The summer kicked off here with two viking festivals on the same weekend (7 - 11 June) -
Hafrsfjordspillene at the Three Swords monument near
Stavanger complete with Opera and at Avandsnes on Karmøy near Haugesund. Great weather, but
a pity the two events clashed.
The world tour FIVB beach volleyball
tournament in Stavanger harbour was at the end of June. This competition brings together the best
beach volleyball players in the world, both men
and women, and Vågen in Stavanger makes a popular venue. This year two volleyball courts
and a bar/restaurant were placed on a barge in the harbour, which was brilliant thinking - the
quaysides were not so crowded and more people could see and enjoy the action, in warm sunny
Next up in Stavanger was the Gladmat food festival - great weather, lovely food, good atmosphere -
see the review of Gladmat here
Starting now is the International Chamber Music Festival
in Stavanger (ICMF), while at the same time in Haugesund the
Sildajazz festival starts, and the
whole of Mandal (Norway's most southerly - and sunniest - town) parties til it drops for the
Skalldyrfestivalen, or Seafood Festival.
That's not the end - there are festivals in Haugesund and Bergen still to come, and many more
special events before summer comes around again.