Ullandhaug – Stavanger

Evening time from Ullandhaug tower
Evening time from Ullandhaug tower

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.

Met this little fellow on our way
Met this little fellow on our way.

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.

View from another side of the tower.
View from another side of the tower.

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.

Picture of the Iron Age Farm, you can see Ullandhaug tower in the background

51 thoughts on “Ullandhaug – Stavanger

  1. Even 5 minutes away in another house can change your perspective. Almost as good as going to a hotel. 🙂 Sounds like you had a lovely walk. Loved seeing the bunny. They are so cute you just want to cuddle them.

    1. Yes it was very cute and very fast. I was lucky to get as close as I did. Has been nice to stay at my parents, but will be good to come home as well.

  2. Wow! Great view and place. Enjoy your walks and those view and memories! Thanks for sharing I really enjoyed it!

      1. By car up to Nordkapp two times. Gudbrandsdalen, Geiranger, Mo i Rana osv. Oslo förstås. Innerdalen och Hardangervidda. Favoriten är Svartisen. Lofoten återstår – det är flott. Nästa år kanske? Har du favoriter får du gärna berätta!

  3. You have a lovely website here. Cher had a great idea with her block party yesterday, didn’t she?!
    It would be terrific to view Norway as it was 1500 years ago, I love that sort of thing. Sorry the tower was destroyed in WWII, I hope the US didn’t do it!!

    1. Thank you so much. Cher really had a great idea. I had so much fun at the party yesterday and found so many great blogs to read, including yours. The tower that was there originally and that god destroyed gave way to the new tower that was essential for telecommunications in our town. I have no idea who destroyed the tower, but as casualties of war goes, it wasn’t a huge sacrifice.

    1. Thank you for visiting I hope I can give you a little glimpse of what it is like in my part of Norway on this blog. What part of France where you stationed in?

    1. It is something else! When I was younger we would get a tour and the guides were iron age Vikings that showed us what it would have been like to live there.

  4. From here you have a marvellous view of Stavanger, Ryfylke and Nordjaeren. Harald’s Cairn was sited here previously and rocks from the top of this older tower are now placed beside Ullandhaugtarn.

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