A Day Trip From Haugesund To The Akrafjorden Fjord In Norway

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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46 Comments

  1. Norway is so beautiful and I want to visit so badly! I love all of the natural beauty in your photos and the troll figurines are adorable 🙂

  2. What dramatic scenery and that waterfall is really impressive. Looks like you had a good lunch as well, I’ve never heard of brown goat cheese before, did you manage to find it on other stops along your journey? By the way, you could just leave me there in front of the plate is smoked salmon!

  3. Norway looks so beautiful, what a fun stop along your cruise. Those trolls are so iconic, but probably not coming home with me as a souvenir!

  4. What an adventure with such stunning scenery! Lovely waterfall pictures. I love Norway! Trolls and goat cheese seem to be everywhere in Norway – we saw trolls in Flam and a goat cheese factory in Undredal. Yes, I could have all that smoked salmon! Will look up this day trip the next time we go there. 🙂

  5. I want to visit Norway so bad. This sounds like a great experience. Langfoss Waterfall is stunning! It must be something to see in person. Lunch looks delicious and the troll figures are so cute! Those rocks are very interesting, did they form naturally like that or were they painted?

    • Melissa, Each stop on our day tour offered just a little something different. All fun and exciting. The rocks are are actual minerals. Could not believe the variety in the colours and textures. Linda

  6. Hi Linda,

    the waterfall looks so amazing, like a big natural slide all the way down the mountain. I would love to go there.
    I remember Haugesund from the past when I still lived in Europe and were browsing Ryanair-Flights on where to go on one of the next weekends. 😉
    Haugesund was nearly always on offer for 10 Euro or less, but at the end I never made it. Looking at the photos, I should haven given more preference to it. 😉

    Best regads
    Chris

    • Chris, It is too bad you did not get to visit Haugesund when it was an easier and cheaper trip for you. But hopefully you will get back. I am glad my blog post gave you some inspiration to make the trip. Linda

  7. So glad to finally have time to settle in and catch up on your adventures. I LOVE Scandinavia, so this post was a real treat. I cannot believe how beautiful those rocks are, they look like an artists created them mosaic style! I love the myths and legends of Norway and Viking culture, I’m so jealous that you were able to stop at the Rosmaling center. I was thinking from the beginning of your post that the mention of trolls totally reminds me of Iceland, and then saw the link later in the post. Glad you both had a wonderful time!

  8. The scenery is unbelievable and I love your photos! So pretty! Now I am curious about that brown goat cheese, eating at a farm with such a fabulous view must have been such a great experience!

    • Maya, Our first stop in the Norway fjords was such a treat. We loved the chance to try the local food products. But did not find more brown cheese on our travels. Linda

  9. Having only visited Norway’s capital, I can only imagine how beautiful the natural environment would be.

  10. I’ve not yet made it to Norway, and this post is making me want to go more than ever. I can’t believe the colors of those rocks!

  11. Even though I took a boat ride in the Fjords, I did not go to Haugesund. Haugesund does look another beautiful place in Norway. I felt the Fjords were just out of the world and were so dreamy. The Langfoss Waterfall llooks beautiful. I will need to visit Norway again to cover more places.

  12. Wow! What a beautiful sight The Langfoss Waterfall is just beautiful. How nice that the boat captain turned the boat to both sides. It certainly something that you don’t want to miss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. I would love to have lunch there too. 🙂

  13. The views on your cruise stop are just spectacular! And you took beautiful pictures as usual. The trolls are surely fun to see. I would prefer that too than the rosemaling. Your lunch also looks so delicious. I can eat that whole plate of salmon. Haha…

  14. What a day! It sound like so much fun.

    I still can’t believe how beautiful those rocks were. So unique, just like those little dolls, I would have gotten so many for my little cousins. I bet they would have been a hit with them.

    Hopefully Norway is in my future.

    • Lourdes, We were amazed at the variety of beautiful sights we found along the Akrajorden Fjord. Hope you get to visit the Norway Fjords. So many great spots to explore. Linda

  15. My mom camped out along this Fjord during her around the world trip a couple years ago. It definitely made me want to take a visit. Going to bookmark this in my bucket list travel ideas because this will be helpful when I finally make my own trip to Norway!

    • Jen, Haugesund was a great first stop in the Norway fjords. A great inland tour to see the Langfoss Waterfall. More blog posts on Norway coming to help build your itinerary. Linda

  16. Looks fabulous. We were so hoping to be in Norway this summer to escape the heat of Malta and to see some trees! Love the trolls, so cute. One of those would definitely be coming home with me, lol.

  17. Wow, it this is your first stop, it would be hard to beat it! That Waterfall! It just goes on and on. I have Norway on my list and now have some definite wanderlust.

    • Renee, We loved our visit to the Norway Fjords. Each stop was just so stunning. Glad I am getting to these blog posts finally to create the same travel lust in others. Linda

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