The North Sea port of Haugesund lies well off the beaten routes. You probably wouldn't come here for its own sake, but the town has a lively waterfront restaurant strip and some excellent festivals. Ryanair flies here, so this may be your entry point into Norway. There are also some worthwhile sights on Karmøy island, south of town.
The area around Haugesund carries huge historical significance for Norwegians. It was in the nearby Hafrsfjord that the decisive battle took place in 872 and Norway was first unified. As such, the area bills itself as 'Norway's Birthplace'.