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10 Amazing Viking Sites in Norway You Must Visit If You’re a Vikings Fan

Viking sites in Norway are among the oldest in the world. As we see Viking history trickle back into pop culture, more and more people are gaining interest in the Viking Age.


And they should! Vikings were incredible farmers, artists, craftsmen, seafarers, storytellers, and warriors of legend. They were responsible for settling coastlines from Great Britain to America and various areas throughout Scandinavia and Europe.


This is why there are Viking sites throughout Europe and even North America.


With the History Channel’s history-based drama series, Vikings, many have fallen in love with the intrepid age of shield maidens and warriors. Thus, more and more people are looking to explore Viking sites in Norway and other places in the world.


“At some point you realize that there’s a lot more to the mythology and history. It’s about a philosophy as much as anything else,” says Peersen. “You start discovering the nuances and appreciating the things that are more … subtle. The beautiful things.”

-Ivar Peersen, co-founder and guitarist in the Norwegian “Viking metal” band Enslaved.

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Carved from wood, this statue stands at the point of Gudvangen where you catch your cruise to Flam.

Norway, a Destination

Move Norway to the top of your bucket list. There is no other place on earth like it. Once visit this eco-friendly country and you’ll understand why Norse legends were grown here.


Breathtaking landscapes and otherworldly vistas will capture your memory for a lifetime. And the Viking sites that you’ll find will embolden the image you likely already have of the Viking Age.


There’s something for every bit of traveler in you in Norway. Whether it’s dining, shopping, exploring nature, or cruising along incredible fjords.


Norway is a place where everyone leaves happy. Here are some incredible Viking heritage sites in Norway for you to add to your bucket list of adventures.

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Viking Sites in Norway

1. Lofotr Museum in the Lofoten Islands

In the Iron Age, 10-15 Chieftans held seats in northern Norway. One of these seats was at Borg in Lofoten and is the only place where the Chieftain’s home was actually found.


In the History Channel’s series, Vikings you can see this type of home (longhouse) realized as Ragnar Lothbrok’s home.


Just like Ragnar’s home, there are several rooms consisting of living quarters, a guildhall (dining hall), and an animal stable which has been transformed into an exhibition room sharing Norse Mythology noted as the Viking’s belief system.

Viking depiction

2. Stiklestad Cultural Center, outside Trondheim


A must-visit if you’re searching for Viking sites in Norway is the Stiklestad Cultural Center. It is here where Norway’s most historic battle, the Battle of Stiklestad, took place in 1030 and became the most important marker of the country’s transition from paganism to Christianity.


At the end of July, you can experience “St. Olav Days at Stiklestad” with its concerts, plays, guided tours, lectures, excursions, and activities for the whole family.


During St. Olav Days is the St. Olav Drama which depicts the events before and after the historic battle.

Viking carving into wood

3. Trondenes Historical Center, Harstad

Located in a heritage-rich landscape echoing the Viking era, Middle Ages, and World War II, the Trondenes Historical Center offers an exhibition of multimedia, featuring vision, music, light, and smell. 


This historical center is a great place for anyone on the hunt for Viking sites in Norway. Here you’ll get answers to questions about Viking sites that you can visit and learn about the Vikings’ way of life.

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Three Swords Monument

4. The Viking Swords Monument, Stavanger

Commanding the attention of almost everyone at Hafrsfjord is the Three Swords in Stone monument. This towering monument commemorates the legendary Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, after which Viking King Harald Fair Hair united the three districts of Norway into one kingdom.


Of all the Viking sites this is one you’d want to visit in the afternoon. Fewer people and better photos.

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5. Historical Borre at Borrehaugene, Horten

This is the largest Viking graveyard in Scandinavia with significant discoveries from ancient times. The Midgard Canter has information on the barrows and graves.


Local folklore tells that early in the mornings you can hear the elves play on “The Fiddler’s Mound” on the vicarage field.

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Viking Ship Museum

6. Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Another must-see location for those interested in exploring the best Viking sites in Norway is the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Here you’ll find Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseberg, and Tune as well as other finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord.


It houses an incredible collection of artifacts and information on the Viking Age. It also displays the world’s two best-preserved Viking longships from the 9th Century.


This is probably one of the most popular Viking sites in Norway.

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At the Viking Ship Museum

7. The Viking City Kaupang, Larvik

The first city in Norway was located at Kaupang and was established around the year 800. Many skilled craftsmen did business here with visitors from near and far.


8. Bronseplassen, Lillesand

This Viking site in Norway is a reconstructed settlement from the Viking Bronze Age. It’s known for its fertility labyrinth, archery, and story-telling.

The Little Fairytale Traveler, Avaldsnes Haugesund, Viking sites
The Norwegian History Center at Avaldsnes is very interactive for kids with games, a classroom, and a fun audio tour with movies. Here The Little is checking out Viking Age artifacts.

9. Avaldsnes, Haugesund

Once the seat of the highest Viking Kings of Norway, Avaldsnes is a pristine Viking settlement surrounded by a breathtaking landscape that even in the bitter cold remains green. If you’re really trying to go back in time while at a Viking site, this is the place.


Perhaps it’s Thor, said to have walked along the shores here, which keeps this place so magical.


This site is just a 10-minute walk from the historic St. Olav’s Church.


Here you can see just how the Vikings lived from day to day. In the Norwegian History Center, there is an incredible permanent show on Vikings and their ancestors, inclusive of their beliefs which we now know as Norse Mythology.


Of all the Viking sites in Norway that I’ve explored this is one of my favorites.

King Harald Fairhair, Viking sites, Norway, 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!

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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.

10. Kvernes Kirkeomrade, Averoy


This museum and ancient burial ground span 4,000 years of Norwegian history. The church and cemetery here are still in use. It’s a beautiful place for photos and especially on a nice day.

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In Closing

The Viking Age left more than legends in its wake. With more and more discoveries of Viking artifacts, we continue to understand how they lived.


And with an incredible drama series like the History Channel’s Vikings, we are able to realize this dramatic era more than ever before. Add Viking sites to your bucket list of epic adventures to be had, it’s one you won’t regret.

Christa Thompson

Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

30 thoughts on “10 Amazing Viking Sites in Norway You Must Visit If You’re a Vikings Fan

  1. Nice article, but you failed to include all the woderful viking festivals all over Norway during the summer. Were the public can see craftsmen at work, swordbattles, games, clothing and taste autentic vikingfood

  2. This show is pretty awesome. I love the mix of drama and action and all of that. And I learned so much about the Vikings too. These are great, I would love to see these places someday!

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  4. As a Welsh Celto origins being from Anglesey or the Viking name, “Ongel’s Eia” , I readily recognize my Scandinavian Family and all the Northern familiars that validate our common bond.

  5. BE careful on your tour selection, of which there are three. Expect, that the bus or transportation will be late and/or crowded
    as in 5 peeps to a four seated vehic. Lateness from one stop to the next, missing your next tour event. If you can take that and simply relax – go for it! I went thrice – and the third on my own in a rental and that is the only way to go.

  6. I am currently planning my trip to Norway for the very end of August to the beginning of September. I can’t change my dates, and I’m running into problems with museums limiting activities by the middle or end of August. The biggest thing I want to do is row a longship! But Avaldnes and even Lofetr museum may be done with that by then. Can you help with choosing the absolute best museums or sites to visit if activities are limited? Aside from the ship museum in Oslo which is already on my list. Thank you in advance.

  7. hi all i,m planning a trip to norway in the next 2 years i am part of a viking era reenactment group here in south australia want A REAL VIKING TRIP NOT TOURISTY RUBBISH I HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR THE SCANDINAVIANS IN ALOT OF WAYS , i study the viking era and train in ae and shield and sword and shield so please alot of info would be good in my planning thanks

  8. Hello I am direct Descendant of King Harold Fairhair Haarfagre I would love to find out more about all of this.

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