The lovely port town of Haugesund is known as the birthplace of Norway, crowned as such by Viking King Harald Fairhair in the 9th century. Today it’s one of Norway’s principal culture centers, hosting the Norwegian International Film Festival as well as a jazz festival every summer.

The fascinating Viking past of Haugesund comes alive at the Norwegian History Center where re-creations take place on a 7th century Viking farm. And the descendants of renowned Viking ship builders recently completed an exact sailing replica of a dragon ship. If it’s in town, go aboard. Life on the farm was hard; on the sea, unimaginable - no wonder Vikings were so fierce.

Ferries travel to the stunning island of Røvær, where you can walk around the beautiful coves where Vikings once lived. And to Utsira, where there’s a wilder coastal walk with over 300 birds for birders to spot. One last must-see is the Langfoss Waterfall, which CNN rates as one of the most majestic in the world. From a distance it looks like a bridal veil. It is stunning.

Norwegian History Center

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Norwegian History Center

Norwegian History Center

Catch up on nearly 3,500 years worth of history at the Norwegian History Center. An area of national and international power during the time of the Vikings, Haugesund has a rich and varied history to discover.

St. Olav’s Church

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St. Olav’s Church

St. Olav’s Church

Built around AD 1250 as part of a royal farm, St. Olav’s Church is a quick 10-minute drive from Haugesund. Legend has it that when the pillar touched the church wall, the world would end, which is why priests throughout the years have continued to chip away parts of it.

The Viking Center

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The Viking Center

The Viking Center

Located near St. Olav’s church, the Viking Center is a replica of a traditional Viking village that has been meticulously reconstructed to include a traditional long house, as well as other buildings typically found in ancient Viking settlements.

Haugesund, Norway At a glance

Current Weather:
11°C / 51 °F
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Current Time:
1:24:28 am2018/06/24 01:24:28 am
Sunday, June 24
UTC/GMT +02:00
Norwegian Krone
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.11
  • 0.12
  • 0.16
  • 0.09
  • 0.16
  • 7.94
  • 0.40
  • 2.35
Local Details:
Size: 72.68 KM2 (28.06 MI2)
Population: 36,538
Density: 503 Pop/KM2 (194 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 47

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