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Mjøsvågen Photo: Lars Mjøs
Mjøsvågen Photo: Tom Skauge
Mjøsvågen Photo: Tom Skauge
Mjøsvågen Photo: Åse Nilssen
Mjøsvågen Photo: Tom Skauge
Mjøsvågen Photo: Åse Nilssen
There are historical sites lined up all around the bay. Around 1860s local farmers began to produce wooden chests for sale in Bergen. They have also manufactured different kinds of wooden chests, metalwork, wooden clogs and furniture. Now it is art gallery, café, clogs factory, div. exhibitions and sales.

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The houses in Mjøsvågen was protected/listed in 2001. Some of the buildings were boathouses, but most of them were small business enterprises and workshops, where farmers at Øvsthus, Mjøs, Hole and other farms, had some extras income.

In Mjøsvågen there has been workshops for wooden chests and wooden clogs, metal foundries, forges, furniture factory and the steamship-pier with the remains of a dairy. There are also remains of scrap trading, dyeing, woolshoe-production, knob production, a stocking factory and more - an adventure of creativity through generations.

Five coffin workshops were established in Mjøsvågen. It was around 1865 that they began working coffins that were delivered to the merchants in Bergen. The first part of the 1900s it was also produced America-briefcases in addition to casket, sea chests, tool chests and suitcases.

There production of chests continued until 1940s. In the last workshop, there is still a great deal of carpenter equipment, planing bench and an old drain machine iron.

In connection with the production of the chests in Mjøsvågen, the also made fittings, hinges, moldings and locks for the chests and suitcases. We know that there have been at least three blacksmiths at the innermost part of Mjøsvågen.

The timber came from Voss and went to Bergen, via Evanger, Bolstadfjorden and beyond Osterfjorden. But not all the timber was floated directly to Bergen, some of it was used along the fjord. Thus, the workshops in Mjøsvågen bought heavy timber in the late 1800s.

The chests made in Mjøsvågen are called "Ostrakister." They had small, centered roses, often shaded dark red, navy or kasselbrown bottom.

From 1947 to 1954 it was production of felt slippers; ruskor. In 1954, the workshop was used as a boathouse and workshop / warehouse for the farm.

The houses in Mjøsvågen was protected in 2001 and Friends of Mjøsvågen received in 2005 Arild Haalands award for work done to preserve the unique buildings, and as stimulation for further work.

It is very important to take care of - and provide the unique cultural history and knowledge related to Mjøsvågen. It is also important that the houses should be used for important inclusive meeting places for art and culture and entrepreneurship.

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Mjøsvågen is situated in village Hosanger on Osterøy. From Bergen by car over the Osterøybridge or the ferry from Breistein to Valestrand. It is also possible to come by sea, since Mjøsvågen and Hosanger is in the Osterfjorden
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Mjøsvågen

The houses in Mjøsvågen was protected/listed in 2001. Some of the buildings were boathouses, but most of them were small business enterprises and wor...

Mjøsvågen

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