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Smedasundet - the harbour running through Haugesund

At the west side of Haugesund centre, there is a harbour sound called Smedasundet that runs down, with two bridges spanning the sea across to two islands, where many people live and work. It is a dramatic setting that gives a focus to the town, in addition to the shopping areas. The fast catamaran service between Stavanger and Bergen stops through here quite a few times a day, along with more local boat services.

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You will see many boats here, of various types and ages. The fast boat stops here (the England and Denmark ferries call on the other side of one of the islands, by the shipyard) and in summer it can be filled up with small boats.  Two of the hotels face onto Smedasundet - the Clarion Collection Amanda Hotel and the Rica Maritim Hotel
Stroll on through the shopping streets, or over the bridges, or further away to Haraldshaugen in the north end of the town.
This is where the annual SildaJazz festival is held, in August.
Map reference:
884 924
Rogaland county map(scale 1:200 000)
By car:This is in the centre of Haugesund
Some on-street parking on the eastern (land) side
By bus
By train:
nearest train Stavanger or Bergen, but there are regular boat services
Distance from Stavanger: 70 km

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Travel time from Stavanger:
2 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
an hour or more
Carparking, bars, restaurants, hotels...
Kids verdict:
not too interesting
See also:
Haugesund shopping areas
Gamle Skudeneshavn - old wooden town, Karmoy
St Olav's church Avaldsnes Karmoy
Hotel booking in the Haugesund area
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