Delve into the history of Norway by visiting a revered World War II museum and a monument dedicated to Norway's first king, who united the country in the 9th century.
Drive inland through the lake-dotted countryside to the Arquebus War Museum, which is located at the head of a beautiful fjord. One of Norway's largest museums, this former chair factory building now holds thousands of artifacts that detail the events of World War II in Norway, starting with the Resistance movement.
As you browse the exhibitions, you will gain a better understanding of everyday life during the German occupation, the valiant efforts of the merchant marine, and the secret radio transmissions that helped defeat the Germans. The museum is named for a partisan radio operator whose codename was arquebus, a type of 15th-century gun. Many of the museum's dioramas feature mannequins dressed in authentic uniforms in wartime situations, so they truly come to life. A large collection of tanks, cannons and smaller weapons is also on display.
Not far from the museum, you will find a display of natural beauty at Steinsfjellet, an elevated lookout with panoramic views of the North Sea, where you’ll make a photo stop.
Nearby is Haraldshaugen monument; erected in 1872 to mark the 1,000-year anniversary of Norway's unification, this national monument looms over the supposed burial site of Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway. After a brief stop at this monument of obelisks, you will return to the pier.