The Fjord Pilgrim route, or “Kystpilegrimsleia” is the Norwegian tongue twisting name for the most exciting tourism development project in Norway in recent years. Based on cultural heritage and coastal culture along the 2000-kilometer-long coastline it sets the stage for a modern fairytale. The route starts in the south of Fjord Norway and leads the way to Trondheim, following in the footsteps and paddle strokes of pilgrims on their journey to the shrines of St. Sunniva in Selje and St. Olav in Trondheim many centuries ago.
The Fjord Pilgrim route takes you along the most varied and dramatic landscapes of Norway where people have made their home for millennia. From the flat and wind-ravaged south you get to experience how the landscape change with rising steep cliffs, deep fjords, rich archipelagos and spectacular, breathtaking color-play. The travel planner en-tur.no helps you plan your journey.
On this leg from Stavanger to Egersund and Bergen you will experience historical landmarks and beautiful coastal landscape. The forces of sea and wind have created a varied hiking terrain of long-stretched beaches, fertile green pastures and rolling hills. You can complete the entire part of the route by public transport and add hiking experiences along the way.
Stavanger – Egersund, 1 h (train)
Your Fjord Pilgrim journey starts in the town of Stavanger, where the observant visitor will notice numerous street art pieces brightening up grey walls in the center. Although a modern and vibrant town, Stavanger has taken good care of its heritage. The wooden houses in Old Stavanger are a living memory of the 18th and 19th century town, and the Cathedral is the only one of its kind in Norway with original architecture from the Middle Ages.
A visit to Stavanger is not complete without a fjord cruise or rib boat safari to the spectacular Lysefjord and the Preikestolen rock formation, departing daily from the busy harbor. For an experience out of the ordinary, take a short boat ride to the tropical gardens on the island Flor & Fjære, where palm trees and thriving flowers of all varieties are beautifully arranged.
One hour by train past the farmlands and beaches of Jæren brings you to the official starting point of the Fjord Pilgrim route in Egersund.
Egersund – Haugesund, 3 h 30 min (train, bus)
After stopping by for provisions at Egersund chocolate factory and a guided tour of the little town, the choice is yours if you prefer a full-day hike to the old vicarage at Hå or a shorter trip along the former railroad route to Hellvik. From Hellvik, Vigrestad is only a couple of stops away with the Jærbanen railway, where the old King´s Road takes two hours on foot to reach Hå. The traditional-style farm buildings at Hå are today a modern arts and culture center, and close to the vicarage you can spend the night in a lighthouse, with nothing between you and the North Sea except wooden walls. If you prefer to continue your journey on the same day, a one-hour hike brings you to Nærbø station and the last bit of the Jærbanen railway back to Stavanger, where the express bus to Haugesund has several daily departures.
Haugesund – Rosendal, 4-5 h / Bekkjarvik, 3-4 h (bus, express boat)
Haugesund has a long and fascinating history, closely connected to the sea. Avaldsnes by the strategically important Karmsundet was the first royal seat in Norway, and before the first Christian kings, Viking kings and chieftains ruled from here. Today you can visit Nordvegen History Center and the nearby the St. Olaf´s church and the reconstructed Viking farm, standing as testaments to former days of glory.
In later years, Haugesund thrived as a fishing town from the abundant Atlantic herring fishing banks just off the coast, and small fishing communities like Røvær island maintain a traditional style of red, white and yellow wooden houses, standing out beautifully in both sun and storm. The passenger boat to Røvær departs from the town harbor, or you can opt for a RIB safari to include lighthouses, islands and canals.
Continuing north you have several options. From Haugesund you can combine local bus and bus services to reach the village of Rosendal by the Hardangerfjord. A short walk from the village center you will find the Barony, a small manor house with an impressive Renaissance rose garden. The Barony is the only one of its kind in Norway, and the smallest “palace” in Scandinavia. Guided tours are available in the summer through the halls and chambers of the manor, which has an air 17th century glamour. The manor´s former masters are present in oil paintings, and the tour takes your through beautifully decorated rooms as well as the working and living conditions of the servants. Accommodation is available at the Home Farm by the Barony and in the village center before the two-hour journey by express boat service to Bergen the next morning.
An alternative route takes you by bus from Haugesund to Leirvik, and from there by express boat to the old trading post Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri. The hotel and restaurant have been the heart of the small village since its establishment in the 1600s, serving up the finest seafood dishes from some of the best chefs in Norway. After a one-of-a-kind dining experience, the express boat departs the next morning to Bergen, a one-hour trip.
Bekkjarvik – Bergen, 1 h / Rosendal – Bergen, 2 h (express boat)
Bergen is the largest city in Fjord Norway, but just outside of the lively center a small-town charm still lingers in narrow cobblestone streets and alleyways. The landmark Bryggen is well worth your while exploring behind the facades of the brightly painted houses, where shops and cafes keep the historical area vibrant. Bryggens Museum displays archeological findings form the city’s origins as a humble settlement to the bustling trading port dominated by the Hanseatic League of German merchants and is also the starting point for guided walks. A trip with the Fløibanen funicular is a must, or those prefer a hike can follow the winding road from the funicular station up to the panorama viewpoint at Mt. Fløyen.
The second leg of the Fjord Pilgrim route starts from Bergen and follows the coast northwards to Kristiansund
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