There is a lot of history in the small seaside city of Farsund in south-western Norway, and it´s all within easy reach. Your local English-speaking guide leads you around town on a historical walk, showing you the most important buildings and places, and telling you the town’s most interesting stories.
Farsund was incorporated as a town in 1795. Trade and shipping lay the foundation for prosperity. For many years, Farsund was dubbed "The Town at the Sound”, and could legitimately call itself the world's largest shipping community when comparing the gross tonnage of its ships to the local population. Centrally located in Farsund is its marketplace, where you can sit at the water's edge and watch boats approach from the open ocean on one side and fjord on the other.
Farsund is also known for its exciting history of piracy during the 1800s, as well as when locals fought off invading British ships during the Napoleonic wars. The region has close ties to the USA due to extensive emigration in the 1950s and 60s. During our guided walk, we visit Husan, Farsund´s historic town hall. Husan (Big house), was built in 1802 by Jochum Brinch Lund for his two sons, Gabriel and Ebbe.
Husan has 70 rooms, including a banquet hall and ballroom, and is testament to Farsund's golden period. The building, which became the town hall in 1964, was awarded the European Nostra prize for successful restoration in 1990.