TRACES OF THE VIKING AGE
The area around the city of Stavanger is recognised as the heart of what became the Norwegian Viking kingdom. It was here that the first kings of a unified Norway lived after Harald Haarfagre (the Fairhaired) in 872 defeated the last of the regional princes and united 29 small kingdoms under one crown. We start our tour by driving through the center towards the outskirts, passing fertile land on the way to Ullandhaug where we visit reconstructed farmhouses from the Iron Age. In one of the low houses with turf roof we learn more about the living conditions around the year 500 A.D. A local guide will demonstrate how they made flour, wove their clothes etc. From Ullandhaug viewpoint close by we can observe the fertile farmland of JU¦ren with the Ryfylke mountains as a backdrop. To the West we have a magnificent view over Hafrsfjord, where the Harald Haarfagre's victorius naval battle was fought. We drive on to MU¸llebukta (Mill bay) a popular bathing resort. Here stands the monument "Swords in rock" which was raised to commemorate the unification under King Harald. It consists of three Viking swords more than 9 m high forced into the ground. The monument was by the Norwegian sculptor Fritz RU¸ed. During the excursion we also pass over bridges to some of the islands, which are today part of modern Stavanger. We will see the different types of homes and get an impression of the living conditions nowadays. We pass some of the other city highlights before arriving back at the dock.
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Duration: 3 hours
Price: To be advised.
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