Gøran Olsen had taken a break from his hike in Norway's Haukeli region when he noticed something odd beneath the rocks.

It was a sword. And not just any sword, but a Viking sword estimated to be 1,265 years old and in remarkably good condition, the Hordaland County Council announced this week.

"It's quite unusual to find remnants from the Viking age that are so well-preserved," County Conservator Per Morten Ekerhovd told CNN. "[The sword] might be used today if you sharpened the edge."

Indeed, such a find is not common, according to archaeologist Jostein Aksdal. "It is very special to get ...  a sword that is merely lacking its grip,” he told the Local.

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The  wrought iron sword measures just over 30 inches, according to the county council.

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Extracting iron cost a lot during the Viking era, when swords served as status symbols; this particular weapon was most likely owned by a rich Viking, Ekerhovd told CNN.

Officials announced that once the snow melts in the spring, they will return to the spot in Haukeli where this sword was uncovered to see whether they can uncover anything else.

The sword, meanwhile, has been handed over to the University Museum of Bergen for preservation and research.

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