Haugesund Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 134 photos


Destination haugalandet, which includes the coastal town of HAUGESUND, streches from the island of Utsira in the west to Etne and Sauda in the east and from Karmøy in the south to Sveio in the north.

Have a look at my general tips for festivals and happenings during the year.

Haugesund is also Norways birthplace for more than 3000 years small kings at Avaldsnes collected tols on passing ships on hte strecht between Karmøy and Haugesund known as Nordvegen. It was here , following the battle of Harfsfjord in 870 AD, that Harald the Fairhaired established Norway's first throne and the straight of Nordvegen gave its name to Norway . North of town there is a big monument in onour of Harald the Fairhaired and his battle to make norway one kingdom instead of run by many small kingdoms


newpaper article in the guardian

videoclip from the fjords found on youtube:

NATIONAL DAY (17th of may)
National day here is very special
it starts with the canon wakeing up everyone early early in the morning
7am ...the morning parade starts and anyone ( even tourists :-))) can join in) , it starts from diffrent parts in town and meet up with the fishermen statue in town where the flaggs goes to the top just befor 8
8 am ....starts a tradition that began in 1888...the rowing competition
10 am the children parade starts kids from all the schools and kindergarden starts from diffrent parts of town to meet up and marzh together to the townhall ( a building that you learn about in acitect history )
the speaker of the day can be anyone local or from abroad, lot of famouse people has spoken here
after this people join together with friends or go to cafes to have lunch
3 pm.....the folk parade starts it include diffrent clubs, activites ...for example sports team , choirs, carsclub, dancers, bands . its lot of fun to watch
5 am the graduates make a fun parade in their costumes red, blue or black...they make fun of local news, bring their cars etc

the whole day you will see people in their national costume from diffrent parts of norway and after 6-7 its great to take it off (since its so heavy) and hit the sofa after a long day, some of us sometime go out or to a party

the day is celebrated diffrently all around the country, i have celebrated it in diffrent places and must say this city has the best and longest day with things happening all day long...its very easy for tourist to experince alot of celebration without the local knowledge since it all happen down town

SILDABORDET (herring table) and other festivals

Every year the town have on on the longest table withe herring and people come running from far away to get to taste it for free

There is also the film festival , Viking festival, Rock festival , old boat/costal day estival, boat races and much more in this town so summer is a busy time


In every ordinary birthday they have cake and so did the town when they celebrated their 150 years.... free cake for everyone :-)

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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Looks like you live in a wonderful community.

  • Knoto's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Interesting work, here!!!

  • joiwatani's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Great tips, Jippi! This is my mother-in-law's land. Hope to visit you someday!

  • gkitzmil's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Really interesting birthplace

  • Pusur-go-cat-go's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2009 at 3:32 AM

    Pretty place :) 17th May parade in Oslo, is all children, he King & Queen of Norway watch from the palace balcony. Students (The Russ)all dressed in red, parade at 3pm on foot & in Russ busses which drive around as well playing VERY loud music! great fun!

  • Herwig1961's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    Beautiful fotos,specialy the entrance one!!!Interesting tips and wonderful to read!Thank you!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    a herring festival! That sounds nicer than the Dutch national herring contest, hehehe. I've never heard of a haunted restaurant. Nice page, Sorhus!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2008 at 6:59 AM

    Nice tips!

  • Bernie843's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2007 at 9:04 AM

    thanks. very helpful

  • Rusket's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2005 at 4:17 AM

    I lived in Haugesund 1985 - 1987, and I loved it! My favourite pub was Dikselen, does it still exist? People used to come from Stavanger to go out, since Stavanger was very dull at that time!

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