Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • Selje vicarage

    The vicarage at Selje has long-established traditions dating back to the Middle Ages, with the first written reference about 1350. The old name of the farm was Hove.

  • The ferries on the Dalsfjord

    Long before the heated debates about a bridge across the Dalsfjord, there was conflict about roads across and around the Dalsfjord. The roads had to wait. Some wanted a road on the north side of the fjord, and others on the south side. When a ferry connection across the Dalsfjord was suggested, there was disagreement. Nevertheless, a ferry crossing was established. The first ferry arrived in 1937, but only after the Second World War did it become a permanent service.

  • The rock carvings at the point of Staveneset in Askvoll

    On the weather-exposed Staveneset, one of the westernmost points on mainland Norway, we find ancient traces of human activities.

  • 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.

  • Sloops in the Sognefjord trade

    From times immemorial, the people from Solund have bartered and sold their produce in Bergen and in communities along the Sognefjord. The cargo vessels they used were smaller and easier to navigate than the heavy vessels from Nordland and Møre which could be seen in shipping lanes. They were rigged with white square sails, home made of flax or hemp.

  • The Solveigsæter legend - a dramatic love story across county borders

    County and municipal borders have never constituted any barriers or fences between people. People have always had contact across the borders - more or less, and for better or worse. The Solveigsæter legend is a testimony of encounters between people across the county borders of Sogn og Fjordane and Møre og Romsdal, and between the villages of Åheim and Maurstad. This was an encounter with a tragic outcome.

  • Sogn og Fjordane central county hospital

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  • Dean Niels Griis Alstrup Dahl - public educator and welfare reformer

    Dean Niels Griis Alstrup Dahl (1778 - 1852) was called a public educator and a patriot. His work as a vicar is somewhat overshadowed by everything he did to improve the living conditions in the parish of Eivindvik.

  • The hamlet of Stalheim

    The hamlet of Stalheim consists of the farms Stalheim, Brekke, Sivle and Sivlesøy in the municipality of Voss. The hamlet can be looked upon as a gateway to the valley of Nærøydalen and the area included in the World Heritage Nærøyfjorden. The name Stalheim is probably linked to the steep hillside called Stalheimskleiva, meaning "the farm at Stadall", derived from the verb "standa, stå" (stand).

  • Yellow central road stripe between the two Sunnfjord cities

    In the summer of 2005, the Minister for Transport Torild Skogsholm opened the section Storebru-Knapstad on highway (RV) 5 between Førde and Florø. This was the last section in a major project of giving the two Sunnfjord cities an adequate road connection with a central road stripe.

  • The burial mounds at Botnane

    On the mainland side of Bremanger, close to the border to the municipality of Flora, lies the hamlet of Botnane with the farms of Øvrebotnen, Sørbotnen and Nordbotnen. Today there are eight burial mounds at Botnane, some of these can be easily seen along the road. It is assumed that they were all built in the older Bronze Age, about 1800 to 1000 years BC.

  • The Kråkenesveg road in Vågsøy

    Far to the west towards the ocean lies the hamlet of Kråkenes. A cart road to this place was built in the 1940s. The road could hardly be used in the winter months, and only in 1997, did the hamlet get a decent road connection south to Kvalheim and Måløy.

  • 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.

  • Ervik church

    Ervik church is a longchurch built in brick and concrete, located in the bay of Ervika, far to the west at Stadtlandet in the municipality of Selje. The church, which has a maximum seating capacity of 150, was consecrated on 14 June, 1970, by the bishop Per Juvkvam. The architects Arnstein Arneberg and Olav Platou designed the church. From 1 January, 1997, Ervik is a ¿sokn" of its own in the Selje parish. Before that date the Ervik church had status as a chapel.

  • 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.