Eigersund municipality can offer a wide range of superb nature experiences for everyone. The coastal landscape of Eigerøy lighthouse, Skadbergsand and the hiking opportunities along the idyllic Nora- and Søra Sundet are highly recommended. The spectacular Fotlandsfossen, the stone circle Stoplesteinane and the view from Varbergtoppen are easily accessible attractions that are suitable for all age groups.
Eigersund is part of Magma UNESCO Global Geopark which is listed as a UNESCO locality. A UNESCO Global Geopark is a geographical area of international geological significance where the concept of sustainable development plays a key role. The purpose of a UNESCO Global Geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between the geological heritage and all other aspects of the area’s natural, cultural and intangible heritages.
It is an interesting fact that the municipality is called Eigersund (kommune), whereas the town is called Egersund. The name most probably originates from the norwegian word eik, which means ‘oak’ - this symbol can be noticed on the municipality’s coat of arms. The town of Egersund was founded in 1798 and its history is best told through the wooden houses, trade in the center and the overall environment. Egersund city has a colourful history and we have exciting links to, among other, the Royal family and the pop king Elvis Presley.
Egersund was an important harbour with a built-up area in the Viking era. From early times the area was an important center for heathen worship; the first chirch was built in the early middle ages. Egersund’s coastal location has meant that fishing and shipping have played major roles in it’s development, together with farming. Today Egersund is one of Norway’s largest fishing harbours based on the quantity of fish caught.
Back in the days, the faience factory was also a major gamechanger in the development of industry in Egersund. The factory produced pottery products from local clay for 132 years! Which is why now Egersund is proud to be the only town in Norway to have its very own Faience museum.
These days, fishery and marine technology companies thrive on the island of Eigerøy, while the pedestrian street in Egersund center is mainly shaped by shopkeepers that offer authentic goods and first class service. A selection of shops and dining places that all value excellent experience. Expect something extra when visiting Egersund!
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