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The Pirate City of Farsund.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
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Visit Farsund's very own pirate town

Experience Kaperdagene (the Pirate Town) festival in Farsund where a show includes an intense battle between British and Norwegian ships at the guest harbour. Since 1996, Farsund has had festivals for Kaperbyen, which translated means "The Pirate Town". A lot of history has taken place in Farsund and Southern Norway, between the Norwegians and the English, who were fighting a war of piracy in the 1800's.
Pirate festival Farsund Norway

The Farsund pirate festival

Annual Pirate festival

The annual Kaperbyen festival "Pirate Days" is about having fun with games and entertainment for all ages. Experience the piracy-themed live show Kaperspillet, with boats and all. It takes place on Saturday evenings on summer nights. The festival attracts thousands of spectators who can also experience daily pirate tours for children on the "SS Adella", as well as entertainment on the stage in the town square.

The festival lasts three days and traditionally starts with the announcement of "Kaperprisen", an award given to the person who does the most for the district.

An exciting competition to witness during the festival is called "Take Capers Jansen". This is where various boat owners compete to see which one has the fastest boat in the harbour.

Piracy history

Kaperspillet is based on the Napoleonic War fought from 1804-1814 when Denmark and Norway were forced into war against its oldest rival, the United Kingdom. War raged for years, which caused distress and poverty for the people in the region.

As part of the war effort, authorities urged coastal residents from Loshavn and Eikvåg to equip fast sailboats to plunder the passing ships. A legendary pirate called Veiviseren from Loshavn set a Norwegian record of 23 successful missions.

Local piracy harbours

Loshavn and Eikvåg is where piracy of British ships started. Many passed through these waters and it is said that these areas were built on British money.
 

Historical Loshavn Norway

The pirate base in Loshavn

Pirate fun for kids Farsund Norway

Pirate fun for kids.

Norwegian ship captured by the British

This show is based on an authentic incident in September 1810 when the Norwegian pirateship ''Pophan'' was captured by an English warship. A few days later, Veiviseren recovered the ship and this event is recreated in the Kaperspillet.

The guard of the harbour

During this festival and the summer months, you are also likely to meet the town's very own Marina Watchman . She dresses in a traditional outfit and greets boats and tourists as they arrive in the town centre.
 

Boat culture Farsund Norway
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Boat culture Farsund Norway.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet

Wooden boats in Farsund

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Boat culture Farsund Norway.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
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