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The Pirate City of Farsund
The Pirate City of Farsund.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet
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Visit Farsund's very own pirate town

Experience the Kapernatt (the Pirate night) event in Farsund where a show includes an intense battle between British and Norwegian ships at the guest harbour. A lot of history has taken place in Farsund and Southern Norway, between the Norwegians and the English, who were fighting a war of piracy in the 1800's.

Annual Pirate show

Experience the piracy-themed live show Kapernatt, with boats and all. It takes place on a on summer night i July.

Historical Loshavn Norway

The pirate base in Loshavn

Piracy history

Kaperspillet is based on the Napoleonic War fought from 1804-1814 when Denmark and Norway were forced into war against its oldest rival, the United Kingdom. War raged for years, which caused distress and poverty for the people in the region.

As part of the war effort, authorities urged coastal residents from Loshavn and Eikvåg to equip fast sailboats to plunder the passing ships. A legendary pirate called Veiviseren from Loshavn set a Norwegian record of 23 successful missions.

Local piracy harbours

Loshavn and Eikvåg is where piracy of British ships started. Many passed through these waters and it is said that these areas were built on British money.

Pirate festival Farsund Norway

The Farsund pirate festival

Norwegian ship captured by the British

This show is based on an authentic incident in September 1810 when the Norwegian pirate ship ''Pophan'' was captured by an English warship. A few days later, Veiviseren recovered the ship and this event is recreated in the Kaperspillet.

The guard of the harbour

During this festival and the summer months, you are also likely to meet the town's very own Marina Watchman. She dresses in a traditional outfit and greets boats and tourists as they arrive in the town centre.

Boat culture Farsund Norway
Boat culture Farsund Norway.
Photo: Adam Read @ Visit Sørlandet

Wooden boats in Farsund

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