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Yeah It's a Monument, but also so much more

You ever read tourist reviews of monuments that are negative? Of course you do, there are even... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
Really nice short visit

The Swords in the Rock are huge and worth seeing. The beach area was packed and skiers on the water... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2018
Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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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...more
Mollebukta, Stavanger 4042, Norway
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All reviews small beach beautiful monument worth a stop impressive sight photo opportunity city centre norwegian history sunny day take photos nice walk visiting stavanger cruise ship battle harald king fjell picnic
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a monument, not a bad one and in a cute & nice little nature spot, not much more not much less...

Thank Kantor72
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely stop off en route from Stavanger to Airport or further south also on cycle route from the town. A monument to a Viking battle fought in the 800’s there is an information board with all the facts a car park and a pretty beach

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited as part of a shore excursion on a cruise. This was our last stop and as a fan of all things Viking it was a perfect place to end my second trip to beautiful Norway. We only stopped long enough to take photographs but...More

Thank Sarah G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You ever read tourist reviews of monuments that are negative? Of course you do, there are even plenty for this one. I often think to myself, what were your expectations prior to going? It's a monument, it doesn't do anything but sit there and stand...More

Thank jimmymlamb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the pleasure of being shown this exhibit on our way from Stavanger to Sola, well worth a viewing. Stirring. Pity about the weather when we were there, wind and rain beyond belief, but well worth battering by the wind

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Reviewed 1 October 2018

The Swords in the Rock are huge and worth seeing. The beach area was packed and skiers on the water pleasant place to visit if you want a picnic and a break on the grass area. Photos are a must are they are huge and...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

I visited this place in Autumn so the beach was not crowded. The wind in your hair and the crashing waves gave a sense of serene calmness. I had hiked from Ullandhaug tårnet & botanical gardens. Although it is possible to take the bus directly...More

Thank sanandasarkar
Reviewed 28 September 2018

While we went to see the swords a bad storm swept in yet they were still a magnificent sight to behold!!

Thank jminy
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

It was a lovely day with a breathtaking view. Definitely would recommend to visit. They have picnic benches there too for lunch and free parking

Thank shhh135
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We have been many times to see the swords. They stand there in the ground and are a symbol for the Viking era. They are impressive to see yet so simple. The view can be so beautiful and don't hesitate to bring pick-nick and stay...More

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2 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
2 May 2017|
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Response from Cruiser_D_R | Reviewed this property |
you can take a public bus from close by. There is a tourist office in the center, they can give you a map and show you, where the bus leaves. Or you can take a cap, cheaper with 4 people. The bus driver was very friendly... More
20 February 2016|
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Response from Geoff M | 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