Other activities in
isn't just birding. It is also a superb place for fishing, scuba
diving, canoeing, walking and any number of other activities. The
wonderful light we have much of the time makes it ideal for photography
and painting. In stormy weather watching the waves crash over the
islands is a wonderful experience - from a safe distance!
When I am not
birding I can
often be found with a fishing rod in my hand and have been said to
suffer from "fishing Tourettes". There are a number of places where one
can hire small boats to go fishing - or exploring along the idyllic
coastline. It is, however, not necessary to use a boat at all - there
are innumerable places where one can fish from land. I fish almost
from the shore and catch a wide variety of fish species.
The commonest fish to be caught on rod and line are Pollack, Coalfish,
Cod and, in season, Mackerel. Many others are regular such as
Halibut, Garfish, Wrasse and more.
I tend to do most of my fishing during the winter months
is usually somewhere that is relatively sheltered whatever the weather.
Cuckoo Wrasse /
Some links to fishing in
the area are given below
Gunard / Knurr,
Øygarden is a mecca for scuba divers and there are endless
possibilities to explore the wealth of marine life in the area.
Visibility is extremely good, although it can deteriorate in the early
series of walks known as "Nordsjøløypa" which
Øygarden and beyond. Descriptions of the walks (in
Norwegian but with maps) can be found here:
Oen there is a museum which has a cafe. It has a website, although this
is in Norwegian only at present. Cycles can be rented at the museum.
a wonderful and popular way to explore the coastline in calm weather.
A variety of
activities such as rapelling, caving and trekking are offered by
are countless small inlets and beaches where one can swim, a few of
them have parking and some other facilities such as diving boards, or
ramps to allow wheelchair access. The best known and easiest to find
places to swim are Ormhilleren (just over the bridge at Rognesund), One
and at Tjeldstø. However, it is easy to find many other
suitable places, both in the sea and in fresh water.
Bathing area at Tjeldstø
There is a wealth of
plant life in Øygarden, some of it quite specialised. A book
about the regions flora is readily available in shops and at the museum
Orchids such as this one are extremely numerous.
are several localities where climbing is popular.