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Summer in Haugesund and Haugalandet

Visit Haugalandet, homeland of the Viking kings - a great starting point for exploring the coastline, its fjords and surrounding mountains.

Haugesund is a lively and charming coastal town with a small harbour area full of restaurants and bars. The town is ideally situated between the Lysefjord and the Hardangerfjord, with the lovely Åkrafjord and Langfoss Waterfall in its own backyard.

Haugesund is also home to several festivals, amongst which the Herring Jazz Festival and the Norwegian Film Festival are the biggest.

 

Norway's birthplace and the Viking heritage

The history of Norway started in the Haugesund area, which was the home of the Viking kings. It was here the Viking explorers began their adventures at sea.

Following the battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 AD, Harald Fairhair established Norway’s first throne at Avaldsnes, and the strait of Nordvegen – literally "the way to the north" – gave Norway its name. At Nordvegen History Centre you can follow in King Harald Fairhair’s footsteps, learn about the sovereigns that controlled the coast of Norway from Avaldsnes and experience the Viking way of living. Nordvegen History Centre is considered to be one of Norway's most important historical museums about the Viking era. More information is available at visithaugesund.no

Explore the coastline

The charming village of Skudeneshavn is also worth a visit, with its small white houses and narrow streets. If you want peace and calm, try a cruise to Utsira or Røvær; two small islands with no more than 300 and 110 inhabitants, respectively. There are several daily departures from Haugesund to both islands. Utsira has great hiking trails, a lighthouse and fresh, energising sea air in abundance. It is also a popular place for birds on their way to other parts of the world. 

Ryvarden is a lighthouse located less then 30 minutes with car from the city centre in Haugesund. The lighthouse offers accommodation and a café (open on Sundays in spring and on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the month of July). 

Åkrafjord and Langfoss Waterfall

In March 2011, CNN included Langfoss in the Åkrafjord in the list of the 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

With its 612-metre drop (2,008 feet), Langfoss is the fifth largest waterfall in Norway. It is located at the end of the Åkrafjord. There is an easy-to-climb footpath all the way to the top, where the view is magnificent. Instead of falling in a straight drop like most waterfalls, Langfoss slips down a cliff, maintaining contact with the rocks all the way down, before spilling into the Åkrafjord. Langfoss is not the biggest waterfall in Norway, but the combined height (2,008 feet) and width (205 feet) is impressive.

The landscape can also be admired by boat. Join a Waterfall Fjord Cruise  and take in the view with cascading water resembling a string of pearls.

For more information visit visithaugesund.no.

Last updated:  22 May 2013
Discover the rich history of the Vikings in Avaldsnes, Norway - Photo: Geir Øyvind Gismervik/ visithaugesund.no
Discover the rich history of the Vikings in Avaldsnes, Norway
Relax and wander along the cosy streets of Skudeneshavn, Norway - Photo: Geir Øyvind Gismervik/ visithaugesund.no
Relax and wander along the cosy streets of Skudeneshavn, Norway
Try your luck fishing and enjoy the nature outside Haugesund, Norway - Photo: Geir Øyvind Gismervik/ visithaugesund.no
Try your luck fishing and enjoy the nature outside Haugesund, Norway
Hike to Ryvarden Lighthouse to experience the rough, rocky coastal landscape - Photo: Tove V. Bråthen
Hike to Ryvarden Lighthouse to experience the rough, rocky coastal landscape
Visit Nordvegen History Centre - a national treasure with exhibitions about Norway's exciting Viking history - Photo: Ørjan B Iversen
Visit Nordvegen History Centre - a national treasure with exhibitions about Norway's exciting Viking history
Admire the spectacular Langfossen Waterfall - Photo: Espen Mills / visithaugesund.no
Admire the spectacular Langfossen Waterfall
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Enjoy the lively, charming atmosphere of Haugesund, Norway - Photo: Geir Øyvind Gismervik/ visithaugesund.no

Summer in Haugesund and Haugalandet

Visit Haugalandet, homeland of the Viking kings - a great starting point for exploring the coastline, its fjords and surrounding mountains.

Summer in Haugesund and Haugalandet

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