Nordvegen History Centre and Viking Settlement

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Discovering the First Viking Settlements

In Karmsundet cove nestled in the Norwegian forests stands an ancient Viking settlement founded by King Harald Fairhair: Haugesund.

Your MSC cruise will let you discover this hidden gem: starting off as a small village, over time, it became an urban area of great commercial interest. The rose-colored town hall building is characteristic of the area, one of the best examples of Neo-classical buildings in Norway and voted the most beautiful palace in Haugesund. It was designed by architects Gudolf Blakstad and Herman Munthe-Kaas in the 20th century.
This city is the perfect place for those who love unspoiled nature as the entire area is full of trails leading through the woods. The Djupadalen recreation area, for example, is located near the center of Haugesund and is the best place to go hiking all year round. In summer, you can swim at Eivindsvannet, a small, charming lake also ideal for taking a walk, a picnic in the open air or simply spending the day in total relaxation. Beautiful, natural and stimulating, this is a wonderful place to stretch your legs.
To enjoy the view of the city and the North Sea, you can also visit Steinsfjellet, only a short distance away from Haugesund. On clear days, you can admire beautiful views that stretch around it for miles. Steinsfjellet is not only a mountain, but also a delightful recreational place for long walks and diving into Norwegian nature.
To get to know the history and culture of Haugesund, however, there is nothing better than a visit to the Nordvegen History Center where you can find information on the sovereigns who controlled the coast of Norway from Avaldsnes, 10 km further south. Some of these kings are known of because they are immortalized in ancient Norwegian epics and songs, while others have been identified thanks to archaeology. At the Nordvegen History Center, their story is told using tools of our time; it is a grandiose, informative place, but also a bit magical giving visitors a glimpse of the world of northern divinities, letting them meet witches and ancient Viking warriors.

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    ノルウェーで過ごす夢のような休暇。 ノルウェーを象徴する大自然の造形美、フィヨルドを巡る夢の旅へ。


    MSCクルーズの北欧クルーズでは、また、オーロラが織りなす感動的な自然美を鑑賞。夏季には、北極圏ならではの神秘的な白夜を体験します。 ノルウェーでは、2つの古代文明、ヴァイキングサーミの足跡をたどるのも、旅の醍醐味のひとつ。ヴァイキングは単なる海賊や戦い好きの部族ではありませんでした。彼らは商人、探検家かつ植民地開拓者であり、11世紀まで300年以上にわたりスカンジナビア半島と北大西洋地域を統治していました。一方、サーミの人々はこの地方の先住民族で、カラフルな民族衣装(コルト)を身にまとい、大規模なトナカイの遊牧を行いながら、1万年以上にわたり北欧の奥地で生活を営んできました。

    旅の間は、トロル(トロール)にご注意! 北欧クルーズでは、このノルウェーの伝承に登場する妖精にちなんで名付けられた場所をいくつも訪問します: トロルヘイム(トロルの家)山地、トロルスティーゲン(「トロルのはしご」という意味の美しい山岳道路)、トロルヘッタン(トロルのボンネット)、トロールヴェゲン(トロルの壁)など。