Join one of the most wonderful tours in Haugalandet – a tour of the beautiful island Karmøy. This tour is crammed full of culture and history, and you will experience a lot in a short time. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you are guided through history from the Viking Age up until today's world-class offshore industry. Karmøy has a rich culture and coastal history. It was here that Harald Fairhair established the country's first throne at Avaldsnes, and united Norway into one kingdom.
Åkrasanden beach, the Statue of Liberty and St. Olav's Church
During this spectacular tour that’s packed with photo opportunities, there will be three short stops where you can leave the bus and take in the beautiful surroundings. These stops are at Visnes, Åkrasanden beach and St. Olav's Church. At Visnes, you will see the copper from the copper mines used to make the symbol of the United States: The Statue of Liberty. The copper works at Visnes were the biggest and most modern in Northern Europe in their day. The next stop is Åkrasanden beach, which surprises many visitors with their first stroll along the beach. It’s like the beaches are smiling at the ocean with their wonderful white sand. Åkrasanden beach has been named Norway's finest beach multiple times and has blue flag certification. Your local guide will tell you about the local history as you stroll along the beach listening to the sound of the waves.
There will be a short stop at St. Olav's Church on the return journey, a chance to see the Virgin Mary needle, a 7.2-metre-high stone on the north side of the church. Legend has it that doomsday will come when the top of the needle touches the church wall. The church, built in 1250, is an important stop for pilgrims on their way to Nidaros in the north.
The turning point and main stop of the tour is at the southernmost point of Karmøy: Skudeneshavn. You’ll have time to explore this charming sailing ship town, which is known as the white-painted empire-style town. Unassuming, proud and picturesque. Soak up the special atmosphere and the beautiful architecture as you wander through the narrow streets and enjoy newly made waffles and coffee at the ‘world's smallest café.’ Filled with new memories and impressions, the bus will return you to the starting point of the tour.
Meeting point: Cruise terminal Viking Adventure booth, or by arrangement, 15 minutes before departure
Duration: 4 hours
Language: English/German (depending on ship)
Lunch (not included in price) in Skudeneshavn
Clothing: walking shoes and warm jacket
Who is the tour suitable for?
This tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility, but you must be able to get on and off the bus yourself. You can explore the various places where the bus stops, or you’re welcome to stay on the bus if you prefer. Stops also include a toilet break and the chance to stretch your legs.
Last updated: 09/11/2023
Source: Destinasjon Haugesund & Haugalandet