Fridtjov Park

Fridtjov Park
In this lovely little park in Vangsnes with its magnificent view over the Sognefjord, stands the 26 m high statue of the Norwegian saga hero and Viking Fridtjov the Bold. The saga was most likely written down in Iceland in the 14th century.

Fridtjov was the son of Torstein from Vangsnes. On the other side of the fjord lived his friend, King Bele, with his two sons and his beautiful daughter Ingebjørg. Torstein and King Bele died, and when Ingebjørg and Fridtjov decided to marry, they had her two brothers against them, who wanted her to become the wife of King Ring, who threatened their Kingdom... The German Emperor Wilhelm II loved this saga. In 1913, he gave the statue as a gift to the Norwegian people, in gratitude for the hospitality the Emperor met on his yearly summer holidays by the fjords of Norway. Photo Balestrand Reiseliv

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