Immerse yourself in the rich Viking heritage and coastal culture of Avaldsnes, Norway’s oldest royal seat.
Take a guided tour of some of the most important Viking sites in Avaldsnes, Norway’s oldest royal seat
Learn how Norway was united into one kingdom, and see the royal estate at its heart
Autumn, Winter, Spring (1 Oct - 30 Apr)
Level 1: Easy - suitable for most people
2 hours 25 minutes
Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for the weather on the day.
Get ready to journey through 3,000 years of history! During our 20-minute bus ride to Avaldsnes, our guide will tell us about the area’s fascinating and mighty past.
We’ll cross the bridge over Karmsundet, the narrow strait that gave Norway its name: it was once known as Nordvegen, ‘the way to the north’. Viking kings ruling here forced ships to sail this shipping route, becoming rich and powerful in the process.
We’ll tour Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement where we hear the enthralling story of how Avaldsnes became Norway’s oldest royal seat. Enter a world of kings, sagas, poems, and a magic that was once as real to people as the physical world is to us today.
Next, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of beautiful Olavskirken and see the archaeological excavations of the royal estate. Built by King Håkon Håkonsen in the 13th century, the church is the largest cultural monument at Avaldsnes.