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Swords in Rock

Mollebukta, Stavanger 4042, Norway
+47 04005
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Worth the walk, great views and local cultural experience

I walked here from town Definitely worth it, lots of traffic free paths. Also found a local... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Peter K
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Worth the bus ride

This is easy to get to on the local bus service, I got the No 6 from Sandnes to the nearby church... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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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“small beach” (18 reviews)
“nice monument” (9 reviews)
“photo stop” (7 reviews)
Mollebukta, Stavanger 4042, Norway
+47 04005
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Reviewed yesterday

I walked here from town Definitely worth it, lots of traffic free paths. Also found a local supermarket nearby. Really enjoyed it, and the views Great on a good day.

Thank Peter K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is easy to get to on the local bus service, I got the No 6 from Sandnes to the nearby church stop Madlamark Kirke and walked down about 800m to the monument. Easy to find using Google Maps once off the bus searching for...More

Thank Dave_Wolves
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We cycled here from Stavanger town after hiring bikes from a place near the bus station (250 each for the day). There are amazing cycle paths throughout the area, and not once did we have to cycle on roads! The cycle paths are clearly signposted...More

Thank SWest2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice place for a day out during summer and nice weather. On a windy day there are lots of windsurfers. A kiosk is selling ice-cream during summer. Else there is little to do. Swords are nice. Soon there will be a plaque showing their...More

Thank Fjodolf1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A tourist attraction for few minutes only. Expected something more. But they are huge three swords by the road. It's good to see them while you're in Stavanger but don't expect too much.

Thank Agnieszka K
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We had a car so it was very easy to find these swords, cool to see if you have time, only spent about 15 mins here took some pics and enjoyed the view

Thank Patsy B
Reviewed 17 October 2017

I’ve been to Stavanger several times, but this latest time, I did a few touristy things. Nothing prepares you for the scale of these swords.....they are absolutely huge. Settled on the side of the lake, nothing epitomises Nordic mythology better. A must see.

Thank Sally L
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, the swords themselves are magnificent. They are huge, and you can get some great photos with them in the background. But the trip to them is just taking a bus from Stavanger, and you arrive straight to where they are. A...More

Thank Yuri F
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Visited this site as part of a tour expecting them to be very old only to discover that they were only erected in the 80's to commemorate the uniting of the ancient kingdoms. They are not even an impressive size.

Thank Grant W
Reviewed 3 October 2017

This area is beside a road and beach,so is very beautiful to see when blessed with nice weather. Unfortunately in the Stavanger district, nice weather is usually only seen on the internet and Tv !!! It is a short drive from Stavanger centre, with Madla...More

Thank vindusvasken
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1 October 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
1 May 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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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