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“Nice place for a picnic”
Review of Swords in Rock

Swords in Rock
Ranked #5 of 95 things to do in Stavanger
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Owner description: 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.
London, United Kingdom
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“Nice place for a picnic”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you have time, grab the bus to this impressive sculpture. This picturesque location provides a stunning backdrop for some great sunset photos.

Visited April 2014
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“A quick visit is all that's needed..”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Nice setting, good for photos but not much else around. If you have time maybe walk from town and bring a picnic, if not there are parking spaces available or buses run nearby. We drove here and spent about 20 mins here.There are no food or WC facilities here.

Visited July 2014
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“History in Hafrsfjord”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is the site were you will find three large swords giving the area a spectacular look.
The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed from Bryne and was unveiled by king Olav V of Norway in 1983. The three swords stand 10 metres tall and are planted into the rock of a small hill next to the fjord. They commemorate the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord that took place there in the year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown.

Visited July 2014
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Blyth, United Kingdom
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“3 Giant Swords set at the end of Hafrsfjord”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Nice scenic area looking out of Hafrsfjord and the sea. The swords represent a monument to a battle to unite Norway into one kingdom.
Suggest you walk from the top end near Hafrsfjord Bridge around the shore of the fjord ending up at the 3 Swords monument, where there is a small grassed area with picnic tables.
If you come by car there is a small car park free of charge.

Visited June 2014
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“Walked from town!”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

We walked from downtown Stavanger to Sverd i fjell, and it was great! (well, it rained, but we made it there and back). Approximately 5k from town. A lovely walk along the water, and an amazing sight to see. Round out this attraction with Stickelstad (north of Trondheim and Hell, Norway), which is where King Olav was slain.

Visited July 2014
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