Welcome to Haugesund

At a glance...

A historic fishing port on Norway’s west coast, Haugesund is often referred to as the ‘birthplace of Norway’ with the town’s lively hub still centred around its harbour.

The region offers an amazing opportunity to explore Norway’s stunning countryside, with everything from mountains, fjords and waterfalls within easy reach. But Haugesund also has plenty of activities closer to town, with an impressive selection of museums, galleries, bars and restaurants to keep visitors entertained in between days exploring the beautiful surrounding region.

 

Homeland of the Viking Kings

Fans of Viking history can marvel in the area’s links to the ancient Norsemen, who held their Royal seat in Haugesund. Links to the past are everywhere but for the most authentic way to experience daily life in 9th century is found by visiting the Viking Farm on the nearby island of Bukkøy – home to a traditional Viking boathouse, farm and even a festival in June.

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Waterfalls

Visit the magnificent Langfoss waterfall which drops 600 meters into the fjord below, where explorers can also go on a cruise and take in the area’s dramatic landscape. Those in search of the perfect Instagram picture should travel 50 km east of Haugesund and follow the family-friendly trek up to the Himakånå rock formation, sometimes called ‘Little Trolltunga’ – taking a selfie 357 metres about the Tysvær township.

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