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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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  • Largest Room 400
  • Reception Capacity 750
  • Conference rooms 8
  • Exhibition area 1000
  • Maximum meeting capacity 350
  • Number of beds 77
  • Number of guest rooms 8
  • Reception & dinners
  • Wireless Internet
  • Banquet Capacity 96
  • Classroom Capacity 80
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Lavik, Norway
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61° 6' 15" N / 5° 30' 34" E
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