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The Three Swords Monument

The Three Swords (Sverd i Fjell) stand on the edge of Hafrsfjord, 6km from the centre of Stavanger. Enjoy a 1km stroll along the promenade at sunset. Great place for rollerblading and easy cycling for kids. You will probably witness that strange Norwegian sport of skiing on wheels here! There is a small beach, grassy area and safe bathing for kids. The monument is a popular backdrop for civil wedding ceremonies.

a winter sunset
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a calm winter afternoon This monument was unveiled by King Olav in 1983 and commemorates the Battle of Hafrsfjord in 872, after which King Harald Fair Hair united the three districts of Norway into one kingdom.The crowns on the swords represent the different districts which took part in the battle.
To extend the walk, follow the river 2km northwards to lake Store Stokkavatnet, and feed the ducks gathered at the first bridge or continue even further around the 8km circular lake trail.
Map reference:
Kartblad 1212IV Stavanger, 3085 65383
By car:
Drive west from Stavanger along the FV 509 (Madlaveien) for about 3.5km. At roundabout after Madla shopping centre take the left onto the FV 510 signposted to Sola.
Parking:

After about 1.5km on the righthand side in front of the small beach beside the monument.
By bus:

Local bus from Stavanger Sentrum to Madlasandnes
Distance from Stavanger: 6km

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popular for weddings and wedding pictures
a popular bathing place in the summer Travel time from Stavanger:
10 minutes by car.
20 minutes by bus
Duration of the visit:
15 minutes to a full day
Facilities:

Car park

Beach and grassy area with safe bathing


Kids verdict:
Great, but overcrowded on the beach on a hot day.
See also:
Store Stokkevatnet
Ullandhaug tower
Iron age farm (Jernaldergarden) at Ullandhaug
Bronze age rock carvings at Revheim

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