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The town of Høyanger is founded on power and power demanding industry. At Høyanger Industrial Town Museum you'll get an insight in how Høyanger went from being a small agricultural village, to almost overnight becoming a blooming industrial adventure in the early 1900s
The steep mountains and the many lakes surrounding Høyanger is ideal for hydropower, and it was these natural conditions which drew the industrial developers to the village. Power production is the nerve and basis of life in Høyanger even today, and you can see it in all aspects of history and culture in the small town.
Experience Høyanger town center from the bike seat! Sport’n Høyanger in the middle of town (Storgata 19) has bikes for hire. Their opening hours are Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 17.00, and Saturday from 09.00 to 15.00.
Walking tour in a power community
Through the walking tour trail on byvandringhoyanger.no you get to see how Høyanger was developed as an ideal society by the administration at the aluminum plant, and how it has manifested in unique industrial culture and architecture. Among other locations you will visit Own homes, a residential area established with the purpose of giving workers their own homes and gardens. The ulterior motive from the «men on top» at the aluminum plant was to provide the workers with good housing so they wouldn’t be as rebellious.
Høyanger Youth Society built their clubhouse Valhall in 1922. Keeping with the times they gave the building a strong Norwegian name, and the main assembly hall is decorated with murals picturing national motifs.
Høyanger church was completed in 1960 and was a gift from the administration of the aluminum plant. The plan was to build an octagonal church, but the war put a stop to the work, and resulted in a simpler design. The Park is an residential area developed in 1916 - 1928 by the administration of the aluminum plant. The area is largely unchanged and has been protected since 1993.
The last stop is Byporten (city gates), a landmark in it’s own right housing both Høyanger Industrial Town Museum and Gunnar S. Galler