The best view over Egersund city

History from the bronce age and up to today on this short walk that will give you a wonderful view over Egersund. See the Pricilla Presley house in the old town, stone-age rock-carvings and a farm that has been here since the viking-age.

Eight attractions
Start: Torget (The square)
Stopp: Varberg, north side (Reverse)
Route: Map below
Route
Walk: 21 min
Cycling: 7 min
Distance: 1.0 km

1 Torget (The square)

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A good start on this tour, but you could start anywhere nearby. "Torget" means marketplace, and this was the place where farmers and fishermen sold their products. Torget is today used as a meeting-place where the different generations meet.

Kids playing in the fountain in Egersund square a summer day

2 Grisatorget (The pig-square)

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Grisatorget, translated as "the pig-square", is the place where you could buy and sell pigs in the 1800 and earlier. The statue with the three little pigs here is in memory of this. This is still the center of the old shopping area in Egersund.

People walking by a small statue of three pigs in Egersund shopping district

3 Pricilla Presleys house

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Pricilla Preslys grandfather Albert Henry Iversen was born here in 1899. She was Elvis Presleys wife and has visited Egersund several times. This is a part of the old city with small family-houses. The road is called Kirkegaten which means the way to the church. The house is marked with a dark-blue Pricilla Presley-sign.

An old wooden house with a sign that say that Pricilla Presleys grandfather lived here

4 Aarstad gård (Old farm)

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Not a farm with animals anymore, but you can still see the buildings. There has been a farm here since at least the 800s.

The road up to Årstad gård, and old farm from the viking age

The treasure

The Aarstad-treasure, 1849 silver coins, the largest coin-collection from the viking area, was found near Sandbakkan which, at that time, was a part of this farm. 

History of the Aarstad-treasure

The danish king Knud traveled to Norway and visited Egersund in the year 1028 to start a war to win the country. The history tells us that he had money to pay soldiers to be on his side.

The coins

The newest silver-coins in the 2,3 kilo silver-collection tells us that it was hidden in Egersund before 1030. The 1849 coins are today displayed in a museum in Oslo.

5 Husabø, the parsonage

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The name Husabø means a hill with large houses, and there has probably been a farm here since between year 600 and 800. The houses have had administration as well as military purpose, and it was the farm that the king visited when he was in the area. The famous Viking-king Harald the holy visited the farm before his death in 1030. A farm for the priest since the 1500s, and it still is.

An old farm-bulding with gras and trees outside

6 The bronce-age rock-carvings

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Close to the route is some rock-carvings from the bronce-age. These are probably between 2500 and 3500 years old and show two ships with crew. Two of the crew members are raising their hands, probably worshipping the sun which you can see in front of the boat. The area where these carvings are seems private, put are public.

A sign telling you about the bronce-age-rock-carvings you can see near Egersund

7 Varberg, east side

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The town is situated along a strait which separates the mainland from the island of Eigerøy, making it one of the best natural harbours in Norway. From here you can see the lowland with no high mountains in sight, and you can see the open sea, the road to Denmark and Europe. Today, most of the industry is still related to the sea and to boats.

A view from Varberg mountain where you can see the sea, nature, mountains and the residential homes near Egersund city

8 Varberg, north side

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The name of the city, as well as larges island is Eigerøy comes from the word "eik" which means "oak". "Øy" means island. You can find two compass roses on the top of Varberg. One from 1600s and one from the 1800s. There was also built a "varde", a cairn or signal post, here during the Napolean-war, early 1800s, and that is why the top is still called Varberg.

A view ofer Egersund cith with the inland in the back as well as nature, harbour and mountains

Map and route

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Allow about 21 minutes to walk this route, but add extra time for attractions and other stops. Cycling this Egersund-route takes about 7 minutes.

Author: Sem Hadland (More about me)

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