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Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement

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Address: Kong Augvaldsvei, Haugesund 5528, Norway
Phone Number: +47 52 81 24 00
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Nordvegen History Centre – one of Norway’s most important areas within...

Nordvegen History Centre – one of Norway’s most important areas within national history!For 3000 years chieftains and kings controlled the strait Karmsundet – Nordvegen – the shipping lane that gave Norway its name. At Nordvegen History Centre you can learn about the sovereigns that controlled the coast of Norway from Avaldsnes. Some of them are known from kings’ sagas and old songs. Others are known from archaeology.You will also get a glimpse of the magic world that people once believed to be real. You’ll meet sorcerers, female warriors and Norse gods.At the History Centre we will tell stories using instruments of our own time – it is a grand, informative and very exciting place to visit!Sells local literature, large and small Viking souvenirs. You can also purchase a selection of locally produced goods such as mittens and socks, and creams and soaps made from heather. Nordvegen History Centre also sells Viking jewellery, including Snorre jewellery. The Viking settlement is situated in beautiful natural surroundings on the island of Bukkøy and is accessible on foot with a 10 minute walk from St. Olav's Church. Here it is possible to see and experience how the Vikings lived. Every aspect of the day-to-day life of the Vikings, from work to celebrations including farming, fishing, handicrafts, commerce, art and culture are on display here. Many buildings typical of Viking times are re-constructed using original techniques and of special interest is the granary and round house from the pre-Christian era. The other buildings are replicas from around 900 AD. Adjacent to the settlement is a pier with a capacity for large boats complete with service building including modern toilet facilities. The Viking Hall is also available by private rental for diverse social arrangements.

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Diving into history!

We are three maritime archaeologists who visited the museum and got an excellent tour of the exhibitions by very friendly and professional Katarina!

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are three maritime archaeologists who visited the museum and got an excellent tour of the exhibitions by very friendly and professional Katarina!

Review collected in partnership with VisitNorway.com

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

You can learn a lot about the region during the viking age in the museum. The viking village is definitely worth visiting. You can hear some stories in the longhouse and spend the day shooting arrows and taking pictures of the village. It's always best to go during the viking festival. If you go from Bergen you will arrive around... More 

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Haugesund, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I've been there on 6 separate occasions, and I keep coming back for more. For starters, the building is perfectly disguised, so you can't see it from the road. Once there, you're taken abck by the spectacular view from the panorama windows, taking you back to the era when Viking chieftains, nay, kings, stood on that very spot and could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

The history center lies beautifully placed besides the middelage church of Avaldsnes. You can still see viking-grafitty on the church walls and observe the needlebauta leaning towards the church wall. An old saying says that the earth will go under the day this stone finally touches the stonewall. The center itself is absolutely worth a visit. The exebition is suitable... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Lots of info about the Vikings in the History Centre, but the best part is the Viking village. A walk thru the woods, and when you come out on the other side, it is like you have been going back in time. Not a big village, but a very nice and relaxing place. Nice to visit during any season, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2015

In the sunny weather, wonderful place to visit! Easy walk from the bus stop if you are coming with local bus from Haugesund. We were enjoying the trip with the stroller - easy access

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

The Nordvegen history centre has an impressive Viking exhibit as well as movie prsentation of what the life if the vikings could have been like. In addition there is reconstructed viking village within walking distance. This is set on a small island and the area us well suited for bringing a picnic basket. There is a fee for the exhibit... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015

The Heritage Centre is underground and very interesting. It's about a quarter of a mile to the Viking Settlement but there is only a longhouse, though fairly authentic, and some huts. I had hoped for several villagers going about their early Norwegian life, but there were only 2 people and a dog! Lots of potential but not yet exploited.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

It's a nice museum with interactive presentations, dress up place and pretty interesting exhibits. Next to the museum is an old church and what's more important reconstructed Viking's village. Best time to visit at the beginning of June when Festival takes place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

Amazing place, a must do activity. Very well laid out, informitive and very interesting. The settlement is good fun.

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