A colourful pearl in the UNESCO Global Geopark

Inner harbour. Photo: Arne Ove Østebrøt

Why Egersund?

The port of Egersund, situated on the southwest coast of Norway, lies a UNESCO Global Geopark within. This region boasts a type of rock so exceptionally rare that it can be found in quantities here and on the moon! This offers guests the extraordinary opportunity to walk on the moon without leaving Earth. 

Egersund is an old traditional fishery town, home to many attractive and unique spots both on land and in the water. The town center is encircled by historical wooden houses, each painted in a spectrum of shades. Here, visitors are welcome to explore the Berentsen whiskey hall, the Fayance Museum or the local chocolate and ice cream factory, 

Just off the coast, in the sea, you’ll discover one of Europe’s few amphidromic points. This rare phenomenon, located just a kilometer from the shore, results in no tidal differences. This explains why there are numerous traditional boathouses in the area, showing features of significance from the Viking era. 

A mere 30-minute drive away lies Jøssingfjord, a majestic fjord housing a brand new science museum and authentically preserved cabins from the 1800s. Positioned directly beneath a colossal rock formation, this site piques the curiosity of many visitors – why was this chosen as a place to call home?

Photocredit: Brian Hall

What to see & do in Egersund

Moonlike landscape in a UNESCO Global Geopark

Explore the unique landscape recognised by UNESCO by visiting Magma Geopark locations. The Eigerøy lighthouse offers a pleasant afternoon hike suitable for all, providing a great introduction to the geopark. Witness nature’s own masterpiece at Trollpikken, a renowned rock formation and a favorite spot for selfies. 

A guided walk in the charming town of Egersund is highly recommended. It offers a glimpse into the town’s rich history and can include a visit to the Fayence Museum, Berentsens brewery and whisky hall, the local chocolate and ice cream factory, and a walk to a scenic viewpoint.

Who is this destination suitable for?

Egersund offers something for everyone, regardless of age or interests. The area is steeped in history and provide an abundance of exiting adventures for visitors. What makes this region truly special is its varied contrasts. Whether you are seeking cultural or nature-based experiences, we can offer many different excursions. It’s an ideal destination for those in search of a more intimate, less crowded experience, yet with plenty to discover. 

Most of the popular Magma Geopark localities are family friendly hikes, which are easily accessible for seniors as well. However, there are also options for those who expect more physical activity and challenges, such as bike trips through ferrata and summit hikes. Most of the tours offered can be arranged as engaging incentive trips. 

The trips can also be scheduled from Stavanger harbor for large ships. Then you have to add 1 hour and 15 minutes each way in transport.