St Olav's church at Avaldsnes, Karmoy
Olav's church was built about 1250 AD by King Haakon Haakonson, with the
steeple part being rebuilt much more recently.
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in the early fourteenth century as a royal chapel, the church needed a lot
of renovation in the last 200 years.
Virgin Mary's needle (Jomfru Marias Synaal) is a stone standing 7.2 metres tall - the tallest in Norway - the only one of five surviving from this originally pagan site.
Legend says that the stone will touch the church wall on Judgement Day - and it is only a few centimetres away. A previous church minister apparently hacked off part of the stone some hundreds of years ago to delay the day!
This site is known as the Royal Farm (Kongsgarden), which includes the new Nordvegen History centre and re-built Viking settlement on Bukkoy.
There are also many other attractions on Karmoy.
Rogaland Fylkeskart (scale 1:200 000): 3891 65855
Drive north from Stavanger and then to Haugesund on the E 39 or ferry to Skudeneshavn. The church is just off the RV 47 2 km south of the bridge from the island of Karmoy over to Haugesund.
Beside the church
Distance from Stavanger: 70 km
Distance from Haugesund: 10 km
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Travel time from Stavanger:
2 hours or more by car
Duration of the visit:
up to half an hour
not very interesting
Nordvegen history centre, Avaldsnes
Viking settlement, Avaldsnes
Visnes mining museum
Karmoy fishery museum, Vedavaagen
Rogaland fishery museum, Akrehamn
Maelandsgarden museum, Skudeneshavn
Hotel booking in the Haugesund area
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