Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Wartime Shetland traffic - fishing boats go west

    A short distance to Shetland and a rugged coastline with good harbours and excellent hiding places for people and vessels were the reasons why Solund became so important in the traffic to England during the Second World War. A total of 70 - 80 women and men from Solund got across to Shetland in this way.

  • The storehouse at Fletene

    With the year 1524 marked into a log, we have factual evidence for the age of this small house at Fletene at Holsen. Most likely Fletene is also the oldest farmyard in Førde municipality.

  • De Heibergske Samlinger - Sogn Folkemuseum

    De Heibergske Samlinger - Sogn Folkemuseum is the cultural-historical museum for the people of Sogn. It is located at Kaupanger, comprising a large open-air museum, a large exhibition building with permanent and temporary displays, and a separate section, Sogn Fjordmuseum, with boats and other objects related to our local fjord culture.

  • Beitelen

    Beitelen is one of the most famous landmarks in the Nærøyfjorden World Heritage area. The characteristic mountain top offers an excellent view of the fjord system.

  • The hamlet of Bakka

    The small hamlet of Bakka consists of the farms Bakka and Tufto. In the Nærøyfjord these two farms on the right-hand side are the last two farms that the boat passes on her way to the head of the fjord at Gudvangen. The hamlet is probably best known for its white church, designed by the architect Christian Henrik Grosch, who was also responsible for large parts of the urban development in the capital Christiania (Oslo). The hamlet is also known for tis World Heritage Tour with its starting point between Bakka and Tufto.

  • Gulen church

    Gulen church is a so-called longchurch made of wood, situated in the village of Eivindvik. With a seating capacity of 700, the church was consecrated by the dean Thomas Eriksen on 13 December, 1863. The church was designed by the architect Georg Andreas Bull. Gulen church is a "sokn" church for the Gulen "sokn" and is also the main church in the parish of Gulen.

  • German coastal fort at Gottraneset

    In 1942, the landowner of Gottraneset had to move from his farm to Berle. The following year the Germans moved their guns from Berle out to new positions at Gottraneset.

  • 1905 - The municipality of Selje

    In 1905, Norway became a free and independent country. The union with Sweden was dissolved by the Storting¿s parliamentary resolution on 7 June. This article deals with the year 1905 in Selje, but should be read in connection with the other 1905 articles found on the website of the County Archives.

  • Sunnfjord Hotell

    Sunnfjord Hotell opened for business in 1968. The initiative was local, many local shareholders were behind it, and the inhabitants of Førde have always been important customers in the most centrally located hotel in the county of Sogn og Fjordane.

  • Rescuing kids (goats) from the gully of Koldegjelet at Undredal

    In the summer months the kids kept for breeding were released to graze by themselves along the fjord. Owners had to see to them on a regular basis to prevent the animals from becoming too wild and perhaps disappear up in the mountains. The goats gradually became very agile by moving about in the steep mountainsides, but it sometimes happens that they get stuck. Then we have to go out and try to rescue them to safe grounds. This happened on 22 July, 2007.

  • The warehouses and boathouses at Kalvåg

    Kalvåg enjoys a sheltered location on the eastern side of the island of Frøya. Throughout many centuries this was a good harbour for fishermen in the herring and cod fisheries. The many warehouses lining the bay show that fish trading also played an important part at Kalvåg. Fish processing and trade nowadays are carried out in larger buildings. Thus, Kalvåg is not at all just a far-away, picturesque fishing village, and the old boathouses now serve as accommodation facilities for tourists. The place is one of the few thriving centres along the coast of Sogn og Fjordane.

  • 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.

  • "Lefse" pastry from Ytre Gulen

    This lefse recipy is still in use at Ytre (western) Gulen for festive occasions and the Christmas holiday. It is usually served with coffee. The use of lefse is going down, however, as it is mostly elderly people who do this type of baking.

  • The struggle for bridge across the Dalsfjord

    The Dalsfjord bridge has been the most hotly debated communications project in the county and has led to bitter political controversy. The start was the wish for a road on the north side of the Dalsfjord, in order to establish a connection between Askvoll, Førde, and Dale by way of Bygstad. But in 1974, the Storting (national parliament) favoured a bridge across the Dalsfjord instead of a road. Accordingly, the work on the road up to the planned bridge was started from Eikenes on the north side of the Dalsfjord, however, the bridge never materialized.

  • The Bakkejekta sloop

    To commemorate a time when all transport of goods between the Dalsfjorden and Bergen went by sea on vessels powered by the wind, the Bakkejekta sloop is placed at the coastal museum of Kystmuseet in Florø.