Haugesund is a small city in western Norway. Although just over 40,000 people live here, the city has plenty going on in terms of culture and entertainment, possibly owing to its remote location in the country. The nearest major cities to Haugesund are Bergen and Stavanger, both of which are at least 25 miles away and separated by the fjords. Its idyllic location near the North Sea coast makes Haugesund a pretty picturesque place to stay, while the neighbouring village of Avaldsnes is as good a place as any in Norway to see the fjords from closer up. The Haugesund area is known for its plethora of historical sites, particularly those dating back to the Viking era.
The routes in and around Haugesund tend to have steep inclines, so for that reason, you should drive a family saloon as it would have sufficient power going uphill.
Driving in Haugesund Avaldsnes
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Important things to note
The E134 is the main route into both Haugesund and Avaldsnes from the west of the country, being a motorway in parts.
Although snow on the road is a major hazard here, the main routes are cleared and gritted on a daily basis.
Parking in Haugesund tends to be more ample in the south of the city, especially near the large supermarkets and retail parks should the city centre’s lots be full.
Highlights & Hotspots
Nordvegen History Centre is a family attraction where a mythical king guides visitors through the museum in Avaldsnes, going back some 3,500 years in time. The King goes through various Viking monarchs, telling each of their stories in a fun and accessible way.
St Olav’s Church is adjacent to the history centre and is a hugely impressive local landmark. Erected in the mid-13th century, the church forms part of the Viking farm complex in Avaldsnes and is next to one of Norway’s tallest pillars, Virgin Mary’s Sewing Needle.
Haugesund hosts the Norway Film Festival every August. Short films and feature-length productions from local filmmakers are screened at the event, while some of the great and good of Norwegian cinema regularly make an appearance.
If shopping is on your mind, you could do much worse than take a trip to Haugalandet, the main shopping area in Haugesund. Along with local retailers and market stalls, you’re sure to find a few chain stores there as well.
Haugesund Airport, Karm√∏y (Haugesund lufthavn, Karm√∏y) is the main airport serving Haugesund and Avaldsnes, located around five miles southwest of the centre of Haugesund. A small number of domestic and European destinations are catered for here.
The airport is at the end of the E134, which goes west then north to Avaldsnes. Keep going on this road until you reach a roundabout to Route 47, which then goes north into central Haugesund.