Thursday Doors: Haugesund, Norway

We’ve arrived in Haugesund on a very blustery, Sunday morning! This is a metropolis compared to the last few stops we have made in Norway! Haugesund once had a bustling herring industry, but now has gone over to the petroleum industry…..and I think the town has lost part of its charm because of it. There are other reasons, too, that I will explain…….but let’s get on to some doors! The houses along the waterway look like this!

Haugesund, Norway, Island Houses Across the Smedasundet (Harbor Waterway)

There is row after row of fishing boats in the Smedasundet (Harbor Waterway)

Haugesund, Norway, Old Fishing Boats and the Risoy Bridge on the Smedasundet (Harbor Waterway)

and many have those itsy-bitsy doors…………and big, big ropes!

Haugesund, Norway Cabin Door on Boat on the Smedasundet (Harbor Waterway)
Haugesund, Norway, Cabin Door on Boat on the Smedasundet (Harbor Waterway)

Walking into the town, from the harbor, it is glass, glass, glass on the buildings to catch any light! See the girl in the photo? It is August, and she is wearing a heavy coat and hat, it’s that blustery!

Haugesund, Norway, Along the Pier

The City Hall is supposedly the best, pink building in Norway! Hmmmmmm……I’ll leave it there!

Haugesund, Norway, City Hall, City Hall Square and Fountain
Haugesund, Norway, City Hall Square

The city center is made up of many, many old buildings and they are beautiful, except for the bins in front! Do you notice anything strange going on? The city is deserted! It’s Sunday, and not a peep open! And, another reason for the desolation is the toll tax on the roads here. I talked a little about that earlier…… In order to encourage the buying of electric cars the road and car taxes were reduced……….so many, many, many folks went out and upgraded to an electric car.Β  The result was not enough money coming in to maintain the roads. So, the government made all the main roads, all over Norway, toll roads………To eliminate paying tolls the developers began building more shopping centers and other necessities away from the city center, and closer to the burbs. This began the downtrend in the cities and the uptick in suburban shopping.

Haugesund, Norway Street View

You might want to watch your step here!

Haugesund, Norway, Door

This door matches the trim………

Haugesund, Norway, Door

I like the scrolly ironwork above this door…….

Haugesund, Norway, Door

This place is stunning!

Haugesund, Norway, Door

I would have had a conniption fit, if this had been my beautiful green house! Who wants a fast-food takeout, literally in their backyard?

Haugesund, Norway, Door

We finally saw some movement at the Our Saviour’s Church Door!

Haugesund, Norway, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Door
Haugesund, Norway, Our Saviour’s Church Door

We will finish with this lovely building, now a Sushi restaurant! I feel Haugesund has been flayed………trying to keep it all together…..is it a historical city? It could be, if they left their beautiful city intact…….Is it a coastal treasure? It is, if they left their beautiful seaport intact….. or is it the new wasteland of the times?

Haugesund, Norway, Door

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Another of your wonderful wanders

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  2. I wish I was wandering right now……..anywhere!

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  3. restlessjo says:

    Thanks for a look at Haugesund. Love the boaty shots! Remind me to pack a warm coat πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I am doing another entire post on the BOATS! Stay tuned!

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Will do 🀣🀣

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    I love this post. The entrance to the church is magnificent, and a corner door always makes me smile. The houses and buildings all are so beautiful. I have to say that my favorite doors are the ones on the boat.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures, the history and your impressions with us.

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  5. I like the boat doors. As always, I’m struck by how clean and neat all the buildings are. Your story about the toll roads reminds me of how local governments says they’re taxing let’s say cigarettes to get people to stop smoking for their health. Then cigarette taxes and others are used to pay for stadiums and place where people can’t smoke and if all those people quit smoking, which really would be great for their health, there would be no money coming in from that source and something else would have to be taxed. Heaven forbid that governments should actually spend responsibly and create budgets that they keep.

    janet

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    1. Oh, Janet don’t get me started on taxes!

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  6. Junie-Jesh says:

    The details of the bridge and the boat are very attractive. Like the pink, but have to add, it does not look like a city hall:) And I love, love, love that very narrow and pointy tower of the Luth. church! Great post:)

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  7. What a beautiful place! Thanks so much for bringing us on this tour. I love the 1910 building with mustard-yellow trim and the cabin doors best, but every photo is fabulous. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thank You ! I have one more post on Haugesund coming soon!

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  8. Living on a boat, stepping on cobble stones amid red brick houses with pointy roofs – I’d love to visit Norway one day.
    The air seems to sparkling clean!

    Thank you for this trip πŸ™‚
    Pat

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    1. I can’t wait to go back!

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  9. Natalie says:

    A beautiful collection of doors. I like the boat doors, the corner houses, and the house in the last photo. Thanks for the virtual tour of Haugesund. I’d love to visit Norway one day. I just started hosting a weekly Weekend Coffee Share on January 8, you’re welcome to join us. #ThursdayDoors

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