Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural
There’s more to Norway than its natural wonders: on this excursion we set off to explore the island of Karmøy and learn the history of the peoples who have lived there since the stone age, including Viking kings, sailors and merchants.
What we will see
- The island of Karmøy
- Fishermen’s Memorial
- Photo stop at Ferkingstad
- Skudeneshavn and its traditional houses
- Free time and walk
- Visit to the Mælandsgården
What we will do
- Our destination on this excursion is the magical island of Karmøy, a melting pot of cultural and historical treasures with archaeological finds covering a period that stretches from the Viking Age to the Late Middle Ages. We stop at Ferkingstad, where we can take some photos. There is also the option at this point of taking a short walk (ten minutes there and back) to admire the monument erected in memory of local fishermen who have been lost at sea.
- The next stop is Skudeneshavn, a charming town of 5,000 inhabitants at the southern tip of Karmøy that lies about 39 km from Haugesund. The port here is particularly well sheltered from the open sea. Following a guided tour, there will be a little free time to explore on our own. We discover the 125 houses and 100 boathouses that retain their authentic, traditional exteriors, helping to preserve the unique charm of the historic centre. The town was established at the start of the 19th century, a time when the herring processing industry and the so-called “white sails” left it buzzing with life.
- Our excursion ends with a visit to the Mælandsgården, an 18th-century merchant’s house – now a museum – that stands as testament to an age in which fishing and trade brought great prosperity to Skudeneshavn. Here, among the workshop and private rooms, we discover a collection of everyday objects from the period. The route back to the ship winds along the eastern side of the island.
What you need to know
The itinerary may be subject to change. We are bound by the timetable set by the local operator, which is communicated to the ship the day prior to the excursion depending on the different language options required. As such, we are unable to make changes to the excursion timetable.