In the southwest of Norway where the fjords flow out into the North Sea, you will find Haugalandet and Haugesund. The geographical region is flanked by the Folgefonna glacier to the north and the mountain formation of Preikestolen to the south.
The regional centre Haugesund (population 35,000) is a young, vibrant city, and hosts several festivals. Among them is the Norwegian International Film Festival in August, which is one of the most important film festivals in Scandinavia. Jazz lovers might want to check out the Sildajazz festival, also during August, with a mix of local and international artists.
The Viking Age is important to the region, as it was the kith and kin of the early princes who ensured that the base of power for the Viking Harald the Fairhaired was to be at Haugalandet when he united Norway into one single kingdom.
One of the best sites to experience the viking roots is Avaldsnes at the Karmøy island, which is also known for its long and pale beaches.
If you want to experience the surrounding nature of the region, there are plenty of opportunities. You can for example take an excursion to the Langfoss waterfall, which has been nominated as one of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world by CNN. Island hopping to Røvær and Utsira is also a popular activity, and locals will be more than helpful if you ask them for advice on the best hiking trips.
There is no need to wait until you´re here to find out what you´d like to do.
Western Norway is a region of narrow fjords cutting into tall mountains, of waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and of glaciers that never melt. Spectacular architecture and exiting food made from local produce enhance the experience.
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