Introduction to Farsund, Norway
The stunning municipality of Farsund.
In Norway’s far south, Farsund’s strategic location led to its development as a trading centre back in the 18th century, with upwards of 50 shipowners operating from the town. The region supports extensive agriculture and, of course, fishing, while the varied scenery – sandy beaches, rocky crags, mountains, forest and dozens of islands – has long attracted artists and photographers.
Just inland is Vanse Church, which probably dates from the early 11th century, while at Lista there are almost 20 historic buildings spread across the town. The museum, which owns the buildings, also has a fine pre-historic collection, much of it found at nearby Pennefeltet where there are 3,000-year-old rock carvings, burial fields and traces of Iron- and Stone-Age settlements.
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On this Norway cruise, and upon joining our cruise tour, we will set off through Farsund - an authentic, small white town consisting mainly of wooden houses with architecture from several periods and in various styles.
Our Saviour’s Church, rises proudly above the urban landscape. The town clearly reflects the golden days when ship owners left their mark, be it through trading activity on the seven seas or the significance of the royal privateer privileges for those who went out to capture vessels and cargo along the coast. Farsund prospered reasonably despite trade embargoes and years of hardship in Norway.
Continuing on to the Nordberg Fort, via Skeibrok, there will be an opportunity for photographs of the magnificent panoramic views of the ocean and the Lista landscape. This camp was occupied by invaders during WW2, who established themselves in the most sensitive and strategically important area of Norway. Of all the buildings here, the only authentic German officers’ mess in Norway will be open for our tour. The walls and ceiling are richly and artistically illustrated with motifs from the daily life of the soldiers. The fort has been restored and the new information centre displays items from the Bronze Age, the Viking period and up to the WW2 German occupation. Here at the centre traditional salted herring and potatoes will be served, the real Lista way.
After our tasting, we proceed to Lista Lighthouse, via Jøllestø where we will have a photo stop to view the charming fishing port. At Lista Lighthouse, which includes a lighthouse museum and art gallery, we can visit the top of the 34 metre tall lighthouse, if we choose. This involves climbing the winding staircase to the platform and light reflector. This is the last of three original lighthouses placed here, so that the flashes from Lista would not be mistaken for any others along the coast. The lighthouse was the world’s largest until 1872 and it is Norway’s best known. Located on the very edge of Norway, the lighthouse has witnessed hundreds of shipwrecks throughout the ages.
Rejoining our coach we will proceed via Tjørvehavn and continue along the beaches of Lista. This is part of approximately 10 kilometres of unspoilt, protected beaches with coves and vast expanses, which truly are paradise in the summer time. It is also described as a surfer’s paradise, and water sports athletes from all over southern Norway are drawn here when storms are raging. Large beach areas are protected during the nesting season as large flocks of migrating birds lay their eggs here. The North Sea lies just beyond, and we may, time permitting, stretch our legs on the beaches close to the coach.
Making our way back to Farsund, we will have a brief tour of this charming town and will continue on to the mountain, where we will enjoy a beautiful view of the town and fjord below before making our way back to our awaiting cruise ship.
CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. It involves a moderate amount of walking over uneven and grassy and gravelled ground and some steps at Nordberg Fort, where refreshments will be served. The 132 steps in the lighthouse are optional, they are steep and winding. It is possible to stay at the bottom and enjoy the views. Walking shoes are the recommended footwear for this cruise tour. The cruise tour may operate in reverse order. Please note that as few cruise ships call into this area of Norway, the guides are not authorised, but are self trained locals with a good knowledge of their region and culture.
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On our way to the charming fishing village of Jøllestø, we pass the Penne site where the earliest settlement of Norway is presumed to have taken place. The site is abundantly decorated with longships and other images carved into the rock.
We begin our cruise tour in Farsund - an authentic, small white town consisting mainly of wooden houses with architecture from several periods and in various styles. The pride of the city - Our Saviour’s Church, rises proudly above the urban landscape. We shall then proceed up the mountain against which the city is nestled, where there will be photo opportunities and views of the city, the fjord and the seaward approach among islets and skerries.
The tour continues to Lista where the biggest cruciform church in the county is located. This church dates back to 1037 and can accommodate a total of 1,500 people. We then proceed to Nordberg Fort via the inner route, with views of the ocean and a glimpse of creek mills and the mountain ranges to the west. At Nordberg Fort, there will be an opportunity to photograph the panoramic views of the ocean and the Lista landscape.
Jøllestø is surrounded by charming white wooden houses, stone walls, green pastures and livestock that make this place one of the most photographed on Lista. Here we will make a short stop to take photographs of the charming views.
We will pass Borshavn - Lista’s main port for the fishing fleet. The fishing boats are moored along the quay, safely behind the massive breakwater which protects the port from the North Sea storms. We will also see one of Norway’s most well known lighthouses, a full 34 metres in height. Originally the station consisted of three lighthouses, to distinguish itself from all other lighthouses along this coast. Lista lighthouse was the world’s largest until 1872, and showed seafarers from the North Sea the entrance to the southwestern coast of Norway. Due to its exceptional location, the lighthouse has witnessed hundreds of shipwrecks along the rugged coast.
We will also drive through the small community of Borhaug, via Tjørvehavn, and continue along the beaches of Lista to Havika. This is part of approximately 10 kilometres of unspoilt, protected beaches, with coves and vast expanses which are like paradise in the summer. It is a surfer’s paradise, and water sports enthusiasts from all over southern Norway are drawn here when storms are raging. Large beach areas are protected during the nesting season as large flocks of migrating birds lay their eggs here. Bird watchers from all over Scandinavia come here with their binoculars during the high season. The North Sea lies just beyond and, time permitting, we will be able to stretch our legs on the beach before we return back to Farsund where our cruise ship will be waiting.
CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This is mainly a coach tour with sights viewed from the coach. There will be optional walking at the photo stops. Please note that as few cruise ships call into this area of Norway, the guides are not authorised, but are self trained locals with a good knowledge of their region and culture.
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This interesting cruise tour takes us to some of the highlights of the Fjord region, with visits to the massive, and impressive mountainous areas.
After leaving our cruise ship and the town of Farsund behind, we travel via Lyngdal and see the highest mountain mass in the region – Kvinesheia. We will get a good idea of what the bare mountains are like in the wintertime, when blizzards are raging. In the untouched nature surrounding us, elk, red deer and birds are hunted in the autumn, while skiing tourism takes over from December.
We will arrive at our first stop, Kvinesdal. Many remote villages were deserted after the ravages of the bubonic plague (1347-1351). The Black Death spared only one single “kvinne” (meaning woman) in this valley, hence the name – Kvinesdal. The valley’s proud origins also include the Viking era. This is cultivated through ongoing and planned projects with Vikings as the theme. Before we descend to the centre of Kvinesdal, we pay a visit to the Utsikten Hotel, situated at the very edge of the mountain mass, with magnificent views of the splendid Fedafjord. At Utsikten, we will be taken on a ‘helicopter ride’ in the form of their new 180-degree film, which shows a flight over the village, fjord and countryside, buildings and attractions. We will also have a piece of local Kvina cake and a drink at the hotel while we enjoy the view.
Our cruise tour continues along the fjord’s massive mountains, towards the small charming city of Flekkefjord, or the Dutch City - with its earlier history of wealth founded on extensive timber export to Holland. Oak logs were used for the foundations of big city houses, the shipping fleet and even the draining of the Schiphol area. The merchants’ grand buildings are a stark contrast to the small wooden houses surrounding the narrow streets in the old town. We will have a short guided walk and visit the city’s historical Museum which features historic houses.
We shall then return to Farsund on a newly opened main road. We exit onto the old road, through yet another scenic area, which separates the eastern region of Norway from the more rugged western part. We will drive through the town centre and along the harbour to the Lundevågen pier, where our cruise ship awaits us.
CRUISE TOUR NOTES: Approximately ten metres of walking are required and steps are encountered at the Hotel and Museum and there is optional walking during the guided tour in Flekkefjord – this cruise tour is not suitable for wheelchair users. Places of interest may be visited in reverse order. Please note that as few cruise ships call into this area of Norway, the guides are not authorised, but are self trained locals with a good knowledge of their region and culture.
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We set out for our RIB adventure. This exhilarating cruise tour will take us through the stunning natural area surrounded by sheltered fjords, idyllic islands and inlets.
After a safety briefing with the professional guide, we set out for our RIB adventure. This cruise tour will take us through the stunning natural area surrounded by sheltered fjords, idyllic islands and inlets and only 15-20 minutes from the open sea. We will see the old outer ports of Eikvåg and Loshavn. A rich bird life and maybe a seal may be spotted. The so called typical "South of Norway summer life" will also be seen. This means lots of smaller boats and people enjoying the sea and their summer holiday. They will be sitting safely and the RIB can make short stops to get a better view of the landscapes we pass. The course taken will be suited to the day’s weather.
CRUISE TOUR NOTES: This cruise tour is ONLY suitable for people who are capable of getting in/out of the RIB without difficulty and it involves some waves. There will be a height difference from the pier down into the RIB. We shall have approximately 30 minutes on the water. Minimum age for participation is 12 years – children should be accompanied by an adult. Floatation suits or life jackets will be provided dependent on the weather. Come dressed in warm, practical clothing. An insurance waiver must be signed before participation.
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The coastline around Farsund is very picturesque and as we travel by boat on this delightful crusie tour, we will pass some of the many islands, skerries and fjords.
SS Adella was built in Ålesund in 1863 as a sloop. She was used for herring fishing, taking fish long distances to Portugal and Spain, and in 1891 she was rebuilt, in Kristiansund, and became a ketch with two masts. She was then used to transport klippfish from the Lofoten Islands to Bergen, and return with salt. By 1949 an engine had been installed, but she kept her sailing rigging.
In 1971 she was bought by a young ship owner from Farsund and used as a floating summerhouse before the owner decided to restore her back to the original ketch design. The restoration started in 1974 and continued for many years. The hull was in good shape, undoubtedly due to the years she had been transporting salt and salted fish which had helped to conserve the woodwork. At the end of the 1970’s Adella was purchased by the family owned Mosvolds Shipping Company from Farsund and they still own her today. An expensive restoration was completed in 1992 and Adella possesses all the requirements of a modern sailing boat with an intimate and pleasant atmosphere.
We will board SS Adella which is moored close to our cruise ship. We will head out through the beautiful archipelago under engine - passing numerous islands, fjords, inlets and coves. During the summer months there are usually lots of Norwegians holidaying in their boats and staying in their summer houses and cabins, which we will see plenty of. We will be on the boat for approximately an hour and a half and may choose to purchase refreshments if we wish (at our own expense) as we enjoy the scenery.
CRUISE TOUR NOTES: The Adella will be a short walk from our cruise ship. Depending on the tide and berth, there may be quite a steep gangway to get on and off the boat. There are toilet facilities onboard – there is a steep staircase down with 10 to 12 steps. Therefore, this cruise tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility. We will be seated on the outside deck, which can be covered in the case of rain, but please ensure you bring a jacket as it can be breezy on the water. Wine, beer, soft drinks and coffee should be available to purchase on the boat – they will accept Norwegian Kroner cash only.
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