Fisherman’s cottages in Kalvåg
Kalvåg has one of the best preserved fishing village milieus in Vestlandet. The little houses stand closely together around the small bay to create a charming setting. When you are in Kalvåg, take time to wander around the houses. There are many local people who have worked here for years and are happy to give guided tours. Vamråk Herring Saltery is now part of the Sogn and Fjordane Kystmuseet (coastal museum).
Vamråk Herring Saltery
Kalvåg became a real fishing metropolis during the mid-1800s when the herring fishing industry brought in several thousand travelling fishermen. The salting houses were in operation right up to the 1990s and represent one part of the food industry which herring fishing gave rise to. Today they are part of the Sogn and Fjordane Kystmuseet (coastal museum). Guided tours are available by arrangement, and give an exciting glimpse into how the fishing industry has evolved from the 1800s up to today.
Art in Kalvåg
Kalvåg has art exhibitions all year round – in the natural landscape. The artist trail in Kalvåg centre includes artworks made from felt. Whether you follow the trail two or three times, you will discover something new every time! Kalvåg is also home to permanent art exhibitions throughout much of the summer. Find more information at Sommarakademiet.
Smørhamn Handelstad dates from the 1600s and has been our main centre throughout history and an important hub for cutters and traditional local sailing boats passing between Nordfjord and Bergen. The Handelstaden was also important for fishermen and the local population. Everything from whetstones to needles, syrup to soap, beer and spirits could be obtained here. There were around 30 homes in Smørhamn in 1790. A lot of the houses and main buildings are still standing. Handelstaden can be seen from the road and water approx. 4 km from the centre of Kalvåg.
Diving in Kalvåg
In partnership with Kalvåg Diving Club, we can offer diving tours, courses, gas mixing and everything diving-related. The conditions in the area are perfect for all types of diving. In fact, this is one of the best places in the whole of Southern Norway – often referred to as a diving El Dorado.
Restored graveyard with graves/headstones dating right back to the Black Death. Lies facing the sea just within Groltesanden, a broad sandy beach that is well worth a visit in the summer.
is one of the biggest beaches in this area. Silky-soft sand as far as the eye can see. Grotlesanden is a good weather attraction, but is perhaps even more exciting in bad weather when a storm is brewing above.
Hornelen, the highest sea cliff in Europe, rises 860 m directly upwards from the sea! Hornelen is an impressive sight, and the experience is enhanced even more when you sail under the cliff itself. Many ships have been wrecked as a result of this cliff. In fact, it’s named in the Snorre Sturlason Saga, that told the story of how Olav Tryggvason climbed up it from the sea on his way around the country bringing Christianity to Norway.
The Vingen rock carvings
Not far from Hornelen, deep in the narrow Vingenpollen and with steep-sided mountains all around is Vingen, one of the biggest and most unusual rock-carving fields in Northern Europe. Between 1000 and 1500 figures are to be found here, probably carved by nomads in the early Stone Age (4000 – 6000 years old). The stag is the most common figure, but there are also human figures and abstract symbols. The area is protected and permission is required to visit the area. Your host can arrange tours on certain days in the summer.
A lighthouse was built in 1895 on Kvannhovden, when the light was lit for the first time on 5 November of that year. Initially, it was a standard oil lamp, and it was not until 1932 that a more powerful electric light was fitted. Kvannhovden lighthouse station is one of many along the coast. These are a rich source of coastal history and stories. The village of Kvannhovden is also surrounded by spectacular scenery. The lighthouse stands on a characteristic headland on the island of Hovden, with its light in the western gable of the building over 40 metres above the sea surface.
Botnane burial mounds
There are eight burial mounds on the farms of Sørbotten, Øvrebotten and Nordbotten in Botnane. some of them visible from the road and sea. The mounds are probably from the late Bronze Age – around 1800 – 1000 BC. NOK These coastal burial mounts are some of the best cultural monuments preserved in Norway from the Bronze Age, and are in good condition after more than three thousand years. The biggest measures 36 metres across, the smallest 14 metres. The use of so much labour to build a monument to only a few selected people indicates that the community was strictly hierarchical.
A wealthy village rich farms with fine livestock in its day. The empty houses and relics stand as reminders of a time gone by. There is also a smaller burial ground in Bremanger, with 9 graves. Opened in 1923, the graveyard is now preserved. If walking over from Grotle or sailing in a boat from Vetvik, you will find plenty of interesting flora and a charming little beach.
Myklebust Summer Pasture
The valley of Myklebustdalen with Myklebust summer pasture on the road between Ålfoten and Svelgen (RV 614) is placed behind the Sætravet lake.
This is one of the few summer pastures in Sogn and Fjordane still in use. There are seals and livestock for all purposes in Myklebust in Ålfoten. There are 4 farms nowadays with a total of around 50 cows and calves on summer pasture during the summer. There is a diesel generator that provides power for milking machines and tanks, but the houses have no electricity. The area is child-friendly and has marked trails.
We move up there around midsummer and home again before the hunting season starts on 10 September. The farmers milk around 6 pm in the evening and usually stay overnight before going home to the village after milking time in the morning. There are always lots of people on the summer pastures during the weekend. Plenty of fish can be caught on rod and line.
We welcome visitors! We serve sour cream mash and summer pasture pancakes for groups of up to 30. Because it takes some days to prepare sour cream mash, we need orders placed no later than 4 days in advance.
Kinnakyrkja and Kinnaklova
Kinnakyrkja is a stone-built church, probably dating from the 1100s. This is one of the oldest and only ones of its type in Sunnfjord, and one of the most beautiful Medieval monuments in Vestlandet. This was the head church in the parish of Kinn up until 1882. In our time, Kinnakyrkja is used for ceremonies and as a summer church. An historic meeting place, especially during the annual ‘Kinnaspelet’ around midsummer. Kinn Tourist Service arranges guided tours of the Medieval churches at Kinn. The churches are open during June, July and August in connection with the tourist routes to Kinn and between 3.30 and 4.15 pm Mon-Fri for the route from Florø, 2.30, return from Kinn 4.30 pm. Otherwise, guided tours can be ordered for groups and individuals by arrangement. The tours provide information in the churches and an atmospheric experienced with candles and music in the key of C and on the church organ.
The Ålfot glacier covers and area of 70 square kilometres and stretches over the municipalities of Gloppen, Bremanger and Flora. Not many towns can boast of a glacier within their own