With the wind in your hair
There are lots of walks in Haugalandet that take you out to the sea where you can feel the bracing air. The popular Coastal Trail starts just north of the centre of Haugesund. On the trail, you will encounter wild sheep, as well as seeing attractions like Norway’s national monument Haraldshaugen, Kvalen lighthouse and ‘The Rising Tide’ sculpture.
If you head further north, to Sveio, you can do the 30-minute walk to Ryvarden lighthouse. You will also run into wild sheep on this walk. The walk to Ryvarden is exotic in all kinds of weather, and you get a real sense of the forces of nature at play if you do the walk on a wet and windy day. Ryvarden is also the location of the popular Flokehyttene cabins, operated by the Haugesund branch of the Norwegian Trekking Association.
Along the urban trails
You can also do walks in more urban areas. In Haugesund, you can do a walk that starts at Rådhusparken park, takes you along Indre kai quay, through the library park and on to Byparken park. You can also walk to Risøy or Hasseløy. Take in the beautiful architecture and enjoy a cup of coffee and cake at one of the town’s cafés or bakeries.