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.

  • War graves on Shetland - captain Kristoffer Lutenthun

    On 3 February 1940, the SS "Hop" left Bergen for England in ballast. The boat never got there. Three weeks later, the newspaper Firda Folkeblad had a short report with the headline "Bergen ship with 17 men missing." The captain was from Askvoll. Several years passed before the captain's widow had knowledge of what had happened. And she had to find out by herself.

  • Textile tools and textile production

    There is a relatively high occurrence of textile tools in the finds at Ytre Moa. With our knowledge of grazing conditions, finds of tools for gathering of fodder for sheep and the historical use of the area, the many textile tools have been interpreted as an indication that textile handicraft played a very important role in the region in the Viking Age. What kinds of tools have been found and what do we know about the process of textile production?

  • Memorial commemorating those who died during the Second World War - at Stavang church

    Close to the road up to the Stavang church there is a memorial stone. The names of five men are carved into the more than two-metre-high stone. Three of these men lost their lives at sea, whereas two died in imprisonment in Germany.

  • People from Solund go to the North

    During the 30-year period 1860-1890 around eighty people from Solund moved north to fishing stations in Namdalen and Nordland. Their main reason was that the spring herring had disappeared from the western coast.

  • The Iron Age farm in the valley of Kvernhusdalen

    There are not many deserted farms left from the Iron Age in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. One of these is Kvernhusdalen in Selje. Measurements, C14 dating and pollen analyses from this place testify that there was a farm there both in the early and the late Iron Age.

  • Boat-landing facilities at Kråkenes

    The people of Kråkenes have always been faced with bad landing sites. There were five known sites: Storehola, Keila, Stiksvika, Bleke and Synstestøa. In 1933-38, a road was built to Kråkenes from the Kvalheim farm.

  • The inn at Sauesund

    Sauesund, like most places with an inn, is situated on a sound. The old inn is at Atløy, in the municipality of Askvoll, with a view across the narrow sound of Sauesundet. The municipal centre of Askvoll, on the opposite side of the Granesundet sound, has now taken over all the traffic which earlier went across the Sauesund.

  • Menhir at Holmedal

    In the summer of 1999 Harald Bakke from Holmedal rescued a menhir from ending up at the bottom of the sea. The stone had lain in the pebbles, and year by year it had moved toward deep water. One year later the stone was erected beside two burial mounds on the seafront of the farm of Bakke.

  • From riding path to road - between Kaupanger and Sogndal

    Kaupanger has always been an important historical place in Sogn. There is a reference to the place in the saga literature and it has been used as a market place, a church site, a court site, and as residences for bailiffs and county governors. The contact with the outside world took place by means of boats, but there was also a road connection between Kaupanger and Sogndal. In earlier times, this was hardly more than a good riding path. In 1848, the standard of the path was improved to a cart road, and, in 1938, a car road was built to connect with a ferry at Kaupanger. The ferry quay in the bay of Amlabukta was for a long time one of the busiest in the county.

  • 1905 - The Storting representative Ivar Lind

    In 1905, Norway became a completely free and independent country. The union with Sweden was dissolved by the Storting resolution of 7 June. This article deals with the Storting representative Ivar Lind from Florø.

  • Local-historical centre at Aurland

    The local-historical centre is located in the old municipal building at Aurlandsvangen. The centre offers a series of exhibits and services for the general public. Two such services are genealogical research and search in the photo archive. The centre was opened in 1994.

  • The old schoolhouse at Hardbakke

    Hardbakke was the second place in Solund which had a schoolhouse. From 1870 onwards, the schoolchildren could climb up the stone steps to a spacious classroom. The teacher and his family lived in the other part of the building. For almost 90 years, this house welcomed schoolchildren.

  • War grave at the Frøya church - seaman Dagfinn Frøyen

    Dagfinn Frøyen escaped to England and served in the merchant marine. While working as a seaman on SS Balduin, he fell ill and died in the spring of 1944. His urn was brought back to Norway on the destroyer "Arendal" in late September 1945. He was buried on 1 October the same year.

  • Sunnfjord folkehøgskule - memorial stone for principal

    In front of the oldest building at the Sunnfjord folkehøgskule there is a memorial stone. The stone was erected in 1933, in memory of Rasmus Øvrelid, principal of the school 1903-1916.