This quaint town perched on the North Sea boasts dual personalities. While renowned as the site where Viking king Harald Hårfagre united Norway as a kingdom in the 9th century, it's also one of the country's most popular destinations for the annual Sildajazz Festival and Norwegian Film Festival. Add in a thriving town center with hundreds of shops and cultural diversions to jaw-dropping scenery and thrilling excursions, your stay in Haugesund promises to be an enthralling experience you won't soon forget.
Located on Karmøy Island, this tiny hamlet was once the ancient center of Viking power Renowned as Norway's oldest royal seat this tiny hamlet on Karmøy Island was once the ancient center of Viking power. Today, it's home to Viking Village, a recreated farmstead, and the Nordvegen History Center.
St. Olav's Church
Built by Viking King Håkon in 1250 this medieval landmark is the site of Virgin Mary's Needle, a 25-foot-high stone pillar that many believe has the ability to predict the end of the world.
An idyllic car-free island with only 100 inhabitants, Røvær has its own school, kindergarten, shop, and café. Occupied by German forces during WW II Røvær's storybook buildings embody the spirit of a Norwegian fishing village.
A scenic walk along the North Sea Trail leads to one of Norway's most charming lighthouses. Since 1849 it's been guiding ships around the wind-swept coast. Today, it's home to an art gallery and café.
Rising 1,982 feet above the crystal blue Lysefjorden, the rock's 269-square -oot plateau is a famous tourist attraction and popular spot for views of Kjerag Boulder, a giant rock wedged in between two rock walls.
Ancient grave mounds, tall memorial stones, and rich archaeological sites dot the island. In addition to its rich Viking history, Karmøy's copper mines supplied the metal used in New York City's Statue of Liberty.
A charming village that appears to be untouched by time, Skudeneshavn's timbered houses date back to the 1800s including the well-preserved Merchant's House, which offers a look into 19th century life.
Haugesund Town Hall
Built in 1931, the building is not only acclaimed as one of Norway's finest neo-classical structures, it's also the world's only pink city hall and its beauty is protected by the National Preservation Agency.
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Ryvarden Lighthouse Walk
3 hours | Haugesund | HAU-380H A U - 3 8 0
Lace up your walking shoes for a stroll along the North Sea Trail and the Ryvarden Lighthouse. Walk through a wonderland of weathered heather and well-worn rocks and keep your eyes open for seals along the water's edge. Once you reach the lighthouse you'll be rewarded with refreshments.
Enjoy a tour around Karmøy Island, home of medieval Viking kings. Visit Skudeneshavn, a charming town whose well-preserved wooden houses date back to the 1800s, and Mælandgården, a living museum that offers a look into 19th century life. Have a photostop and an optional walk to the Fishermen's Memorial at Ferkingstad.
History comes alive when you follow in the footsteps of medieval Vikings on Karmøy Island. Discover the world of these seafarers at the Nordvegen History Center. Learn the life of a medieval farmer at Avaldsnes Viking Farm. Visit St. Olav's Church, believed to the gravesite of King Harald Fairhair
Cruise the spectacular Akrafjord, one of Norway's most scenic fjords and home to the famed Langfoss Waterfall, plunging 612 meters into crystalline waters, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. A pleasant Snack is served at a local farm, and a short stop is made for souvenirs.
Board your RIB boat for an exhilarating journey across the North Sea to the local island of Røvær. See how the islanders make their living off the sea as you walk past the quaint and colorful wooden homes and breathe in the fresh, salty air. Then, relax with homemade fish soup and refreshments while learning about the island's history.
Let your imagination soar as you fly over rugged Pulpit Rock, one of Haugesund's most photographed sights. Marvel at the beauty of the scenic Lysefjorden, which lies over 1,900 below the mountain plateau, and Kjerag, a massive mountain that juts 3,640 feet into the air.