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Finnøy municipality consists of 15 islands where the caged people. Traveling to and from traditionally lead gone by boat, but in 2009 did the underwater tunnel Finnøy connected to the mainland. Cultivation of tomato started already in the 1930´s at Finnøy, and today the municipality for nearly half of all tomato production in Norway. From Hanasand, you can take the ferry to Finnøy, the island municipality consisting of 15 populated islands. With 15 inhabited islands the municipality is much divided, but bridges, ferries and express boats form a close bond between most of them. Finnøy is particularly known for its tomato production. The community is accessible for bicycle tourism. Finnøy is connected with several new bridges and an undersea tunnel Finnøytunnel to the mainland and between the islands. Finnøy muncipality has approximately 3.000 inhabitants and covers a area of 104,3 km2.

The municipality has a fertile soil, mild climate, a number of sheltered harbours and good fishing areas, plus a rich social life have made Finnøy a desirable place to live. The municipality can offer fine, large building blocks on all the large islands. Finnøy´s lovely nature and its fine shores make this municipality a popular excursion place.

The main island, Finnøy - with its municipal centre of Judaberg - measures 25 square kilometres and has about half the total population. Finnøy has long been an agricultural community and fishing is still the most important livelihood. Livestock keeping and greenhouses mainly. Fish farming is in rapid development in the municipality, with several new installations on sea and land. The service industries are also growing, especially in Judaberg. Sjernarøy is an archipelago north in Finnøy. Helgøy lies between North Talgje in west and North Hidle in aust, it´s where Grieg Seafood have choose to produce Salmon.

The industry in Finnøy is strongly influenced by primary industries. Traditionally, it has been driven small-scale farming combined with some fishing. Today, farms larger and most run fairly efficiently. The municipality has a significant production of milk, eggs and poultry, pork and farmed fish. Since the 1930s it has been driven cultivation of tomatoes in the greenhouse. Today the municipality for a significant portion of the tomatoe production in Norway. At one time, most farms greenhouses, now production concentrated in fewer and larger units.

Finnøy is an paradise of islands, skerries and archipelagos with a rich animal life comprising elk and deer, as well as small skerries which are bird sanctuaries. There are excellent opportunities here for an interesting holiday where you can explore the islands on your own or as part of an organised tour. From Finnøy, there are excellent ferry and express boat links to the north, south and east. Finnøy, is a paradise for those travelling by boat, for nature lovers and travellers interested in the local cultural heritage. You can spend weeks exploring the many islands and islets, sheltered coves and friendly harbours of Finnøy. There are also excellent beaches, with car parking and public toilets. Frequent ferries and express boats make it easy for everyone to travel between the various islands and mainland.

Finnøy municipality has an all-round cultural life, with many interests and study groups. In this context, two lovely stone churches from the 1100s need to be mentioned, plus a nearly 350 year old timber church. Education in Finnøy is localised through necessity because of all the islands. A tertiary college is at Judaberg, offering courses in fish farming, health and social work, catering and serving.


Today Lauvsnes Gartneri (farm) have 30 hectare of tomatoes grown under glass of an production of up to 1,000 tons of "Juanita tomatoes" each year. The location very close until Boknafjorden provide beautiful views toward, sea, sky and surrounding islands. The tomatoes get optimally light and growing conditions.


Every year in august the people of Finnøy have a Tomato Festival. A boat leaves from from Fiskepiren in Stavanger and release of passangers of the new dock at Judaberg.


Finnøy was the childhood home of Niels Henrik Abel, the mathematician, and this is commemorated with a statue close to the rectory.


On Kyrkjøy, you will find a memorial to the poet Alfred Hauge, who wrote about life on the Ryfylke islands and the emigration to America.


Remains of settlements dating back 7-8 thousand years have been found here. Other artefacts from a rich past are the medieval churches Talgje from 1140 and Hesby from 1200. Finnøy was also the seat of the Danish King Ogmund Finnson in the 1300s.


The mediaeval stone churches of Hesby and Talgje. On Sjernarøyane there is a red wooden Renaissance style church built in 1130–1150. All of these churches are perched in a place of honour, freely overlooking the nearby landscape.


You will find many excellent walking trails on Finnøy, in Talgje and Fogn, on Halsnøy, at Ombo, on Bjergøy, Rossøy and Nord Talgje. On Norda-Hidle, there is a cultural walk, and you can satisfy your appetite with traditional fare. The cultural landscape is divided by hundreds of miles of drystone fences, and you see newly built greenhouses, sheep and livestock. Cultural monuments abound; at Løland (Ombo), a 15 min walk along a marked path takes you to petroglyphs of ships and other motifs from the Bronze Age.


Perhaps the best way to explore the easygoing roads of the islands is by bicycle. There are lots of things to see and experience, but little car traffic. On Finnøy and Sjernarøyane, there is a good network of bicycle paths.


Finnøy has long been an agricultural community and fishing is still the most important livelihood. Fishing is plentiful, not just in the summer but in winter too, through the ice.


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