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THIS IS WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

At Avaldsnes, Viking chiefs and leaders were for 3,000 years in control of the shipping in and out of Nordvegen, later to ­become the kingdom of Norway.

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Viking age (approx. 750–1100 AD) Avaldsnes was a king’s farm for national kings

Gyda and Harald Fairhair According to the legend, it was love that forced Harald Fairhair to gather Norway into one kingdom. Allegedly, he wanted to wed the daughter of a king, Gyda Eiriksdatter. Supposedly, she did not find him sufficiently powerful, and she challenged him to become the sovereign of the entire Norway. Only then would she have him. Harald Fairhair rose to the challenge and chose also not to cut his hair before he had united Norway into one kingdom. The rest is as they say – history.

starting with Harald Fairhair and his descendants and continuing into Medieval times.

It was Harald Fairhair who united Norway into

one kingdom in the battle of Hafrsfjord, where you can find a monument to commemorate

the battle by. The monument, Sword in rocks,

is made by Fritz Røed. The national monument for the unification of Norway, Haraldstøtta, is

located in Haugesund. Both monuments are in popular hiking areas. Season: All year.

Erling Skjalgsson (975–1028) was a powerful

going ships, they were also known to be brutal warriors who

ducing Christianity. Next to Sola ruinkirke, there

­knowledge of the Viking’s justice system and their development

Viking from Sola, where he is known for intro-

rape and stole treasures to take back. Equally fascinating is the

is a memorial to commemorate him.

of ­democracy, their near contact with nature and nature’s forces.

Magnus Erlingsson (1156–1184) from Etne was

the time, as well as the Norse literature heritage that they left

crowned king when has was only 5 years old.

behind.

alliance with the church in order to make this

Learning more today

the law of succession were introduced who

stories from the sagas and traces that have been found on land

It was his father, Erling Skakke, who made an ­happen. At the same time, the monarchy and ­stated it was the king’s oldest legitimate son

The history of the Viking kings and the lives they led, is based on or at sea. At the Nordvegen Historiesenter, an audio-visual Harald

who had first-line rights to the throne.

Fairhair can take you on a journey. The Viking farm is ­located

The immense interest in the Vikings might

structed buildings from the 800s. Every summer, the ­largest

have something to do with the fact that they were daring voyagers travelling with ocean42

Not to mention the strong position of the Viking women of

only a short walk from the centre. The farm consists of reconViking festival in western Norway is organised at ­Avaldsnes. Opplevavaldsnes.no VII/A3

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