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Bjørsvik

Bjørsvik

24.06.2018

The industrial settlement Bjørsvik

Glacier fall at Bondhusbreen.

Bondhusdalen

19.12.2018

The Bondhus area in Maruanger has been a magnet for tourists ever since the stream of tourists to Norway's west coast began in the middle of the 1800s. The magnificent landscape with the "ice trail" up to Bondhusvatnet Lake, the ice falls from Bondhusbreen glacier and Keisarstigen trail up to Folgefonna are still popular tourist attractions.

Buardalen and Buarbreen before 1880.

Buardalen Valley

24.06.2018

Buarbreen glacier was one of the first destinations during the period of increasing tourism in Odda in the 1800s. Foreigners came by the thousands, mostly Englishmen and Germans, to the magnificent landscape in front of the glacier. Back at the hotel in Odda they could enjoy drinks containing ice from the glacier.

The hotel in 1928.

Fleischers Hotel

19.06.2018

The trading post Godøysund at the end of the 1880s.

Godøysund

19.06.2018

The old hostelry centres were strategically placed with good harbours and anchoring conditions where people travelled. GODØYSUND, or Gøysundet, as it was called, was in the middle of Tysnes Parish, with easy access from the sea, also for the local population. Gøysundet is amongst the oldest hostelries in Sunnhordland.

The wheelhouse at Hovdanes, Tysnes

Hovdanes

30.03.2018

The mill in Kvernapollen

Kvernapollen

16.06.2018

When the workers came to Kollsnes to start on the work with the landing for the gas terminal from the Troll field in the North Sea, they found the ruins of an old farm mill at Kvernapollen.

The Hopland mills around 1940.

Kvernhusvågen

30.03.2018

Odda around the turn of the former century, with the new Hotel Hardanger

Odda- The tourist town

27.05.2018

The pioneering tourists in the 1830s-40s brought a momentum in the tourist traffic to the fjord and mountain country Norway. At the time Odda was a hidden Shangri-La at the bottom of Sørfjorden; the farm and the church on the green headland at the fjord. But when the steamship traffic opened the fjord landscape for tourism, in a few years Odda parish in Søndre Bergenhus County became the focal point for travellers in West Norway.

The mills at Rekve around 1890.

Rekvemylna

18.03.2018

If you enter the farmyard at Rekve, some kilometres from Bulken, where the road departs to Giljarhus, you no longer meet “the miller”, Knut Hernes, in his old rural mill. But some years ago he would wish you welcome, friendly and hospitable, and show you around his mill, which had been his workplace for a generation. As light-footed as a youth he climbed in steep ladders high up into the waterfall, to let the water down on to the waterwheel.

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