Historic Avaldsnes and Viking Village

  • Port

    Haugesund, Norway

  • Activity level


  • Activity type


  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Cost From


    USD85 per person

  • Minimum age


  • Duration

    4.0 Hours

  • Meals included


A scenic drive takes you through Haugesund, before heading across the Karmsund Bridge, linking Karmøy Island to the mainland. Continue to St Olav’s Church, a prominent landmark for seafarers passing through the strait of Karmsund for over 750 years.The church is near Avaldsnes, the believed resting place of King Harald Fairhair, the first King of Norway. Nearby is a monumental stone called the Virgin Mary's Needle, standing over seven metres tall and leaning towards the church walls. Norwegian legend claims that the day of judgement will arrive when the stone comes into contact with the church walls. A short walk will take you to the Nordvegen History Centre, which tells the story of the Princes and Kings who ruled Avaldsnes for over 3,000 years, and controlled the passing of ships that sailed through Karmsundet Sound, to avoid the dangerous waters surrounding the island. A further walk will bring you to a model Viking farm located on the scenic Bukkøy Island. The farm and houses have been reconstructed based on various archaeological discoveries in Rogaland County. Contrary to popular belief, it shows that the Vikings were more than just pirates and barbarians.
Upon arrival, a Viking will welcome you onto the farm, before explaining all about their local customs and daily lives.