Møllepraken ("Mill Park") is only a few minutes to walk from the ferry. It's a nice place for a quiet walk. There is also usually a market there on Sundays during the summer, as well as concerts, art exhibitions and other things going on.
The 19th century park next to the mill (approx. 300 yards from the ferry) is open to the public, being kept and maintained by local volounteers. Every Sunday during the summer, there is a local market here, often with an art exhibit in the old barn. Worth a visit if you want to get that local feel.
Touraren is a small, local cafe/ diner. It serves a basic range of food, drinks and refreshments. The service is nice and friendly, and the staff speaks English. Then again, almost all Norwegians, including most children over 10, speaks English in Norway.
During weekends, they some times have live music in the evenings. This is also a good chance to meet the locals.
Favorite Dish: The burgers there are the best in the district. The soft ice with mashed strawberries are great as well.
We traveled by Ryanair to Haugesund (actually Helganes) airport in September 2005. When I was planning this 'off-season' trip, I found it difficult to find information for costs, schedules, and options after the tourist season ended August 31.
I have placed the following information in a travelogue under Stavanger, Norway (as it was our base). It includes prices, schedules, and travel times for three weekdays:
Helganes (Haugesund Airport) to Kopervik by taxi
Kopervik to Stavanger by ferry
Stavanger to Tau by ferry
Tau to Preikestolhytta by bus and taxi
Preikestolhytta to Tau by taxi
Tau to Stavanger by ferry
Stavanger to Haugesund by ferry
Haugesund to Airport (Helganes) by taxi
(Stavanger to Lysefjord / Lysebotn option)
Tau has its fair share of Viking-age gravemounds. The biggest cncentration is around the church, a couple of miles from the ferry. Most of them are on farmland, and hnce unaccessible. But two are easily reached: One is in the new cemetery, right next to the church. The second is located right down the road from the church, towards the sea.
The latter mound fell out in 1934, and yielded a rich archeological find. One of the unusual things about the grave, was that it contained riding equipment, which is very unusual for viking graves. They also found a sword and a lot of other grave offerings there.
Take a walk on Taurafjedlet ("Mount Tau"). The path starts in Vågadalsveien, and can be a bit hard to find. It's to the left when you get to the top of the hill from the ferry quay. Take a look at the picture to get an idea. The path starts at the "X".
On the top, you've got a great view overlooking Tau, as well as the fjords to the West and North. Also a nice place for a picnic.
But remember there's no parking available next to the starting point. You may therefore want to park your car down by the quay.