The city of Haugesund grew up around the prosperous herring fisheries off
the west coast, initially as a centre for herring exports, and later as one
of Norways principal seafaring towns. In 2006 the Norwegian Maritime
Directorate relocated its head office to Haugesund, enhancing the citys
status as a centre of seafaring excellence. Haugesund today is also a major
commercial centre offering a wide range of services, with one of the highest
per capita sales figures in Norway. It is also a very popular venue for
conferences and festivals. The city has 33,000 residents but serves a wider
population of 100,000 as a regional centre.
Rich cultural life Haugesund in August has long been synonymous with big events, including the Sildajazz festival (www.sildajazz.no), the Norwegian International Film Festival (www.filmfestivalen.no), the Amanda awards show, the Race Weekend and the Harbour Festival. There are also plenty of cultural events in the city throughout the year (www.festiviteten.no). Other festivals include Rock Fest Haugesund, the Night of Culture and the Fartein Valen Festival.
Haugesund Billedgalleri (www.haugesund-billedgalleri.net), the third largest gallery in Western Norway, has an extensive permanent collection and is one of Norways leading promoters of contemporary art. Karmsund Folkemuseum has themed exhibitions on home and everyday life, seafaring, fishing, agri-culture, and archaeology. The Dokken open-air museum features exhibitions on living and working conditions in the 19th-century herring fisheries. The regions roots run deep. Nordvegen Historical Centre on the nearby island of Karmøy traces local history using modern techniques and effects. Norges Riksmonument (the Norwegian National Monument) at Haraldshaugen, just outside the city, is an obelisk erected to commemo-rate the unification of Norway under the Viking king Harald Fairhair. Arquebus Krigs-historisk Museum features fascinating exhibits on the Norwegian Resistance in the Second World War and is the largest museum of its kind in Norway.
Indre Kai, the waterfront facing Smedasundet, is the heart of the city and bustles with life by day and night. The illuminated, cobbled quayside is lined with cafés, restaurants and bars. Take a stroll here for a breath of sea air and stop for a coffee or something more substantial. Local fishermen offer freshly cooked prawns. Haugesund, the starting or finishing point of the Haukeli road, is well worth a visit. We look forward to welcoming you.
Haugesund Tourist Information Tel: +47 51 01 08 30 - www.visithaugesund.no