TRAVEL ALERT! Important information about the Coronavirus situation in Norway
Dynamic Variation:
Offers
x

There was not an exact match for the language you toggled to. You have been redirected to the nearest matching page within this section.

Choose Language
Toggling to another language will take you to the matching page or nearest matching page within that selection.
Search & Book Sponsored Links
Search
or search all of Norway

Fjord Norway Vestland SOGNDAL

The Balder Stone

  • Systrond, Sogndal
  •  /  km From You
Overview

The Balder Stone

Straight ahead of us, standing on a large burial mound, we see the Balder Stone, towering nearly 8 meter over the ground and considered on of the tallest menhirs in Norway, On the outskirts of the mound, archaeologists have found a man`s grave dating back to Viking times, or perhaps a little earlier. The mound may have been the burial site for a powerful family through many generations. 

Why the name Balder Stone?

Traditionally, the name of the Balder Stone has been linked to the saga about Fridtjov the Bold. The story of Fridtjov takes place in the Viking Age 800-1050 AD and tells of a large place of worship on a farm called Baldershagen. It has been claimed that this refers to Baldershagen at Husabø. It was also thought that the Balder Stone was given its name because the memorial stone was placed on Fridtjov`s grave. Opninions are divided on whether the saga is based on real life. It was written down several hundred years after the Viking Age and no other sources support the theory that the Balder Stone is on Fridtjov`s grave or linked to him in any other way. The menhir has doubtlessly been placed here as a memorial stone, but we do not know who was being commemorated. 

 


  • Last Updated:
  • Source: Visit Sognefjord AS
Statens Kartverk, Geovekst og kommuner - Geodata AS
TripAdvisor Reviews
Traveler Reviews in partnership with TripAdvisor
Your Recently Viewed Pages