In early June 2010 we took an “express boat” from Bergen to Haugesund for a weekend to attend the wedding of friends. (We’ve moved since this trip almost four years ago; in creating this map, I realize that our boat route is on the other side of the islands and *just* visible from the bench in my front yard.)
Haugesund is located south of Bergen on the Norwegian coast; the trip only takes a couple of hours and is comfortable and exciting. Similar to the boat we took up the coast to Sognefjord and Sogndal, I enjoyed taking photos during the trip. No towering mountains this time, though; just the coastal topography out one side’s windows, and views of scattered islands and/or the North Sea out of the other. It was a gorgeous day, and the spray from the water on the windows made for interesting patterns mixed with the colors of the water. And, although oil production platforms in the oceans can’t be moved, the drill platforms can; we sped by one (located just south of Leirvik on that map above) that was in to shore for repairs. It was fascinating to see it “up close”!
Once settled into our room, we headed out and enjoyed walking around. Haugesund is smaller and so was more “accessible” for me; I had my first hip operation four months earlier, and I really appreciated that aspect of our explorations!
According to Wikipedia:
In the early years, the coastal waters of Haugesund were a huge source of herring, and the town grew accordingly. Despite being a fairly young town, the areas around Haugesund were lands of power during the Viking Age.
We visited the Irish Viking pub a couple times during our brief visit, and I also captured a photo of a wolf howling out in the street (well, a fairly life-like figure of one), as well as the local school music group sharing their talents.
My few photos of that area are of our friends and their wedding guests, and cropping the images doesn’t provide the full picture of how historic, beautiful, and dignified the church is … but it’s a glimpse for you to experience the history!
We didn’t have time to explore the finds on Karmøy from the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages, or the Viking burial mounds (or any of the other museums in the Haugesund area to help me fully live its history) – but that just means it’s on the unwritten “travel bucket list” to get back one day to do so!
The express boat back to Bergen was just as pleasant as the trip down to Haugesund. I particularly liked seeing the Bergen Harbor as we arrived!
(Here is where this part of the world is located on the map.)
Fellow expats, what are some of your favorite memories and experiences of explorations close to where you live in your adopted country? I’d enjoy hearing of your discoveries!