Borre National Park
Borre National Park is the site of an extensive collection of graves from the former kings of Scandinavia. The park has 21 small burial grounds as well as 7 large ones. Excavations that took place near the end of the 1980s show that many of the older mounds date all the way back to 600 AD. This is before the age of the Vikings.
After these excavations, it is thought that some of the burial mounds in the park may contain kings from the Ynglinge dynasty. The Ynglinge had settled in the Vestfold area after they left Sweden. The grounds were used for burials for at least 300 more years.
The excavations have revealed a remarkable amount of craftwork. The area was given the name Borrestilen. Many of the pieces that have been found show intricate knot and animal ornaments. These items were typically used as decorations for harnesses.
The remains have confirmed that some of the mounds may even contain ships that were similar to the Oseberg and Gokstad ships that were found around the area of Oslofjorden.
Borre National Park was the first national park in Norway. The mounds are set near the woodlands in an area that was well tended near the edge of the water. Every season the park offers different outdoor events that have a historic theme. There is a historical center that has finds from the area on display.
Borre National Park Photo Gallery
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