Mooring Buoy

There aren’t many moorings in the fjords, mainly because it gets so deep so quickly and the low tidal range mean it’s just as easy to tie up to a rock face. There are private moorings outside summer cottages or sea houses. As you’d expect these are usually for small boats. It’s hard to tell sometimes what’s a mooring buoy and whats a crab pot marker.

However, things are changing. With a donation an insurance company the Royal Norwegian Boating Federation is starting to install swinging moorings in some Uthavn (out harbours). These substantial red buoys are rated for boats up to 8 tonnes. They’re free to use for up to 24 hours and are usually somewhere picturesque!

There are now 150 of these bouys throughout the country, with 15 available in the “Southern” region around Stavanger and Ryflyke. A further 12 are located in the “Western” region around Bergen. There is an online map for viewing all the buoys. Each one comes with a sketch chart with approaches marked if it is a difficult approach. Most aren’t.

The mooring buoys are easy to identify, being bright red, 60cm in diameter. A 1m pole with mooring lines sticks out of the top, making them easy to pick up. They also have a sign in Norwegian with the conditions of use. The conditions being the weight limit, 8 or 10 tonnes and time, 24 hours.


Technical diagram of a KBNF mooring buoy.
KBNF Mooring Buoy