Cruises to Haugesund

Haugesund, Norway

Take a memorable Alaska cruise adventure to Haugesund, Norway. Positioned below the Arctic Circle, Haugesund welcomes you to a destination filled with natural wonders and cultural treasures on your Norwegian Fjords cruise. As you arrive at this enchanting town, expect to be captivated by its stunning nature, picturesque landscapes, and the rich marine life that surrounds it. Haugesund is nestled along the Karmsundet strait, which connects the North Sea to the fjords, providing a breathtaking setting for your visit.

Ships typically dock directly in the port of Haugesund, allowing for easy access to the town's attractions. The arrival times may vary depending on your cruise itinerary, but you can expect to have ample time to explore. Ships often stay in the port for several hours, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the charms of Haugesund. In the harbor, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade, savoring the scenic views and taking in the fresh sea breeze. The harbor area is equipped with facilities such as restrooms, cafes, and souvenir shops, providing everything you need for a pleasant visit.


Haugesund is a town that exudes a unique charm with its blend of modern and traditional architecture. The town's highlights include the historic Dokken area, featuring beautifully preserved wooden houses and charming streets. Visit the Haraldshaugen, a national monument commemorating the unification of Norway, and explore the Viking-era Avaldsnes, which offers a glimpse into the region's rich history. Discover the vibrant cultural scene by visiting the Haugesund Art Gallery, showcasing works by local and international artists. Don't miss the chance to experience the renowned Haugesund International Film Festival, attracting film enthusiasts from around the world.

Immerse yourself in the local culture and history of Haugesund, known for its strong maritime heritage and seafaring traditions. The town has a deep connection to the sea, and you can explore this heritage at the Haugesund Maritime Museum. Learn about the history of shipbuilding, fishing, and maritime exploration through interactive exhibits and displays. Embrace the warmth of the locals and discover their customs and traditions, from traditional folk music to local festivals celebrating the region's cultural heritage.

Attractions and Activities

Haugesund offers a wealth of adventure and outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts. Explore the stunning coastline, dotted with idyllic islands and hidden coves, perfect for kayaking or boating excursions. Embark on a hiking adventure to conquer the nearby mountains and witness panoramic views of the fjords and surrounding landscapes. Wildlife enthusiasts can partake in a thrilling safari to spot seals, seabirds, and even whales in their natural habitat. Fishing enthusiasts can test their skills in the abundant waters, known for their bountiful catches.

Local Speciality

Indulge in the flavors of Haugesund by sampling the local cuisine and dishes. Taste the fresh seafood delicacies, such as shrimp, crab, and cod, prepared in traditional Norwegian styles. Savor the local specialty known as "Rakfish," a fermented fish dish that has a distinct flavor. Wash it all down with a glass of aquavit, a traditional Scandinavian spirit, or enjoy locally brewed craft beers that reflect the region's brewing traditions.

Make sure to take home a piece of Haugesund's charm by purchasing locally made souvenirs and products. Browse through the shops and boutiques to find unique handicrafts, including traditional woolen sweaters, intricate silver jewelry, and pottery inspired by the region's Viking history. These locally crafted items make for special keepsakes and thoughtful gifts to commemorate your visit to Haugesund.

Best time to visit Haugesund

The best time to visit Haugesund is during the summer months when the town comes alive with festivals and events. Experience the excitement of the Sildajazz Festival, a renowned jazz festival held in August, attracting musicians from all over the world. To witness the captivating wildlife and natural phenomena, plan your visit between May and September, when you can enjoy the long daylight hours and the chance to spot seals and whales along the coast.

Haugesund Cruise Schedule

Haugesund is a charming destination that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and cultural experiences. From its picturesque harbor to its vibrant town, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the local culture, embark on thrilling outdoor adventures, and savor the flavors of the region. Haugesund will leave you with lasting memories of your Norwegian Fjords cruise experience.

Holland America Line British Isles 21-day route

21-day British Isles cruise from Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Holland America Line

Date: August 3, 2024

Ports of Call: Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Inverness, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Skye, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Holyhead, Cork, Bruges, Rotterdam, Eidfjord, Haugesund, Lerwick, Inverness, Rotterdam; View Itinerary