Historically known as a homeland for Viking Kings, Haugesund, Norway has an impeccable amount of fascinating cultural background. The rich history of the area compliments its beautiful natural escapes, from the coast to the fjord. A visit to this region will gift you with key knowledge about the history of the Vikings while you bask in the outdoor glory of its waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, and islands. The city of Haugesund lies between Stavanger and Bergen, positioned among the sea and mountain scape. It is an ideal place to visit for an adventure that will fulfil your thirst for knowledge and nature.
1. Visit Norway’s national monument of the Haraldshaugen
To witness an important site not just to Haugesund but to the entire country of Norway itself, visit the Haraldshaugen. It is Norway’s national monument, depicting a commemoration of Norway’s first king, Harald Hårfagre. From the monument location, you can access a variety of pathways leading you to spectacular views of the beach, seafront, and lighthouse.
Phone: +47 52010830
Address: Haraldshaugen, Haugesund 5515, Norway
2. Enjoy the clear waters and white sands of the Karmoy Beaches
Photo is only for illustrative purposes
The Karmoy Beaches in Haugesund are known for their dazzling beauty with crystal clear waters and white sandy shores. You can take a swim in these waters during the summertime, and appreciate the view of the horizon when the weather does not permit for swimming. For a relaxing day in the hot or cold, stroll on the shores of this outdoor gemstone of Haugesund.
Phone: +47 52857500
Address: Akrehamn, Haugesund, Norway
3. Witness the several stunning vistas of the Djupadalen hiking trail
The Djupadalen hiking trail is essential for anyone wishing to take sight of the stunning vistas in Haugesund. There are many animals you might witness during this hike, such as deer, hares, minks, and a vast variety of birds. The hike may be a bit difficult for beginners, but the view is certainly worth the effort! For those wishing to spend some quality time with nature, try the Djupadalen hiking trail.
Djupadalen hiking trail
Phone: +47 52010830
Address: Djupadalen, Haugesund 5527, Norway
4. Browse through battle artifacts at the Arquebus War History Museum
Spend a few hours at the Arquebus War History Museum to discover Haugesund’s interesting past. This is a fairly moderate sized museum with plenty of exhibits displaying the war history of Norway and the local history of Haugesund. One of the most impressive exhibits will showcase to you many aspects of daily life during the year of occupation in 1940 to Norway’s liberation in 1945. There is also a gift shop and café located on the premises.
Arquebus War History Museum
Phone: +47 52770100
Address: Forresfjorden, Haugesund 5563, Norway
Website: Arquebus War History Museum
5. Escape to the natural beauty of the Utsira Island
To get a taste of a truly local small town, visit the Utsira Island. It is Norway’s smallest municipality, with only 200 residents. The island is an incredibly relaxing place to visit for a taste of Norwegian hospitality. There are many beautiful sights of the beach and horizon, so make sure you spend a few hours on the island exploring its trails.
Phone: +47 52750100
Address: Utsira, Haugesund 5547, Norway
6. Go shopping at the various venues on Haraldsgata Street
Aside from history and nature, one of the things Haugesund is known for is having an impressive array of shopping options on Haraldsgata Street. There is a nice assortment of interesting shops on both sides of the street, as well as quaint coffeehouses along the way. In the summertime, this road is also bustling with street fairs and festivals, so make sure you visit Haraldsgata Street even if you are not shopping!
Address: Haraldsgata, Haugesund 5501, Norway
7. See a film at the Tysværtunet kulturhus center
About 15 minutes away from the center of Haugesund, you can visit the Tysværtunet kulturhus center to experience Norwegian culture through film and art exhibitions. The cultural center includes a great hall, black box, movie theater, rehearsal rooms, gift shop, café, library, water park, climbing hall, and dancing hall. This place is always bustling with activity, make sure you stop by during your next trip to Haugesund!
Tysværtunet kulturhus center
Phone: +47 52757500
Address: AKS Dals Road 157, 5570 Melbourne, Norway
Website: Tysværtunet kulturhus center
8. Broaden your understanding at the Nordvegen History Centre
Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing
There are so many areas in Haugesund where you can expand your knowledge about Norwegian history, and the Nordvegen History Centre is one of them! You will be greeted by individuals dressed in authentic Viking apparel as they lead you through the history of Norway. You will witness Viking villages and grazing sheep to give you the sensation of time traveling to Norway’s early settlement days. This is the ideal place to visit for a taste of the past!
Nordvegen History Centre
Phone: +47 52812400
Address: Kong Augvaldsvei, Haugesund 5528, Norway
Website: Nordvegen History Centre
9. Drive up the Steinsfjellet trail for an unforgettable view of town
A brief drive up the Steinsfjellet trail will gift you with a most breath-taking landscape. You will not be disappointed at the sight of the beautiful region, including surrounding islands of Haugesund and important landmarks. There are many signs along the trail that will point you in the right direction to witness whichever sights you are most interested in.
Phone: +47 52010830
Address: Steinsfjellet, Haugesund 5533, Norway
10. Learn about Norwegian culture at the Karmsund Folkemuseum
Here is another place in Haugesund where you can experience Norwegian life as it was in the past. At the Karmsund Folkemuseum, you can browse through exhibits depicting much of Haugesund’s local history of fishing, shipping, and daily life in the old days. There is even an exhibit where you can try on authentic Norwegian clothes and take a photo! There is a multitiude of interesting antique items such household items, clothing, farming tools, and more. Make sure to visit this museum for an enjoyable and informational time!
Phone: +47 52709360
Address: Skaaregata 142, Haugesund 5527, Norway
Website: Karmsund Folkemuseum
Time travel to the past in Haugesund, Norway
Haugesund is truly a gem of a city in Norway where you can experience past history foretold in a variety of places. Whether it’s in a museum, a viking history center, or outside on a hiking trail, you will certainly see traces of the past seeping through everywhere you go. For a feeling of nostalgia and reminiscence, visit Haugesund and explore the past.
Get Trip101 in your inbox
You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101
*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.