Take time from the village itself to breathe in the woods to the shore, and along the beaches and veering back into the woods when the path disappears. You cannot get lost if you stay with the shore, because the island is small. The trick is to follow the coastline. Eventually you will get back to the larger road and eventually, St. Olaf's Church in the distance, as here. Do not break your ankle.
Finally, through the woods and across the little log-bridges and pathways, find a footbridge from this Bukkoy settlement island over to the mainland island where St. Olaf's holds court. Yes, all are islands here.
All in Avaldsnes is not bucolic, however. Industry and profit-making lurks. Visnes, across the water, has long been a mining site, see http://www.vestfoto.no/cd/fototurer/avaldsnes_engelsk/fototur_13.htm
More on Avaldsnes, for orienting. FN 1
Dan Widing on Bukkoy, Avaldsnes, Norway. Lighthouse.
- Avaldsnes is on Karmoy Island, part of an archipelago off southwest Norway, and the Karmoy municipality includes Avaldsnes and the little island down a walking path from St. Olaf's Church there. On that littler island, over a footbridge, is where Bukkoy Viking village has been reconstructed. To travel this area, as the rest of Norways coastal areas, is to see water, water, fjords, inlets, waterfalls, bogs, fogs, and appreciate the navigational and other skills needed to survive here. Avaldsnes: named for King Augvald, of the sagas (perhaps some historical); and where the presence of Odin predated the contact that perhaps angered King Olaf Tryggvason -- see St. Olaf's Church post preceding -- who was in process of giving up the old gods and converting by force his compatriots to Christianity when a magician appeared and so on. See google book on Odin appearing also to Augvald at The Heimskringla, vol 1 p. 436 ff, translated from version of Snorri Sturluson, early skald taking down old tales.