History buffs will be in their element today, as you get clued up on all things Viking. First, you’ll visit Ullandhaug Tower. This hilltop viewpoint gives you a 360° view of Stavanger and nearby Hafrsfjord. This is where a historic battle took place in 872, when King Harald united all of Norway’s 29 tiny kingdoms under one crown. Close by, you’ll stop at the Swords in Rock monument, which commemorates this battle. Three giant bronze swords – up to 10 metres tall – have been planted by a picturesque bay. Next it’s on to Stavanger Museum for a wander around the Viking Voyagers exhibition. A highlight is the artefacts recently uncovered from a Viking Age burial, including swords, golden buckles and multi-coloured glass beads. On your way back, you’ll stop at Gamle Stavanger, AKA Old Stavanger, where you’ll have the option of a guided tour. This place has won awards for its perfectly preserved wooden houses and cobbled lanes
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.