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Haugesund Featured Hotels

Most tourists and vacationers love quaint, picturesque little towns - like Haugesund in Norway. Haugesund is surrounded by mountains and seas with sprawling rivers. This Norwegian municipality in Rogaland will captivate those who are in for a change of scenery. The town offers numerous attractions. Whether it be wining, dining, beach-hopping, shopping or cultural, the historic Haugesund is the best place to be in Northern Europe.

For shopaholics,Haugesund, this little Norwegian town has many lively shops. Products such as knitted clothing, textile, handmade candles and salmon are Haugesund's best; a tourist shouldn't go here without buying them. Their local salmon has a very unique taste one cannot find anywhere else.

Nature-lovers too will enjoy Haugesund's natural attractions. The town has soft, white, long beaches located in Karmøy and overlooking the beautiful North Sea. One can also climb and look down the 612 meter drop known from the Langfossen Waterfall.

There are also numerous mountain range attractions nearby, such as the Steinsfjellet Mountain, Etnefjella Mountains and the Trollvassnipen Mountain; they are ideal for all-year round hiking trips.

For beachcombers and island-hoppers, the idyllic Røvær and Utsira islands are the place to be. With a short trip by boat from the town, one can take a break, relax and enjoy fresh air, and feel serenity and a slower pace of life.
Fishing and tasting local seafood are not to be missed.

Meanwhile during winter, Haugesund opens its ski resorts. Located in the nearby mountains, one can find downhill runs, cross-country tracks and snowboard parks.

Haugasund area has many beautiful buildings and historic monuments

One can visit Norway's oldest seat of kings, located in Avaldsnes, where you can see King Harald's monument, Viking farm, a Medieval stone church and ancient burial mounds. Aside from that, tourists can also visit Haugesund's charming lighthouses - the Ryvarden and Geitungen.

Old historic churches are also scattered in the town, such as Nedstrand Church, Stodle Church and Grindheim Church; Haugesund has a quaint charm with these historical places.

One can also visit the town's numerous museums and galleries. These include the Dokken Museum, Norwegian Motoring Museum, Village Museum, Ryvarden Gallery, Vigsnes Mining Museum, Arquebus War Museum, Nedstrand Rural Museum, Industrial Worker's Museum, Nordvegen History Center, Karmsund Civic Museum and many others.

There are also the famous festivals held annually in the town. For those who want to absorb some culture, Haugesund holds the Viking Festival, Haugesund International Jazz Festival Sildajazz and the Norwegian International Film Festival every year.

One can never run out of Norwegian culture to be intoxicated with. The town also celebrates numerous other festivals every summer, such as the Blues Festival, Roots Festival, Boat Festival, Fish Festival, Food Festival, Village Fetes, Haugesund Harbor Days, County Fairs and the annual regatta.

Tourist accommodation in and around Haugesund ranges from large 4 star hotels to cozy family owned and run Bed and Breakfast establishments.

Haugesund Featured Hotels


About the Author: Eric OM is owner of  A hotel comparison site that searches over 1 million hotels from 32 different suppliers to guarantee you the lowest prices everytime.


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Clarion Collection Hotel Amanda, Haugesund
The Clarion Collection Hotel Amanda is ideally located close to the Haraldshaugen National Monument. This Haugesund, Norway hotel is minutes from the historic Town Hall and Røvær, a small island in the county of Rogaland. Take in the views from Steinsfjellet, a viewpoint 227 meters above the sea that features panoramic views over Haugesund and the North Sea. The small, vibrant town of Haugesund offers many annual events and festivals, including the Sea Fishing Festival, the Sildajazz Festival, the Viking Boat Festival and the Norwegian Film Festival. Each August, the residents of Haugesund drag their tables out of their homes and create one giant table and enjoy the largest herring buffet in the world.
Hendersons City Hotel Haugesund
The old savings bank in Haugesund, “Gamle Sparebanken”, has now been converted into an exclusive hotel, offering bed & breakfast in the city centre of  Haugesund. The old bank building has been fully renovated while carefully preserving its historical architecture. The building's history dates back to 1868 when Haugesund Sparebank opened its doors on Strandgaten 161.  Hendersons City Hotel in Haugesund welcomes guests to a hotel with a difference. This is a family-run hotel with a very original style and location – where the guest always comes first. the hotel's main ambition is to provide a service  which never fails to live up to guests' expectations.
Rica Maritim Hotel, Haugesund
Rica Maritim Hotel is a splendid course/conference and business hotel idyllically located in the Smeda strait in Haugesund. The hotel is one of the chain's largest conference hotels and offers highly flexible solutions for large and small events alike. Haugesund is one of the country's most popular congress and festival cities and is famous for its many annual events such as, for example, Sildajazz, Den norske Filmfestival and Amandashow. The hotel has a bar and nightclub, as well as several high-quality restaurants: Restaurant Gallionen, Naustet Spiseri, Fiskekroken and Brovingen Mat & Vin - all of which are in the hotel.
Rica Saga Hotel, Haugesund
The hotel is centrally located in the heart of Haugesund, right next to the pedestrian shopping street and the waterfront, which is a great place for a pleasant stroll. Rica Saga Hotel is a comfortable business hotel of a high standard. The bar is open from 18.00 to 21.00, Monday to Thursday. The hotel offers free coffee and waffles from 10.00 till 18.00 and an evening buffet is served Monday to Thursday. The hotel has pleasant rooms, with several suites. All rooms have cable-TV and a minibar, plus internet access via ISDN or wireless broadband.
Scandic Haugesund
The Scandic Haugesund hotel opened on 26 February 2010. The hotel enjoys an attractive location in central Haugesund, only 15 minutes from Haugesund airport. From our hotel in Haugesund you have easy access to all this lovely holiday town has to offer. The region around Haugesund boasts an incredible number of attractions, whether you want historical sites, natural beauty or organised activities. Don't miss a visit to the Marilyn Monroe statue on the quayside, just a short walk from the Scandic Haugesund hotel. At Scandic Haugesund you can order lighter meals and drinks in our stylish hotel bar, pop into the modern gym for a good workout and sleep well in light and airy hotel rooms.

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