Post 1 MOSTERHAMN – The Harbour
Ever since the Viking Age, Moster harbour has played a key historical role, provided a link between Norway to Europe.
POST 2 THE LIME KILN
Many lime kilns were built in the Bømlo region. This is one of the best preserved.
POST 3 THE KING’s ROCK
King Olav Tryggvason may have stood upon this rock when he preached to the council at Moster.
POST 4 MOSTER OLD CHURCH
Moster Old Church is believed to be one of the oldest in Norway.
POST 5 THE MONUMENTS
The monuments just inside the church gates commemorate three figures who played key roles in the Christianisation of Norway: King Olav Tryggvason, King Olav II Haraldsson and Bishop Grimkjell.
POST 6 STATUE OF TORA MOSTERSTONG
The statue commemorates Tora Mosterstong, mother of King Haakon I, also known as Haakon the Good.
POST 7 THE FLORA BY THE AMPHITHEATRE
A moist mild climate and the calcareous bedrock provide ideal conditions for a highly varied flora. For a number of the plant species, this is where they were first registered in Norway.
POST 8 ENDANGERED BIRD SPECIES
Of the 248 bird species that nest in Norway, 78 are considered endangered. An impressive 58 of the Red-Listed bird species have been registered in Bømlo, with 23 of these species observed to be nesting.
POST 9 ST. OLAV’s CAVE AT VETAHAUG
This deep cave is the source of many legends, some connected with St. Olav.
POST 10 VETAHAUGEN HILL
Vetahaugen offers an excellent view of the surrounding area. In ancient times, a warning beacon and signal fire would be lit if enemy ships were seen approaching, hence the Norwegian name (Beacon Hill).
POST 11 ST. OLAV’s SPRING
According to legend, the water from this spring has healing properties.
POST 12 MOSTER AMFI
A cultural arena, with a centre for Norwegian religious history.
Post 13 TOLLHAGEN
Tollhagen was used by customs officers from the mid-1700s until 1900, when the Mosterhamn office was closed.
POST 14 THE GEOLOGY OF BØMLO
Western Norway, and Bømlo in particular, has a fascinating geological history.
POST 15 THE MINE AT MOSTERHAMN
All along the harbour, you can see evidence that marble and limestone was quarried at Mosterhamn, since the Middle Ages.
POST 16 THE PARK BY THE MINE.
A new recreation area is being established here.