Swords in Rock
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At Hafrsfjord we find the monument Swords in Rock. It was here Harald Harfagre fought a battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872 AD. The monument represents peace, unity and freedom. The Viking swords' hilts are modelled on swords found in various parts of the country. The monument was made by Friz Roed (1928-2002) and unveiled by King Olav in 1983. The monument can be reached by bus nr. 29 from the centre of Stavanger.
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Departure08195717533
Carpentersville, IL1 contribution
May 2023 • Couples
The swords were very cool! The photos we took were very cool. Nice park for the family. A great place to picnic or spend an afternoon.
Written 29 May 2023
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Lorenzo S
Runcorn, UK73 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We were in town as a port of call on a cruise. You can get to the 3 Swords monument using local bus (no need to book a tour to this). Route 16 operated by ConnectBus.no to Madlasandnes (every half hour) - Can get on at Olaf Vs Gate Stop M - By Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel in centre of town ( 5 minutes walk from cruise terminal). 42 NOK (£3) each person each way. Can buy tickets for bus in ENTUR app and just scan the barcode as you get on the bus. Very slick and easy to use app. The buses have a clear electronic sign on board listing the stops and announcing what the next bus stop is. Get off at bus stop Madlaleiren (Takes 10-12 mins from the Radisson) then a 5 minute walk straight down the road to swords. You probably won’t need to spend more than 10-15 minutes here, there is nothing else to do other than have a look at the sculpture, read the signs and take some photos, if you are quick you can get the next bus back to town (they are every half hour also). The bus back into Stavanger is Route 16 from bus stop Madlaleiren. Local buses have live tracking via kolumbus.no website so you can always check where the bus is up to on the route.
Written 17 May 2023
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Patto
Mexico City, Mexico286 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Simple but a beautiful place with history. It’s also a great spot to get some photos traditionally Norway style. I’d love it.
Written 16 May 2023
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Skywalker3
East Anglia171 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Sved i fjell at Harsfjord has long been on my wish list and really emotional to finally visit it. Marking a pivotal point in Norweigian history, the battle of Harsfjord, it’s difficult to comprehend the scale of these bronze swords until you are there.

Time your visit carefully though and try to avoid the tourists trips who descend on the small site, ignore others in their quest to get the ultimate selfie without bothering to learn anything about the site, and then they move on to the next tick box.

Plan the timing right though and the majesty of this sculpture is breathtaking.
Written 12 May 2023
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Julie D
Minneapolis, MN134 contributions
Oct 2022
This was a nice 1 hour walk from town on a day with good weather. Was an interesting site to see. But beware, there were no public restrooms!
Written 4 November 2022
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK2,012 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Interesting to learn the history behind the monument. Harold Fairhair fell in love with Gyda who refused to marry him as his kingdom was small and he wasn’t powerful enough. So he worked to gather all the small kingdoms into one kingdom of Norway. It is thought that the battle of 872 was at Hafrasfjord where the swords monument is. The giant Viking swords symbolise peace, unity and freedom and are a majestic 10 metres tall. Worth visiting and a good photo opportunity.
Written 1 November 2022
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A396CR
Beldenville115 contributions
Sep 2022
Easy to walk to from parking lot. Great opportunity for pictures if not over crowded with tourists. Mostly see it, take pictures and move on.
Written 17 September 2022
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Allan
3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Swords were amazing. About an hours walk from the port. We came back on the bus (approx £8 pp) - Beautiful lake and some pretty parks along the route.
Written 4 September 2022
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Marcel G
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Nice spot to visit in early morning before the busses arrive. Historical place with a nice beach and free parking
Written 25 August 2022
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Rick H
Goodyear, AZ429 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is a really neat sculpture to see. They’re on the water’s edge and make for great photos.
Just remember to read the story explaining the meaning behind these amazing bronze sculptures. It adds a lot to the experience.
Easy bus ride from downtown Stavanger.
Don’t miss this.
Written 23 August 2022
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