In Norway’s far south, on the beautiful Lista peninsula, Farsund – thanks to its strategic location – was developed as an important trading town in the 18th century, and was the base for upwards of 50 shipowners. It was once a pirate town too, and pirate vessels could often be spotted from the shores.
Today Farsund is a vital part of Lista's agriculture and fishing industries, while its varied scenery of sandy beaches, rocky crags, mountains, forests and dozens of islands attracts large numbers of visitors, including artists and photographers. Wild wetlands surrounding the Lista Lighthouse here are a favourite spot for birds and birdwatchers alike; several hundred species of migratory birds spot here every year.
Just inland there are highlights aplenty too, such as Vanse Church, which 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.
Cruises to Farsund
Springtime Waterfalls & Norwegian Fjords • M2313
- Scenic cruise beautiful waterways & visit contrasting fjordland destinations
- Sail rugged Lysefjord and witness the tumbling Langfoss & Fureberg waterfalls
- Experience Bergen like a local and see the beauty of Eidfjord & Skjolden
Scenic Summertime Norwegian Fjords • M2318
- Experience the beauty and natural wonders of the fjordland to the full
- See the summertime scenery of Hardangerfjord, Maurangerfjord, Sognefjord and more
- Go fjord kayaking, witness spectacular waterfalls and marvel at mighty mountains