It is believed that here is the Harald's Hårfagre (Fair Hair) grave and it is one of the most important monuments on Norwegian's history.
Harald Hårfagre (IX-X century) was considered the first king of Norway as, after the fight in Hafrsfjorden (I have some tips about this place too) he have unified all (!) the 29th kingdoms (represented by 29 small obelisques at the monument in Haugesund.
Reading the name of the old kingdoms, I have recognized few of the names of the actual "fylker”). I am wondering what kind of "kingdoms" they have had in that time, as the entire population was probably few tens of thousands inhabitants in all the new Kingdom.
What is really interesting from my point of view is that the name of the country "Norway" seems to come from the name of that narrow passage, east of Avaldsnes, used in that time as a safest way for sailing to the North - "Nordvegen" (it sounds in Norwegian as "Nor’veien").
Behind Harald Hårfagre you may find some nice stories, one of them stating as the main reason for unifying all the country… a love story.
Fondest memory: It is always raining :)
It is anyway amazing that you'll find beaches and mountains peaks over 700 meters, almost in the same place.
The view from the top of the mountains here is breathtaking... if you'll be here in that days when the rains stops :)
VIKING FESTIVAL (7-10 JUNE 2007)
its a festival with viking marked, theater, concert, exebition, historic walks etc
see how the viking lived in this village
SAFE AS MILK (july)
is a music festival that started in 1999 and the special thing is that if you are traveing from outside norway you can applay for free tickets
night to 1st of may is a night on the town...mostly young people getting pissed ;-)
17th of may -NATIONAL DAY
*7 AM who ever who want to attend the mornign parade can do so from diffrent starting points around town ( please wear nice clothes ..men suit etc)
* 8 AM rowing competition down the habour
* 10 AM children parade ( every school in town with their band are attending)
*** afterward people first walk up and down the pedestrian street to look at people and their costume and meet frriends. then they either go home to eat or goes to some of the cafe or restaurants
* 15 PM all the diffrent groups and organiztions attend the parade...every thing from dancing , football, theater etc... its great entertainment
* 17 PM the 12 grades fun and humour filled parade starts
cultur night is a weekend filled with music, theater, lyric, art etc and goes on for 2 days
it cost only 100 kroner and you can attend as much as you want
it has been going on for 10 years now
opening of the christmas streets
august is a hectic month in this town
THE HERRING FESTIVAL (8-12 aug 2007)
its a jazz festival that has been here for more than 20 years with lots of great artist playing from around the world
THE STREET PARADE
on the saturday at teh festival most of the bands attend the traditionale street parade through the pedestrian street and down to the habour
HAUGESUND RACE WEEKEND
it started in 1980 and been taking place when the herring festival
THE LONGEST HERRING TABLE IN THE WORLD
once a year in the middle of august the chefs in haugesund preper herring for everybody to try for free, it covers meters of meters of the pedestrian street . starting from the north and a couple of blocks south
HAVNEDAGENE (16-19 aug 2007)
the old boats weekend ,with the habour filled with boats and old maritim stuff . its often the same weekend as the herring table
THE NORWEGIAN FILM FESTIVAL (17-23 aug 2007)
the town is filled with famouse people in film , both from norway and abroad
Fondest memory: this is a great month in haugesund and the surrounding area
the sun almost shine every day and its happy people haveing a great time
today haugesund came in number 3 among 30 cities in norway competing whoes is the flowery town...the competition was called norway in flower