Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • The track up to the mountain farm of Rimstigen

    The farms of Bakka and Tufto are located on the western side of the Nærøyfjord about six kilometres north of the village of Gudvangen. In the mountain area to the west of the farms we find the mountain farms of Rimstigen, Breidalen and Røyrdotten. From the farms the track climbs steeply up the mountainside to an altitude of 1300 metres. Then the track descends steadily down to the summer farms of Breidalen and Røyrdotten, 6-700 metres above sea level, in the valley of Jordalen.

  • 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.

  • Women's graves at Skaim- settlement for 15 centuries (1)

    In the spring of 1964 there was some cultivation work going on at the farm of Skaim. This work included removing some rock heaps left from clearing the fields and the bulldozer then touched some rather big rock slabs at the bottom of the heap. Lars Vikesland, the elder, realizing that this could be an old grave, stopped the work and contacted the local bailiff, who in turn contacted the Historical Museum in Bergen. The museum sent experts to the site and they quickly established that this was a prehistoric grave find. The excavation was soon under way, and a new chapter was added to the oldest part of the history of the farm.

  • 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 trading post of Korssund

    Korssund is situated in the bay of Korssundosen, north of the Åfjord and south of the Vilnesfjord. With smaller boats it is possible to sail into the Vilnesfjord through the narrow strait of Lammetunsundet. There is also a road leading to this place, built in the 1960s. We still find a grocery shop and a post office at Korssund. From ancient times, Korssund was part of the municipality of Askvoll, but after the municipal border regulations in 1992, it now is part of the municipality of Fjaler.

  • Kapellneset - the first church site on the island of Vågsøya

    The first church building on Vågsøy, a chapel church, was built in 1580 on a point south of Raudeberg. This point was later called "Kapellneset". This church was torn down shortly after 1853 when a new church was built at Røysa at Raudeberg. In 1922, a wooden belfry was erected on the old church site, and ever since annual services have been officiated there on 29 July (St Olaf's Day). Later the wooden memorial was replaced by a stone belfry.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stavang Church

    Stavang church is a longchurch in brick at Stavang in the municipality of Flora. The church, with a seating capacity of 312, was consecrated on 16 June, 1957, by the bishop Ragnvald Indrebø. The architect Ole Halvorsen from Bergen made the designs. Stavang church is a "sokn" church for the Bru "sokn" in the parish of Kinn.

  • 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.

  • Anchor at Værlandet - memorial of shipwreck

    In the night of 30 December 1919, the SS "Orm Jarl" ran aground to the west of Alden. Two salvage vessels arrived at the disabled ship, and for some time it looked as if the ship could be salvaged. But wind and heavy sea wrought such damage that the hull broke in two and sank. Some of the cargo and other things onboard were salvaged, including an anchor. This is now located at the ferry quay at Værlandet, in memory of the shipwreck.

  • Monument commemorating Georg Distad

    On an oval-shaped stone on a grave at Fjærland church we find this inscription: GEORG DISTAD * BORN 18. June, 1915 * DIED IN ACTION IN * VALDRES 28 APRIL, 1940 * FOR HIS COUNTRY * IN GRATITUDE. Distad was buried in Valdres and the family erected a gravestone. In 1942, his coffin and gravestone were moved home to Fjærland.

  • The farm Horten

    Horten is located on the eastern side of the Aurlandsfjord, about 560 metres above sea level, and about one kilometre north of Nedbergo. It is possible to walk up to the farm from the fjord at the outlet of the river Kotningdalselva. It is also possible to climb up from a place south of the farm. The farm is very small and not at all easy to get to. For most of the period of some 150 years from about 1700, people lived on the farm. From the mid-19th century, the farm was used as a hayfield by a farmer from Undredal.

  • The Furesund inn

    The farm of Furesund is located on the island of Furøy just southwest of Florø. The strait itself lies between Furøy and Ausa. The water is deep without any submerged rocks so relatively big boats can navigate the strait. It was the good sailing conditions and the sheltered harbour that formed the basis for the location of the inn.

  • Memorial stone commemorating - the county governor Hans Seip

    Hans Seip (1881-1945) was county governor in Sogn og Fjordane from 1929 until he was removed from office by the Nazi regime in the summer of 1941. He then moved to Fjærland. In the early weeks of 1945, he fell ill and died on 14 March the same year. Upon his request he was buried in Fjærland. In 1949, the county council erected a memorial stone on his grave.