Walk in the footsteps of Vikings

Join us on a journey to uncover the secrets behind our spectacular geology, and discover why the Vikings was such skilled craftsmen and traders

Join us for a walk in the footsteps of vikings and discover how and where millstones were made !

The Vikings toiled in this area more than a thousand years ago, with skill, sweat, and perhaps tears when yet another stone got a crack and broke. This was a world in which it was essential to be able to make things with one’s own hands

Stone was the gold of Hyllestad. Stonemasons worked in hundreds of stone quarries, carving millstone after millstone to be shipped across Norway, to Denmark, Sweden, Germay and the islands in the Atlantic. 

The millstone was a fundamental item. There was no food without the millstone! If you wanted to eat bread or porridge, you first had to grind the grain using a quern stone or water mill in order to make flour.

Millstone Park in Hyllestad is an outdoor museum in the largest stone quarry landscape from the Viking period and Middle Ages in Northern Europe. Here you will experience another side of history: The Vikings as skilled craftsmen and traders.

After a tour of the quarries you can also use your hands. You can grind grain, bake bread, carve soapstone, try weaving on a loom – or relax by the fire and enjoy.

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