There is a clearing in the woods on the northside of Utøya. Here you will find Utøya at its most beautiful. Walking here, cones crunch beneath your feet as the path takes you through wild forget-me-nots to the memorial site called the Clearing (Lysningen).
The memorial at Utøya belongs to the bereaved families and friends. It is created for and by those who lost someone at Utøya. Through joint efforts, the Clearing is a dignified and peaceful place to commemorate.
The names and age of those who lost their lives at Utøya on 22 July 2011 are punched out in a metallic ring suspended from the surrounding trees. No name is mentioned first, no name mentioned last. As the day passes, sunlight shines through all the names at different times of the day. We have also established a habitat for the butterfly “Mourning Cloak”, which is often seen around the memorial.