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Ryvarden outside Haugesund, Norway - Photo: Vestfoto
Ryvarden outside Haugesund, Norway Photo: Vestfoto

Special venues in Haugesund

The sea house of the 'Herring King' can accommodate 500 people. Outside Haugesund you can arrange conferences in a castle or in a lighthouse.



Staalehuset in Haugesund is a famous landmark and possibly Norway's most distinctive sea house. It bears rich memories from the time of the great herring fisheries and Norway's largest herring exporter, Steffen Staalesen, who was otherwise known as the 'Herring King'.

Today, Staalehuset contains some very interesting function rooms, an amphitheatre and concert hall, and can offer accommodation for between 20 and 500 guests.

Fugl Fønix Hotel

Fugl Fønix hotel, café and gallery is a cultural oasis located in surroundings of natural beauty by the village of Etne, 60 kilometres from Haugesund. The hotel specialises in conferences, courses and art exhibitions. There are three meeting rooms and conference facilities for 80 people. The exhibition area is 90 square metres.

The hotel's activity programme covers a diverse arrangement of activities including guided hiking and fishing trips. Evening entertainment consists of stand up comedy, theatre, concerts and club gigs with urban music. Fugl Fønix Hotel has 24 guest rooms.

Salmon Castle

The Salmon Castle (Lakseslottet Lindum) was built by an English lord in 1884 and has its own friendly ghost. His guests were enthusiastic Englishmen who fished for salmon or went hunting in Ryfylke. Between two World Wars, the property was turned into a home for boys who were suffering with tuberculosis. The ghost, named the reliable nurse, is known from this time.

Today the castle has a conference hall with room for 50 people and group rooms with an historical aura. The big dining room can serve up to 65 guests. For minor groups the castle can offer more intimate rooms, such as Lord Sibthorp's Dining Room.

The hotel is located in Suldal, two hours drive from Haugesund. The Salmon Castle has 24 double rooms in a separate wing.

Ryvarden Lighthouse

Ryvarden Lighthouse was built in 1849. Since the lighthouse was automised in 1984, the buildings have been used as a cultural centre. The meeting room is in the gallery, from where participants can enjoy the panoramic view in all directions. Although inside, guests will have the feeling of being close to nature.

The lighthouse can offer catering for up to 50 people. In the lighthouse keeper's quarter accommodation is offered for eight to 10 people. Ryvarden Lighthouse is 22 kilometres from Haugesund.

Lothes Mat & Vinhus

Lothes Mat & Vinhus is a restaurant with a cosy atmosphere, both indoors and outside. It offers conference facilities for four to 80 people and banqueting for 80.  Lothes Mat & Vinhus is located on the quay in Haugesund and has a great view over Smedasundet Sound.

More information

Haugesund Convention Bureau
Smedasundet 77
NO-5528 Haugesund
Phone: +47 52 70 09 20
Email: meetings@visithaugesund.no

Last updated:  2014-03-18

About Haugesund

Key facts about Haugesund

Haugesund is the regional centre of Haugalandet and has around 36,000 inhabitants. The travel time from the city to the airport is 15 minutes.


Haugesund is a major participant in the oil, offshore and shipping industry and a popular congress town. Maximum capacity is 1,000 delegates.

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