10 Things to Do in Haugesund That You Shouldn't Miss

July 27, 2017 Brain Ambrose

 Haugesund (help·info) (HGSD) is a town and municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The town is the main population centre of the Haugaland region in northern Rogaland. The majority of the population of Haugesund lives in the main urban area surrounding the city centre, with the northwestern part of the municipality being fairly rural.
Restaurants in Haugesund

1. Karmoy Beaches

Akrehamn, Haugesund, Norway +47 52 85 75 00
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Karmoy Beaches

This is a great hike along the nature and heritage trail that runs from the village of Akra to the village of Ferkingstad. Cultural and historical monuments lie in abundance between Akra and the boathouse ruins at Hop. The hike starts in the north end of the beach at Akra. From here you can enjoy the view of the white Beaches stretching along the shore. The hike follows a natural path, and along here you can see and sense a rich fauna and birdlife. On the south end of the beach the tour continues over to a historical area, dating back to the Viking Age. Here you will see stone monuments symbolizing the two daughters of King Augvald, one of our Viking kings. The tour continues to Ferkingstad beach, another beach worth seeing. Afterwards you will walk to the charming boat harbour, built in the 1960’s. You will also visit the boathouse ruins, used by the Vikings to drag their ships ashore. The tour finishes at Fisherman’s Memorial, a monument symbolizing local fishermen who lost their lives at sea.

Reviewed By karin368 - Haugesund, Norway

In the the main, I guess when we mention Karmøy's Beaches, we are talking of Åkresanden, the local beach adjacent to the town of Åkrehamm.
I was there yesterday during the day with near deserted Beaches. In 25 deg. you could be forgiven for thinking you were on the very best of Cornish ( S. W. England ) Beaches.
The sand is almost white, the sea a beautiful crystal clear greeny blue and the water shallow enough for children.
But this is not just restricted to warm summer days. In winter, with stormy winds you are presented with a different, but equally beautiful place.
Enjoy!

2. Djupadalen

Djupadalen, Haugesund 5527, Norway +47 52 01 08 30
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Djupadalen

Take the Skjoldavegen Road to Eivindsvatnet Lake. The area consists of lush plantation Forests, bathing area and good fishing grounds. Circular walking route stretching 8 km from Haugesund to Kattanack, Haralsvang and back to Haugesund. The trails are suitable for ordinary footwear and are also accessible by bicycle. Lighted trail at night.

Reviewed By karin368 - Haugesund, Norway

There is no doubt that Djupadalen offers the best in the Haugesund area for walkers, runners, mountain bikers, etc. Even triathletes are to be seen training for the swimming part of their event, now and then.
A beautiful area, where there are numerous routes to choose from, with part pf the way being lit, should decide to venture out after dark.
The local kommune is gradually improving the area, but the next important improvement would be to continue an already existing path right around the lake itself. I am not quite sure why this has not yet been done. Maybe one day.
Enjoy!

3. Steinsfjellet

Steinsfjellet, Haugesund 5533, Norway +47 52 01 08 30
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Steinsfjellet

Viewpoint 227m above the sea. Panorama views over Haugalandet and the North Sea. Drive to the top and park 100m from the peak.

Reviewed By Emilia B

Steinsfjellet offers good panoramic view of the city and sea side, the access to the top is very easy and you don't have to be fit to get there :) There is also very convenient posibility to get there by car. Good place for a Sunday walk.

4. Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement

Kong Augvaldsvei 101 | Avaldsnes, Haugesund 5528, Norway +47 52 81 24 00
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Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement

Nordvegen History Centre – one of Norway’s most important areas within national history!For 3000 years chieftains and kings controlled the strait Karmsundet – Nordvegen – the shipping lane that gave Norway its name. At Nordvegen History Centre you can learn about the sovereigns that controlled the coast of Norway from Avaldsnes. Some of them are known from kings’ sagas and old songs. Others are known from archaeology.You will also get a glimpse of the magic world that people once believed to be real. You’ll meet sorcerers, female warriors and Norse gods.At the History Centre we will tell stories using instruments of our own time – it is a grand, informative and very exciting place to visit!Sells local literature, large and small Viking souvenirs. You can also purchase a selection of locally produced goods such as mittens and socks, and creams and soaps made from heather. Nordvegen History Centre also sells Viking jewellery, including Snorre jewellery. The Viking settlement is situated in beautiful natural surroundings on the island of Bukkøy and is accessible on foot with a 10 minute walk from St. Olav's Church. Here it is possible to see and experience how the Vikings lived. Every aspect of the day-to-day life of the Vikings, from work to celebrations including farming, fishing, handicrafts, commerce, art and culture are on display here. Many buildings typical of Viking times are re-constructed using original techniques and of special interest is the granary and round house from the pre-Christian era. The other buildings are replicas from around 900 AD. Adjacent to the settlement is a pier with a capacity for large boats complete with service building including modern toilet facilities. The Viking Hall is also available by private rental for diverse social arrangements.

Reviewed By John G - Manningtree, United Kingdom

The museum is bigger than you think! You start off watching a well produced video about the Viking gods, then go around the main museum. All the descriptions are in Norwegian, so it's useful to have an English audio guide if you're going to make any sense of things. It's a strange device like Dr Who's sonic screwdriver that you have to hold up to special thingies on the wall and press a button to start, and then you can hear the next 'chunk' of commentary. The exhibits are very well done and the gift shop has a classier range of gifts than the usual plastic trolls and 'Norway' coffee mugs.

5. Haraldshaugen - Norway's National Monument

Haraldshaugen, Haugesund 5515, Norway +47 52 01 08 30
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Haraldshaugen - Norway's National Monument

Snorre's sagas of the kings mention the site where Harald Fairhair is buried. In the nineteenth century it was believed the place described by Snorre had been located. This is where the national monument of the unification of Norway was erected in 1872, during the millennial celebrations of Norway's unification into one kingdom. The monument is located 2km north of the town centre.

Reviewed By Adele H - Copenhagen, Denmark

Haraldshaugen is a national monument in Haugesund which was put up during the millennial celebration of Norway's unification into one kingdom under the rule of King Harald I of Norway (called in Norwegian Harald Hårfagre) in 1872. The monument commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord, the point in which western Norway was for the first time unified under one monarch.

6. Arquebus War History Museum

Forresfjorden, Haugesund 5563, Norway +47 52 77 01 00
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Arquebus War History Museum

Located at the innermost point of Førresfjorden, arquebus War history Museum is one of norway’s largest museums dealing with the theme of the Resistance during WWii. Covering more than 2000 m2, the museum takes the visitor through the dramatic history of the occupation on april 9th 1940 through to liberation in 1945. experience everyday life, the contribution of the mer- chant marine navy, the home front, weapons drops, and secret radio transmissions. the museum features 125 mannequins dressed in full wartime regalia, fully equipped coastal defence, and the german defeat in Berlin. arquebus War history Museum has its own shop that sells collectors’ items and military effects. Café. Groups:Guided tours outside normal opening hours, contact us for booking.

Reviewed By John M

This is a great and cheap museum that shows Norway's contributions and actions in WWII. The biggest problem here is that not all the exhibits have English boards, so getting a guide is key. A guide will enhance your experience.

7. Utsira

Utsira, Haugesund 5547, Norway +47 52 75 01 00
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Utsira

Experience a night on the North Sea island of Utsira! Learn about theisland community living on Utsira. Daily ferry connection from Haugesund (Garpaskjærdkaien Quay). Situated 18 km west from Karmøy, Utsira is Norway’s smallest commune with approximately 218 inhabitants. Adventures to explore are many: preserved coastal heritage landscape, marked hiking trails, a museum and the world’s first wind and hydrogen energy power plant. It is also possible to “hunt” (with field glasses) new bird species in one Norway’s most beautiful ornithological environments with over 317 different species discovered so far. Last but not least, we must also mention Norway’shighest situated lighthouse with its 68 m.a.o..Utsira Lighthouse is the most visited attraction on Utsira. These Lighthouses are Norway’s only remaining twin Lighthouses. Utsira Lighthouse has collected weather data for the Meteorological Institute since 1867 and is Norway’s oldest weather observation station still in continuous operation. By visiting the lighthouse station during the summer months, it is possible to gain good insightinto lighthouse life as it once was.Sørevågen features a sandy beach, bathing jetty and grill. There is also a guest harbour with Freshwater and WC. Sildaloftet has a guest pier housing a shower, toilet, washing machine and wireless Internet, as well as a fitness studio that is open to guests.

Reviewed By Svein-Magne_Tunli - Bergen, Norway

Utsira is an "exotic" island in the North Sea and Norway’s smallest commune with approximately 218 inhabitants. Utsira is the place you go to - not pass. The trip to Utsira takes about 60 minutes by boat/ferry and the voyage is exotic enough. Weather and wind have made it necessary to establish two harbours on Utsira. So one harbour is always protected from the wind, ensuring regular traffic.
You don’t need to bring your own car to Utsira – I recommend to walk around on the island.
When my wife and I visited the island this summer we stay at Sildaloftet and it was OK.
- and don’t forget your camera!

Regards
Svein-Magne Tunli
tunliweb.no

8. Haugesund Town Hall

Raadhusgata 66, Haugesund 5528, Norway +47 52 74 30 50
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Haugesund Town Hall

Haugesund Town Hall was a gift from shipowner Knut Knutsen OAS and his wife Elisabeth. The town hall was designed by architects Gudolf Blakstad and Hermann Munthe-Kaas and was officially opened in 1931. The park was opened in 1949. The town hall is one of the most famous buildings in the country and contains a wealth of artistic decorations. The building and its surrounding areas have been preserved. In the book Norges kunsthistorie, (The History of Norwegian Art) Leif ostby describes the town hall in connection with the classical trend among architects in the 1920s: One of the movement's most important works is Haugesund Town Hall - with its magnificent, outstandingly striking corner section embellished with double pillars.

Reviewed By Savitry_Icha - Haugesund, Norway

The building is located right in the middle of the small city of Haugesund. With its pink colour, the town is unmistakeable and quickly became the icon of the city. A good spot for landscape photographer, the location is also equipped with a spacious city park with its Fountain and big trees; a nice place to relax.
The town hall has been voted Norway's most beautiful town hall in 2010.

9. Haugesund Tourist Information

Strandgata 171, Haugesund 5525, Norway +47 52 01 08 30
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Haugesund Tourist Information

We are located at Bytunet at the north end of the pedestrian street. The city has approximately 30.000 inhabitants and is a regional centre with a diverse choice of cultural, trade and service amenities.

Reviewed By RaeganKrista - London, United Kingdom

The lady who served me was lovely: very friendly and helpful; she spoke great English and; gave me some good tips. The Centre has information on Haugesund and surrounds, so you can plan your journey into fjord country (even though, like me, you might not be doing it for a little while).

10. Haraldsgata street

Haraldsgata, Haugesund 5501, Norway
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Haraldsgata street

Reviewed By Kokosowo - Haugesund, Norway

Main only for pedestrian street of Haugesund but it is quite a disappointment - cafes closing down early, especially on weekends, some of the bars shut down, nothing interesting really. Maybe with exception of the nice climbing structure for kids at the north end.

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