Haugesund, Norway

Introduction to Haugesund, Norway

The town of Haugesund is situated in Rogaland, in south-western Norway. It is the base for a large herring fleet and also engages in textile weaving.

A vibrant town that dates back to the time of the Vikings, Haugesund is said to be where Harald Fairhair - the first Viking King of Norway – is buried and boasts an impressive history. Now known as the cultural hub of Western Norway, Haugesund is home to several festivals and events throughout the year including the Norwegian International Film Festival.

Formerly an important fishing and shipbuilding town, Haugesund has developed into one of Norway’s most exciting commercial regions, combining small town charm with bigger city amenities. Explore the town centre and discover Haugesund’s large shopping centres, markets, restaurants and pubs or take a short trip away from the town and immerse yourself in the scenic Haugalandet countryside, taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of the surrounding waters and fjords.

There are still plenty of historic sites to discover in Haugesund, despite it's recent modernisation. Haraldshaugen, the site of one of Norway’s most important historic monuments located just north of the town centre. Here you will find the burial mound, the stone cross, the church site and Haraldsstotta – the national monument that commemorates the unification of Norway. The site is said to be where Harald Fairhair – the first Viking King of Norway – is buried. 

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Haugesund, Norway Tour B

INTRODUCTION TO HAUGESUND

Must do tour
  • Haugesund will reveal itself to you on this panoramic coach tour
  • Marvel a young town built on herringbones!
  • Have your camera to hand at the photo stops
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

As well as being the birthplace of Norway and home to Viking kings, modern day Haugesund has plenty to offer on this panoramic coach tour.

Head towards the centre and pass the Town Hall, before crossing over the bridge to Hasseløy. This island forms the second part of the town centre, where you will see old wharf houses and the former herring factory. Haugesund hosts the annual Norwegian Film Festival, and this will become apparent as you tour the central part of town. Marilyn – named Norma Jean Mortenson at birth – possibly had ancestral roots in Haugesund; Edward Mortenson, believed to be her father, came from a nearby village.

Continue to the north of Haugesund, towards Haraldshaugen. This is the place mentioned in Snorre’s Sagas of the Kings as the site where Harald Hårfagre, or Fairhair, is buried. It is also where Norway’s National Monument of Unification was erected in 1872, as part of the celebrations to mark Norway’s unification into a single kingdom. Have a short stop on Steinsfjellet Mountain to admire the view of the surrounding area called Haugalandet as well as the mighty North Sea in front of you. Hear about the importance of fisheries for the town, as well as the new oil and gas production industry. The Norwegian oil industry has strong roots in Haugalandet, with a gas pipeline from the North Sea to Kårstø.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This is a panoramic coach tour and involves walking at the photo stops only, and a few steps up to the National Monument of Unification - participants may remain on the coach if they wish. It should be noted however that there may be a rather long walk to and from the coach, depending on where the ship berths. The itinerary of this tour is subject to change depending on local conditions.


A TASTE OF THE AKRAFJORD - TOUR FW

  • Enjoy a cruise on the Åkrafjord
  • Savour a delicious lunch at Eljarvik Farm
  • Marvel at Langfoss Waterfall – voted by CNN as one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world
Boat Tour
Price£135.00 - £145.00
DurationApproximately 7½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Nina Kaltwasser welcomes you to Eljarvik Farm, located at the end of the Åkrafjord for lunch with a spectacular view of the Langfoss Waterfall.

Departing the quayside, embark on a scenic drive lasting approximately 90 minutes. Watch the landscape changing from city to residential; and from lush hillsides to mountain roads as you make your way to the Åkrafjord.

Åkrafjord is home to the Langfoss Waterfall which is 612 metres (2,008 feet) high and voted by CNN to be one of the ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world. During your approximate 45 minute fjord cruise, you will have the opportunity to view this spectacular cascade at close range.

Disembark your vessel at Eljarvik Farm, where your hostess will invite you to enjoy a delicious lunch buffet consisting almost entirely of local produce. The family has lived at the farm for several generations, and during your time here, Nina will tell you about some of the farm’s 1,000 year history. Feel free to ask questions to further understand life here.

On your return journey to Haugesund, your coach will make a short stop in Ølen, at Unni Marie Rosemaling. Unni Marie is a World Master of this traditional craft, which originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Typically used to decorate wood, the designs feature flowers, flowing lines, and bright colours. You can see a wide range of examples both on the exterior of the house, and also on a number of different items made from varying materials that can be purchased in the shop.

Complete your tour with a stop at Steinsfjellet viewpoint where, weather permitting, you will be able to capture panoramic views over the city of Haugesund, before returning to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, however all guests must be able to get on and off each method of tour transport unaided. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for wheelchair users. Ground at Eljarvik Farm may be uneven, and bear in mind that it may be snowy or icy. There are three steps to negotiate to reach the dining area and toilet at Eljarvik Farm. Participants are recommended to wear warm clothing (layers are best), sturdy, warm and waterproof shoes, gloves and hat. For reference, this tour may operate in a different order to that described.


Haugesund, Norway Tour C

ARQUEBUS MUSEUM – A GLIMPSE INTO WORLD WAR II

  • Uncover Norway’s involvement in World War II at the Arquebus Museum
  • Marvel at the national monument Haraldshaugen - commemorating the unification of Norway
  • Enjoy the panorama of present day Haugesund from the viewpoint
Price£34.00 - £44.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit one of Norway’s largest World War II museums - Arquebus Museum. Covering more than 2,000 square metres, the museum takes the visitor through the dramatic history of the occupation on April 9th 1940 through to the liberation in 1945.

Pass the city hall, considered to be the most attractive in Norway and also see the old part of town, quite upmarket, where the local ship owners lived in the 1800’s. Arriving at Arquebus Museum you will start exploring with your guide. One of the most interesting areas of the museum is the section with mannequins wearing civil clothes and military uniforms from the Second World War. There are several reconstructed scenes, including a street, using different mannequins, vehicles and equipment.

Continue to the north of Haugesund, towards Haraldshaugen. In Snorre’s Sagas this is the site where Harald Fairhair is buried and it is also where Norway’s National Monument of Unification was erected in 1872, as part of the millennial celebrations to mark Norway’s unification as a kingdom. There will be a short photo stop here and you will learn more about the Viking Age and the unification of Norway. On the return drive you will stop at Steinsfjellet, a view point 227 metres above sea level, for a panoramic view of Haugesund and the North Sea. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one hour of walking and standing at the museum, where there are also stairs. There is optional walking at the monument and viewpoint.


Haugesund, Norway Tour D

HAUGESUND WALKING TOUR

  • Take in the atmosphere of beautiful Haugesund
  • Experience the heart of Haugesund with this walking tour  
  • Explore Haugesund’s beautiful City Hall - voted the most beautiful in all of Norway 
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Amble around modern day Haugesund to absorb this delightful small city.

Leaving the quayside on foot – you will walk into the heart of Haugesund. As you walk, your guide will give you an insight all about the history of Haugesund - as well as being the birthplace of Norway and home to Viking kings, the town was built on the herring fishing industry and the shipping industry has also had a major influence. The guide will take you along the quayside through Norway’s longest pedestrian street. Arriving at the Town Hall you will enjoy a guided visit of this special building - voted the most beautiful Town Hall in all of Norway. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This is a walking tour and will completed entirely on foot, therefore a strenuous amount of walking will be encounted throughout the tour - this town walk will cover a maximum of two miles with some cobblestones encountered. Due to this and the visit to the Town Hall, which includes a flight of stairs, this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Participants may choose to remain in town at the end of our tour, in which case it is the individual’s responsibility to return to the ship in time for sailing.


Haugesund, Norway Tour A

HOMELAND OF THE VIKING KINGS

  • Immerse yourself in the Viking history of Haugesund
  • Viking King Harald Fairhair will give a guided audio  journey through 3,500 years
  • Visit St Olav’s Church built in the 1250
  • Marvel at the national monument Haraldshaugen which commemorates the unification of Norway in Viking times
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

A thousand years ago King Harald Fairhair united Norway into a single kingdom and from this area the Viking kings rules Norway for more than 500 years. Learn about those times and discover what remains of their legacy.

A short drive will take you to the site of Avaldsnes - one of the most important places in Norwegian history and often referred to as ‘Norway’s birthplace’. It is best known as the royal residence of Harald Hårfagre, or Fairhair, and other kings mentioned in the Norse Sagas. These people have left their marks on the landscape and left behind huge burial mounds, standing stones and rich archaeological finds. At the Nordvegen History Centre Harald Fairhair himself, with modern audio visual aids, will guide you through Viking history.

Close by is the historical St Olav’s Church, built by King Håkon Håkonssen around 1250 – Norway’s power was at its greatest and the church can be seen as a symbol of the unification of the Norwegian kingdom. Located behind the church is an obelisk which is the only one remaining of several monumental stones – leaning towards the church wall the Saga states “the day of judgement will come when the stone comes into contact with the church wall”. Continue to Haraldshaugen – a national monument to celebrate the unification of Norway under King Harald I. There is a granite obelisk with bronze panels around the base, on a large mound surrounded by 29 smaller stones – one from each of the historic counties of Norway. This could be the resting place of King Harald I. Your fascinating tour will end on return to your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Due to the walking involved, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There is approximately 150 metres of walking at the Nordvegen History Museum and St Olav’s Church and there are steps to negotiate. Please note that St Olav’s Church can be closed at short notice for services, if this is the case you will see it from the outside only.


HOMELAND OF THE VIKING KINGS (TOUR AW)

  • Immerse yourself in the Viking history of Haugesund
  • Viking King Harald Fairhair will give a guided journey through 3,500 years
  • Visit St Olav’s Church built in 1250
  • Marvel at the national monument Haraldshaugen, which commemorates the unification of Norway in Viking times
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

A thousand years ago King Harald Fairhair united Norway into a single kingdom and from this area the Viking kings ruled Norway for more than 500 years. Learn about those times and discover what remains of their legacy.

A short drive will take you to the site of Avaldsnes - one of the most important places in Norwegian history and often referred to as ‘Norway’s birthplace’. It is best known as the royal residence of Harald Hårfagre, or Fairhair. At the Nordvegen History Centre Harald Fairhair himself, via modern audio visual aids, will guide you through Viking history.

Close by is the historical St Olav’s Church, built by King Håkon Håkonssen around 1250 when Norway’s power was at its greatest, and the church can be seen as a symbol of the unification of the Norwegian kingdom. Located behind the church is an obelisk which is the only one remaining of several monumental stones. Leaning towards the church wall, the Saga states “the day of judgement will come when the stone comes into contact with the church wall”. Continue to Haraldshaugen – a national monument to celebrate the unification of Norway under King Harald I. The granite obelisk with bronze panels around the base is on a large mound surrounded by 29 smaller stones – one from each of the historic counties of Norway. This could be the resting place of King Harald I. Your fascinating tour will end back at your ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR TIGHT FOR YOU? Due to the walking involved, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There is approximately 150 metres of walking at the Nordvegen History Museum and St Olav’s Church and there are steps to negotiate. Please bear in mind that the outdoor terrain will be mainly gravel and may be snowy or icy. Please note that St Olav’s Church can be closed at short notice for services, if this is the case you will see it from the outside only. Please dress warmly (layers are best), as the tour will be indoors and outdoors.


Haugesund, Norway Tour X

THE VIKING FESTIVAL

  • Step back in time to the Viking era
  • Enjoy a unique atmosphere of the Viking Festival
  • Watch displays, battle simulations, viking dress, a market with "real" Vikings making and selling their handiwork, music, saga story-telling and lots of meat cooking on the barbeque
Activity Tour
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Karmøy is the Homeland of the Vikings where you are invited to experience the Viking festival.

Embark on a leisurely boat trip from Haugesund to the Viking farm at Bukkøy. The farm has several reconstructed buildings from the Viking age, and the buildings help to create the unique atmosphere of the festival. Seek out the Viking market, which is the main frame around the festival. The market has local, regional, national and international participation, and it’s to show you the Vikings through "living history". Experience people making handcraft, you may wish to try some typical Viking food as well as enjoying the music and games going on. Why not try and shoot with bow and arrow!

Your local guide will give you a brief about the festival before arriving the Viking festival, as well as handing out handy maps; you will then have approximately two hours of free time to enjoy the festival at your own pace. Before all too long, the festival visit will come to an end and it will be time to return to your awaiting ship in the modern day period. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, the rest of the walking will during the free time given.  Due to the walking involved, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be approximately 20 Minute boat ride to and from Karmøy. Should you wish to purchase anything at the festival the local currency (Norwegian Krone) will only be excepted.

 

SYMBOLS: Toilets, steps, free time, shopping & moderate walking  


Haugesund, Norway Tour E

THE WHITE HAVEN OF SKUDENESHAVN

  • Step back in time as you explore the old, white fishing town from the 1800’s
  • Taste fresh, homemade fish soup in a local cosy restaurant
  • Skudeneshavn will enchant you!
Activity Tour
Price£60.00 - £70.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Explore the charming old town of Skudeneshavn, situated on the southernmost tip of the Island of Karmøy, with over 100 homes and maritime buildings from the time when herring fishing was at its peak.

Skudeneshavn consists of 130 white wooden buildings originating from the 1800’s when a thriving community relied on herring fishing. You will have a stroll through the narrow streets and hear stories of the locals that once lived here. At a local restaurant you will enjoy local, homemade fish soup, followed by some free time to further explore the town. Next visit the Mælandsgården Museum, here you can gain an insight into how the town developed, how people lived and the trade, industries and craftsmen that characterized the city over the last 150 years. The Museum helps explain how these forces have moulded the town.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 NORWAY CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately 30 minutes of walking at the Museum and through Skudeneshavn, some of which is hilly, and optional walking at the photo stops. There are also approximately 20 steps in the Museum and 16 steps at the restaurant. There will be a short amount of free time in Skudeneshavn. Visits can be arranged in different orders.


Tour BW - Introduction to Haugesund

  • Haugesund will reveal itself to you on this sightseeing coach tour
  • Marvel at a young town built on the herring industry
  • Have your camera to hand at the photo stops
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApprox. 2 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

As well as being the birthplace of Norway and home to Viking kings, modern day Haugesund has plenty to offer and both old and new will be discovered on this tour.

Head towards the centre and pass the Town Hall, before crossing over the bridge to Hasseløy. This island forms the second part of the town centre, and you will see old wharf houses and the former herring factory. Haugesund hosts the annual Norwegian Film Festival, and this will become apparent as you tour the central part of town. Marilyn Monroe – named Norma Jean Mortenson at birth – possibly had ancestral roots in Haugesund; Edward Mortenson, believed to be her father, came from a nearby village.

Continue to the north of Haugesund, towards Haraldshaugen. This is the place mentioned in Snorre’s Sagas of the Kings as the site where Harald Hårfagre, or Fairhair, is buried. It is also where Norway’s National Monument of Unification was erected in 1872, as part of the celebrations to mark Norway’s unification into a single kingdom. Have a short stop on Steinsfjellet Mountain to admire the view of the surrounding area called Haugalandet as well as the mighty North Sea in front of you. Hear about the importance of fisheries for the town, as well as the new oil and gas production industry. The Norwegian oil industry has strong roots in Haugalandet, with a gas pipeline from the North Sea to Kårstø.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a coach tour and involves walking at the photo stops only, and a few steps up to the National Monument of Unification - participants may remain on the coach if they wish. It should be noted however that there may be a rather long walk to and from the coach, depending on where the ship berths, and please bear in mind that the terrain may be snowy or icy. The itinerary of this tour is subject to change depending on local conditions. Please dress in warm layers, as the tour involves optional walking outdoors at the photo stops.


Tour CW - Arquebus Museum - A Glimpse into World War II

  • Uncover Norway’s involvement in World War II at the Arquebus Museum
  • Marvel at the national monument Haraldshaugen - commemorating the unification of Norway
  • Enjoy the panorama of present day Haugesund from the viewpoint
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 3 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Visit one of Norway’s largest World War II museums - Arquebus Museum. Covering more than 2,000 square metres, the museum takes visitors from the dramatic history of the occupation on April 9th 1940 through to Norway’s liberation in 1945.

Pass the city hall, considered to be the most attractive in Norway and also see the old part of town, quite upmarket, where the local ship owners lived in the 1800s. Arriving at Arquebus Museum you will start exploring with your guide. One of the most interesting aspects of the museum is the collection of authentic military uniforms and civilian clothes from the Second World War. There are several reconstructed scenes, including a street, using mannequins, vehicles and equipment. Browse the extensive number of artefacts as you gain an insight into life during the German occupation.

Continue to the north of Haugesund, towards Haraldshaugen. In Snorre’s Sagas this is the site where Harald Fairhair is buried and it is also where Norway’s National Monument of Unification was erected in 1872, as part of the millennial celebrations to mark Norway’s unification as a kingdom. There will be a short photo stop here and you will learn more about the Viking Age and the unification of Norway. On the return drive you will stop at Steinsfjellet, a viewpoint 227 metres above sea level, for a panoramic view of Haugesund and the North Sea.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately one hour of walking and standing at the museum, where there are also stairs. There is optional walking at the monument and viewpoint, and please bear in mind that the terrain will be partly gravel and may be snowy or icy. Please dress warmly (layers are best), as it can also be cold in the Museum.


Tour DW - Haugesund City Walk

  • Take in the atmosphere of beautiful Haugesund
  • Experience the heart of the city with this walking tour
  • Explore the City Hall - voted the most beautiful in Norway
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApprox. 2.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Amble around modern day Haugesund to absorb the character and atmosphere of this delightful small city.

Leaving the quayside on foot you will walk into the heart of Haugesund. As you walk, your guide will give you an insight into the history of Haugesund - as well as being the birthplace of Norway and home to Viking kings, the town was built on the herring fishing industry and the shipping industry has also had a major influence. The guide will take you along the quayside and through Norway’s longest pedestrian street. Arriving at the Town Hall you will enjoy a guided visit of this special building - voted the most beautiful Town Hall in all of Norway.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a walking tour, therefore an extensive amount of walking will be encountered - the walk will cover a maximum of two miles with some cobblestones encountered, and please bear in mind that it may be snowy and icy. Due to this, and the visit to the Town Hall which includes a flight of stairs, this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Guests are recommended to wear warm clothing (layers are best), sturdy, warm and waterproof shoes, gloves and hat. Participants may choose to remain in town at the end of the tour, in which case it is the individual’s responsibility to return to the ship in time for sailing.


Skudeneshavn, Norway

Tour EW - The White Haven of Skudeneshavn

  • Step back in time as you explore the old, white fishing town dating back to the 1800s
  • Taste fresh, homemade fish soup in a local restaurant
  • Skudeneshavn is sure to enchant you
Price£65.00 - £75.00
DurationApprox. 4.5 hrs
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Explore the charming old town of Skudeneshavn, situated on the southernmost tip of the island of Karmøy, with over 100 homes and maritime buildings from the time when herring fishing was at its peak.

Skudeneshavn is considered to be one of the best kept old wooden towns in Europe, and consists of 130 white buildings originating from the 1800s when the thriving community relied on herring fishing. You will have a stroll through the narrow streets and hear stories of the locals that once lived here. At a local restaurant you will enjoy local, homemade fish soup, followed by some free time to further explore the town. Next visit the Mælandsgården Museum, here you can gain an insight into how the town developed, how people lived and the trade, industries and craftsmen that characterised the city over the last 150 years. The Museum helps explain how these forces have moulded the town.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017 NORWAY WINTER CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately 30 minutes of walking at the Museum and through Skudeneshavn, some of which is hilly, and optional walking at the photo stops – please bear in mind that it may be snowy and icy. There are also approximately 20 steps in the Museum and 16 steps at the restaurant. There will be a short amount of free time in Skudeneshavn. Please dress warmly (layers are best), you will spend time both indoors and outdoors. Visits may be arranged in a different order.


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