In Florø, you have the chance 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 with towering peaks rising from the sea.
Most of the 11,000 inhabitants of Florø make their living 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 artifacts 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 was situated was named after a farm named Flora. The name is probably derived from flóð, the Old Norse word for (strong) stream. The town Florø has almost the same name, but instead of ending with an “a”, it adds the Danish word ø, meaning “island”, added to the end, since the town is located on an island. In 2020, Flora and Vågsøy municipalities merged and formed Kinn, the only non-contiguous municipality in Norway.