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Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement

Kong Augvaldsvei 101 | Avaldsnes, Haugesund 5528, Norway
+47 52 81 24 00
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Museum it's not too big and you won't find there too many origianal objects, but it's still worth a... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
Haugesund, Norway
Excellent for Learning Viking History

This is off the beaten path a bit, but full of history! If you want to learn about the Viking era... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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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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Kong Augvaldsvei 101 | Avaldsnes, Haugesund 5528, Norway
+47 52 81 24 00
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Museum it's not too big and you won't find there too many origianal objects, but it's still worth a visit. The movie which starts your tour around museum is really good - says a lot about history and myths of Norway. Also you can dress...More

Thank Martitkota
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is off the beaten path a bit, but full of history! If you want to learn about the Viking era this is the place to visit. It's very English accessible and the scenery is beautiful-- deceptively peaceful for all of the blood shed there...More

Thank jmk_girl
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The Nordvegen History Centre itself is interesting enough but probably not worth a separate trip if it weren't for the Vikinggard (Viking Farm) on the nearby island of Bukkøy -- a half hour walk from the History Centre -- and the historic church of St....More

Thank savvyworldtraveler
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Booked this tour whilst taking our first Fjord cruise on the Aurora and as an introduction to Norway it was perfect! First stop was the church where we were greeted by our guide in full viking regalia. His English was superb and I found the...More

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We were advised to take bus and tour. We met by the church and all seemed interesting and we were looking forward to a great tour. ( I have studied to a degree level the "Viking Era".) Problems started immediately: 1. No room in the...More

1  Thank micky-ppn
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Probably one of the most beautiful spots in the region. The church and it's surrounding areas are nice. The historical center is informative and fun. The Viking farm is an event in itself. Dress for windy weather.

Thank Odd Kristian P
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We happened to visit on the weekend of the festival so there were craftsmen/women at work who demonstrated their different skills. Fascinating site to visit. The History center was excellent - Under the main floor they present a well made film about Norse Viking history...More

Thank Imagine8KK
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The museum is bigger than you think! You start off watching a well produced video about the Viking gods, then go around the main museum. All the descriptions are in Norwegian, so it's useful to have an English audio guide if you're going to make...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Visited in April. A brilliant site guided by very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Has a real feeling of history and a must for any Viking or history enthusiast. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Ivor D
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A really historic place to experience Norwegian Viking era. Nordvegen History Centre would be a nice starting point. Out in the fields it would be a good idea to join some kind of guided tour, as the history is deep & wide and there are...More

2  Thank MY12XC70
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5 August 2017|
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Response from Odd Kristian P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, credit cards are accepted. In general, they may be used everywhere. Some vendors do not accept American Express. Visa and MasterCard you can use all over NORWAY.
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30 May 2017|
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Response from M6117DPlindal | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry fore my late answard. You can go with buss from Bergen every 2, hour. It takes ca 3 hours drive to Haugesund, with Kystbussen. You can change buss in Haugesund, and drive to Karmøy, but I had prefered a taxi... More
30 March 2017|
Response from Imagine8KK | Reviewed this property |
We had to walk from the bus stop, but it's less than a mile.