History and museums
Røvær is an island group about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of Haugesund in Rogaland county, Norway. The islands are part of Haugesund municipality. There is regular express boat service between Røvær, the neighboring island of Feøy, and the town of Haugesund. Most island residents also own a private boat and have a car parked in Haugesund that they use on the mainland. The ferry boats have capacity to take one car onboard; a direct route between Røvær and Haugesund takes 25 minutes each way.
The 1.4-square-kilometre (0.54 sq mi) Røvær islands have about one hundred permanent residents (2014), as well as seasonal residents and visitors who rent vacation homes, stay at the hostel (Røvær Sjøhus), or the new hotel (Røvær culture hotel). The permanent residents who are not retired support themselves through farming, fishing, working for the express boat service, teachers at the island's local school, at the salmon fish farm, or by commuting to work on the mainland.
The weather can be nice in the summer (June to August) with temperatures between 15 to 27 °C (59 to 81 °F). Temperature in the winter time is around −5 to 10 °C (23 to 50 °F).
During World War II the island was occupied by Germans and there is still a concrete pillbox on the highest hill (called Varden). From Varden it is possible to watch the sun go down into the sea (since the air often contains a lot of moisture the sunsets are wonderful.)