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The farm at Færavåg, Tysnes

On the farm at Færavåg the main house from 1599 is to the right in the picture adjoined to the hayshed. In the middle of the row is the stilted storehouse and to the left are the scullery and the extension. (Svein Nord).


The main house at Færavåg was built in 1599. History tells us that a German came to Færavåg and built the house. He divided the land between his two sons. They in turn divided it between their two sons, thus there were four equal holdings on the farm. And it is said that all households lived in the same house. They each stayed in their own corner around the fire in the middle of the floor.

Apart from the story about the German the account is close to the truth when it comes to the division of the land in Færavåg. Who built the main house is unknown, but the man who first owned the whole of Færavåg was called Lars Jacobsen (born around 1580), son of a man of lesser nobility Jacob Slee in Uggdal.

The descendants of Lars Færavåg owned all the four parts of the farm right up to around 1810. A man from Kvam then bought one of the holdings. He must have bought out the co-owners of the large main house in Færavåg, moved it around 100 metres to the southeast from the old setting, where it now stands, and shortened it somewhat. Attached to the main house on the north side a hayshed was erected. The row of farmhouses in Færavåg thus obtained its form in the early 1800s, but no doubt it represents an older building tradition. On the farm there is also a smaller dwelling, built in conjunction with a scullery (eldhus) and an extension and a store building


  • Boathouses and sea-houses in Færavågen

The boathouses and sea-houses in Færavågen show that fishing has been an important part of the farming household. (Svein Nord).