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Arctic hunting folk on their way across the ice

The forgotten saga

22.11.2018

The saga regarding the settlement of Hordaland started off about 10,000 years ago. Most of this saga has been recorded in writing, not on paper, but on stone and on the earth in the forest and the marshes.

The newly mown hay on the farms at Vangdalsberget tell of the landscape of the scythe

Farmers and Settlements

22.11.2018

From 4,500 to 5,000 years ago most of Hordaland was a landscape of forest, right out to the coast and the islands. With our inner eye we can see old oak trees putting their stamp on the heat-loving deciduous forest.

“The triangle” at the Fish Market in Bergen about 1865

The City and the Stril country

22.11.2017

The relationship between Bergen and its neighbouring districts, normally known as “Strilelandet”, has, over the centuries, given rise to greater conflicts than the contacts between any other Norwegian city and its nearest hinterland.

The well constructed two-storeyed house at Skjørsand in Fusa around the end of the 19th century

Vernacular Architecture and the Landscape

19.05.2018

Glesvær

Trading Posts And Guest Houses

24.08.2018

Hieronimus Scholaeus’ prospect of Bergen

Bergen – The Urban Community

19.05.2018

Bergen - our first royal residence city – has for centuries been Norway’s, and for long periods, Scandinavia’s biggest city. The historical monuments round the Vågen bay tell us that the city has been of national, historical significance.

“We have raised a house in God’s honour; Jesus came with consecration and peace, So for our community let there be God’s word in this holy place”

The Chapel and the Layman’s Movement

18.11.2017

Den kristelege lekmannsrørsla, den frilynde norskdomsrørsla og den politiske sosialradikalismen er ideologiske motpolar, men kulturelt og politisk er dei på linje – demokratiske folkerørsler.

The old church at Strandebarm

The Church and the Monastery

19.05.2018

Primstav frå Tveit i Kvinnherad

The Wooden Calendar- Tradition and popular belief

18.11.2017

The old Norwegian farmers’ calendar, the wooden calendar staff, follows the Norse system of reckoning time, and divides the year into a summer half, and a winter half.

Fiddler Knut Hamre from Granvin

Folk Music and the Hardanger Fiddle

15.05.2018

It is in Hordaland County that we find the oldest traces of a folk music stemming from our national instrument, the Hardanger fiddle. And it is still this musical tradition which is characteristic of folk music here.

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