Haugesund Cruises, Norway
- Pay a visit to Haraldshaugen – it’s the national monument of Norway and commemorates the unification of the country. Its tall granite obelisk is surrounded by 29 memorial stones – one for each former kingdom.
- See the town from above at Haugesund’s best viewpoint – on top of Steinsfjellet Mountain. If you look over the fir tree forests, you can see out to the North Sea and the picturesque islands that are dotted along the coast.
- In Haugesund, you’re within easy reach of Karmøy island, where you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in Norway. They’ve got soft, white sand, and there are some grassy dunes to hike along, too.
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This trip welcomes you to Viking country. The city of Haugesund is only a century-and-a-half old, but it’s surrounded by some of the most important Viking sites in Norway. This trip begins in the city centre, where you’ll see the timbered houses that are part of Norway’s national identity. You’ll also see a building that sticks out from the rest of the architecture like a sore thumb. The Town Hall is a Barbie-pink neoclassical building. Moving out of the centre, you’ll make your way to the Haraldshaugen monument. This obelisk celebrates the unification of Norway into one kingdom in 872 AD. Its location is meant to mark the spot where the first king of Norway was buried. Next, you’ll visit the Steinsfjellet viewpoint, which rises 228 metres above sea level. The views from here take in the whole of Haugesund and the fjords in the distance.
Myths and legends thrive in Norway and, on this trip, you’ll get to the root of some of them. You’ll begin the day with a trip over Karmsund Bridge to Karmøy Island, where you’ll visit the Nordvegen History Centre. This place tells the stories of the ancient kings of Norway, some of whom are only known about thanks to songs and sagas. You’ll see re-enactments from ancient Norse life, and come into contact with sorcerers and Norse gods. You’ll end your trip with a visit to The Viking Farm at Bukkøy. This place has been reconstructed to demonstrate how the Vikings lived hundreds of years ago. Actors stoke log fires, practice sword fighting, and carry out traditional crafts as you walk through their parallel world.
This trip puts Karmøy Island in the spotlight. It’s one of the largest islands in south-western Norway. You’ll make your first stop at The Fishermen’s Memorial, where a stone cross and a bell tower stand in memory of the Norse fishermen who died in American waters. From here, you’ll visit the island’s capital, Skudeneshaven. This place is a city by name but village by nature. Its waterfront is filled with masted fishing boats, and its narrow streets are lined with timbered houses with red roofs and window shutters. You’ll be given a guided tour, which will take you into the Mælandgården Museum. The exhibits here are housed inside a 19th-century merchant’s house. Once you’ve looked around, you’ll have some free time to explore under your own steam. There are a few cafes in Skudeneshaven where you can get a hot drink and a homemade waffle, or a plate of traditional potato dumplings.