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In Haugesund, you are never far from a recreational area. Go hiking in a landscape that brings to mind both Game of Thrones and Vikings.
Located halfway between Bergen and Stavanger on the west coast, Haugesund is a great starting point for your Norwegian adventure for many reasons. You are surrounded by fjords, mountains, heaths and waterfalls, including the 612-metre high Langefossen. The recreational areas are easily accessible, and you have natural top attractions like Preikestolen and Trolltunga within daytrip-distance.
The landscape of Haugesund has been compared to the settings of tv-series like Game of Thrones and Vikings.
The link to Vikings is closer than you may think: Also known as the birthplace of Norway, Haugesund has a strong viking heritage to explore. Haugesund was the Viking king Harald the Fairhaired’s base when he united Norway into one kingdom.
Despite the historic references, the centre of Haugesund is now a young, lively city with lots of festivals and events throughout the year.
Towering above the Lysevatnet lake is the rock formation Himakånå, often referred to as “Little Trolltunga”. The trip here is much less demanding, though – it takes only about an hour to reach the Instagram-friendly rock. And even though it hangs only 357 metres above sea level, all doubts about its impressiveness vanish when you stand at the top and see the stunning view of the lake, the Nedstrandsfjord, and the local farms surrounded by lush forests.
The trail runs through mountain pastures, small forests and open fields, and is suitable for all ages. Just watch the children closely at the top.
In Åkrafjorden you’ll find one of the most underrated attractions in Norway: The giant waterfall Langfossen. The CNN once named it one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, and you will have a hard time getting this close to a waterfall of this size anywhere else on the planet – and yet far too many drive right past it.
Hike up on your own two feet for the best experience. The 600-meter vertical climb will sting your thighs and legs, but once you’re at the top, it won’t be the steep climb that takes your breath away but rather the stunning view.
Awaken your senses on a tour through the beautiful landscapes of Åkrafjorden. Aakrafjord Adventures provides packaged and tailor-made tours to individuals and groups to memorable locations, sometimes in cooperation with other exciting local suppliers.
Their most popular tour is the Langfoss Waterfall Fjord Cruise – it is nothing short of a spectacle to view the 612-metre high waterfall from the water. Another fabulous experience is the Tractor Safari to Eikemo Moutain Farm, which takes you to the farms on the roadless side of the fjord by boat and tractor.
Etnefjella has been called one of Norway’s forgotten mountain treasures. With a gentle, varied landscape that alternates between high mountains, green valleys, small lakes and rivers, it is a paradise for those who plan to go hiking with the whole family.
The modern tourist lodge Blomstølen is a two- to three-hour hike from civilization and has a fantastic mountain atmosphere.
Go for a short but challenging hike to the giant glacial potholes of Rullestadsjuvet, found in the steep mountain walls. Created during the last ice age, these round caves consist of water, ice and stones. With a diameter of several metres, they are some of the biggest potholes in Northern Europe.
Start the walk at Rullestad, at Skromme or where the postal road crosses the Dalelva river in the Rullestadjuvet gorge. Follow the marked path to Jettegrytenuten, where you can climb down to the potholes. The hike takes around two hours.
Refer to the map below to locate the hike you've set your eyes on and start planning your next adventure.
Follow E134 from Oslo to Haugesund. If you are driving from Bergen or Stavanger, follow the E39.
There are daily express bus services to Haugesund from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and other towns.
There are daily flights from Oslo to Haugesund with Norwegian and SAS. Haugesund Airport is situated 20 minutes from the city centre.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
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