Growing up in a Norwegian town located on seven islands, Ålesund, I’ve always felt a strong connection to the sea. Being a kid of the coast and mountains, these are the places where I can relax the most. One of the most beautiful places I know is the island Ona, a tiny fishing community which has been populated for centuries due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The tiny island has a population of about 40 people, and a bit more during the tourist season. Going there, I always feel like I’m traveling back in time.

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The historic village of Ona

The inhabitants of the island live from fishery, the production of ceramics and tourism. Their restaurant makes a fish soup to die for, make sure you try it!

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The island’s highest point is the Ona Lighthouse, constructed in 1867. From the lighthouse you can see the whole (tiny) island and its neighbor island Husøya, which is connected to Ona by a small bridge. Husøya even has a beach that can be enjoyed when the weather allows it.

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How to get there?

Taking your car doesn’t make too much sense, since the tiny island is not really made for driving. Still, the island has a car ferry connection with the other islands in the municipality Sandøy and Småge in Aukra. With the bus from Molde to Småge you can also get on the ferry. The experience company 62 Nord arranges boat trips to the island from Ålesund during the summer season.

Where to stay?

Ona Havstuer has 5 apartments with 11 high-standard rooms which you can book here.

Enjoy your time travel!

Kathrine Opshaug Bakke Kathrine Opshaug Bakke, editor at Travelettes from 2009 to 2013, wrote this post. Originating from Norway, she has been living in Berlin, Lisbon, and Stockholm the past 6 years.

She loves cities with imperfect facades, photography, traveling by bike, vintage hunting, and everything that comes with cheese. Follow her visual diary at anchoredpaperplane.com.

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