A large columnar monument atop a small seaside hill at Haraldshaugen, near the town of Haugesund, commemorates the birthplace of Norway. In fact, the hill is the burial mound of Norway’s first king, Harald Fairhair, who ruled from A.D. 872 to 930 during the height of the Viking age. This homeland of Viking kings has a lot to offer visitors-- fjords, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, culture, idyllic islands and a unique Norse heritage.
The Dokken Open Air Museum features thematic exhibitions of life during Haugesund’s herring fishing heyday of the 1800s, while the Karmsund Folkemuseum highlights the area’s maritime culture and heritage. Visiting the Arquebus War History Museum, you will be impressed by the quality and variety of the museum’s collection of World War II tanks and military equipment. A highlight in Haugesund for many people is the Vintage Car Museum. Norway's largest private car collection, with nearly 200 renovated and functioning vehicles, it is located in Frakkagjerd just outside Haugesund.