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.
Johannes Haarklou (1847 - 1925) won for himself a prominent position in Norwegian music in the period 1880 - 1925. He was a composer, a music review writer, an organist, and a conductor. Yet he was overshadowed by his great contemporaries, Grieg, Svendsen, and Sinding. Too many of his works have been forgotten in the archives.
Anna Stang (1899-1996) is a fine representative of the singing tradition in the western Sunnfjord district. Her repertoire was varied and comprised different types of folksongs and religious songs.
Claus Frimann was both a vicar and a poet. In his youth he learned to know fishing and the sea, and later in life he was much inspired by and even got a substantial part of his income from the sea.
The actor Alfred Maurstad (1896-1967) was born and grew up at Bryggja in the western part of Nordfjord. The home of his childhood was the smallholding called Tuftene, located in the sloping terrain down to the bay of Maurstadvika. The house is privately owned and is not open to the public. Arthur Klæboe paid a visit to Tuftene in 1966 to record a radio interview with Maurstad.