Near the shore at Haroldswick are a replica longhouse and the Skidbladner, a scale replica of the 9th Century Gokstad ship unearthed in Norway. The Skidbladner was built by a team from Sweden in an attempt to undertake a crossing of the North Atlantic. After some problems the ship came to rest in Shetland where it now forms part of The Viking Unst Project.
There is a network of small roads that loop through Haroldswick that can either take you along the shore past Unst Boat Haven or inland past Unst Heritage Centre. Just beyond the village the Saxa Vord complex is a former RAF base, which closed in 2006. The complex now provides a range of holiday accommodation with a restaurant and bar; also on the site are a chocolate factory and cafe with details of walks and cycle routes. Also on the site is Valhalla, Britain’s most northerly brewery which has a visitor centre.
On a clear day it is worth taking the 2 mile (3.5km) route from the Saxa Vord base up the old RAF road that leads to the top of Saxa Vord hill where the radar dome still stands. The climb is exceedingly steep for about 0.5 mile (1km) but reasonably easy on the top; the all round views from the top along the road, including sight of Muckle Flugga lighthouse, are superb and well worth the effort. Whilst on the hilltop you could consider the branch of the road for 1 mile (1.5km) to the east across Southers Field and the Ward of Norwick for more amazing views.