Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Memorial stone commemorating women's graves at Skaim

    On the northern side of the church at Aurlandsvangen there is a stone linked to a prehistoric find of a grave at the farm Skaim. The stone has been erected in recent years, but we have not succeeded in establishing exact information when the stone was erected or why it was done. Nor do we know who did it.

  • The Undredal farm

    The Undredal farm is located on the western side of the Aurlandsfjord, five kilometres south of the entrance to the Nærøyfjord. The farm property covers and area of about 85 square kilometres, stretching southwest on either side of the valley of Undredalsdalen all the way the boundary with the municipality of Voss. The farm property also includes the mountainside north of the farmyard on the western side of the fjord, to the gully of Koldegjelet, as well as the mountainside on the east side of the fjord, to the boundaries of the farms of Kappadal and Nedbergo in the north.

  • Husefjellet - signal station in the mountain

    From the signal station on Husefjellet the Germans could monitor the traffic through the shipping lane of Indre Steinsund. In addition, they had an unobstructed view of Sognesjøen. All through the war, a crew of 10-12 military personnel were stationed there. Their primary task was to report enemy planes and suspicious boat traffic.

  • Ships going down and running aground in Solund

    The archipelago of Solund was brutal for sailing vessels in strong westerly winds. But motor vessels went wrong as well, with tragic consequences. Around the islands are many wrecks, several of them are today tempting objects for divers.

  • The 'Mercantil Marcia' shipwreck in Solund - ordeal in oil spill prevention

    On 21 October 1989, the engine of 'Mercantil Marcia', a cargo ship from Rio de Janeiro, broke down, and the ship was grounded near Storsvalene in Solund. The crew were rescued, but heavy sea wrecked the ship. The cargo was lost, and the bunker oil leaked into the water and onto the shores and beaches. State, municipal, and private oil spill prevention agencies fought to limit the damage by the wreck.

  • Yellow central road stripe between the two Sunnfjord cities

    In the summer of 2005, the Minister for Transport Torild Skogsholm opened the section Storebru-Knapstad on highway (RV) 5 between Førde and Florø. This was the last section in a major project of giving the two Sunnfjord cities an adequate road connection with a central road stripe.

  • The statue of the Sars brothers

    At the centenary of the city of Florø on 16 May 1960, a double bust of the brothers Johan Ernst and Georg Ossian Sars was unveiled. The bust stands on a stone plinth in the city park, and it is made by the sculptor Eilif Mikkelsen.

  • The author Kristian Elster the Younger

    Kristian Elster the Younger (1881-1947) had deep roots in the upper public officials circle in Førde. Evidence of this can be found in his writings. Apart from this, Elster was best known in his own time as a writer of literature reviews, with the capital of Oslo as his base.

  • The Viking Farm at Ytre Moa

    The Viking farm at Ytre Moa is the most comprehensive farm complex we know in Norway from the Viking Age (800 – 1050 AD). The farm dates from the 9th century when much land was cleared for cultivation. For some unknown reason the farm was deserted, most likely towards the end of the 10th century. In the excavations from 1964 to 1966 six house sites and about 20 burial mounds were found.

  • War memorial at Hovden in Ervik, and at Kjerringa

    As early as in the winter of 1942-43, the Germans started the construction of a road from Ervik and up to Hovden, but it was only in the summer of 1944 that the anti-aircraft battery was operable on this very characteristic mountain.

  • The old church yard at Grotle

    In the year of culture 1997, the people of Bremanger decided that the old churchyard at Grotle should be the memorabilia of the county. The church of Grotle was taken down in 1865, but the churchyard was still used until 1902. In later years it has been standing untouched.

  • 1905 - The municipality of Bremanger

    In 1905, Norway became a completely free and independent country. The union with Sweden was dissolved by the Norwegian Storting's (Parliament) resolution of 7 June. This article deals with the events of 1905 in the municipality of Bremanger.

  • The road connection Værlandet-Bulandet

    The archipelago of Værlandet - Bulandet consists of the area to the west of the Aldefjord. In 1981, Askvoll municipality forwarded a suggestion for a road connection between Værlandet and Bulandet, but the construction of the westernmost county road in Sogn og Fjordane started only 20 years later. The road was opened for traffic in December 2003.

  • Florø Church

    Florø church is a so-called longchurch built in wood in the centre of Florø city. The church, which has a seating capacity of 650, was consecrated on 8 November, 1882, by the bishop Fredrik W. Hvoslef. The architect Jacob Wilhelm Nordan made the designs. Florø church was built 22 years after Florø was granted city privileges. The church became the ¿sokn" church for the Kinn ¿sokn" and is now the main church in the parish of Kinn.

  • Memorial stone to Oscar II in Fjærland

    King Oscar II visited Fjærland in the summer of 1879. Those who accompanied him up to the Bøyabre glacier and back, did not want any money for this job. All the same, the king sent a sum of money some time afterwards. The people of Fjærland decided to spend the money on raising a memorial stone commemorating the royal visit.