Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • 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.

  • Sunnfjord folkehøgskule - memorial commemorating a pioneer

    Sunnfjord folkehøgskule (folk high school)at Førde in Naustdal was established in 1902. "Ungdomsskolen i Søndfjord" was the headline in an announcement in 1902. Thorbjørn Horten (1844-1927) has been called the school's father. He was born at Aurland, but lived his whole life as a grown-up in the region of Sunnfjord, from 1872 on the farm Staviki at Stavang. In 1929, he was honoured with a memorial stone.

  • 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 Hess family business at Buskøy

    The old patrician seat of Buskøy, with a trade and inn-keeping license from 1705, has been the home of several enterprising and successful people. For a whole generation, one of the most important fishing companies in the country had its base here.

  • 1905 - Gulen municipality

    In 1905, Norway became a completely free and independent country. The union with Sweden was dissolved by the Norwegian Storting's resolution of 7 June. This article deals with the events of 1905 in the municipality of Gulen.

  • The runic stone at Barmen

    On the island of Barmen there is rune stone ¿south along the shore". The runes date from the elder futhark alphabet with 24 signs. The inscription has been dated to the period AD 400 - 450. The rune expert Magnus Olsen has interpreted the inscription in the following way: I, Terbe¿s son carved the ear. Dr. philos Kjell Aarthun, holder of a state scholarship in oriental languages, has a completely different interpretation.

  • Memorial for Anders Askevold

    The painter Anders Askevold (1834-1900) is best known for his animal motifs. "A specialist of high rank in the painting of animals", is the characterization of him in the standard work Norsk Kunsthistorie (history of Norwegian art), which was published in 1927. In 1934, a memorial for him was unveiled at Korseberget in Askvoll.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Memorial for flight sergeant Erling Julin Olsen

    On the churchyard at Midtgulen there is a memorial dedicated to Erling Julin Olsen. The stone was erected in 1947 by the people of Svelgen c/o "Svelgen turn- og idrettsforening" (sports club). Olsen was a war pilot and was shot down during a training mission in England.

  • Memorial stone for Sigurd Fossen

    People in the county of Sogn og Fjordane have honoured at least seven persons with memorial stones for their achievements in song and music. Two memorial stones are in the churchyard at Holmedal, - one on the grave of Sigurd Fossen, the other on the grave of Ola Espedal.

  • The bailiff farm at Bruland

    The bailiff farm at Bruland is held to be one of the best preserved examples of a high-ranking official¿s residence in western Norway. The main building in late baroque style dates from the 1750s, and it was moved to Bruland in 1789. It has been a listed building since 1924.

  • Memorial stone at Leikanger church in Selje

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  • Memorial stone of those who lost their lives at Nord-Vågsøy church

    Seven men from the former municipality of Nord-Vågsøy lost their lives during the war 1940-1945. On Sunday 16 September 1945, there was a memorial service and on 17 May the following year, people from the whole municipality gathered to attend the unveiling ceremony of the memorial stone. The memorial stone was originally erected at the Raudeberg school, but was later moved to the church.