The naval battle in Hafrsfjord in about 872 AD is one of the largest in the history of Norway (Photo: Sola Historielag)
Was there ever a great naval battle in Hafrsfjord about year 872 AD? Traditionally, the result of the supposed battle has been seen as the start of the Norwegian nation where everyone gathered under the same monarch; Viking King Harald Fairhair. Nevertheless, there has never been done any archaeological surveys that can confirm or deny whether Hafrsfjord has been the scene of this historical event. Not until now.
The Battle of Hafrsfjord is described in the Saga of Harald Fairhair in Snorri’s Heimskringla. Harald defeated several petty kings and the battle is considered decisive in the unification of Western Norway. Now, finally the seabed in Hafrsfjord is scientifically examined to find traces.
Marine biologists are investigating the seabed in Hafrsfjord. (Photo: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)
Project Hafrsfjord 872, under the leadership of the Museum Stavanger (MUST), will hopefully give us some answers. Right now, marine biologists from the Norwegian Mapping Authority are investigating the seabed throughout Hafrsfjord with modern sonar technology that can see through the seafloor mud.
Researchers already have found interesting traces. The good news is that these are found at relatively shallow depths so that divers can explore the findings in more detail.
See also: Where are the Great Viking kings Buried?
Text by Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews