- The White Empire City
At the extreme southern tip of Karmøy, with the lighthouses facing the North Sea, lies the charming sailing town of Skudeneshavn. The story goes back to the early 19th century when herring fishing created hectic activity in the city and what we today call the Old Town grew up. There is a particularly good atmosphere in Skudeneshavn. Here you can stroll and enjoy the tranquility of beautiful architecture, taste freshly baked waffles and coffee in pleasant cafes, visit exciting galleries, experience buzzing festival life, and explore great hiking terrain, swimming beaches and the archipelago.
The White Empire City
The urban environment and buildings in Skudeneshavn are distinctive and unique in a national context - that is why it is also on the Swedish National Heritage Agency's exclusive list of protected cultural environments. Due to its large fleet of sailing ships, the city received cultural impulses from many corners of the world. The cityscape was influenced by the fashions in Europe, especially the Empire style with its starting point in the 18th century excavations in Pompeii. Old Skudeneshavn is often called "the white empire city". It is exciting to see that decoration from ancient stone temples is recreated here in the small wooden houses. The city museum consists of an impressive amount of objects that reflect the city's history.
Join us on a journey through time!
The app "Tilbakeblikk" takes you on a historical journey with a theatrical twist. Through 11 GPS-based films, you meet figures from the heyday who show you the old town as they know it. Every Sunday in July you can follow actors as characters on an exciting journey through the city's history. Attendance: The Tourist Office at the Square at 1 p.m. Groups wishing to walk around Gamle Skudeneshavn are asked to contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. The tourist office on Torget, which is open in summer, also offers a free rowing boat to experience the archipelago and rental bicycles, as well as an adventure hunting bus for families. www.visitkarmoy.no
KARMØYGEDDON METAL FESTIVAL Kopervik. www.karmoygeddon.no
VIKING FESTIVAL FESTIVAL in the home of the Vikings! On historical ground at Avaldsnes, you can take part in the biggest Viking festival in Western Norway the first full week in June. Come and experience how the Vikings lived and visit a Viking market. See a blacksmith at work and Vikings in combat, listen to Viking music and Viking sagas, or try various activities, such as archery and juggling! www.vikingfestivalen.no
SKUDESFESTIVAL. Western Norway’s biggest coastal culture event featuring all kinds of boats – wooden boats, pleasure craft and sailing ships. There are many art exhibitions in Søragadå, the main street in the old town. The Skude Festival is always held on the first weekend in July. www.skudefestivalen.no
FISKERIDAGENE (fishery days). A festival where fishing is the main focus. Exciting deep sea fishing competition, delicious food, funfair, stalls and entertainment for both children and adults. First weekend i August. www.fiskeridagene.no
Medieval Festival at Avaldsnes, provides an insight into the exciting period of history from 1100 to 1400. You can meet jugglers, knights and musicians, and dance Medieval dances and take part in games from the period. www.opplevavaldsnes.no
VISNES FAIR Traditional activities for children and adults alike in Fransahagen. Market fair with concert on Friday, activities for children on Saturday, and traditional market day with sales exhibitions, arts and crafts and locally produced food on Sunday.
SKUDENESHAVN INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE FESTIVAL (SILK) spreads the joy of reading by hosting cultural experiences in the many exciting venues in Skudneshavn. www.silkfestival.no
Tourist information Nordvegen Historiesenter 4262 Avaldsnes Tel. +47 52 81 24 00 email@example.com Karmøy rådhus 4250 Kopervik, Tel. +47 52 85 75 00 firstname.lastname@example.org Skudeneshavn Torget. Tel. +47 52 85 80 00 email@example.com Oasen Storsenter Norheim. Tel. +47 52 83 10 89 firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours see: www.visitkarmoy.no