Go to content Go to navigation

Gems in Vanylven

Gems in Vanylven Photo: Vanylven kommune
Gems in Vanylven Photo: Vanylven kommune

Contact information


When in Vanylven you are surrounded by incredible tales and accounts of events.

St. Edmund's stone
According to the legend of St. Edmund's stone, the English King Edmund (Jetmund) lay down to sleep here. The place where he slept is called Jetmundleitet. The legend has it that, after he woke, he indicated where the church should be placed, sitting on this stone.

Tingstova Courthouse at Tunheim
Approximately 70 metres from Lundgarden lies Ytre Tunheim, and the courthouse where witches were sentenced in the 1600s. The punisment for witchery was to be burnt at the stake, either on the Rovdeskjæret rock at Rovde, or on Torvholmen islet at Åheim. The three last witches to be executed in Norway were burnt here in 1680.

Solsikka (The Sunflower)
In 2004, the Mayor of Vanylven Municipality, Jan Helgøy, won a competition arranged by the Ministry of Trade and Industry along with Innovation Norway, and the price was a million Norwegian kroner as a trade fund. This started a transformation process in the community, and since then, the Sunflower statue has been a monument for Vanylven.

From Eidså - views towards the Breiteig Mountains, Norway's westernmost alps.

Syvde is still popularly called Kostarikjet (Kingdom of the Broom), and people in Syvde are proud to call themselves "Brooms". The expression stems from the 1800s, when the inhabitants made brooms ("solvar") which they sold to people on the surrounding islands. The brooms were very useful for cleaning both houses and byres.

Rovdeskjæret rock
This rock, which is shaped somewhat like a submarine, was the place where witches sentenced at the Tunheim Courthouse were burned.


  • Nature attractions Nature attractions
  • Cultural heritage Cultural heritage
  • Buildings & Monuments Buildings & Monuments
Embed this article

Copy and paste this code into your blog/website


Gems in Vanylven - Photo: Vanylven kommune

Gems in Vanylven

When in Vanylven you are surrounded by incredible tales and accounts of events. St. Edmund's stone According to the legend of St. Edmund's stone, the...

Gems in Vanylven

Source: Visitnorway


This site includes information about products and services provided by third parties. Whilst Innovation Norway endeavours to ensure that all information on the site is accurate, we cannot be held responsible or liable for any claims caused by information supplied on this website. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. You should always check the accuracy of the information provided with the relevant supplier. Innovation Norway is under no circumstances responsible for the contents of external web pages linking to its website. Legal disclaimer.


More about this area

Shopping in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Would you like to bring a piece of Ålesund & Sunnmøre back home? Shopping centres, small boutiques and shops offer unique gifts, arts and souvenirs.

Hiking in Geirangerfjord, Ålesund and Nordfjord

The stunning landscape of Fjord Norway is a paradise for hikers, with superb walks within easy distance of Geiranger, Ålesund and Nordfjord.

Tour suggestions in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Use Ålesund as a starting point to explore the Geirangerfjord, the Hjørundfjord, and the scenic coastline with its flourishing wildlife.

Dining in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Buy shrimps from a local fisherman on the quayside in Ålesund, enjoy a meal in a top restaurant or discover hidden gems in the Sunnmøre countryside.

Ålesund and Sunnmøre

The city of Ålesund is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, its surrounding fjords and the high peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps.

Where to stay in the Geirangerfjord area and Trollstigen

Whether you seek the simple life, or luxury, there is accommodation to meet your needs – in Geiranger, Valldal or another picturesque village.
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad
  • Ad

Subscribe to newsletter