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“Need to divorce 9 wives”

Haraldshaugen - Norway's National Monument
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Haugesund
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Owner description: Snorre's sagas of the kings mention the site where Harald Fairhair is buried. In the nineteenth century it was believed the place described by Snorre had been located. This is where the national monument of the unification of Norway was erected in 1872, during the millennial celebrations of Norway's unification into one kingdom. The monument is located 2km north of the town centre.
Reviewed September 11, 2018

So all King Harald had to do was conquer all the other kingdoms on the west side of Norway, then divorce his 9 wives, to meet the demand of what must have been a VERY pretty girl. He did both and it took 10 years. This monument is to the conquests of the Kingdoms, no monument to his then new bride.

Thank plentyfun
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Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Just a monument
No show Room to tell the History.
Too bad, in my opinion.
Nearest History site is Avaldsnes.
It is space enough to create a real Viking experience here.

Thank Tor A
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Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

This is in my area. I have grown up with it nearby, so I might be a bit tainted. But still, after all these years, I’m kinda impressed by this monument.

It’s basically an obelisk, standing on top of what is thought to be the grave of a viking king(Harald fair hair). It’s the king that made Norway one combined kingdom. His name is said to be Harald the fair haired, as he woved not to cut his hair & beard until he had gathered Norway into one united kingdom(there was a lot of kings in those days, claiming ownership to rheir respective areas).

Around the grave there is multiple smaller obelisk’s. Together representing all the county’s of Norway.

Nearby it’s a heightening in the terrain. It’s a stonecross there, as they disn’t have churches in the earlier days. So the priest stood at the hill, under the stone cross, and held his speech.

It’s nice here. Grand view of the Noeth sea, and escpecially noce innthe sunny afternoon, when the sun set. And it’s also a quite interesting story behind it. So.. why not?

Thank Rune B
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Reviewed June 19, 2018

An impressive imposing obelisk overlooking the coast. Interesting site to combine with visiting Avaldnes History Centre and Viking Farm.

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Reviewed May 18, 2018

We passed through the town of Haugesund and walked by the sea on a lovely sunny day until we came upon this interesting monument. Nice to find a bit of history out in what felt a bit like the middle of nowhere and some very important Norwegian history too. Almost as good was the ice cream shop nearby and the holiday camp park with a giant chessboard!

Thank Rich P
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