'''Haugesund''' is a city in the region [[West Norway]] of [[Norway]].
Haugesund is Norway's leading commercial centre, situated on the North Sea coast. Commerce, oil, gas and maritime operations, training and conferencing are important to the town's business and industry. The town offers a much wider range of goods and services than might be expected from a town of its size. With its provincial charm, and an enticing range of town-centre shops, along with modern shopping centres on the outskirts of town, visitors have every opportunity for making a great "haul" in Haugesund.
Scandinavian Airlines (http://www.sas.no ) from Oslo (up to 7 daily departures) and Bergen (up to 2 daily departures). Regional airline Widerøe (http://www.wideroe.no ) from Copenhagen (2 daily departures) with SAS-connections to Europe, Asia and USA. Low cost carrier Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com ) from London Stansted (3 times weekly) and Bremen (2 times weekly) .
Rent a car on the airport, or travel by bus or taxi. Travel by air with http://www. coastair.no.
*'''Flagghaugen''' Flagghaugen is a burial mound dating back to the third century AD. It is situated just north of St. Olavs Church. Originally it was 43 meters in diameter and 5 meters high. The remaining parts can be seen just outside of the stone fence surrounding the church. A prince was buried here, and in the grave the richest gold finds from any grave in Scandinavia from the Later Roman Iron Age was found. Among the findings was a massive necklace made of 590 grams of pure gold. The prince is presented at the Nordvegen History Centre close by.
*'''Ryvarden''' The Icelandic Book of Settlement, Landnáma, says that Flòke Vilgjerdson build a beacon at Ryvarden in 868 before he sailed to Iceland. He was the first man to sail to Iceland with the purpose of settling there, and he is also the one who gave Iceland its name. The story goes that he used three ravens to show him the way, hence the name he is now known by; Ravnafloke (Raven-Floke). The first Viking raid is also said to have originated from Ryvarden. There is a small museum at Ryvarden telling the story of Ravnafloke.
*'''The Viking Centre''' The Viking Settlement at Avaldsnes is copy of a Viking settlement, complete with a longhouse and all the requisites, has been reconstructed, just below the Church of Olav in Avaldsnes.
There are numerous restaurants on the harbor.
*'''Lothes Mat og Vinhus''' for the best eating in Haugesund.
*'''Restaurant Naustet''' specialises in maritime fare served in intimate and cosy surroundings that reflect part of Haugesund's history.
There are several pubs and clubs in Haugesund.