is a small town with narrow pedestrian streets of old timber shops and
houses. It is nestled on the hilly coast protected from
the open sea behind the large island of Eigeroya, which has a port for
ferries to Denmark.
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Much of Egersund was destroyed by fire in 1843, after which the town was rebuilt with much wider streets. There are several old stone bridges dating back to 1850s. The railway line to Stavanger opened in 1878.
It is thanks to a poor economy preventing demolition projects over the years that Egersund has so much architectural history. Now much of the town is preserved as a heritage area.
Traces of early settlement dating back to 9000BC have been found in and around Egersund. Early Bronze Age petroglyphs (1000-500BC) can be seen.
Egersund has the only porcelain museum in Norway. The pottery industry was a big industry here for over a hundred years after the discovery of clay.
There is a regular rail service to Stavanger and Kristiansand
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Take a short walk up Vaberg for a view down over the region or enjoy the nature trails and bathing at the Lakeland Park, Vannbassengene.
Eigeroya lighthouse is one of the brightest in Europe and well worth a visit.
Auglend on Eigeroya is historical maritime parkland with fishing, bathing and barbeques and old restored boathouses, plus paths over rough coastal moorland.
There is a popular Christmas market here in December, with Father Christmas (or JuleNissen) making visits - checking on progress and looking out for difficult new chimneys to climb down.
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