Scenic Skudeneshavn

4 hours | Haugesund | H A U - 2 1 0
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Points of Interest

  • Karmøy Island
  • Skudeneshavn
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

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.


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The island of Karmøy may measure a mere 88 square miles but it holds a treasure trove of historical sights and history that are tied to the sea. Discover this unique relationship during a half-day excursion to two of its most charming storybook villages. So put on your walking shoes and grab your camera for a fascinating adventure that begins as soon as you take your seat on your coach.

From the pier you'll travel across the Karmsund Bridge that links Karmøy to Norway's mainland. Once on the island you'll drive through an otherworldly landscape of verdant forests, heather clad hills and rolling pastureland to the southern tip of Karmøy.

Karmøy is known as an important Viking settlement and the seat of power for King Harald "Fairhair," the first Viking king. So it should come as no surprise that burial mounds, stone monuments and other archaeological finds have been discovered around Ferkingstad.

Fast forward a few centuries to the late 19th century when the town hosted a number of successful herring fisheries.
After you disembark, take photos or take a leisurely stroll down the path to the Fisherman's Memorial, dedicated to the fishermen who have been lost at sea in American waters.

Herring was also very helpful in the success of Skudeneshavn-the next stop on your itinerary. The village looks as it did when herring fishing was at its peak at the end of the 19th century. Feel the decades slip away as you stroll past 130 well-preserved wooden, white homes and seafront wharves snuggled in Skudeneshavn's Old Town's narrow streets.

To get a close-up look at what life was like on the island 150 years ago you'll visit the Mælandgården Museum. Set inside a merchant's house that harks back to 1840, the museum offers a glimpse into the life of a typical middle-class family with artifacts from the era, as well as a dentist's office, and workshops filled with fishing equipment and boats.

Special Notes:

The guided tour in Skudeneshavn takes approximately one hour, and covers just under a mile. There are e few steps at the museum.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart the ship for a visit to Ferkingstad with an optional short walk to Seamen's Monument

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:35
Time at site:
00:10
Inside visit:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Depart Ferkingstad for a drive to Skudeneshavn Town

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
10
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
No

Guided walk through the Village

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:45

Visit Mælandgården Museum

Time at site:
00:45
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Steps:
29
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Re-board the Motorcoach with a scenic drive on the East side of Karmøy Island on the way to back to the ship

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
01:00
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Shopping available:
No