Cultural History Encyclopedia


  • The farmyard tree at Skorpeidet - memorial tree for a navy serviceman

    ''Close to the house was a birch so wide / there the magpies had their old nest,'' sings Ivar Aasen in his song Gamle garden. (The old farm). In former times in the country, most homes had a big and elegant tree in their farmyard. Close to a residence at Skorpeidet, on the island of Skorpa west of Florø, is an unusually big Sitka spruce. This farmyard tree has a very special story attached to it. In a way it is also a memorial tree for the navy serviceman Adolf Skorpeide.

  • 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.

  • Road between Askvoll and Stongfjorden

    Stongfjorden was one of the first industrial villages in the county of Sogn og Fjordane, with the first aluminium plant in Scandinavia. The industrial development began in 1897, and grew parallel to the development at Vadheim. In 1906, the BACO (British Aluminium Company) built the first aluminium plant in Scandinavia there. Only in 1946 was Stongfjorden connected by road to the municipal centre of Askvoll.

  • 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.

  • Paul Berstad - local singer and folk-tune collector

    Paul Berstad (1908-1993) was an excellent local singer, and, in addition, he was an important source for the folk-tune tradition in the western part of Nordfjord.

  • 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.

  • Traces of mining on the island of Svanøy

    From the quay at Svanøybukt there is a gravel road going east to Nordneset. At the last house, the road continues as a tractor road or path. A rusty iron rod stands by the road with a warning sign on it: DANGEROUS MINE ENTRANCES. The terrain has grown over with pine trees. In this area we find hidden traces of mining activities of former times.

  • The churchyard at Svanøy

  • 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.

  • "the picturesque Kvinnefos waterfall"

    In 1900 the topographer Amund Helland described the river of Kvinnaelva with these few words: ".. a short watercourse, running southwards - with the picturesque Kvinnefos cascading into the Sognefjord." A landscape protection report a hundred years later follows up with: "The Kvinnefossen waterfall (..) one of the finest waterfalls along the Sognefjord."

  • Indrøy trading post

    Clearly visible in the shipping lane of Ytre Steinsund, the trading post of Indrøy is situated. It is a striking example of how a self-made man built a many-sided business, which in turn was outstripped by new communications and a changed resource base.

  • Millennium stone at Holsen

    At the turn of the millennium 1900-2000millennium stoneswere erected in many places. At Holsen a stone was put up on the millennium spot in the district, in a public area below the church near the lake.

  • German coastal fort at Ospeneset

    In the autumn of 1941, German officers came to the point of Ospeneset on an inspection tour. Early in 1942, people in the area had to move from their farms, and shortly afterwards, the construction work was started.

  • 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.

  • 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.