Solbakk Rock Carvings

Down by the shore at Solbakk, Strand in Ryfylke, just beside the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke, is a prehistoric rock-carving site. The find, first discovered in 1923, dates from around 500 BC. Carvings of ships predominate.

Both ships and circles (suns) are carved into the rock. All in all there are nearly 30 ship-carvings and 8 sun-figures. Some of the ships have enclosed hulls, others open. The vertical lines in the ships depict the crews. The suns are circle-shaped with smaller circles inside. All the carvings are highlighted.
The prehistoric rock carvings have been interpreted as being either religious symbols or depictions of religious actions. These rock carvings afford us glimpses of ancient religious expression.