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Avaldsnes - Norway's oldest royal seat

Oppdatert: 8. des. 2022


Here Harald Hårfagre laid one of his royal farms. The princes who controlled the old "Nordvegen" have left behind powerful traces: towering burial mounds, high tombstones and rich finds. At the beautiful medieval church there is a rich history center and to the east of the church there is a reconstructed Viking farm!

Olav's Church

The medieval church was built by King Håkon Håkonsen as part of the royal farm complex. He dedicated the church to Olav the Holy, and the church at Avaldsnes became an important stop for pilgrims going to Nidaros.

Nordvegen History Centre

The Nordvegen History Center is located in an important national historic area and most of the building is underground. You enter Mime's well, the source of knowledge, and meet national collector Harald Hårfagre, who guides you through a 3,500-year-long history of Avaldsnes as the meeting place between Norway and Europe. You can take part in exciting tasks for the family with the activity program "Viking for a day" and "Archaeologist for a day".

The Viking farm

At the reconstructed Viking farm, you learn how our ancestors built houses and how the Vikings lived. In summer, you will meet Viking warriors and housewives and you can take part in challenging Viking activities.


Western Norway's largest Viking festival is held here annually, Thursday to Sunday, the first full week of June."Vikings" from all over Europe gather here. Historic surroundings, great handicrafts, market and activities create a wonderful atmosphere around the event. In the summer of 2017, the Kongsgård Project excavated the ruins of the royal estate that stood at Avaldsnes in the High Middle Ages. Thus, the stage is set for the annual medieval festival! There will be a good atmosphere here with medieval tunes, jugglers, medieval tastes, a cafe and a tour of the royal estate area. Our rich cultural heritage forms the basis for exciting events at Avaldsnes. Groups are offered historic Viking feasts, exciting storytelling and intimate concerts in Olavskirken.

Whats on




VIKING FESTIVAL FESTIVAL in the home of the Vikings! On historical ground at Avaldsnes, you can take part in the biggest Viking festival in Western Norway the first full week in June. Come and experience how the Vikings lived and visit a Viking market. See a blacksmith at work and Vikings in combat, listen to Viking music and Viking sagas, or try various activities, such as archery and juggling!


SKUDESFESTIVAL. Western Norway’s biggest coastal culture event featuring all kinds of boats – wooden boats, pleasure craft and sailing ships. There are many art exhibitions in Søragadå, the main street in the old town. The Skude Festival is always held on the first weekend in July.


FISKERIDAGENE (fishery days). A festival where fishing is the main focus. Exciting deep sea fishing competition, delicious food, funfair, stalls and entertainment for both children and adults. First weekend i August.


Medieval Festival at Avaldsnes, provides an insight into the exciting period of history from 1100 to 1400. You can meet jugglers, knights and musicians, and dance Medieval dances and take part in games from the period.

VISNES FAIR Traditional activities for children and adults alike in Fransahagen. Market fair with concert on Friday, activities for children on Saturday, and traditional market day with sales exhibitions, arts and crafts and locally produced food on Sunday.


SKUDENESHAVN INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE AND CULTURE FESTIVAL (SILK) spreads the joy of reading by hosting cultural experiences in the many exciting venues in Skudneshavn.

Tourist information Nordvegen Historiesenter 4262 Avaldsnes Tel. +47 52 81 24 00 Karmøy rådhus 4250 Kopervik, Tel. +47 52 85 75 00 Skudeneshavn Torget. Tel. +47 52 85 80 00 Oasen Storsenter Norheim. Tel. +47 52 83 10 89 Opening hours see:

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