauty of Vågsøy Island
  • Visit Ulvesund Lighthouse
  • Enjoy refreshments at Vågsberget trading post
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox. 3 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy the sights of Vågsøy Island, with a visit to a traditional trading post and Ulvesund Lighthouse.

Commence a brief driving tour of the important fishing port of Måløy – interestingly twinned with Lerwick in the Shetland Islands – and see the monument dedicated to Captain Linge, who lost his life here in World War II. Continue to Hjertenes and Ulvesund Lighthouse. Here, have a short walk to the lighthouse for a guided internal visit. The original lighthouse was built in 1870 as one of four lighthouses to guide ships around Stadt. Surrounded by a delightful garden, the lighthouse also has a shop selling local and handmade products.

Your tour of Vågsøy Island then continues and you reach one of Norway’s beautiful beaches for a short photo stop. It is one kilometre long and has a unique stone called the Kannesteinen - moulded and ground by the sea, it is a landmark of this characteristic landscape of rolling stones and potholes.

Proceeding to Vågsberget, a 17th century trading post, you will stop for a visit. The original trade centre opened in 1636 and today there are seven buildings, the oldest of which is from 1780. The main building and outbuilding have been restored and there are plans to renovate others. Vågsberget is considered one of the best preserved trading posts along the west coast. Enjoy a guided tour followed by refreshments.

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TOUR NOTES: This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There is walking at the trading post and to and from the lighthouse, over uneven ground and with steps. Coffee and cake will be served.


TOUR B - VESTKAPP

  • Visit Vestkapp – Norway’s westernmost viewpoint
  • Enjoy the vistas across peaks and glaciers
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Experience the views from Norway’s most westerly point on this scenic tour which includes refreshments.

Måløy is situated on the outermost part of the Nordfjord, where nature displays its many varieties – from rocky coastline and steep mountains, to sheltered coves and fertile land. Here, on 27th December 1941, a daring allied raid was made which saw the destruction of much of the village. A monument to Captain Linge, whose company was involved in the manoeuvre, and who lost his life here, can be seen.

Following a short introduction to the town of Måløy, travel by coach to the picturesque village of Selje for a photo stop by its lovely sandy beach.

Continue to Vestkapp, to experience Norway’s westernmost viewpoint, 496 metres above sea level. On a clear day it affords a fantastic vista! From here you can look out over the dreaded choppy waters of Stadhavet, to the Sunnmøre Alps, Mount Hornelen and the Åfotbreen Glacier in the distance. Your time here, approximately an hour, will be your own.

Proceed towards Leikanger and Stadt via Åsheim and enjoy coffee and cake at a local hotel. Drive across Åsheim Mountain to Nordfjorden on the return to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY CRUISES

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TOUR NOTES: Walking during the free time at Vestkapp is at guests’ own discretion, although to get the most of the views a moderate amount of walking over uneven ground is required. There are also stairs at the hotel.


TOUR C - SELJE MONASTERY

  • Visit the well preserved ruins of Selje Monastery
  • Enjoy the scenery and the island setting
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApprox. 5 hrs
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Drive through a contrasting landscape of mountain and ocean to the picturesque village of Selje.

From here you take a 15 minute boat ride to Selja Island, where the ruins of Selje Monastery are located, with its tower still intact. Benedictine Monks built the monastery early in the 12th century to honour St Sunniva. According to legend Sunniva, daughter of an Irish King, fled when her country was conquered by heathens and the new king wanted to marry her. She came ashore on the island of Selja. The St Sunniva cave where she is said to have died is a large cavern containing remains of walls and traces of the first church dedicated to the Archangel Michael. You can also see the ruins of St Sunniva’s Church on the site where Olav Trygvasson built one of the first churches in the country.

Back in Selje there is time to enjoy coffee and cakes as well as the lovely little village with its impressive beach, before heading back to Måløy via Aheim and Bryggja.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 NORWAY TOURS

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking over varying terrains and inclines. Guests will be required to negotiate steps in order to embark and disembark the boat. 


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