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  • Memorial stone commemorating women's graves at Skaim

    On the northern side of the church at Aurlandsvangen there is a stone linked to a prehistoric find of a grave at the farm Skaim. The stone has been erected in recent years, but we have not succeeded in establishing exact information when the stone was erected or why it was done. Nor do we know who did it.

  • Askrova "bedehus" chapel

    Askrova "bedehus" chapel was consecrated by bishop Ragnvald Indrebø on 14 April, 1957. However, the planning was started much earlier, actually as far back as in the 1920s.

  • Memorial stone for Johannes Haarklou

    Johannes Haarklou (1847-1925), born at Hårklau in Haukedalen, is one of the most versatile music composers Norway ever had. He studied in Germany and elsewhere and was a church organist in Kristiania (now Oslo) for forty years. In the summer of 1927, a memorial stone to commemorate him was unveiled at Hårklau.

  • Gulatinget - the judicial assembly for western Norway

    Gulatinget was the assembly site for the jurisdiction of western Norway. From the early 10th century and for a period of about 400 years, the assembly at Gulen played a key role in the judicial system of this part of the country.

  • Memorial stone for Andrias Bryn at Gudvangen

    Close to the main road at Gudvangen there is a memorial stone commemorating the seaman Andrias Bryn, born 1918. He went to sea before the Second World War broke out in 1939 and he lost his life in an explosion disaster in the harbour of Algér in July 1943. The people of the valley of Nærøydalen erected the memorial stone in 1946.

  • 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.

  • Memorial stone on the grave of Martin Luther Storm, principal of agricultural school

    Martin Luther Storm, born 1836, is one of the most important names in the history of the agricultural schools in the county of Sogn og Fjordane. When the county gave up the school at Mo in 1870, Storm in the spring of 1873 came to Mo as a tenant, and he governed the school until 1907, when the county again took over. He died in the autumn of 1916, and in the summer of 1922, former students donated a memorial stone on this grave at the graveyard in Førde.

  • Dalsøyra "bedehus"

    The layment movement was very strong around 1900. Laymen preachers from various Christian organizations travelled around in the villages, holding meetings and establishing local organizations. At Dalsøyra meetings were held at the schoolhouse, but private homes were also used. Fairly soon people wanted to build a "bedehus" and on 1 June 1916, the Dalsøyra "bedehus" (literally: house of prayer) was consecrated.

  • Clip fish-drying in Solund

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The road through the Flåmsdalen valley - construction road and tourist road

    In 1893, the Norwegian Parliament - Stortinget - decided that the Oslo-Bergen railway line would go by way of Voss and Myrdal. The construction of the railway line made it necessary to build a construction road between Flåm and Myrdal. This road was completed in 1898. The road and the railway construction created a new and changed community in the valley of Flåmsdalen. New occupational groups emerged, and the tourist traffic became an important industry. Even today the road is an important element for the tourist industry. Some 16 000 bikers use this road in the summer months.

  • The altarpiece in Førde church

    Quite a few people have become interested in the altarpiece in Førde church once they have seen it. It is unique, rich in motif, fine in the carving, and for its age with a well-preserved decoration. The altarpiece, which is from 1643, was donated to the church by the vicar Peder J. Finde and his wife, Barbara Nitter.

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