Home to the Kongeparken amusement park, Ålgård is a picturesque town in south-west Norway where the Edlandsvatnet lake empties into the Figgjoelva river. It has a rich history of textile manufacturing and several beautiful old factory buildings to explore, while it also showcases its sheep farming heritage at the Limagarden open-air museum.
Things to do
Stroll through the centre of Ålgård while learning about its historical associations with De Forenede Ullvarefabrikker, an association of Norwegian textile factories that made wool-spinning machines available to local farmers. Admire the former storehouse where the town administration is now housed and the over 100-year-old Veveriet factory home to Ålgård’s library.
You can learn more about the region’s industrial, agricultural and cultural history at the Limagarden, an old farm clustered with buildings dating back to the early 19th century. Inside the buildings, you’ll find agricultural tools and artefacts that detail life in Ålgård, as well as the region’s sheep farming heritage. The open-air museum offers beautiful views across Limavatnet lake.
Travelling with kids? Don’t miss a visit to the Kongeparken, a bear-themed amusement park that is one of the largest in Norway. Feel your stomach drop on the Stupet and ride the kid-friendly tractors of Little Grey Fergie Land. You can challenge yourself on the obstacle courses and zip lines of Høydeskrekk.
Ålgård is around 30 minutes’ drive from Stavanger and 25 minutes from Stavanger Airport, which has flights to destinations across Europe. Buses connect to Sandnes while the centre of town is compact enough to explore on foot. Having your own car is the most convenient way of accessing the Kongeparken and Ålgård’s surrounding attractions.