Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Memorial stone for allied airmen at Moldøen

    On 24 April 1945, 49 allied planes attacked war targets at Måløy. One plane was shot down and one crashed before it reached its target. Four airmen lost their lives. In the summer of 2000, a memorial stone was unveiled to commemorate them. Leif Åge Larsen was one of the persons who took the initiative to raise this monument.

  • The Rugsund trading post

    The old trading post of Rugsund is located in a beautiful natural setting on the eastern tip of the island of Rugsundøy. Rugsund, the strait between the island of Rugsund and the mainland, is the shortest way to Nordfjord when you sail from the south into the sea of Frøysjøen. In the strait there are two islands - Storøyna and Litleøya (literally the big and the small island) - which provide shelter for the old trading post. Rugsund is also the name of the church "sokn" the place belongs to, in the Davik parish in the municipality of Bremanger.

  • 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.

  • The church at Rygg

    Rygg is located just above Aurlandsvangen. This is the site of a stave church that was probably erected about 1130. The area adjacent to the church site to the west and the south used to be a churchyard for many centuries until 1806.

  • The farm Nedbergo

    Nedbergo is located on the eastern side of the Aurlandsfjord, 300-400 metres northeast of Undredal. It is a steep climb up from the fjord, about 540 metres above sea level. There is a sloping cultivated field with good topsoil and good growth conditions, but the soil may become too dry. There are three mountain farms to the east and south in the mountains; "Heimestølen", Vassete og Nisedalen. The farm has hunting rights for deer and reindeer.

  • The Nærøyfjord

    At Beitelen the Aurlandsfjord separates into two fjord branches. The eastern fjord branch is the wider and is considered a continuation of the Aurlandsfjord, whereas the western branch is narrow and is looked upon as a fjord branch. The latter is the Nærøyfjord, a major tourist attraction with precipitous mountainsides and small hamlets on either side. In 2005, the Nærøyfjord was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • The mountain farm of Myklebustsætra at Ålfoten

    On the road between Ålfoten and Svelgen is the valley of Myklebustdalen with the mountain farm of Myklebustsætra located close to the lake of Sætravatnet. This is one of the few mountain farms in the county of Sogn og Fjordane still in use.

  • The hamlet of Frønningen

    The hamlet of Frønningen is located between Revsnes and the entrance to the Aurlandsfjord in the municipality of Lærdal. The hamlet borders to Kaupanger and Fresvik along the main Sognefjord and to the public land areas of Lærdal and Aurland. East-southeast of the hamlet is the majestic mountain of Bleia rising to an altitude of some 1700 metres. The Bleia nature reserve and the forest from the inner Frønningen settlement up towards Bleia is part of the world heritage area called West Norwegian fjord landscape.

  • Memorial stone for Anna Myklebust at Bryggja

    Anna Myklebust (1868-1942) from Bryggja put down an unusually high number of hours for the temperance movement. She established a children's lodge at Bryggja and travelled for many years as a speaker in the Nordfjord region. In 1847, the regional lodge erected a memorial stone on her grave at Totland church.

  • Sogn og Fjordane central county hospital

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  • "Knut" and two other six-oared boats

    The "Sunnfjord boat" used to be the common boat type in the Sunnfjord area, but already 150 years ago, it was beginning to lose ground to a modified version of the "Nordfjord boat". The coastal society "Over stokk og stein" (literally: stumbling forward) at Bremanger today owns one of the few original Sunnfjord boats still afloat.

  • Steigastølen mountain farm

    Steigastølen, which is located straight under the Ølnesstølen mountain farm and close to Bergastølen, used to be the summer mountain farm for the farm called Steig. At the mountain farm the milk was separated and churned, and the skimmed milk was given to the calves. Lars Steig cultivated about two acres near the mountain farm. He cut the hay and later transported the hay down to the main farm in wintertime. The mountain farm was in use until 1979. The two buildings still remain and are now used as cabins.

  • The Solund shipping lanes - communication arteries between north and south

    Many a travelling sailor at the helm has wished that the Solund sea-lanes were much shorter. A good thing, then, that the islands were blessed with good harbours, where people could rest, or wait for fair wind.

  • The big "river theft" in the valley of Nærøydalen

    The river of Nærøydalselvi has not always been as big as it is today. Throughout the last few ice ages it has stolen many tributary rivers which previously ran westward in the direction of Voss. On the map we can find the oldest water divide between Sogn and Voss in the mountains above Bakka in the Nærøyfjord. Now it has moved all the way to Haugsvik at the eastern end of the lake Oppheimsvatnet. The traces of this "theft" are still clearly visible in the terrain, especially in the municipality of Voss.

  • The poet vicar Claus Frimann

    Claus Frimann (1746-1829) was born at Selje. There he grew up as the eldest of four brothers at the vicarage. Poetry and preaching went hand in hand and were important ingredients in his life. He died at Davik after more than 50 years as a vicar for his people.