Get a unique perspective on Norway’s Viking history as you whoosh along the beautiful, narrow strait that gave Norway its name.
Immerse yourself in Norway’s maritime heritage, from the Vikings to the golden days of herring fishing to today’s oil industry
Whizz between the islands in a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) as your captain points out landmarks and tells local stories
Take a guided tour of some of the most important Viking sites in Avaldsnes, Norway’s oldest royal seat
Autumn, Winter, Spring (1 Oct - 30 Apr)
Level 3: Active - good mobility needed
2 hours 40 minutes
Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes suitable for the weather on the day. Overalls with floating mechanisms are provided. Participants must sign a disclaimer.
Take to seas that were vital to the Vikings! Our RIB tour will carry us to Avaldsnes along Karmsundet, the narrow strait that gave Norway its name: it was once known as Nordvegen, ‘the way to the north’. For more than 3,000 years, the Viking kings ruling here made ships sail this shipping route.
We’ll enjoy a guided tour of Olavskirken and the ruins of the royal hall. Built by King Håkon Håkonsen in the 13th century, the church is the largest cultural monument at Avaldsnes.
Next, we’ll visit Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement where we hear the enthralling story of how Avaldsnes became Norway’s oldest royal seat. Enter the world of Viking kings, sagas, poems, and a magic that was once as real to people as the physical world is to us today.
As we speed back to our ship, you’ll be able to imagine the strait as the Vikings would have seen it!