Explore the fantastic waterfall that has been rated as the number one waterfall by worldofwaterfalls.com. This is possibly one of the most beautiful cascade waterfalls in the world. The river spills over the side of a long mountain slope before it joins the waters of the Åkra Fjord. You can easily reach the waterfall by car.
Skudeneshavn is a pearl in the West. At the southernmost tip of Karmøy, where the lighthouses peer out over Skudefjord and the North Sea, lies the charming harbour and fishing village of Skudeneshavn. In the early nineteenth century, herring fishing led to rapid prosperity and the growth of the historically fascinating district called the Old Town.
The Town Hall was designed by the architects Gudolf Blakstad and Hermann Munthe-Kaas and was given as a gift to the town. It opened officially in 1931 and the park opened in 1949. The Town Hall is one of the most famous buildings in Norway and contains a wealth of artistic decorations.
Krosshaugen is a stone cross dating from the earliest Christian period in Norway (about 1000 AD). This location has functioned as a Parliament site and the cross may be a monument to the farmers who converted to the Christian faith during sessions of Parliament. It is believed that Christian mass was performed beside these stone crosses before churches were built.
About an hour ferry ride from Haugesund lies the small island of Utsira. Long heralded as a wonderful place for bird-watching, it has recently emerged as a prime centre for street art, even though the island has no streets. There are about 70 pieces spread out all around the island, giving visitors yet another reason to explore it to the fullest.
To get a true feeling of the Haugalandet area, you must view it from the water. The rocky landscapes have a barren beauty to them, and navigating through fjords and stones is a unique Norwegian experience. Ravnafloke offers 1-hour boat and rafting tours, as well as all manner of outdoor activities.
Djupadalen is a lovely forest and recreational area located very near the city centre of Haugesund. It is a very popular place for hiking, as there is an approximately 10km track running through it, and it is also possible to swim in the small Eivindsvannet lake in the warmer summer months.
At the Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement you can be a viking for a day. This authentic Viking Village and the History Centre at Avaldsnes give you the opportunity to see and feel the life of the Scandinavian Vikings that lived here a thousand years ago.
Bestastua Restaurant and Wine Bar is an excellent restaurant with a typical Norwegian atmosphere. The restaurant serves traditional Norwegian food as well as continental dishes. Bestastue also offers an exciting range of wines, a cognac bar, a piano bar and a night club.
The variety of the menu at Brasserie Brakstad is almost overwhelming. Everything from seafood to comfort food, salad to Italian classics, is represented, and it's all prepared to perfection. Moreover, the restaurant's location is simply lovely, sitting pretty right next to the water.
The name here says it all. This is a great restaurant-bar where the main attractions are the wonderful homemade burgers and ice-cold beer. The burgers come in many varieties, with the spicy Halsbrann (throat burn) being a particular favourite among braver patrons.
Beer connoisseurs would do well to pay a visit to Stuelands Abothek. Their selection of brews contains both local and international brands, as well as products from local microbreweries, and although the selection changes quite often, they always carry around 150 varieties.
WInehouse claims to have the city's "largest selection of wines, gins and cocktails", and that may very well be true. The recently renovated interior is now lit by subdued light and features a fiercely intimate and romantic ambiance, perfect for enjoying one of the fantastic vintages on offer.
The main shopping area in Haugesund is the one kilometre long pedestrian street named ‘Skåregata’. This is the home to more than 150 shops and boutiques where you can find everything your heart desires. Most of the designer and fashion shops are based here, amongst them one of Norway’s biggest fashion retailers, Steen & Strom. It is also here where you will find jewellery, shoes, kids’ clothing, accessories and everything else.
In the small alleyways off ‘Skaragate’ you will find the smaller shops and more untraditional stuff. This is where you find local craftsman wares. ‘Haraldsgata’ is one of the more exciting alleyways where you will find shops which sell clothes and bags from local designers. Also to be found in ‘Haraldsgata’ is ‘Slakter Haaland’. He is a butcher who once made a pudding for the Norwegian Princess Maud, and that is the only place in Norway where you can buy that pudding, and it is of course named ‘Prinsesse Maud’.
Oasen is one of the best shopping centres in the area, boasting more than 70 shops. It is located just a bit to the south of the city, in the area of Karmsund, but is worth the trip, because you're sure to find what you're looking for at Oasen, be it clothes, electronics or accessories.
This specialty salmon smokery was established in 1967 and has been preparing its delectable products using their 100-hour production method ever since. The salmon fresh comes from the surrounding water and is handled with care and professionalism, ensuring the best possible results.
Amundsen Spesial has an impressive selection of fine food products, ranging from cheeses and sausages to coffees, teas, nuts, jams and sweets. Many products are local, but they have plenty of international products as well. Perfect for gifts to bring home after a visit to Haugesund.
Haugesund Airport is situated 14 kilometres southwest of the city, on Karmøy Island in the North Sea, just off Norway’s southwest coast. You can catch the airport bus to get to and from the airport. There is another bus connection to the city centre (also to Stavanger and Bergen). The travel time to Haugesund is approximately 20 minutes. The journey is operated by ‘Kystbussen’ and leaves from outside the terminal building. Taxis are usually parked outside the terminal.
Haugesund itself can be covered on foot, so if you bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes you will be just fine. However, it can be a little bit cold to walk around in the winter and the local bus is the easiest means of transport if you do not wish to walk. The bus is also convenient if you want to visit any of the towns nearby. They are usually reliable and on time. The bus company is called Kolombus, and depending on how much you would need to use the bus, there are discount cards available.