Swords in Rock
Commemorating the era defining Battle of Hafrsfjord, the Swords in Rock monument stand as a beacon of Norway's Viking past. Situated just a short distance from the centre of Stavanger, this 10 metre tall three swords monument was originally unveiled by King Olav V in 1983.
Holidaymakers wishing to visit the iconic site should stay at a well located hotel in Stavanger
. The Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger combines competitive prices with comfortable rooms and is situated just a short walk from the vibrant heart of the city.
Visiting the three swords monument
The Swords in Rock were designed by eminent Norwegian sculptor Fritz Røed and can be found on the southern bank of Hafrsfjord. The three swords in the monument represent peace, unity and freedom, with their design mirroring authentic Viking weapons of the 9th century. The largest of the Swords in Rock is meant to be Harald Fairhair's weapon, the first king of Norway.
The area around the three swords monument is one of the most popular recreational areas in Stavanger but almost 1150 years ago it was where a unified Norway was born. In 872 King Harald defeated the forces of the Danish king to bring together the separate regions of the country and give birth to the Norway we recognise today.
Finding a hotel in Stavanger
Guests staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger can easily explore the myth and legend of the Swords in Rock as well as popular attractions like Ullandhaug Tower
or the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The hotel also has its own on-site bar and restaurant where visitors can relax and refuel after a full day exploring the sights of Stavanger.