Haugalandet attractions

Island in Haugesund


Around 18km west of Haugesund, the tiny island of Utsira barely covers 6 sq km and is home to just 235 people, but its size belies its reputation in the twitching world. It's a birdwatching hot spot, with more than …
Church in Karmøy

St Olav's Church

This ancient stone church was built under the reign of King Håkon Håkonsson. Work began in 1250, although it's thought that a much earlier wooden chapel here stood here for many years before. Dedicated to St Olav, i…
Museum in Karmøy

Nordvegen Historiesenter

Down a short path from the car park for St Olav's Church, this history centre recreates the story of Harald Fairhair and other monarchs of the newly unified Nordvegen from the 10th century onwards. Also nearby, on a…
Historic Site in Karmøy


The wonderful Skudeneshavn, 37km south of Haugesund, got very rich on the herring trade in the 19th century and is known for its 'Empire-style' wooden houses, winding main street Søragadå and pretty gardens. There's…
Farm in Karmøy

Avaldsnes Viking Farm

This living history centre brings Viking culture to life, with a number of reconstructed Viking buildings, and regular displays of handicrafts, metalwork, farming and woodwork during the summer – not to mention guid…
Museum in Karmøy

Visnes Grubeområde

From 1865 to 1972, the village of Visnes, 4km west of Avaldsnes, was home to the largest and most sophisticated copper mine in Norway. Over its lifetime, more than 4 million tonnes of copper, zinc and sulfur were ex…
Museum in Karmøy

Karmoy Fishery Museum

In Vedavågen, on the island's west coast, this striking museum explores the region's modern fishing industry and also has a saltwater aquarium. It's designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta, who also designed the…
Monument in Haugesund


The burial site of Viking King Harald Fairhair, the first king of a unified Norway, is 1.5km north of Haugesund. The obelisk memorial, erected in 1872, commemorates the decisive 872 Battle of Hafrsfjord, which effec…
Historic Building in Haugesund

Vår Frelsers Church

With its arrow straight spire and redbrick exterior, this church in the centre of Haugesund is a local landmark.
Monument in Haugesund

Marilyn Monroe Memorial

Bizarrely, Haugesund claims to be the ancestral home of Marilyn Monroe, whose father, a local baker, emigrated from here to the USA. This monument on the quay, next to the Scandic Maritim Hotel, is suitably coquetti…