Day Trip From Haugesund To The Akrafjorden Fjord
There was much to see when we took a day trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord. We enjoyed a drive through the Norway countryside. A boat trip and lunch at the Akrafjorden Fjord gave us an idyllic break. And some stunning views of the Langfoss waterfall. On the way back, we saw some trolls and the downtown area of Haugesund.
Haugesund was the first stop on our cruise along the Norway fjords with Oceania Cruises. We got a brief glimpse of the beauty we saw as we travelled further in Norway.
Enter The Port Of Haugesund
We were up and on our balcony as the cruise ship turned into the harbour. The seas were calm as glass. We were surprised that the seas in the North Sea were so calm for most days on our cruise through the Nordic countries.
The harbour was lined with the colourful houses we found all through the Norway fjords. In the distance we saw green rolling hills. Haugesund was not right on a fjord so we missed the steep cliffs we found later. We docked at the Haugesund Harbour Park right in town. And were welcomed by local musicians.
A Drive Through The Countryside
We boarded our bus and headed into the Norway countryside. It was about a 90 minute drive so we took in the scenery along the mountainous route. We passed several small lakes. Small communities were nestled in the hills. Access roads criss-crossed up the hills.
We travelled up along the Akrafjorden Fjord to the end and started our boat cruise.
Cruise The Akrafjorden Fjord To The Langfoss Waterfall
We boarded a small boat for the 45 minute cruise up the Akrafjorden Fjord. As we cruised along the fjord, we got our first view of the classic high walls that characterized the fjords.
The boat cruised to the foot of the spectacular Langfoss Waterfall. The boat captain turned the boat to both sides so everyone got a great view. He nudged closer and closer
The Langfoss Waterfall Up Close
It was great to see the Langfoss Waterfall from the water. On our bus trip back, our driver pulled in and gave us one final view of the waterfall up close. We wandered along the paths close to the water. And looked up at the rushing falls. We waved at the tour boat that pulled into the spot we stopped at earlier in the day.
But the waterfall was not the only fascinating geological thing we saw at the Akrafjorden Fjord. Along the path we saw some samples of the interesting rocks that formed in this part of Norway.
It was great to see our first waterfall in Norway. The Langfoss Waterfall was definitely a great reason to day trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord.
A Local Lunch With A View
We stopped for a tasty lunch at a local farm. The local products were delicious and fresh. David discovered a dark brown goat cheese (Brunost or Gjetost) that he searched for on other stops.
We had a great lunch. But we also got an idyllic fjord view. After we ate, we wandered through the property. David even found some goats for company. Far off in the distance we got yet another view of the Langfoss Waterfall.
Refreshed and rested we left the farm and continued our tour.
Visit A Local Rosemaling Workshop And See The Trolls
We got another view of local life when we stopped at Unni Marie’s workshop. She was world renowned for her rosemaling artworks.
Rosemaling decorative painting originated in rural Norway in the mid-1800s. Unni Marie showed us much of the work that was on display in the shop for sale. But we were disappointed that we never got a demonstration of her working.
While many people were interested in the paintings, we were fascinated with the wide selection of trolls inside and outside the shop. Trolls were one of the mythical creatures that were portrayed in popular culture on a regular basis. We found them everywhere we visited in Norway. It was a bit like the elves we heard about when we visited Iceland.
The outside trolls were comical figures. The trolls on display in the shop were posed in a variety of activities. But we also found Vikings well represented in the souvenirs for sale.
It was nice to enjoy some time in the pretty garden with a view. An interesting shopping stop on our day trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord.
A Short Stop In Haugesund
We drove through Haugesund on our way back to the ship. We saw very little of this small town. But we did get a stop at the main town square by the City Hall.
We parked by the unique pink neo-classical city hall. This building was voted as the most beautiful building in Haugesund. As we wandered in the square we saw an interesting collection of fountains and statues.
We found colour and art on this last stop on our day trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord.
A Great Day Trip From Haugesund To The Akrafjorden Fjord
We enjoyed our day trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord. It was great first view of the Norway fjords.
It was fun as we cruised the Akrafjorden Fjord to the Langfoss Waterfall. And then we caught views of this thundering water cascade from different perspectives. It was the first but not the last of the great waterfalls we saw as we travelled along the Norway fjords. And a great teaser before we visited the mighty waterfalls in Iceland!
Our stops on the way back gave us views of colour and art.
From Haugesund we cruised along the Sognefjord to our next port in the small hamlet of Flam. In Flam we rode the scenic railway into the hills above the fjord. Yet one more way to see the fjords of Norway.
Have you done the trip from Haugesund to the Akrafjorden Fjord and the Langfoss Waterfall? Did you see some other things on your tour?
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