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Introducing Florø

Florø, Norway's westernmost town, is a pleasant if sleepy settlement whose coat of arms features, appropriately, three herrings rampant.

Nowadays, wealth comes from the oil industry. The large Fjord Base, just northeast of town, serves the giant Snorreankeret offshore oil field. Florø is also enriched by fish farming and shipbuilding – while the herring, the town's original raison d'être, plays a somewhat diminished role.

For a scenic overview, it's an easy 10-minute climb up the Storåsen hill from the Florø Ungdomsskule on Havrenesveien.

A group of several offshore islands are easily accessible by local ferry and make for an atmospheric day trip to a number of significant historical sites and take in their incredible natural beauty.