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Elias Fiigenschoug’s painting of Halsnøy monastery , 1656

Halsnøy Monastery

19.06.2018

Halsnøy Monastery is situated in the midst of the lush fjord country in Sunnhordland, on one of the old spits, or “necks”, that has given name to the island. Gently sloping fields lead down to the sea on both sides, in the south towards the Kloster Fjord, to the north towards the sheltered Klostervågen.

Fjøsanger

Fjøsanger

05.12.2018

Fjøsanger is known among ice age researchers from around the world. Under an excavation in 1975-77, geologists from the University of Bergen found layers from the last interglacial, ca. 115 000 to 130 000 years old.

Klosteret

12.06.2018

Hans Jacob Meyer's sculpture Mother and child from 1954, steeple base, Nonneseter monastery

Nonneseter Monastery

12.06.2018

Norwegian Sagebrush

Jonstein

26.05.2018

When high school student Arne Handegard collected plants for a herbarium in 1962, he didn’t know what kind of rarity he had pressed into his notebook. 30 years later he attended a botanical lecture, where a picture was shown of a plant he recognized: “Norwegian Sagebrush, which in Norway is only found in a large area of Dovre and in Trollheimen, and in a little area in Ry county”. Arne Handegard raised his hand: “That plant grows on Mt. Jonstein in Jondal”.

Gjønavatnet and Kikedalen

Gjønavatnet and Kikedalen

16.06.2018

Vinnesholmen, Fusa

Vinnesholmen

21.11.2018

Nils Hertzberg watercolour of “Spånheimsklosteret”

Sponheim

27.05.2018

The smallholding Træet, Askøy

Træet

30.03.2018

The sites show the longhouse, a smaller “old folk’s house” and a hayshed.

Lurekalven

07.12.2018

Lurekalven is an unpopulated island of heather moor which is a part of the wilderness belonging to the five farms on Ytre Lygra. Between the two islands there is only a small sound. As late as the 1920s, milking cows were rowed over the sound from Lygra in summer – a form of farming that was adapted to the coastal landscape.

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