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Welcome to Hægebostad

Hægebostad is an area just outside Lyngdal with ancient stones, Viking history, fishing, waterfalls and accommodation. Hægebostad is a half an hour's drive from Lyngdal. The municipality has 1,600 residents and 988 small and large lakes. Hægebostad provides both a historical experience and delicious food. Norway's southernmost reindeer flock graze in the northern municipality.
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Tingvatn fornminnepark og besøkssenter Hægebostad Norway.
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History learned via a Voice app

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Tingvatn fornminnepark og besøkssenter Hægebostad Norway.
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Tingvatn historical park and visitor centre

Tingvatn has numerous several thousand year old stones arranged in an archaeological park. The facility has wireless electronic guide in Norwegian, German and English. The visitor centre has a café, museum shop and exhibitions of art, archeology and cultural history topics.

The Ancient Sword at Snartemo

In the 1930's, a large sword in perfect condition was found at a farm in Snartemo in Hægebostad. Its history is mysterious and it is believed to be from before the Viking times. This was one of the most significant historical finds in the region and as a result a monument of the Snartemo Sword has been erected which can be accessed by the general public.

Hægebostad tour

Tourist Information for Hægebostad is located in Tingvatn historical park and visitor center. You can find more information about the Hægebostad region on the local government website.

Hægebostad bygdemuseum

This is where visitors can see how the interior household looked in a residential building in the 1800s. The Hægebostad Museum trip can be combined with a tour of Tingvatn field, located just next door.

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Hægebostad bygdemuseum

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Heddan Gård

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Eilivstad herregård manor

The Eilivstad Herregård MansionEilivstad Herregård Mansion is a Norwegian-American building from the 1920s. Offering both catering, parties and seminars / conferences in idyllic surroundings. it is located next to the Lygna salmon river.

Heddan farm

Heddan farm is a cultural guesthouse offering accommodation in historical buildings. The rooms are a trip back in time and there is a restaurant, banquet, meeting and conference facilities.

Mydland farm

Mydland Farm allows the visitor to help take care and feed the deer and Scottish Highland cattle and dine in a private courtyard restaurant. There is a shop selling souvenirs and sausages of meat from deer and Scottish Highland cattle.

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Tingvatn fornminnepark og besøkssenter Hægebostad Norway.
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The Snartemo Sword

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Tingvatn fornminnepark og besøkssenter Hægebostad Norway.
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Historical stones in Tingvatn

Experience history among the mysterious stones at Tingvatn Fornminnepark in Hægebostad. Hægebostad has some of the most mysterious stones in Norway.

At Tingvatn Fornminnepark (historical park and visitor center), there are four different and exciting stone areas. If you are a history buff, this is a treat. Visitors can hear about the history through wireless electronic guide in Norwegian, German and English.

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Tingvatn Fornminnepark og besøkssenter Norway.
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Each stone has a story

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Tingvatn Fornminnepark og besøkssenter Norway.
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Many legends about stones

The stone formations carry imaginative names like Skjelvarspranget, Victims Ring and Judge Ring.

The story tells of the doomed young girl Skjelva who might have lived if she managed to jump from rock to rock around the ring. She almost made it, but fell against the seventh stone and died. The distance between the stones have grown six feet.

Nothing else like it in Norway

Interesting are also two parallel rows of tall stones. This "street" is not known anywhere else in Norway. It is believed that those who were unlucky enough to be sentenced to death had to walk through these.

Close by is the prehistoric field of Galgebakken and Hægebostad Village Museum.

Viking Market and Viking soup

At the visitor center at Tingvatn there are concerts, courses and other events at different times of the year. There is also a Viking market and vintage huts. An exhibition telling the story of the famous Viking sword, Snartemosverdet, can also be heard.

Inside the Tingvatn building is an information desk, museum store with copies of historic shoes and a history of literature. There is a café with Viking soup and other local foods and children can shoot with old-fashioned bow and arrows.

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Tingvatn fornminnepark og besøkssenter Hægebostad Norway.
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Old Viking artifacts

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Tingvatn fornminnepark og besøkssenter Hægebostad Norway.
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