Haugesund is the regional centre for the 100,000 people who live in its hinterland, and is one of Norway’s prime provincial towns. The rich herring fishing along the coasts of western Norway laid the foundation for the development of Haugesund into a key town for the export of herring, and later one of Norway’s largest shipping centres. The maritime trade is still the largest commercial sector in Haugesund, which is also home to the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.
Haugesund puts on festivals and cultural events throughout the year for all age groups. The largest two festivals take place in August: the SildaJazz (“herring jazz”) jazz festival, and The Norwegian International Film Festival. Hotels, cafés, restaurants and pubs line Indre Kai (Inner Quay). Here, you can saunter along, enjoying the fresh sea air, or pause for a cup of coffee or a delicious meal.
Haugesund Tourist Information:
Strandgt. 171, 5525 Haugesund.
Tel: 52 01 08 30
Mon–Fri 10 am to 4.30 pm
Middle of June–August, Mon–Fri 9 am to 5 pm. Sat–Sun 10 am to 3 pm.