Haugesund Cruises

Viking History
Haraldshaugen Monument

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Haugesund, an ancient Viking settlement located on the atmospheric Karmsundet sound, is surrounded by pristine Norwegian forests. This MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination boasts striking architecture including the Neo-Classical Town Hall and the charming Our Saviour’s Church.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see and experience including:
• Åkrafjorden
• Viking History
• Haraldshaugen Monument
Åkrafjorden is a fjord in Norway’s Hordaland County, known for its spectacular scenery. On an MSC Cruises excursion you’ll take a relaxing cruise to the Langfoss waterfall which is said to have mystical powers that assists fertility! Discover Eljervik Farm and Unni Marie Rosemaling — a workshop dedicated to 'rosemaling', a traditional decorative painting style. Browse the shop and explore the garden, before enjoying some leisure in Haugesund. 
The Nordvegen History Centre, located in the village of Avaldsnes, is your first stop on an exciting MSC Cruises excursion. Here, you’ll learn about former kings and princes before browsing curious artefacts and archaeological wonders. Discover Norway’s mythical past — a world filled with sorcerers, female warriors, and mighty Norse gods! Then, stop by the Viking Settlement, on a small grassy island, which houses a wealth of historical architecture.
The port city of Haugesund, located on the strait of Karmsundet, has been a passing point for ships for centuries. On an MSC Cruises excursion you’ll discover a host of interesting sites such as the 1872 National Monument of Haraldshaugen. This striking granite obelisk marks the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Hafrsfjord, where King Harald Fairhair defeated rival chieftains before uniting Norway into one kingdom. The monument stands on the King’s supposed burial ground and was designed by prominent Norwegian architect Christian Christie.

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    The magic of the northern lights
    The magic of the northern lights

    A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

    The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

    But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

    Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.