Haugesund is a small city just up the coast from Stavanger and while it's only about 80 kilometres, 2 undersea tunnels and a ferry ride make the journey close to two hours by car. We had no idea if there was really anything there but we've seen it on the map and road signs over the last couple of years and we were curious. Known for its past in the herring industry and home to Norway's longest pedestrian street, we hoped it would be a quaint and cozy weekend away.
Haugesund is also home to Norway's National Monument, Haroldshaugen. Supposedly, Harald Fairhair is buried here.10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world and Langfoss happened to make the cut. Thankfully, it was impressive. The sheer length (2 008 feet) combined with the width as the water crashes out over the rocks and into the fjord certainly make it a sight to be seen. There is an accompanying hike to the top of the falls however, it's deemed as 'Demanding' and demanding in Norwegian standards is most definitely a challenge that I wasn't up for 7 months pregnant. Instead, we drove the short drive over the bridge that cuts directly through the waterfall, parked and admired the sight from a number of different vantage points. On the return trip back to Haugesund, we stumbled across a small Polish cafe in Ølen that was serving pierogis which might have been a highlight of the entire weekend. They weren't the same as the Ukrainian variety I grew up eating regularly but they were pretty damn good.
So, Haugesund itself was a bit of a bust but the waterfall and those pierogis saved the trip. Joe caught a break from his computer and it was nice to be just the two of us in the car with time to chat about life away from the distractions of home. Sometimes, that's all that's needed.