Facts about Tysvær
Tysvær Municipality is in the very heart of Haugalandet. The administrative centre for almost 11 000 inhabitants is at Aksdal, 13 km. east of Haugesund. The main road from Haugesund, over the Haukelifjell mountains and on to Oslo (E134) crosses the coastal road between Stavanger and Bergen (E39) at Aksdal. Tysvær Municipality is known for it`s many fjords which cut into the 220 km. long coastline. Here you`ll find many idyllic pearls and a varied landscape, heather covered moors, hills, mountains, deep fjords, sheltered bays and an attractive countryside.
The poor soils on the outskirts of Tysvær are one of the reasons for the large number of emigrants sailing to America during the last century. They were helped over by Cleng Peerson, Tysvær`s “Father of Emmigration”. The same landscape inspired and trollbound one of Norway`s greatest master artists, Lars Hertervig. He was born on the island Borgøy, the only island in Tysvær which is still inhabited.