Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Utvær "skipreide" - area of defence with "leidang" ships and beacons

    The Solund islands are on the doorstep of communication across the North Sea, centrally and strategically, with good harbours and plenty of hiding places. For this reason the islands were always an important link in the line of defence which the kings built on the coast for the protection of the country.

  • War grave at Selje - Reidar Drage

    On 15 April, 1946, the cargo on a motor boat loaded with German ammunition caught fire on her way to a dumping site in Nordfjord. People jumped overboard and everybody but one was saved by boats that came to the rescue. Reidar Drage from Stadlandet was buried at Leikanger church on 20 April, 1946.

  • War grave at Selje church - Ole Dagfinn Eide

    Both during and after the war fatal accidents happened when people inadvertently stepped on mines. At Osmundvåg, the 18-year-old Ole Dagfinn Eide died on 18 July, 1946. He stepped on a mine at a place that had been cleared of mines and where the area had been declared safe.

  • The Kinna church

    The Kinna church is built in stone, probably some time in the 12th century. It is the oldest and the only one of its kind in the region of Sunnfjord, and it is one of the most impressive medieval monuments in the west of Norway. It was the main church in the parish of Kinn until 1882, when a new church was built in the newly founded city of Florø.

  • Road from Florø

    Florø was founded in 1859, and was for close to 150 years the only city in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. What was highly unusual was the fact that the city had no road connection whatsoever, in spite of being located on the mainland. Only in 1945 was Florø linked to the rest of the county by road. The roadwork had been going on since 1922, mainly financed in the form of employment relief from the state. Florø was a periphery in the county economically and politically until after the Second World War. This is probably the reason why the only city in the county had to wait for nearly 90 years to get a road connection to Førde and the rest of the region.

  • Memorial stone for war victims at Eivindvik

    The municipality of Gulen has four memorial stones for war victims from the Second World War. One stands at Byrknesøy, one on the churchyard at Mjømna church, one at the graveyard at Indre Oppedal, and one at the Eivindvik church. On the memorial stone at Eivindvik there are 16 names.

  • The point of Stakaldeneset

    Stakaldeneset is a barren and west-facing point that rises steeply from the Eikefjord at the strait of Helgøysundet. In the late 1970s, Svein Brandsøy made a find which meant that the textbooks on the Stone Age in Norway had to be rewritten.

  • Begla - weapons depot with sinister shadows

    The bay of Beglevågen in westernmost Solund must be the smallest in the country. Here the resistance movement had a weapons depot during the Second World War. The Germans detected the depot and went into action on 2 May, 1943. Four men were arrested and sent to prison camps in Germany.

  • Sunnfjord Folkehøgskule - memorial stone over house fire fatalities

    "In memory of the fatalities at Solvang" is cut into a stone in the churchyard of Førde parish church. Between 1 and 2 o'clock in the night of Saturday, 3 September 1910, the new home of "Søndfjords ungdomsskole" burnt to the ground. Six people lost their lives, principal Rasmus Øvrelid's wife, four of his children, and his mother-in-law. The memorial stone is on their grave.

  • The Wiese house at Dombestein

    The farm Dombestein is located on the southern side of the Nordfjord between Davik and Isane in the Davik parish. Ancient finds show that people have lived there since time immemorial. In 1850, the farm was turned into a centre for the then Davik municipality with a trading post and inn, post office and steamer stop. Nowadays the Wiese house reminds us of the important position Dombestein used to have.

  • Frøya church

    Frøya church is a wooden longchurch located at Frøyalandet in the municipality of Bremanger. The church - with a seating capacity of 400 - was consecrated on 11 December, 1865, by the dean Johan Carl Christie. The architect was the painter artist Anders Askevold from Askvoll. Frøya church is a "sokn" church for the Frøya "sokn" and is also the main church in the parish of Bremanger.

  • The Eggja runic stone

    The Eggja stone is one of the best known runic stones ever found in Norway. It contains the longest known inscription of the old futhark (early runic) alphabet, and it is still a riddle to researchers. Throughout the years a number of books and numerous articles have been written about it. In the Cultural Heritage Year 1997, the Eggja stone was chosen to be the cultural heritage monument for the municipality of Sogndal.

  • Langebrua

    The bridge across the river Jølstra was named after the shopkeeper Hans Christian Fr. Lange, one of the people who took the initiative to build the first bridge. The bridge has always been an important communications link in Førde town.

  • Fishermen monument at Nord-Vågsøy church

    At Nord-Vågsøy church, there is a memorial for fishermen who are lost at sea. It was erected by local people in 1998.

  • Memorial stone at Holmedal for fallen soldiers in the World War 1939-1945

    Six men from the Holmedal parish (earlier Fjaler municipality, now Askvoll) lost their lives during the World War 1939-1945: three on Norwegian merchant ships in service abroad, one on the ironclad "Eidsvold" at Narvik, one on board the coastal steamer "Irma", and one in the extermination camp of Sachsenhausen. On 29 August 1947, a memorial stone in their honour was unveiled at the church at Holmedal.