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Blomstølen, Haugesund
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Hiking and Vikings

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.

Hiking offers in Haugesund

Hike to Himakånå, Nedstrand’s version of Trolltunga

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.

Guided daytrip to Langfoss waterfall

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.

Åkrafjord Adventures

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.

Hike the Etnefjella and stay at the Blomstølen Mountain Lodge

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.

Potholes from the ice age

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.

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Hikes near Haugesund
Nominated by CNN as one of the worlds 10 most beautiful waterfalls! Lagfoss has a drop of 612 meters and is Norways fifth highest waterfall. Quoted… Read more
Langfoss Waterfall
Awaken the senses with a visit to Åkrafjorden! Aakrafjord Adventures provides fixed tours for individuals and tailor made tours for groups to… Read more
Aakrafjord Adventures
An hour’s drive from Haugesund brings you to the Etnefjellet Mountains where Haugesund Turistforening has several cabins. The area consists of… Read more
Etnefjella
Altitude difference: 300–370 metres Estimated time: 1–2 hours Walking map: Etne – Saudafjella 1:100 000 Starting point and parking:… Read more
The Potholes at Rullestad
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    Getting here and around

    • Haugesund hiking car

      By car

      Follow E134 from Oslo to Haugesund. If you are driving from Bergen or Stavanger, follow the E39.

    • Haugesund hiking bus

      By bus

      There are daily express bus services to Haugesund from Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and other towns.

    • Haugesund hiking plane

      By plane

      There are daily flights from Oslo to Haugesund with Norwegian and SAS. Haugesund Airport is situated 20 minutes from the city centre.

    Safety in the mountains

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    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.

    1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
    2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
    3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
    4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
    5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
    6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
    7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
    8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
    9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

    Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

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