The Homeland of the Viking Kings is located between Stavanger and Bergen in the heart of Norway’s south-western cruise region, and nestling among countless small islands and the mighty, almost endless, fjords such as Åkrafjord, Hardangerfjord and Lysefjord.
The town center is 800 m from the cruise pier, walk or take the shuttle bus.
NB: The walk to town is steep and goes through the industrial part of the port. The shuttle is 7 Euro which takes you to the foot of the church and is a short walk to the pedestrian mall.
Haugesund is a vibrant and historic town dating back to Viking times. This is where, a thousand years ago, King Harald Fairhair united Norway into a single kingdom, and it was from this area that the Viking Kings ruled Norway for more than 500 years. The region has laid claim to the title of Norway’s Birthplace – the Homeland of the Viking Kings.
The Viking farm at Bukkøy is a reconstructed farm at Avaldsnes. The museum provides knowledge about the lives of our ancestors. In the museum courtyard you will find a traditional longhouse as well as smaller dwellings, a Viking boat and plants and animals. During the summer people are dressed in Viking clothes as they display the Vikings’ way of life. You get here by walking from St. Olav’s Church, through the open beautiful landscape before getting to the tree-covered island.
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The city center has a large variety of shops, especially along Haraldsgata, a mainly pedestrian street.
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