Leirvik - Halsnøy - Leirvik.
In the island of Halsnøy, in the Sunnhordland area, you find the ruins after an Augustinian monastary built around year 1300 AD. The monastary traces back to around 1100 AD.
From Leirvik, a boat trip in between small islets and rocks takes you to Ranavik where you switch to a bus to Halsnøy Abbey (Halsnøy kloster).
On Sundays there is no bus from Ranavik to Halsnøy Abbey and you must walk from Ranavik quey to the monestary. The distance is approx. 2 km (estimated to approx. 30 minutes).
Today, Halsnøy Abbey is one of several historic sites that are part of Sunnhordland museum. Halsnøy Abbey is operated as a department of the museum and is a much used cultural arena. Througout the year, there are many small and large events such as guided tours, exhibitions, presentations, concerts, and the yearly “monestary day” with a varied program for children and adults. The museum also has a teaching program for schools.
Halsnøy Abbey is an approved wedding site and is used both by the Norwegian church and non-religious organizations for weddings. A more beautiful place for a wedding is hard to find!
Halsnøy Abbey is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays all year round, and has extended opening hours during the summer. Check their web page for more information: http://www.halsnoykloster.no
Halsnøy Abbey is worth a visit also when the visitor center is closed – you can walk around on your own. Note that when the visitor center is closed, there is no access to toilets and the café is closed. (There are toilets at Ranavik ferry quay.)
Departure from: Leirvik quay
Prices for Monday - Saturday differs from prices for Sunday due to different travel routes.
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This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.)
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