NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY
Ytre Hvaler National Park consists of muddy seabeds and rocky seabottoms
with its rich underwater ecosystem containing corals and kelp forest. Land
areas have a varied plant and animal life with many Red Listed species,
coastal woodland shaped by the wind, and rocks worn smooth by waves and
ice. Many areas are grazed to preserve rare plants, insects and birds,
which depend upon open landscape. Management also means taking into account
the traditional use of the area. People have used the area for thousands of
years. Many of the prehistoric house sites at Hvaler may date back to the
Late Bronze Age. They were probably used as seasonal dwellings By people
who were hunting, trapping and fishing. Shacks bear Witness to the more
recent fishing history at Hvaler. There are at least 50 submarine wrecks.
THRILLS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION
Ytre Hvaler offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation and
experiencing a rich and varied coastal landscape. The area attracts
visitors all the year round for swimming, boatingand fishing, and offer
thrilling underwater experiences.
If you want to stay overnight, Storesand and the islands of Akerøya
have many fine spots for camping, and several Cabins are available
for renting. Travelling by boat offers you many islands to choose
between. Kayaking is an excellent way of exploring the park. Why not
take a fishing rod with you?
PURPOSE OF THE PROTECTION
The Ytre Hvaler National Park was set up to preserve a distinctive, large
and relatively pristine area in southeast Norway with complete ecosystems
on land and in the sea. Coral reefs, varied hard- and soft-bottom
communities, stretches with currents and varying depths of water are
important elements in the marine natural history.
The national park is in the municipalities of Hvaler and Fredrikstad. In
the south, the park borders onto the Kosterhavet Marine National Park in Sweden.
Area 354 km2,14 km2 of which are land
Maximum depth: more than 470 m.
Maximum height a.s.l.: ca. 64 m
Red Listed species: 131 all told 48 which are butterflies and moths,
32 plants and 11 beetles. Coral reef at Tisler: more than 1200 m
long and 200 m broad; the largest inshore reef in Europe.
The waters between Heia and Torbjørnskjær: an important pupping area
for common seals and more than 12 000 eider ducks gather here to moult.
(20.10.2010 Oppdatert: 20.02.2011)