Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords

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 a number of year-round cafes and a tourist office next to the quay.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Bergen & the Southwestern Fjords attractions

1. Karmoy Fishery Museum

9.17 MILES

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…

2. Visnes Grubeområde

14.05 MILES

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,…

3. Avaldsnes Viking Farm

14.16 MILES

This living history centre brings Viking culture to life, with a number of reconstructed Viking buildings, and regular displays of handicrafts, metalwork,…

4. Nordvegen Historiesenter

14.17 MILES

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…

5. St Olav's Church

14.26 MILES

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…

6. Utsira

17.04 MILES

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…

7. 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…

8. Vår Frelsers Church

18.28 MILES

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