Swords in Rock
Swords in Rock
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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.
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  • Sara Shipton
    Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sword in the Rock
    Swords In Rock is a very impressive monument. There is a small beach and you can get ice creams toilets and drinks there. However the beach is shingle and not very comfortable to sit on. I did swim in the fjord which was nice but it was a shame there was rubbish lying around especially as Norway is generally a clean country. Go for the monument but not the beach.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 July 2023
  • JoC22
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive sculpture
    Fantastic sculpture, worth a trip out from Stavanger on local bus if you don’t have a car. On a nice day you can sit on nearby picnic benches and enjoy the scenery. We took bus 16 from Stavanger and it took 20 minutes to get there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • BigJeff L
    581 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and unique
    Sverd i fjell to give it its proper name is very impressive. The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed and was unveiled by King Olav V of Norway in 1983. The three bronze 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 which took place there in the year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. I would say that this is a must do if in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Stuart_Away_Again
    Cambridge, United Kingdom848 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    We made our way to the Swords monument on a very wet public holiday. Good connections from Stavanger by bus but a bit of walking is necessary. The Swords are impressive and the historical significance clearly explained. Probably looks even better when the weather is good and you can see more!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 May 2024
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Stuart_Away_Again
Cambridge, UK848 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We made our way to the Swords monument on a very wet public holiday. Good connections from Stavanger by bus but a bit of walking is necessary. The Swords are impressive and the historical significance clearly explained. Probably looks even better when the weather is good and you can see more!
Written 10 May 2024
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Navigator160562
Poole, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Interesting to see and set in beautiful scenery. Need transport from Stavanger as too far to walk. Is a short walk from nearest bus stop.
Written 19 April 2024
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S E
Avondale, AZ753 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This monument in a nice setting, easy to find. Good photography, which unfortunately I can’t upload to Tripadvisor. Why not?
Written 28 March 2024
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Eva
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
What an amazing experience especially with
all the snow that has covered the area. It was snowing but the taxi took me there waiting for me to explore the area.
Written 19 January 2024
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BigJeff L
581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Sverd i fjell to give it its proper name is very impressive. The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Røed and was unveiled by King Olav V of Norway in 1983. The three bronze 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 which took place there in the year 872, when King Harald Fairhair gathered all of Norway under one crown. I would say that this is a must do if in the area.
Written 10 October 2023
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Theoax
Tel Aviv, Israel273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I concur with JoC22. The sculpture is impressive, as is the account of the famous battle that took lace there between the king and the nobles. And it's on a very nice beach.
Written 10 September 2023
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JLCA
Lima, Peru175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
This a very nice place to visit. You can travel with bus 16. You have a very nice landscape with the sea behind. Really is a wonderful place to visit.
Written 29 August 2023
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Di T
Plymouth530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were there on a cruise. Caught the local bus, super easy. The swords are in a beautiful setting next to a lake. There is a little coffee bar and picnic benches scattered around . Worth a visit as the swords are HUGE!
Written 12 August 2023
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JoC22
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Fantastic sculpture, worth a trip out from Stavanger on local bus if you don’t have a car. On a nice day you can sit on nearby picnic benches and enjoy the scenery.

We took bus 16 from Stavanger and it took 20 minutes to get there.
Written 30 July 2023
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Ian S
Corfe Mullen, UK62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
On any visit to Stavanger you must visit the Swords in Rock to get a feel for the significance to Norway's history.
Written 10 July 2023
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