The picturesque town of Farsund cascades down a rocky cliffside to meet the shores of the glacier-carved fjord. Relax on postcard-perfect beaches, explore scenic hiking and cycling trails and enjoy some of the best birdwatching in Norway. In the town centre, you can admire historic architecture and discover the city’s swashbuckling pirate past at local history museums.
Things to do in Farsund
With more than 10 kilometres of sandy beaches to enjoy, Farsund is a sunseeker’s paradise. Bask on the sand and get your feet wet with water sports like surfing and kiteboarding. Farsund is also a great base for exploring the Lista peninsula, where you’ll find some of Norway’s best beaches.
Strolling around Farsund, you’ll notice an eclectic mix of historic architecture. Admire handsome Art Nouveau townhouses lining the docks and peer into centuries-old homes built by wealthy merchants. Some of the best-preserved buildings have been reimagined as art galleries and local history museums.
The birdwatching in Farsund is excellent, with more than 300 species found in and around the area. Head to the bird hide at Lista Lighthouse to spot white-tailed eagles, grey-headed woodpeckers and Atlantic puffins. Fishing is also a popular pastime, with the chance to reel in cod, halibut, mackerel and haddock.
The Vita Velo Vest-Lista cycle route stretches for 15 kilometres along the coast. Along the way, you’ll pass by pristine sandy beaches, flower-filled meadows and fields dotted with cows and sheep. It’s worth taking a short detour to Verevagen, one of the oldest fishing villages on the Lista peninsula.
Getting around Farsund
Farsund is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The city is a 1.5-hour drive from Kristiansand and 2.5 hours from Stavanger. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. Farsund Airport is a 15-minute drive away.