A journey in the footsteps of the Vikings from Oslo to Gudvangen and Avaldsnes
Oslo – Gudvangen – Bergen – Haugesund – Karmøy – Stavanger – Oslo
- By car
The Vikings’ ruthless warmongering, eye for design and storytelling ability have earned them an important place in the world's history books. Not only were the Vikings merciless warriors, they were also sophisticated and capable craftsmen who worked with metal and wood. They made beautiful jewellery and objects. On this trip, we take you to the land of the Vikings; you will get to see how they lived, meet 'real-life' Vikings, go to a market, eat real Viking food, and lots more. A historic journey packed with experiences where you follow in the Vikings’ footsteps.
Oslo - Gudvangen, 330 km, 4 h 50 min
In the Viking village Njardarheimr in Gudvangen you can see and experience first-hand what it was like to live in the Viking Age. You can taste real Viking food, see an authentic Viking battle, and learn more about their weapons – maybe you would like to try your hand at archery or axe throwing? – or you can listen to stories from the Viking Age. Njardarheimr is a permanent Viking village for people who want to live like real Vikings.
Gudvangen – Bergen, 147 km, 2 h 15 min
Ever since the Viking Age, Bergen has been an important trading and shipping town. The Viking market and Medieval festival Bjørgvin Marknad is organised every year in June at the Hordamuseet museum. In addition to Mount Fløyen, Bryggen and the famous attractions in Bergen, we recommend a visit to Bergen Maritime Museum to look at models of the famous ships that have been found from the Viking Age (800–1050): Oseberg and Gokstad.
Bergen – Haugesund – Avaldsnes, 147 km, 1 ferry, 3 h 30 min
Haugesund – the land of the Vikings. A rich coastal and urban culture, unique Viking history, glaciers, mountains and the ocean, idyllic island communities and lighthouses are just some of the attractions you will find here.
Just outside Haugesund lies Avaldsnes, a reconstructed Viking village. This is Norway's oldest royal seat, where you can learn about the life and times of the Vikings and experience the historic cultural landscape of high mountains and wild sea. The authentic surroundings give visitors an immediate sense of being in the Viking Age, and you can learn about how the Vikings made a living from fishing, agriculture, craft, trade, art and culture, and how they celebrated feast days etc. The Viking festival is held in mid-June every year.
Avaldsnes – Stavanger, 75 km, 2 h, 1 ferry
Do you want to learn about the treasures the Vikings brought home to Norway? Or about the beautiful necklaces goldsmiths made in the 6th century? If so, you should visit the Museum of Archaeology in Stavanger. Three kilometres from Stavanger you will also find the Iron Age Farm at Ullandhaug, a reconstructed farm from the Iron Age.
The national monument Swords in Rock (Sverd i Fjell) is found at Hafrsfjord. The story goes that it was here that Harald Fairhair united Norway into one kingdom in 872. The monument consists of three large swords that have been planted in the rock.
Stavanger also has lots of other exciting activities to offer for active visitors and culture enthusiasts. The city can also boast two Michelin-starred restaurants.
Stavanger – Oslo, 457 km, 7 h 10 min
On your way back to Oslo from Stavanger you will, among other things, drive along Frafjordheiane. This is a landscape protection area with a characteristic and beautiful landscape that is home to wild reindeer, moose, deer and a rich bird life.