Destination Norway day 6 Journal, Viking Kings and Norse Gods at Avaldsnes Haugesund

Destination Norway day 6 Journal, Viking Kings and Norse Gods at Avaldsnes Haugesund

Intrigued by #Vikings? Then a trip to #Norway is for you. In Avaldsness, the legends of gods and heroes come together, combined with stunning scenery, the cutest houses and fabulous pancakes, we had an amazing #cultural #family break.


Traveling to Haugesund via Stavanger

It was another early morning for us. We were going to take the five minute walk from our Radisson Blue Royal Hotel in Stavanger to the bus station however, we were met with rain and hail. So, we opted for the taxi instead. Please note, the walk to the bus station is very easy and downhill.

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Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Stavanger

 Lokkeveien 26, Stavanger, Norway
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Viking Farm Tour in Avaldsnes

Lysefjord Sightseeing Tour in Norway

This was our first bus ride in Norway. We had no real idea what to expect. Bus travel in the states is not that glamorous to say the least, but we were adventurously optimistic. To our surprise, the bus was very nice with huge windows and Wi-Fi. We hopped on and settled in. We were happy to be there on time, and to be warm. Off we went.

Bus ride
Bus ride

Travel Tip: Hop in the first seat to get a great view!

The Little looking out the bus window taking int he view of rocks laced with salty waters
The Little looking out the bus window taking int he view of rocks laced with salty waters

The three hour bus ride to Haugesund is absolutely killer. The coolest part is that it takes a ferry! Yeah! There we were, minding our own, when all of a sudden the bus drives right onto a ship! In all my travels, I have never been on a bus, on a ship! The Little was cracking up. We grabbed our valuables and hit the deck. Upstairs there’s a service level where you can get pretty much anything to eat. The cruise was so cool. A nice breath of fresh air and a view. Who would have thunk it. Before we knew it we were back on the bus and just like that, we drove off right into the flow of traffic. What a trip!

There we were, minding our own, when all of a sudden the bus drives right onto a ship! In all my travels, I have never been on a bus, on a ship! 

Travel Tip: We LOVED, like LOVED, LOVED the pancakes folded in half with buttercream in the center. Slap some blueberry jam on that and OMG, heaven. Super cheap too!

Nothing but beautiful views in Haugesund
Nothing but beautiful views in Haugesund

Haugesund, Norway First Impression

We were met by this super nice and bouncy guide from the Haugesund Tourism Office. She was so nice to pick us up. It was pretty cold and very windy. A quick five minute drive landed us at the Scandic Hotel Maritim. It was beautifully located right on the canal where all the happenings are, well, happening.

Our room at the Scandic Maratim Hotel rocked, very spacious and clean with a perfect view of the canal and wharf. PS best breakfast on our whole trip
Our room at the Scandic Maratim Hotel rocked, very spacious and clean with a perfect view of the canal and wharf. PS best breakfast on our whole trip
We had this beautiful sliding door that led to a patio with a glass enclosure that you could open all the way. It was so clear! Watching the sun set and rise over the colorful little wharf buildings was just so pretty
We had this beautiful sliding door that led to a patio with a glass enclosure that you could open all the way. It was so clear! Watching the sun set and rise over the colorful little wharf buildings was just so pretty

Travel Tip: Get the higher room, you get a better view of the wharf. The gym is from the 80s; don’t bother. I thought Jane Fonda was going to pop out in a unitard.

Things were pretty quiet in Haugesund. It was Easter week so, the only things open were restaurants. Still, we were eager to check it all out, but not until we took a little trip to Avaldsnes, the home of the Viking Kings.

A Viking depicted at the Norwegian History Center
A Viking depicted at the Norwegian History Center

A Little History Nibble About Vikings and Norse Mythology

The Iron Age in Norway 500 BC – 800 AD – ish Viking Age 793-1066 AD

Vikings were farmers, artists, craftsmen and amazing storytellers

They whittled wood into wondrous creations often depicting the Gods

They built incredibly fast ships

Both men and women trained intensely for battle (women were called Shield Maidens)

We know little about the actual ‘Pagan Religion’ which Vikings followed as it was handed down by ancestors of the Iron Age

We know far more about the ‘myths’ -stories that survived the transition to Christianity as they were made into tales and myths much like those in Ireland hence, Norse Mythology

Their storytelling of these myths were so profound they made it into Old Norse Prose called Eddas (wonderful literary works which represent the old pagan beliefs as folk tales) in Iceland some 200 years after their conversion to Christianity

These legends are still so mystical and intriguing, they have stood to influence some of the greatest stories of all time

These legends are still so mystical and intriguing, they have stood to influence some of the greatest stories of all time

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, H.C. Andersen and Marvel Comics all use references of Norse Mythology

Avaldsnes, Home of the Viking Kings

After a few minutes of driving we arrived to Avaldsnes, the oldest throne of Norway and home to Viking King Harald Fairhair. This was home to not only Vikings, but many of their Iron Age ancestors. It’s here where legends of gods and heroes come together, and you can feel every bit of that magic as soon as you arrive to this special place.

you can feel every bit of that magic as soon as you arrive to this special place
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Historic Center Guided Tour in Avaldsnes

It was pretty cold. We really wanted to go to the Viking farm but the wind and frigid temperatures wouldn’t have it. So, we opted to explore the Norwegian History Center instead. Here are 10 things to know about the Norwegian History Center at Avaldsnes:

#1

The Norwegian History Center Is in the ground. A set of stairs (there’s a lift too) winds you into the earth landing you in a well appointed history center which takes you through 3,000 years across the ages and even touches a bit on Norse Mythology
The Norwegian History Center Is in the ground. A set of stairs (there’s a lift too) winds you into the earth landing you in a well appointed history center which takes you through 3,000 years across the ages and even touches a bit on Norse Mythology

#2

The back of it is floor to ceiling glass opening up to the protected earth’s rolling green hills and mossy rocks laced with gentle waters. Here we are playing an old Viking game. Would love this to be my living space… what a view!
The back of it is floor to ceiling glass opening up to the protected earth’s rolling green hills and mossy rocks laced with gentle waters. Here we are playing an old Viking game. Would love this to be my living space… what a view!

#3

It’s very interactive for kids with games, a classroom, and a fun audio tour with movies. Here The Little is checking out Viking Age artifacts
It’s very interactive for kids with games, a classroom, and a fun audio tour with movies. Here The Little is checking out Viking Age artifacts

#4

There are Viking artifacts and killer displays. The rings were worn on the neck as a sign of power and great wealth. Usually by a King
There are Viking artifacts and killer displays. The rings were worn on the neck as a sign of power and great wealth. Usually by a King

#5

It’s been told by Snorre (Icelandic historian, poet, and politician) the God Odin came to Avaldsnes in 998 AD to tell King Olav Tryggvason great and wondrous stories about the past. It was also told that Thor waded in these waters
It’s been told by Snorre (Icelandic historian, poet, and politician) the God Odin came to Avaldsnes in 998 AD to tell King Olav Tryggvason great and wondrous stories about the past. It was also told that Thor waded in these waters

#6

A replica of King Fairhair and his Queen Gyda. The unification of Norway is thought to have been founded on their love story as she refused him until he was “King over all of Norway”. He took a vow not to cut or comb his hair until it was so. He succeeded and is known as the 1st King of Norway and he reigned right here in Avaldsnes!
A replica of King Fairhair and his Queen Gyda. The unification of Norway is thought to have been founded on their love story as she refused him until he was “King over all of Norway”. He took a vow not to cut or comb his hair until it was so. He succeeded and is known as the 1st King of Norway and he reigned right here in Avaldsnes!
The Norwegian History Center Is in the ground
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#7

The beautiful untouched landscapes of Avaldsnes. The round entrance was built to symbolize Mime’s Well, the source of all knowledge and wisdom in Norse mythology
The beautiful untouched landscapes of Avaldsnes. The round entrance was built to symbolize Mime’s Well, the source of all knowledge and wisdom in Norse mythology

#8

Vikings believed the soul raised from the body after one’s passing. This is represented in this display at the Norwegian History Center
Vikings believed the soul raised from the body after one’s passing. This is represented in this display at the Norwegian History Center

#9

Give yourself at least an hour and a half for this alone. This kid…He’s always being funny! The Little as a Viking ha!
Give yourself at least an hour and a half for this alone. This kid…He’s always being funny! The Little as a Viking ha!

#10

How a person of importance would have been laid to rest inside a ship’s tomb as depicted here
How a person of importance would have been laid to rest inside a ship’s tomb as depicted here
The beautiful canal just on front of our hotel that runs the length of the city’s edge
The beautiful canal just on front of our hotel that runs the length of the city’s edge

A Quick City Break Photo Lineup of Haugesund

We were bummed that we couldn’t see the Viking Farm but there will be next times. We were starving and I wanted to get some blue light shots of this beautiful city. 

More of this pretty waterside city
More of this pretty waterside city
Restaurants line the wharf here
Restaurants line the wharf here
The patio with its warm blankets at Egon. Loved it
The patio with its warm blankets at Egon. Loved it

So we hit the wharf and snapped our way to Egon’s, a super adorable, family-friendly, little chain restaurant with loads of meal choices (which we loved..even pizza). Then called it a night.

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