Welcome to KarmøyHomeland of the Viking Kings - Norway’s Birthplace!
Come and experience Karmøy – with rocks and skerries protecting us from the raging sea in the West. With long, silky-smooth, sandy beaches in bays and inlets – and with eternal swells pounding the coast. Real maritime culture, dramatic ocean, silvery fresh fish and a vibrant heritage – that’s Karmøy today. Walk in the footsteps of Harald Fairhair who first united Norway in a single kingdom. Saint Olav’s Church, the Nordvegen History Centre and the Viking Farm, all at Avaldsnes, invite you to relive history. Let these barons and kings, with their indentured trells, be your guide. The Church and History Centre offer majestic views of sheltered Karmsund strait, the original “North Way”, or way north, hence “Norway”.