Avaldnes and Nordvegen History Centre in Karmøysund near Haugesund is an important area for Norway’s cultural history. Norvegen means “The way to the north” and is a shipping route passing the narrow strait Karmøysund. Those who ruled Avaldsnes, controlled the ship traffic and trade.
Nordvegen History Centre tells the story about how Avaldsnes became The First Royal Seat of Norway. It was the royal estate of king Harald Hårfagre (Harald Hairfair). He is said to be buried at Haraldshaugen, just north of Haugesund. You will also get a glimpse into the magic world that people once believed to be true. You will meet sorcerers, shield maidens and Norse gods. In order to best preserve the integrity of the church stemming from the Middle Ages as well as the historical landscape, most of the Centre is located underground.
The exhibition is telling the story of Avaldsnes as a meeting place between costal Norway and Europe – from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. The main focus is on the period 200 – 1400 B.C.KARMSUND WEATHER