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Swords in Rock

Mollebukta, Stavanger 4042, Norway
+47 04005
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We came to Stavanger with a cruiseship. The ship was docked in the harbour so quite a big walk to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Evedm1
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Ghent, Belgium
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Lonely swords

This area is well connected to Stavanger by bus. Nobody was there and the view of the sunset was a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Medelin_13
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Lund, Sweden
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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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“great monument” (10 reviews)
“worth a stop” (6 reviews)
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Mollebukta, Stavanger 4042, Norway
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+47 04005
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We came to Stavanger with a cruiseship. The ship was docked in the harbour so quite a big walk to the swords. I must say we took the small streets and parcs to the swords (very steep hills). This took us about 2.30h to get...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This area is well connected to Stavanger by bus. Nobody was there and the view of the sunset was a beautiful compliment.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on a coach trip back to strata gear and the coach stopped here it's on the sea front facing the ocean there is 3 massive swords sticking out of the ground but if I had not been on a coach trip don't think...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here from our tour. Our guide told us the story of the swords and why they were there. Not as famous as Helen of Troy but to impress a princess, he united a kingdom and one his epic battle. Good history. It was a...More

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Personally, I did not find this monument very interesting. I think if you happened to be driving past anyway, it might be worth a stop, but driving all the way there just to see this monument is probably not worth it.

Thank Kat D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm fortunate to work in Stavanger from time to time and this had always been on the to-do list. It's a beautiful spot or a photo and, if you have kids, there's a small beach/bank to sit around on a nice day and feed the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is something to see in the area of Stavanger, you can use the bus if you don't have a car (or even the bike!) Impressive massive sculptures, you absolutely need a picture of you close to these swords !

Thank Francine R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed visiting the Swords in Rock. We took a bus number 16 from the Radisson Atlantic in the city centre. The Swords in Rock were created by Fritz Røed in 1983. The three bronze swords are 10 metres tall and commemorate the Battle...More

Thank Janulik
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of those sightings of which the pictures are better than the actual experience. It's quite far out of the city and in the surrounding area there is not (much) more to do, so I'd suggest you read the Wikipedia page about it...More

Thank Olivier B
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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Swords in Rock is called ‘Sverd i fjell’ in Norwegian. Literally it is translated as swords in mountain. Sverd i fjell was once featured on a documentsry show on tv, don’t remember if it was British or American tv documentary though. Very interesting therefore it...More

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g-cardozo
October 1, 2017|
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Response from Debbie G | Reviewed this property |
I could be wrong but I think it’s free. Only because I saw people coming out of the cars and walking over. We were on a coach and the driver parked and waited. There was also a little bit of an off road parking bit too... More
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terryteza
May 1, 2017|
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Response from KaThomassen | Reviewed this property |
About 6 km drive. You can travel by bus or taxi. There's also bicycles for rent in stavanger senter.
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lena085
February 20, 2016|
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Response from Im-away-again | Reviewed this property |
You can get to this easily by bus from Stavanger centre I think its a number 6 or 7 bus. It takes less than 10 mins
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