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 Utsira

Utsira municipality consists of an island located in the North Sea, 18 km west of Haugesund. Utsira is the smallest municipality of Norway in population and the second smallest in area (after Kvitsøy). Åsa Helgesen, the local midwife, was elected the first Mayor of Utsira and the first female mayor in Norway. Helgesen was a successful Mayor until 1928.

In 2004, Norsk Hydro installed a combined wind-hydrogen utility on Utsira. It is a full scale pilot project for energy self-sufficiency for a remote community. In periods when there is surplus wind energy, the excess power will be used for generating hydrogen by electrolysis. The hydrogen is stored, and is available for power generation in periods where there is little wind. Additional to this an energy storing flywheel exists to help out when for a short time more power is needed.

Utsira is known as the best birding site in Norway. 317 bird species have been observed on Utsira and ornithologists from all over Europe travel to the island during the migratory seasons. There are also many historical artefacts located on the island. Utsira Lighthouse was erected in 1844 and Utsira Church was completed in 1875. Utsira Lighthouse is the highest Lighthouse light in Norway, at 78.2 metres AMSL. There is a daily boat connection to Utsira, a journey which is an experience in itself.

Sørevågen features a sandy beach, bathing jetty and grill. There is also a guest harbour with freshwater and WC. Sildaloftet has a guest pier housing a shower, toilet, washing machine and wireless Internet, as well as a fitness studio that is open to guests.

Utsira has several bicycles that can used free of charge by visitors.



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