Hafrsfjord, Sverd i fjell
Start exploring Norway’s Viking history in Stavanger, Fjord Norway’s southern region. Sometime between AD 872 and 900, a crucial battle was fought in Hafrsfjord that resulted in the unification of Norway under its first monarch, the victorious Viking chief Harald Fairhair. To commemorate the battle, the Sverd i fjell (Swords in Rock) monument – consisting of three enormous swords symbolising peace, unity and freedom – was raised in 1983. You can easily reach the monument from Stavanger by bus or car (it’s a 15-minute ride).