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Sognefjorden Høyanger

A different viking story

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Experience a different viking story!

The Vikings are known for their sailing skills and ruthless raids. But is that a complete picture? In Hyllestad you will experience a very different side of Viking life: The Vikings were also gifted stonemasons and clever tradesmen. In Hyllestad they specialized in one particular product: Millstones! Tens of thousands of millstones left Hyllestad over the centuries. The production was so large that the stone quarries are among the biggest cultural heritage sites in the whole of Norway.

On this guided tour you will be joined by a local expert guide who will show you the Millstone Park with its old quarry landscape and tell you the story of how a small place like Hyllestad could become perhaps the biggest producer in Scandinavia of one of the most important daily objects: the hand quern. While production in the quarries were the men’s world, the finished quernstones became the women’s tool for grinding grain and making flour. On your tour you can try to work the stone with a pickaxe and grind grain on a quern. 

The tour lasts approximately one hour. Come join us and learn this fascinating but less known side of the Viking history. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

You have your own private guide

You see a shipwreck cargo of 550 quernstones rescued from the sea floor, the result of a terrible accident

You learn how to use a quern – just like the Viking women did


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General

Accessibility
  • Access for wheelchairs
  • Adapted for disabled
  • Handicap friendly
  • Toilet for disabled persons
Discount
  • Family
Landscape
  • Fjord area
  • Mountain area
Season
  • All year
  • Summer

Outdoor Activities

Activities
  • Boat available
  • Guided trips
  • Guiding
  • Hiking
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Nature trail
  • Rowing trips
  • Salmon fishing
  • Swimming
Biking
  • Bike rental
Canoeing & kayaking
  • Kayaking
Cross-country skiing
  • Marked cross-country ski trails
Fishing
  • Salmon fishing
Hiking
  • Marked trails

Plan Your Trip

Getting here
  • Parking
  • Parking for motor coaches
Services
  • Family-friendly
  • Free WiFi
  • Infant chair available
  • WiFi

Taste Norway

Norwegian cuisine
  • Local food
  • Norwegian cuisine
Pubs & Bars
  • Entertainment
Restaurant & café
  • Fully licenced
  • Grill/steakhouse
  • Local dishes
  • Lunch

Things To Do

Activities for kids
  • Playground
Shopping
  • Grocery store
Theme park
  • Family-friendly
Facility Info
  • Reception Capacity 50
  • Banquet
  • Capacity congress
  • Conference personnel
  • Conference rooms 12
  • Number of persons in largest conference room 56
  • Reception & dinners
  • Showrooms & exhibition halls
  • Banquet Capacity 26
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