Haugesund tourist information.
Haugesund is a town and municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The town is the main population centre of the Haugaland region in northern Rogaland. The town is situated on a strategically important sound, the Karmsundet, through which ships could pass without traversing heavy seas. Haugesund has a coastline with the North Sea, however, the island of Karmøy and the archipelago of Røvær shelter most of the city from the rough waters of the ocean. The Karmsundet strait, located between Karmøy and Haugesund used to be very strategically important, since ships could pass without having to sail through heavy sea. Haugesund’s city centre has a distinctive street layout.
While it is possible to explore the city on foot, it may be beneficial to hire a car to see the surrounding area. Car hire is offered by Hertz, Avis and Europcar at the Airport and at various locations within the city itself. It can be expensive to rent the car. Petrol is also expensive and road tolls must be paid on many roads.
Haugesund is a vibrant young city touting culture and arts festivals. Among them is the Norwegian International Film Festival in August, which is one of the most important film festivals in Scandinavia. Jazz lovers might want to check out the Sildajazz festival, also during August, with a mix of local and international artists.