Discover Egersund old town and downtown

The route to see the historical old Egersund town with its low wooden houses as well as the town center where you will meet the locals. With attractions and map.

13 attractions
Start: Torget (The square)
Stopp: Losen statue and the harbour (Reverse)
Route: Map below
Route
Walk: 21 min
Cycling: 7 min
Distance: 1.6 km

1 Torget (The square)

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This is the middle of the city, and the name "Torget" means marketplace. This was the place where farmers and fishermen sold their products. Torget is today used as a meeting-place where different generations meet, and where public shows and concerts are held. If you want to meet the locals, this is the place to start.

Happy people meeting at the square in Egersund a summer day

2 Egersund kirke (church)

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This white, wooden church was built in a cruciform style in 1623 using designs by an unknown architect. A typican Norwgian church which has been the main meeting point for hundreds of year in Egersund. The church seats about 1,090 people. In 1927, the church was again redecorated and this time restored to bring it closer to its 17th century appearance.
An old wooden church with a tower and large doors. There is a stone-cross on the outside

Egersund church in history

  • Historical records of the church date to 1292
  • Torn and replaced with a timber church in 1623
  • Ceilings raised and galleries added in 1788
  • Still used as a church in Egersund

Egersund church today

  • The church seats about 1,090 people.
  • Still used as a church
  • Open for tourists in the summer-season
  • Free concerts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00 in July

See the inside...

If you get the chance, visit the church to see the altar, painted in 1607 by Peter Reimers, one of the most famous Baroque artists in Norway. The altar looks like it did when it was new.

3 Strandgaten 58

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Built in 1843 after the great fire in Egersund. All houses nearby are from the same time-period. The style is Late Empire, which was the building style of the bourgeoisie. Build in wood as most old Norwegian houses, but you can see imitated bricks on the corners, as the architectural inspiration was from Europe. The park on the other side of the road was the garden before the fire.

An old good looking building in Egersund in the sunlight

4 Parken

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Up until the mid 1800s this was the garden for Strandgaten 58, but the owner of the house gave it to the people after the city-fire, and it has been a place for recreation ever since. A small park in a small city but with a lot of history. I like this place very much.

An old park with old wooden houses and a small fountain in Egersund

All houses in Strandgata and nearby are from the same time-period, built after a city-fire in 1843.

6 Grand hotell Egersund

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First opened in1897 when it was built on the same place as Hotel Jæderen which was burnt down during the great fire in Egersund a few years earlier. The hotell today is made of ten different surrounding buildings sewed together, with its different architectural philosophies and styles. Grand hotell has everything from dragon and Swiss-chalet elements of the late 19th century via 1930s functionalism to more recent modifications. 

The old hotell in egersund next to other wooden houses with people and tourists walking outside

7 Egersund Chokoladefabrik

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Egersund has become a modern city with restaurants and cafes, many of them along this route. This chocolate fabric is one of them, and it is recommended, especially if you have kids in the group. 

Kids having fun making chocolate at Egersund chocolatefabric

8 Svanedalsparken

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A small park and beach in the middle of the city. The place for relaxation and you might see some fish in the river if you are lucky.

A park with a small beach in front of the river that runs throu the old parts of Egersund city

From Svanedalsparken walk over the small bridge and turn left. You will then see the old small workers` houses.

10 Fabrikkplassen with the Feyer statue

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Egersund Fayansfabrikk, established in 1847, is renowned for its exquisite ceramic craftsmanship. It has a rich heritage of producing fine porcelain and ceramics with a typical pattern. This old statue is of founder Johan Feyer. He has a strict look to make to workers work even harder.

A bronce-statue of Feyer with a floss-hat in front of some old white residential buildings

11 Egersund Fayancemuseum

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A treasure trove of local ceramic art and history. The museum is in the same building as the old, closed factory. Learn about the local craftsmanship and heritage.

A brickbuilding, a shopping center, with a large sign on the outside saying Egersund fayansemuseum

The last stop, the harbor, has many Instagram-friendly spots, and is close to the scene you would had met 100 of 200 years ago.

13 Losen statue and the harbour

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With origins dating back to the 18th century, Egersund harbor is a maritime gem in Norway. Discover the historical significance, scenic beauty, and vibrant coastal atmosphere. Be sure to see “Losen” (the pilot), the statue to remember all the trouble you can meet on the sea. There is also a local restaurant here serving true Norwegian seafood. We end the walking route near the spot where we started.

A birds view over Egersund harbour with the losen statue as well as Egersund church and some old buildings

Map and route

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Allow about 21 minutes to walk this route, but add extra time for attractions and other stops. Cycling this Egersund-route takes about 7 minutes.

Author: Sem Hadland (More about me)

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