Saturday, March 17, 2012
Every June there is a Viking Festival at Avaldsnes, just outside Haugesund in Norway. Bringing Viking history and culture to life, this festival in the coastal community of Karmøy, half-way between Bergen and Stavanger, is the largest of its kind in this part of Norway. Taking place in a reconstructed Viking settlement, the festival, which centers around a big market, offers archery workshops, Viking music, Viking arts and crafts, Viking food, storytelling, sports and more. There are several traditional Viking buildings that have been reconstructed to reflect the era. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate and educate people about Viking life and its traditions.