Route 8 - little part of America in Vanse and around Lista, Farsund. Take a scenic route around Lista
On Route 8, you can experience most of the sights in Farsund.
The avenue stretches from the town centre through to Lista beaches, the little town of Vanse with stops at 8th Avenue Supper Club and the American store Trunken. It also passes by some old forts as well as a selection of restaurants, cafes, pubs and accommodation.
South Norway's most beautiful scenery is within easy reach.
Take a popular tour through Lista's rich history and nature along with a strong American presence.
This presence dates back to the 1800s when there was large scale emigration to the United States. On route 8 you will experience this immigration and emigration history with American street signs, old American cars and flags – you will sense a real bond between the two places.
More people left the Farsund municipality than anywhere else in Norway to seek fortune in America when times were hard in Norway. In the past 150 years, 11,000 people left Farsund to emigrate to the states . This does say a lot when the population today in Farsund is less than 9,000.
There is even a greater exodus than Ireland experienced during "the potato famine." Many returned to Lista after a few years of hard work. They brought their new found language and terms with them as well as American styled house blue prints, containers with materials, microwave ovens, chrome, cars, screen doors, pink lavatories, 110 volt items, flashy dresses and much, much more. This was in complete contrast to what was a small town mentality in Farsund.
American architectural style can be experienced by traveling around Route 8 by bike or car, or guided bus tour groups. Drop in to 8th Avenue Bar & Supper Club for tips or book guided bus tour by phone.