The three historic wooden towns


Experience the three historic wooden towns in Magma Geopark

Flekkefjord, Sogndalstrand and Egersund lie like pearls on a string along the national tourist route, which runs through the Magma UNESCO Global Geopark. Here you can wander around in historic surroundings surrounded by charming little wooden houses. Individually, they provide a unique experience.  

The national tourist route, which runs between the cities, can be enjoyed by car, motorbike and bicycle, and is an experience in itself. You can stop at small fishing communities along the sea, or stop by the Jøssingfjord Science Museum and the houses under Helleren. It is entirely possible to take it as a day trip from Stavanger in the north, or from Southern Norway. But all the treehouse towns offer respectable accommodation, for those who want to spend more time enjoying and seeing.   

The wooden towns are lined up along the national tourist route by the coast.

Colorful Egersund - one of Norway's best-preserved wooden buildings 

The center consists of cozy pedestrian streets with niche shops and pleasant eateries. In the colorful wooden town, you lower your shoulders and let life go a little more calmly. Egersund is the most northerly of the wooden towns, just an hour's drive from Stavanger.

Venerable Grand Hotell in the middle of Egersund, offers both accommodation and local food, and is among the city's most photographed places.

Egersund is the most northerly of the wooden towns, just an hour's drive from Stavanger. This is one of Norway's best-preserved wooden buildings. In the middle of Egersund stands a 400-year-old wooden church, which has probably been here for a thousand years and was used as a pre-Christian place of worship. Egersund has a long and rich history that stretches back to before the Viking Age. The town has grown up around fishing and trade, and in 1798 it received city status. Here you will find the regional museum Dalane Folkemuseum, where the buildings themselves are well-preserved local history. The museum is beautifully located in Magistrate Feyers old garden, and is a suitable destination for both young and old. Egersund is one of Norway's largest fishing ports, but also famous for its faience . Egersund Fayancefabrik, which was in operation from 1847-1979, is today an interesting and informative Fayance Museum.  

De mange bybrannene i Egersund og påfølgende gjenoppbygging på ulike tidspunkter, har gitt uttrykk for flere stilarter. Bare i Elvegaten og Storgaten er det representert sen-empire fra 1850, sveitserstil, funksjonalisme fra 1930-tallet og ulike moderniseringer foretatt på 50-60 og 70-tallet. Alle med sine egne fargehistorier.

A cultural trail runs through the city centre, where you can stroll through the listed buildings and experience the city's history. The center consists of cozy pedestrian streets with niche shops and pleasant eateries. In the colorful wooden town, you lower your shoulders and let life go a little more calmly. Venerable Grand Hotell in the middle of Egersund, offers both accommodation and local food, and is among the city's most photographed places. There are also countless hiking areas around the city. Trollpikken and Eigerøy lighthouse are absolutely worth a visit. 

The old sailing town of Sogndalstrand

Sogndalstrand is a popular destination with a calm and relaxing environment, which has qualified for membership in international Cittaslow. 

The National Antiquarian has named Sogndalstrand for the coast's Røros.

From the 1660s and beyond the 19th century, Sogndalstrand was a loading point, and one of the leading trading places in the country. Sogndalstrand was a pulsating harbor town on a par with Stavanger, Egersund and Flekkefjord. In the town's heyday in the 19th century, 20 shops, four bakeries, two liquor stores and four taverns operated in Sogndalstrand. Time has stood still here, and today you can take a unique journey back in time and experience what a city looked like 200 years ago. The place has had a strong recovery in recent years after the National Archives protected the town and the Sogndalstrand Kulturhotell was established. Today, the site can offer a gallery, golf course, general store, outdoor amphitheatre, sculpture jetty, sea rafting and fisheries museum. In the summer there are concerts and outdoor theater in Sogndalstrand Amfi. 

The old sailing town is located in a small charming bay at the mouth of the river Sokna, which is a popular salmon river. The contrasts are great with white wooden houses and colorful sea houses against the archipelago, open sea and the barren lunar landscape. Here you can stroll along the street and experience a rustic and charming coastal environment. The National Archives has called the place the coast's Røros. Sogndalstrand is a popular destination with a calm and relaxing environment, which has qualified for membership in international Cittaslow. 

The Dutch town of Flekkefjord 

Flekkefjord is the place where the traditional gets a taste of the modern. The old district "Hollenderbyen" is today a beautiful and white pearl, which you simply have to experience.

In the old district of Hollenderbyen in Flekkefjord, small and slightly larger wooden houses are close together in narrow cobblestone streets.

Flekkefjord goes by the name "Hollenderbyen", because Flekkefjord traded with Holland in the 16th and 17th centuries, especially in lumber and fish products. Many of them stayed and settled. The old district "Hollenderbyen" is today a beautiful and white pearl, which you simply have to experience. Flekkefjord Museum is located in a skipper's and merchant's house from 1724, and is considered the city's oldest house. Flekkefjord is the place where the traditional gets a taste of the modern. In the old part of town, you can clearly see the class divide that once existed, with the shipowners' larger and beautiful wooden houses in Strandgata, and the workers' smaller wooden houses further away from the sea. As a beautiful contrast and break with what is expected, over 30 small and large works of street art have been painted on white old wooden houses around the city.

A canal runs through the town, where there is a bustling boat life in the summer. A promenade with eateries has been laid out, where boaters can step ashore to buy something to eat, or stop by one of the charming niche shops in the pedestrian street. Flekkefjord cultural center - Spira is absolutely worth a visit. Outside you can experience the artwork "Red runner", which was created by the artist Christian Sunde as a gift to the city on the occasion of its 175th anniversary in 2017. Flekkefjord center is a treasure trove for art lovers, but also the place for those who want a more active holiday. What about training on the disused Flekkefjord railway? The trip goes from the center of Flekkefjord and straight out into beautiful nature. For accommodation, the venerable Grand Hotell or Maritim Fjordhotell along the canal are good options.

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