If you want to see the birds better and hear some stories from the local skipper, take a boat tour from the pier right outside the Goksoyr campsite. You will learn, for instance, why Runde is called the Treasure Island. As it happens, some gold is said to have been found after the Dutch ship "Akerendam" was shipwrecked on the coast there. You will...more
The road ends at the bird cliff, where there is a small car park, but it may be used by buses to turn back. Here you can climb the cliff and walk along some marked paths to see the birds. We were too late in the summer for them but, even so, a walk on the cliff was a marvellous experience in the gorgeous weather.more
The winding road to Runde from Hareid takes you across a picturesque area of big and small islands connected by bridges, dikes or tunnels. You can see small beaches down in the valleys, colourful villages. The scenery changes as in a kaleidoscope. If you are the one who is driving, take care - it's easy to become sidetracked by the views.more
Whichever way you come to Runde, you will always have to use a ferry. I know they are expensive but they are also a pleasant diversion in the journey, a rest for the driver, a chance to admire the great scenery, and a short cut for the long winding roads along the fjords. Runde, of course, is an island so a ferry is a must.
Coming from Alesund, you must take one from Sulasundet to Hareid.
The fare is NOK 76 for a car with the driver and NOK 27 for each adult.
An express ferry straight from Alesund to Hareid is much more expensive.
If you arrive from the direction of Bergen, you can take the ferry from Koparneset to Arvik. This one is much cheaper: NOK 47 for the car and the driver, and NOK 19 for an adult passenger.
The reason for the price difference may be the difference in the distances covered. Yet, it may also be the fact that there is another ferry from the mainland in the south (Aram - Larsnes) so there is some competition.
The bridge from Remøy to Runde is only one car width. The island is very popular with German and Dutch tourist in campers. Scan the bridge before entering it. If you see a vehicle coming, stay at the bottom until it is off the bridge. If you are at the top of the bridge and see a vehicle entering the bridge, stop at the wide place at the top and...more
The cattle on the islands are not used to traffic. In fact, they often seem not to know what you want, which is just to pass. They know their rights and won't budge an inch whatever you do. It took us a quarter of an hour to persuade the cows in the picture to move out of the way. We had no choice, there was no other road but this from the island...more
When we were staying on Runde in August, there were just a few midges making a nuisance of themselves, especially in the evening, when the wind died down. There may have been many more earlier in the season. Since the village is situated on the coast, you shouldn't expect too many, not all the time anyway, but it depends on the wind.more
Sandsoy is an island off the coast of Norway, not far from Runde. To get to it, you must take a ferry from Larsnes to Voksa and then drive across the bridge to Sandsoy. The main attraction of the island is the Dollstein Cave, on the way to which you may encounter some of the famous wild goats. The cave goes down at a gradient of 45 degrees and ends...more
Voksa is a little island off the coast of Norway, not far from Runde. To get there, you must take a ferry from Larsnes. It seems to be a real anglers' paradise. While we were waiting for our ferry back, we watched a coach driver get out of his coach with a fishing rod, catch two very big fish within minutes of each other, just from the quayside. He...more