Ports of Lister- Farsund & Lyngdal

A true jewel on the southern coast

Lista Lighthouse once the biggest in the world Photo: Flyt Norge, Arild Nielsen

Verevågen Coastal Route Trail- Siri Skagestein

Why Farsund & Lista?

Steeped in maritime history, the town of Farsund is a treasure trove of preserved wooden houses and sailing vessels. To the east, the Swiss and Art nouveau homes hug the hillside where steps are streets of quirky charm. A guided city walk illustrates the maritime history, town fires, witch burnings, architecture, and town life both past and present. Historical privateering battles took place here during the Napoleonic War, and there are still signs of that historic era in Farsund. A trip up to Varbak viewpoint and the city park offers a fantastic view over the fjords. The seaport is nestled in between the North Sea and the outer harbours of Eikvåg and Loshavn at the mound of the Lyngdalsfjord. 

Whether you are seeking natural beauty, cultural immersion, outdoor adventures, or culinary delights, Farsund and Lista offer a captivating blend of attractions and experiences. Visit these hidden gems along the southern coast of Norway and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. The region spans a whole range of smaller ports, the powdered sand beaches of Lista enclosed in a landscape that varies from rocky coasts to windswept shores. It is a photographer’s dream come true and is often called the “Coast of Light” in Norway.

View from Farsund Main Square – Photo _Cassiana Martins Cruise Sørlandet

What to see & do in Farsund & Lista

At the iconic Lista Lighthouse, lit for the first time in 1836, you can enjoy panoramic views of the coast and explore the surrounding nature reserve. The wetlands of Lista and Farsund are protected by the international RAMSAR Convention, the region is one of the country’s most important resting places for migratory birds, and a magnet for bird lovers from all over the world. 

Lista area has burial sites preceding the Viking Age, Stone Age settlements, farmsteads, homesteads, burial mounds, stone settings, hillforts, and boathouses. Rock carvings and phallic stones from the Bronze Age can be seen at Penne Field. The cultural heritage is of great importance to this community, and the preservation of a particular type of clinker-built boat construction can be studied at the museum or on the water at a local seaport. 

A strategic location in the Atlantic wall during World War II, resulted in the massive fortification of the area, a very large number of remnants from this period at “Festung Lista” have remained untouched since 1945. Walk in the trenches at Nordberg Fort, a German coastal fortification unique in Europe, and explore Lista Hangar Museum collection of vehicles, weapons, and different types of equipment set in an authentic aircraft hangar. 

Emigration to America played an important role in people’s lives and serves as inspiration for The American Lista. The American retro culture from the 1950s and 1960s impact is so strong that you`ll find official American street names, classic American muscle cars, Route 8, diners, and shops. Vanse hosts an annual American Festival with concerts, a food competition and an Amcar display, parade, and dance through the city This is the only place in Norway where you can drive down Brooklyn Avenue!

Beach life at Lista – Photo _ Tina Bringslimark

Who is this destination suitable for?

The destination of Farsund and Lista is suitable for a variety of travellers due to its diverse offerings. Museums are family friendly and wheelchair accessible featuring 

exhibitions that will satisfy the curious minded. Enjoy sailing, fishing, kayaking, or simply stroll on the sandy beaches and soaking in the tranquil coastal atmosphere. 

The thrill-seeking visitor may find an indoor go-kart amusing while rock climbing and windsurfing are also widely popular. RIB safaris take you for a high-speed view of the archipelago, while a trip on a real sailboat is an option for a more relaxed view of the seascape. Guided kayaking trips are offered, while rail biking on the old railway line is a family favourite. 

The stunning coastal landscapes, pristine beaches, nature reserves and museums make it and ideal destination. Guided shore excursions are available to an array of destinations and might be combined with bike rides on the Vita Velo trails, hiking, birdwatching, or simply immersing yourself in picturesque surroundings.

Lista Museum and Nordberg Fort