My parents are away on summer holidays and for logistical purposes and for the change in scenery we decided to stay over at their place for a night. They only live a 5 minutes drive away from me, but you feel like you’re more away from the centre of town than that. When we were there we decided to take a little walk up to a tower on a hill a few minutes walk up the road. The view up there is very nice.
When I lived with my parents I used to go for walks in this area all the time, but having plenty of opportunities closer but it’s been a while since I have walked here. The weather was a bit on and off, but it was quite lovely and warm.The tower is called Ullandhaugtårnet, meaning Ullandhaug tower, it is a tele tower built in 1964 on top Ullandhaug a hill in Stavanger. The top of the tower is 200 meters above sea and this makes it the highest point in Stavanger. And from the viewpoint here you can see all of Stavanger and beyond. The tower was built where an older tower was erected in 1896 in commemoration of the battle of Hafrsfjord (a famous Viking battle), but this was mostly destroyed in World War II. So the new tower is built where the old tower had been.
On our way down we had to go by a shop and get some coffee for the morning and as the nearest shop takes you past the Iron age farm we decided to go up and have a look. The houses wasn’t open as we were there quite late, but as long as you leave the sheep be and remember to close the fence you’re allowed in at all hours to have a look. The farm is a recreation of an Iron Age Farm found here by archeologist and everything is recreated just the way they found it. You can come here and get a glimpse of what it was like to live in Norway 1500 years ago.