Explore by foot
Haugesund is known as a shipping and industrial town on the west coast of Norway, situated between Bergen and Stavanger. The city was built on fishing for herring, and maritime industry is still important to Haugesund. To explore this part of the town, take a walk on the harbour side, Smedasundet, and then cross the bridge to Risøy. This is what once was the heart of the town.
When it comes to architecture, art nouveau has made a big impact on Haugesund. In fact, Haugesund is the town in Norway most influenced by this style. Make sure to take a look at the corner houses and towers found spread out in the city centre.
The city parks Byparken and Rådhusplassen may be worth a visit, too. You will find a small market at Rådhusplassen, which is open every weekday. Don’t forget to take a closer look at the pink historical building behind. This is the City Hall, which in fact is considered Norway’s premier example of neo classical architecture and has been awarded Norway’s most beautiful town hall.
At Formbar Glassverksted you can get local glass art and design. If you’d like to bring home some edible gifts, stop by at Amundsen Spesial. Music lovers will be happy to know there is a record store in Haugesund too, named Shabby Records.
Stop by Me Mini, which sell kids fashion by the local designer Kristine Vikse. The next door neighbour is Ernst by Ernst, a local men’s designer.
Further up the street you will find Lervik Ur, which display the local watch brand Bruvik
Where to eat in Haugesund
Looking for a place to eat? Down at the harbour you will find several restaurants serving both international and local cuisine, as well as bars and a nightclub. Lothe’s is considered the towns best restaurant. For lunch, you can stop by at its neighbour, Dattera til Lothe’s, or the local bakery Naturbakst. The best burger in town is found at Oxe Burger up town, while Sabi Sushi serves Japanese cuisine.
Looking for a place to go for good coffee? Hos Carlos at Gamle Slakteriet or at the public library is said to have the best coffee in town at the moment, while Totalen is still going strong as a traditional place to meet for a cup of coffee.
The local couple Pia Noreger and Pål Jackman has turned the old chapel into a home and a place for venues, such as concerts, movie nights and other cultural events.
Once a month stand-up comedians from London enter the stage at Festiviteten. Jazz lovers may find it interesting to attend jazz concerts for free at Høvleriet every Saturday afternoon.
In for a fright? Check out Escape Room to get locked in. Hopefully you will find your way out, too.
Spending a Sunday in Haugesund? Act like a local: go for a Sunday stroll, as nature is never far away. Head for the seaside for fresh air directly from the North Sea or take a hike in the woods close to town.
If you wish to spend the day at sea, you can take a boat ride to Vibrandsøy or Røvær. You can get to the closer islands, Risøy and Bakarøy, on foot, as there are two bridges crossing Smedasundet to the islands from the town centre.