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HAUGESUND

Homeland of the Viking kings

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Haugesund .
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Smedasundet in Haugesund .
Photo: Nordic Drone

Come along on a journey to a land where chieftains ruled for centuries and cultural traditions stand strong.

Nestled between mountains, islands and the North Sea, the Haugesund region in Fjord Norway holds a special place in the country’s history.

The region’s landscape is often compared to environments in famous TV-shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, with the latter being more spot-on than any.

Haugesund .
Photo: Visit Haugesund
Haugesund .
Photo: Visit Haugesund

You see, this used to be the home of the Viking kings and the base of power for Harald Fairhair when he united Norway into a single kingdom.

It is also where Norway’s national monument, Haraldshaugen, stands proud on what is believed to be Harald Fairhair’s burial site.

Haraldshaugen near Haugesund .
Photo: Nordic Drone
Haraldshaugen near Haugesund .
Photo: Nordic Drone

One of the best places to experience the Viking Period is Avaldsnes, Norway’s oldest royal throne, located on the island Bukkøy.

During the annual Viking Festival, Avaldsnes has 200 Vikings visiting from all over Europe, living in tents, performing re-enactments …

… and selling handicraft made with tools and techniques from that time.

With the new "Time Travel" app, visitors can also experience Karmøy and learn about characters from times past on a digital historic wandering.

In the region of Haugesund, locals preserve traditions so they can live on outside the pages of a storybook. But it is not limited to the Viking Period.

Vikings at Avaldsnes .
Photo: Scott Sporleder
Vikings at Avaldsnes .
Photo: Scott Sporleder

They’ve continued the tradition of creating local food, with flavours from the surrounding land and ocean.

Try everything from seaweed, clams and herring to the region’s special dessert, Queen Maud Fromage, with chocolate and kogel mogel.

Food at Skaarnesheimen .
Photo: Skaarnesheimen Raw Ocean Lodge
Food at Skaarnesheimen .
Photo: Skaarnesheimen Raw Ocean Lodge

On a stroll through the charming town Haugesund, you can also experience traditions picked up in countries far away.

From the lovely aroma of coffee …

Hos Carlos in Haugesund .
Photo: Tina Signesdottir Hult
Hos Carlos in Haugesund .
Photo: Tina Signesdottir Hult

… to the art of glassblowing.

Glassblowing in Formbar glassverksted .
Photo: Kristoffer Vincent Hansen
Glassblowing at Formbar Glassverksted .
Photo: Kristoffer Vincent Hansen

And not to mention movies on the big screen during the Norwegian International Film Festival and music at the annual Karmøygeddon Metal Festival.

Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in Haugesund .
Photo: Gunnlaug Broshaug
Karmøygeddon Metal Festival in Haugesund .
Photo: Gunnlaug Broshaug

The region’s coastal landscape is another well-preserved attraction.

Get a bird’s eye view from the top of Himakånå, Trolltunga’s little sister, or enjoy the coastal culture up close in the idyllic seaside town Skudeneshavn.

Himakånå in Fjord Norway .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson
Himakånå in Fjord Norway .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Feel the ocean breeze on a visit to islands like Utsira and Røvær, or experience the sheer force of water on a surfing trip …

Karmsund .
Photo: Daniel Schulze-Ardey
Karmsund .
Photo: Daniel Schulze-Ardey

… or on a sightseeing tour to the mighty Langfoss waterfall in Åkrafjorden.

The 612-metres-high waterfall is listed as one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world by CNN.

Langfoss waterfall .
Photo: Matt Palmer / Unsplash
Langfoss waterfall .
Photo: Mattias Fredriksson

Nature. Culture. History.

It all comes together in the Haugesund region.

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Sunset outside Haugesund .
Photo: Jone Torkelsen
Sunset outside Haugesund .
Photo: Jone Torkelsen

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