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Haugesund

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By Bus: Appears that Nettbuss have lowered prices on Haugesund-Stavanger
'''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 city of its size(approx. With its provincial charm32,000 inhabitants; 42, and an enticing range of town-centre shops000 including all suburbs), along with modern shopping centres on due to its position as the outskirts definite center of town, visitors have every opportunity for making a great "haul" in Haugesundits relatively populous region.
==Get in==
===By plane===
Haugesund's airport is on the island of Karmøy. There are domestic services to Oslo with SAS Scandinavian Airlines ([http://www.sas.no) from Oslo ] and Norwegian [http://www.norwegian.no] (in total up to 7 9 daily departures) , and Bergen (up to 2 daily departures). Regional airline Widerøe ([http://www.wideroe.no) from Copenhagen ] to Bergen (up to 2 daily departures) with SAS-connections to Europe, Asia and USA. Haugesund also has some international services. Low cost carrier Ryanair ([http://www.ryanair.com) ] have routes from London Stansted (3 times weekly) and Bremen (2 times weekly), and the low cost carrier Wizzair will open a route to Gdańsk (2 times weekly) beginning in April 2012. In addition, Widerøe has route to Copenhagen every day except Saturdays. The airport is linked to the city by an airport bus which connects with most departures and arrivals except those in the early morning and late evening. There is a special bus run by Kystbussen [http://www.kystbussen.no] which ties in with Ryanair arrival and departure times. Otherwise, car rentals and taxis are available. ===By Boat===The catamaran service "Flaggruten" [http://www.flaggruten.no/] runs between [[Bergen]] and [[Stavanger]] twice daily, with a stop at Haugesund. Tickets that are booked online well in advance can be cheap, but otherwise they tend to be pricier than the bus service "Kystbussen" (see below). The journey times tend to be slightly shorter. ===By Bus===Nor-Way Bussekspress operate two express bus routes to Haugesund.*Kystbussen [http://www.kystbussen.no] runs between Bergen and Stavanger, and most buses go via Haugesund. The frequency varies between a bus every hour and a bus every two hours. *Haukeliekspressen [http://www.haukeliekspressen.no/] runs between Haugesund in the west and several cities in eastern Norway, including Oslo, Kongsberg, Notodden, Tønsberg, Sandefjord, Larvik, Porsgrunn and Skien. The buses run three times a day Sunday-Friday, and once on Saturdays.Nettbuss competes with Kystbussen on the Stavanger-Haugesund-Bergen route [http://www.nettbuss.no/ekspressbuss/bus4you]. These buses have lower frequency, require advance booking, and cost from NOK 249 to Bergen and from NOK 199 to Stavanger; for journeys to Haugesund at least, Kystbussen tends to be cheaper except for one-way journeys. However the Nettbuss service has more spacious and luxurious seating.
==Get around==
There are several options for getting around Haugesund. Once in the city, it is possible to travel around either on foot or by using the local buses.
 
The city buses are managed by Kolumbus [http://www.kolumbus.no], the [http://kolumbus.no/downloadfile.php?i=999600eb275cc7196161261972daa59b schedules] and [http://kolumbus.no/downloadfile.php?i=add217938e07bb1fd8796e0315b88c10 route diagram] of the services are available online. The main routes (lines 1, 2, 5, and 10) run seven days a week, Mondays to Fridays between 6 and midnight, Saturdays from 8 to midnight, and Sundays from 10 to midnight. Other routes have more limited service. Ticketing is on a zone-based system ([http://www.kolumbus.no/downloadfile.php?i=f718499c1c8cef6730f9fd03c8125cab zone map]). Within Haugesund and parts of Karmøy, single tickets cost NOK 27 for adults and NOK 14 for children under 16 and seniors 67 and over. Within the inner city zone ("''Nærsone''"), adults can also purchase tickets for NOK 14. There are also numerous passes available which give a discount if you travel a lot.
 
Taxis are operated by Haugesund Taxi (phone: 52 80 80 80) and Haugaland Taxi (phone: 52 81 81 81). Taxis are rather expensive in Norway.
 
The islands of Røvær, Feøy, and Vibrandsøy can only be accessed by boat [http://www.rovar.no/en/node/821]. In Haugesund, this route docks just south of the catamaran terminal. The ticket price is NOK 27 to Vibrandsøy, NOK 36 to Feøy, and NOK 45 to Røvær.
Rent While it is possible to explore the city on foot, it may be beneficial to hire a car on to see the airportsurrounding area. Car hire is offered by Hertz, Avis and Europcar at the Airport and at various locations within the city itself. It can be expensive to rent the car. Petrol (or travel by bus or taxiBensin as it is called in Norwegian) is also expensive and road tolls must be paid on many roads. As a result, it may be worth renting a car for only part of your trip. Travel by air with For budget option, Rent-a-wreck also have a branch in Haugesund [http://www.coastairrent-a-wreck.no/eng/index.php].
==See==
*'''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. Of course, the highlight of a trip to Ryvarden is simply taking in the breathtaking scenery.
*'''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.
*<see name="The Bear Pit" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Near to Karmøy, this is the ancient hole dating back to 972 in which irritating Swedes were thrown to be mauled by bears. The pracitce eventually deterred Swedes from passing through, although some credit this to the nearby 'Bird Cage'.</see>
 
==Do==
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.
*<eat name="To Glass" alt="" address="Strandgaten 169" directions="Next to the tourist information building" phone="52707400" url="http://www.toglass.no/" hours="15:00-0:00" price="" lat="" long="">Considered one of the best places in the city, it has prices to match. It is also not a place to visit if you are a vegetarian, but then most places in Norway aren't. The restaurant is best known for its tapas.</eat>
==Drink==
There are several pubs and clubs in Haugesund.However like the rest of Norway these places only come alive on a weekend and late at night, in many cases after 22-00, most have pretty good live music and cater for all ages, the big drawback is the crippling price of alcohol, $11 dollars for Guinness, $10 for local lagers, and up to $20 for spirit and mixer.The staff are usually very friendly and all speak good English, in fact many staff speak 2-3 languages.*<drink name="Sam Son" alt="" address="The Harbour" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.samsonbar.no/" hours="11:00-01:30" price="" lat="" long="">Located on the waterfront, Sam Son's chic decor provides an excellent place or relax in the afternoon or party all night. They offer food, beer, wine and cocktails. It is also worth trying one of their smoothies.</drink>*<drink name="Lothes Mat og Vinhus" alt="" address="Skippergate 4 " directions="" phone="" url="http://www.lothesmat.no/" hours="Cafe from 11.00-22.00 (23.00 Friday-Saturday) and Restaurant from 18.00-22.00 (23.00 Friday-Saturday)" price="" lat="" long="">Provides a warm atmosphere during day and into the evening. Drop in for a drink, coffee or a meal. The food is good and prices are reasonable.</drink> 
==Sleep==
==Get out==
In addition to the two islands which make up part of the city centre (Risøy and Hasseløy), there are numerous islands off the coast of Haugesund which are popular destinations for day excursions, especially during the summer.
*'''Karmøy''' is the largest and most populous of the islands. The island has large areas of open space, forests and farms, and is dotted with numerous picturesque towns such as Skudeneshavn. The municipality of Karmøy is larger than Haugesund, and several people commute daily between Karmøy and Haugesund. The connections are well developed with a road bridge and several buses every day.
*'''Røvær''' is the most remote part of the Haugesund municipality, with 110 inhabitants. Connected by a boat route from Haugesund several time a day.
*'''Feøy''' is an island between Karmøy and Utsira, and has a population of 40. Also connected by boat from Haugesund several times a day.
*'''Utsira''' is an island located in the North Sea, and the smallest municipality in Norway in terms of population with 216 inhabitants. The island is connected with a ferry three or four times a day from the pier at Risøy in Haugesund, the journey time is 70 minutes.
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