Florø - Norway's westernmost town
Florø is one of Norway’s most charming towns, surrounded by breathtaking archipelagos
A stay in Florø gives you the opportunity to experience Norwegian nature from a more active perspective, with lighthouse safaris, sea fishing, kayaking and coastal hikes. This is an area full of stunning archipelagos, with great opportunities for summit hikes on islands rising straight out of the sea.
The 11,000 inhabitants of Florø make their living to a high extent from the fish farming industry. In addition, wild salmon, herring and mackerel are caught for sale on the world market. After the discovery of petroleum in the North Sea in the late 1960s, Florø has been used as a supply base for the offshore industry. But shipbuilding has been a stronghold of Florø for centuries. Kystmuseet (The Coastal Museum) is a relatively new attraction, exhibiting boats and artefacts from coastal communities along with art exhibitions during the summer.
Florø was founded by royal decree in 1860, as a seaport. The municipality where it is situated was named after the farm Flora. The name is probably derived from flóð, the Old Norse word for (strong) stream. The name of the town Florø has almost the same name, but instead of ending with an "a", it has the Danish word ø meaning "island" added to the end since the town is located on an island.