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Sunset at Lista lighthouse
Lista lighthouse.
Photo: Morten Teinum, Visit Sørlandet

Pirates, birds and beaches, amazing light and american heritage

Visit Farsund and the Lista region in southern Norway. Located on the southern coast of Norway, the peninsula of Lista has the best beaches in southern Norway for surfing and bird watching. Farsund is also known for an exciting history of piracy dating back to the 1800's when the locals fought the invading British ships during the Napoleonic wars. And the region has close ties to America due to extensive emigration in the 50s and 60s. This is celebrated during the annual American Festival at Vanse. 
Piracy History in Farsund
Kaperbyen Farsund.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
Surfing Lista Farsund
Surfing in Lista Farsund.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
American Festival Farsund Norway
American Festival Farsund.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
Haviksanden på Lista Farsund
Photo: Tore K. Haus

Explore Farsund and Lista

City life in Farsund, lots of great festivals, american heritage, birdwatching, bathing or surfing along the beaches. Hiking possibilities are superb, with many well prepared footpaths. There are fishing opportunities in many areas, both inland and at sea.

Festivals and events in Farsund

See what's going on in Farsund.

Farsund has a vast history

The uniquely varied cultural landscape also contains ancient tracks dating back to the Neolithic period. The municipality is one of the richest in terms of historical relics. You will find petroglyphs at Penne, near Nordberg Fort and lots of World War II history in the area. 

Getting to and from Farsund

Car: To get to Farsund from Stavanger, Kristiansand or Oslo, visitors need to use the E39 highway. From Oslo the journey is 5.5 hours, from Stavanger 2.5 hours and from Kristiansand 1.5 hours.

Bus: There are no buses that go direct to Farsund from Stavanger and Kristiansand. The Lavprisekspressen goes from Kristiansand to Lyngdal which is 20 minutes from Farsund. Norway Bussekspress also has a route from Kristiansand to Flekkefjord or Lyngdal  and Stavanger to Flekkefjord or Lyngdal.

Train: There are no trains to Farsund but the train from Stavanger to Kristiansand stops at Snartemo which is 40 minutes from Farsund.

Air: There is an international airport at Stavanger and Kristiansand. At both airports there are car hire services. There are two Norwegian Airlines that operate international flights from these airports including Widerøe and SAS.

American Festival Farsund Norway

American car in the parade at the festival

American Festival Farsund.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet

Map of Farsund and Lista

Click on the appropriate box to find the various locations on the map. If using a mobile device, you will see a red icon to show the map location.

Activities and attractions
Visit Lista lighthouse. In addition to the lighthouse tower, you'll find a visitor centre, tourist information and bird watching station. You can also… Read more
Lista Lighthouse
The Lista region has one of the highest population of different birds. They travel from all over the world to feed in Lista during the autumn, before… Read more
Lista Bird Observatory - Bird watching in Lista
The Light of Lista is a quaint little cabin overlooking the beaches of Lista. Read more
The Light of Lista
Come and visit one of the few Coastal Forts built by the Germans in World War 2, that is preserved in its original form. Read more
Nordberg Fort
Lista's interesting history is depicted through an extensive exhibition of collected historical items and traditional buildings. Read more
Lista Museum
Loshavn is a typical example of the outport communities along the southern coast which experienced huge resurgence in the 1700s and 1800s, and which… Read more
Loshavn and Eikvåg
Enjoy a walk on an unused road passing by fjords, protected forests and old bridges in Farsund Southern Norway. Read more
Hiking Bøensbakken
Try out Lista Adrenalinpark Go-kart track in Farsund. Read more
Lista Adrenalinpark Go kart
Challenge the elements and yourself with Lista Aktiv. Choose between courses in windsurfing and SUP (stand-up paddling). With our experienced… Read more
Lista Aktiv
Flipside Skatepark in Farsund is Norway's largest skate park. Read more
Flipside Skatepark
Lomsesanden Family Camping is a family campsite situated right outside Farsund. Read more
Lomsesanden Camping
Farsund Resort, a holiday resort with traditional cabins and attractive guest harbour, nestles in an idyllic part of Southern Norway near Farsund. Read more
Farsund Resort
Bjørnevåg Resort is beautifully located by the Spind fjord between Lyngdal and Farsund. Read more
Bjørnevåg Resort
Rederiet Hotel, located in the town centre, is a natural choice for accommodation, small courses and conferences in Farsund. Read more
Rederiet Hotell
The Farsund Fjordhotel is conveniently located near the Farsund town centre with stunning views over the fjord. Read more
Farsund Fjordhotel
Park your boat at the Farsund Marina and enjoy the beautiful city. Read more
Farsund guest marina
Lista Lighthouse offers two newly redecorated apartments which are available for rent throughout the year. Both apartments are situated right next to… Read more
Lista Lighthouse lodging
Just 1 km. from Lista Lighthouse, you will find Lista Flypark Hotel & Appartements. Read more
Lista Flypark - Hotell & Apartments
Stay at The Long House at Lista in Farsund, Southern Norway. Read more
Accommodation at The Longhouse at Lista
Farsund Resort provides overnight accommodation in lodges and apartments of exceptionally high standard. Read more
Fishing holiday - Farsund Resort - Fall/winter
Borshavn has a breakwater facility that monitors the fishing harbour towards the sea. Read more
Borshavn Guest marina
Farsund campervan camping is located on Farøy in central Farsund which is in close proximity to the sea with a great park and fishing. Read more
Farsund RV camp
Stay at Stave Farm to really experience what the nature at Lista has to offer. Read more
Stave Farm
Farsund Multi-apartment comprises 8 apartments located on Farøy, ca. 300 meters from the center of Farsund and 3 km from the nearest beach. Read more
Farsund Multi Apartment
Borshavn Ferie are located in the small, beautiful fishing harbor Borshavn. Only 15 minutes from Farsund citycentre. Read more
Borshavn holidayhouses
The Lista beaches
Havik beach is located in Lista just outside Farsund in Southern Norway and is one of the most popular beaches in the region. Read more
Havik Beach Lista
Farsund has 10 kilometres of long, beautiful and striking beaches to offer those who want to enjoy the closeness to the ocean and have fun by the… Read more
The Lista beaches
The Lista region has one of the highest population of different birds. They travel from all over the world to feed in Lista during the autumn, before… Read more
Lista Bird Observatory - Bird watching in Lista
The Light of Lista is a quaint little cabin overlooking the beaches of Lista. Read more
The Light of Lista
Lomsesanden is an excellent sandy beach suitable for the whole family. The water is shallow and the beach is sheltered from the winds from the west. Read more
Lomsesanden beach
American culture
Route 8 will take you on a journey around Farsund and the Lista landscape. WELCOME! Read more
Travel the "Route 8" in Farsund
There are some apartments in Vanse Farsund that are furnished and equipped with American appliances, carpets and just about everything else that is… Read more
Apartment No 9, Museum and exhibition
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