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Norways Birthplace

Based on its rich Viking history, the region is referred to as the Birthplace of Norway. It was here that Harald Fairhair had his royal farm and princes and kings controlled the ships travelling along the Norðrvegr, the northern route, which gave Norway its name. Today, this strait is known as Karmsundet. You can visit the History Centre and Viking Farm at Avaldsnes, or the digital museum Viking Planet in downtown Haugesund. Did you know that Haugesund is home to Norway's only national monument? This impressive monument from 1872 is located along the coastal path within walking distance from Haugesund.

In the footsteps of the Vikings

A guided experience of Haugesund

Viking Adventure offers several exciting activities from downtown Haugesund. Join a city walking tour and experience Haugesund on foot, book a guided e-bike tour, or see Haugesund and its surroundings from the coast with an exhilarating RIB safari. Perhaps end the day with a refreshing swim followed by a steaming sauna? The options are many - and can easily be adapted to your schedule.

Experience the sea from Karmøy

At Sandve on Karmøy, you can paddle SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) along islets and skerries, take a surfing course at Raw Ocean Lodge, or join a coastal hike where a meal is served around the bonfire. What all these activities have in common is the proximity to the sea!

Explore the sea from Karmøy

A Small Bag of 'Happiness'

In the heart of Haugesund, you'll discover numerous unique local niche shops in addition to small and large chain stores. Thee are lovely places where you might find a little something for yourself or a lovely gift to take home. Here's a suggested shopping route in the centre of Haugesund.

Enjoy the Norwegian nature

With proximity to the sea, mountains, and beautiful fjords, the possibilities for great walks or hikes are practically unlimited. Everything from trails near the city center to longer hikes can be found within a short distance, almost no matter where you are in the region. An evening walk along the coastal path is just as enjoyable in the evening breeze as in a strong wind, and the stroll from Åkrasanden to Ferkingstad is soothing for both body and soul.

Walks and hikes in the region

High and low in Åkrafjorden

In Åkrafjorden, you can climb Via Ferrata Kyrkjeveggen, try canyoning, or go on a Fjord Cruise and experience the magical waterfall Langfoss. There are many experiences in this area - whether you prefer to get an adrenaline rush or just enjoy nature and tranquility.

Activities in Åkrafjorden

Visit island communities!

Røvær is an island community, just a 25-minute boat ride from the city center of Haugesund. The island is car-free and has around 80 inhabitants. Here you can visit Røvær Havbrukssenter and learn more about Norway as a maritime nation. Utsira is located 70 minutes by boat from Haugesund. The island offers world-class street art, and it is recommended to enjoy a good meal with local ingredients at Dahmsgård restaurant. Boat tickets are purchased here.

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