Norway, Part III: Haugesund

I think I underestimated how much fun Haugesund would be when I was planning this trip. I assumed because it wasn’t as large as Bergen, there wouldn’t be as much to do. But I was very wrong. Haugesund was beautiful, and there was a lot to do, even though we arrived on Easter Sunday.

We attempted to go to the Nordvegen History Center in Avaldsnes to learn more about the Vikings. And even though it was closed, we were still able to walk around the Viking settlement. Nordvegen is the name of the shipping route controlled by rulers at Avaldsnes and it is what gave Norway its name. It means: the way north.

Many Viking kings ruled from Avaldsnes for over 3000 years. And around 870, when Harald Haarfagre (Fairhair) united Norway, it became the country’s oldest throne.

The church near the Viking settlement is St. Olav’s Church and it was built in 1250 AD by King Haakon Haakonson. This is where the Royal Farm used to be.

The next morning on our way to the airport, we decided to drive around for a bit before we gave our rental car back. We discovered this little village just south of the Haugesund airport.

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