The airport has produced honey since 2014. Beehives are placed along the runway and thousands of bees take off and land here in search of nectar from flowers in the surrounding area. The honey is harvested from the hives by beekeeper Kjetil Lyse, and put in jars at KL bee farm in Sandnes.
But, why in the world are we making honey?
First and foremost it is because we take the environment seriously. Verifying the honey produced between the runways allows us to monitor whether there is pollution in the air, rainwater, flowers or pollen around us. The bees collect nectar and pollen almost continuously, and these "samples" give us a good indicator of the air quality in Sola. The honey has been tested and is pure. We also want to sell and serve the most locally produced products and raw materials in our restaurants and finding something more local than this would be difficult! We are also very fond of the sweet stuff here at Sola - and nothing is sweeter than just plain / plane honey.
The bees must visit more than 20 million flowers - or take over 60 000 flights for producing 1 kg of honey.
Hives are near a protected landscape area where around 185 aircraft are taking off and landing every day to / from over 70 destinations.The bees takes about 40 trips each, when nectar and pollen are "in the air" - and flies to about 4000 flowers destinations.