Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Vangen church

    Vangen church is a longchurch built of stone at Aurlandsvangen. The church, in an early Gothic style, is probably built in two turns in the 13th century. The church was restored both in 1861-1862 and in 1926. Vangen church is a "sokn" (sub-parish) church for the Vangen "sokn" and is the main church in the Aurland parish.

  • Kitchen utensils and cooking

    At Ytre Moa kitchen utensils and cooking equipment make up an interesting category of objects. Each utensil as well as the objects seen as a whole can give us an insight into everyday life for those who lived at Ytre Moa in the Viking Age.

  • Sogns Tidend - local newspaper 1877-1947

    The local newspaper 'Sogns Tidend' was published in the years between 1877 and 1947 - the first few decades in Lærdal, but from 1903 in Sogndal. During the Lærdal period, there were a number of editors, whereas one man, Jens Kvåle, was editor practically the whole time in Sogndal. Sogns Tidend was always a typical liberal newspaper. In 1947, the paper was bought by the local paper 'Sogn og Fjordane' and became incorporated in the latter.

  • Utvik church

    Utvik church is a wooden longchurch located in the village of Utvik in the municipality of Stryn. The church, with a seating capacity of 350, was consecrated on 29 November, 1840. The church is built according to the architect Hans Ditlev Franciscus Linstow¿s model designs. Utvik church is a ¿sokn" church for the Utvik ¿sokn" in the parish of Innvik.

  • The boat repairman - essential element in the coast community

    When the fisherman had had the misfortune to bump the boat into the sea floor so hard that the bailing pump had to work non-stop, and despair was getting the upper hand, the boat repairman answered quite unperturbed: That will be fixed very quickly.

  • Memorial stone over fallen on Husøy churchyard at Straumen

    On each of the three churchyards in Solund, there is a memorial stone with the names of the 16 from Solund who were victims of the Second World War. Ten of them belonged to Husøy parish. The monuments are exactly identical and were erected simultaneously.

  • 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 burial mounds at Botnane

    On the mainland side of Bremanger, close to the border to the municipality of Flora, lies the hamlet of Botnane with the farms of Øvrebotnen, Sørbotnen and Nordbotnen. Today there are eight burial mounds at Botnane, some of these can be easily seen along the road. It is assumed that they were all built in the older Bronze Age, about 1800 to 1000 years BC.

  • The road Oppedal-Instefjord - an important part of the main road network

    The road construction between Instefjord and Oppedal was an important link in the so-called Coastal Highway between Stavanger, Bergen and Ålesund, the E-39 crossing four counties. The road was opened in 1990 and gave a new ferry connection and a shorter crossing of the Sognefjord. In addition, the road connected the villages on the southern area of the Høyanger municipality to the main road network. To top it all, the 10-kilometre-long road received "The beautiful roads award" in 1992.

  • Hydroelectric power and industry at Svelgen

    In Bremanger the water resources formed the basis for the development of the industrial town of Svelgen. It took some time before any establishment of industry that could utilize the power, and it was only from the 1950s that Svelgen emerged as a major industrial site, with the company Elkem Bremanger as its dominating workplace. After the municipal boundary regulations in 1963, Svelgen became the administrative centre for the new Bremanger municipality.

  • Memorial stone for British war graves at Eivindvik

    On the churchyard at Eivindvik there is a small low stone with a text plaque. It was raised in remembrance of 16 British naval soldiers who lost their lives in December 1917. Their ship was sunk by a German submarine.

  • The Kvannhovden lighthouse

    In 1895, a lighthouse was built at Kvannhovden, and it became operational on 5 November the same year. It had a common wick lamp, and only in 1932, did the lighthouse get a much more powerful incandescent lamp.

  • The trading post of Vågsberget

    On the south side of the island of Vågsøy, at the entrance to the Vågsfjord we find the old trading post and inn of Vågsberget. The trading post with the inn has a beautiful setting along the sea lane, encircled by big, planted deciduous trees. Bergen citizens started trading here in the 17th century. Today Vågsberget is one of the best preserved of the 19th-century trading posts in western Norway. In 1989, it was decided to restore the buildings of the old trading post.

  • The burial mounds at Ytre Moa

    In addition to six house sites, 20 burial mounds and a menhir (memorial stone) are located on the Moa terrace. Some of the burial mounds are found in among the houses, whereas the majority is gathered in a row, east of the farmyard. The mounds vary in size and form, being round, oval or oblong. Only a few of the burial mounds at Ytre Moa have been investigated. In addition, a grave under level ground has been excavated, and a boat-shaped area of paved stone. The latter is probably a boat grave. All the graves were archaeologically excavated at the same time as the house sites in the summer months of 1964-1966.

  • War grave at Solund churchyard - Bjarne Peder Nesøy

    Two years after the war 1940-1945, the 13-year-old boy Bjarne Peder Nesøy died after a fire accident. He had played with inflammable "sticks" which he and his brother had found at a German fortification. Bjarne Peder Nesøy lost his life as a consequence of the war, although it happened as late as in 1947.