Visit Sverd i fjell (Swords in Rock)

What is Sverd i fjell?

Sverd i fjell which means Swords in Rock in English is one of the must dos in Stavanger, Norway. It is a commemorative monument of three swords with a background of an ocean. The swords are made of bronze and stand at 10 meters tall. They represent peace, unity and freedom.

The largest sword represents the victorious Harald, and the two smaller swords represent the defeated petty kings. The Viking swords hilts are modelled on the swords.


The monument was created by sculptor Fritz Roed. And was unveiled by King Olav. The swords commemorate the Battle of Hafrsfjord in the year 872. The battle when Harald Harfagre united Norway into one kingdom.

How do I visit?

Sverd i fjell is about 10 minutes bus ride from the city center. The bus number 16 goes from the city center to the monument and it costs about 40 Norwegian Krone. Latest information can be found at

My experience

Visiting Swords in Rock was never part of my must-sees in Stavanger. But something on the map, given to me by the hotel receptionist, drew my attention. It was a picture of three swords. It looked interesting and definitely became a part of my must-sees immediately.

Even though the weather was really bad and was raining continuously, I decided to head to the Swords in Rock. I took a bus from a bus stop closer to my accommodation, that was in between the city center and the Swords in Rock, and was dropped at the bus stop that was about 2 minutes walk from the Swords in Rock.

The first glimpse of the swords were that there stood the tall bronze swords high with a rough ocean and the dark clouds in the background. It was spectacular.

The bad weather added more drama to the sight. I took many pictures and videos – to my heart’s content.

I am glad to have found this beautiful piece of history in Stavanger and would definitely recommend this to every traveler who visits Stavanger.

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