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The Pirate Show is fun for the whole family. - Photo: Farsund Tourist Office
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The Pirate Show is fun for the whole family. Photo: Farsund Tourist Office

Visit Farsund's very own pirate city

Experience the Pirate City festival in Farsund where a show includes an intense battle between British and Norwegian ships at the guest harbour.

Since 1996, Farsund has had festivals for Kaperbyen, which translated means "The Pirate City". A lot of history has taken place in Farsund and Southern Norway, between the Norwegians and the English, who were fighting a war of piracy in the 1800's.

Annual Pirate festival

The annual Kaperbyen festival "Pirate Days" is about having fun with games and entertainment for all ages. Experience the piracy-themed live show Kaperspillet, with boats and all. It takes place on Saturday evenings on summer nights. The festival attracts thousands of spectators who can also experience daily pirate tours for children on the "SS Adella", as well as entertainment on the stage in the town square.

The festival lasts three days and traditionally starts with the announcement of "Kaperprisen", an award given to the person who does the most for the district.

An exciting competition to witness during the festival is called "Take Capers Jansen". This is where various boat owners compete to see which one has the fastest boat in the harbour.

Piracy history

Kaperspillet is based on the Napoleonic War fought from 1804-1814 when Denmark and Norway were forced into war against its oldest rival, the United Kingdom. War raged for years, which caused distress and poverty for the people in the region.

As part of the war effort, authorities urged coastal residents from Loshavn and Eikvåg to equip fast sailboats to plunder the passing ships. A legendary pirate called Veiviseren from Loshavn set a Norwegian record of 23 successful missions.

Norwegian ship captured by the British

This show is based on an authentic incident in September 1810 when the Norwegian pirateship ''Pophan'' was captured by an English warship. A few days later, Veiviseren recovered the ship and this event is recreated in the Kaperspillet.

The guard of the harbour

During this festival and the summer months, you are also likely to meet the city's very own Marina Watchman. She dresses in a traditional outfit and greets boats and tourists as they arrive in the city centre.

Local piracy harbours

Loshavn and Eikvåg is where piracy of British ships started. Many passed through these waters and it is said that these areas were built on British money.

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Last updated:  2014-09-12
Meet the local pirate commander during the festival in Farsund. - Photo: Farsund Tourist Office
Meet the local pirate commander during the festival in Farsund.
Watch two large ships in a battle at a show during the festival. - Photo: rsund Tourist Office
Watch two large ships in a battle at a show during the festival.

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The Pirate Show is fun for the whole family. - Photo: Farsund Tourist Office

Visit Farsund's very own pirate city

Experience the Pirate City festival in Farsund where a show includes an intense battle between British and Norwegian ships at the guest harbour.

Visit Farsund's very own pirate city

Source: Visitnorway

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