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We wish you a pleasant journey around Nordfjords oldest cultural landmarks.
The stone cross at Rygg, Gloppen
The stone cross at Rygg is from the late Viking period or early Middle Ages. It has Celtic and Anglican features. The cross may have marked a place of worship or prayer.
Foreign burial gifts, Gloppen
Gloppen is an area that is very rich in archaelogical finds of imported burial gifts. Even though some of these objects came to Gloppen as trade goods, a great deal is probably loot. Amethysts from the Middle East, parts of a Franconian funnel glass and a bronze buckle that is believed to come from an Irish shrine have been discovered in a woman´s grave at Sanddal in Myklebustdalen valley.
Burial finds and old stone cross in Loen, Stryn
At one time, there were at least 20 burial mounds in Loen. An unburned grave of a woman from the late Iron Age has been discovered in one of these mounds. In the Loen churchyard there is a stone cross with a Celtic shape. Maybe this cross was originally set up in Krossvikja by the fjord.
Women's graves from the Viking period, Oppstryn
In Oppstryn, several interesting women´s graves from the Viking period have been found. Women played a significant role in Old Norwegian society, and they could be persons of high standing. Many men were probably away for long periods of time, either on trade missions or doing battle. Consequently, the women were often responsible for running the farms.
Evidence of the Viking period in Hornindal
In the Viking period, tools and personal belongings were buried alongside the dead. These items were called "burial gifts". Graves containing such items have been discovered both at Tomasgard (Raudemel) and at Grodås. Single objects found in Hornindal may come from simple graves without mounds or stone coverings.
The burial mounds at Myklebust, Eid
This farm was probably a center of power in Nordfjord in the period between 700 and 1000 A.D. In one of the burial mounds at Myklebust, a man was buried in a big ship in the 9th century. Maybe he was one of the local kings along the the coast who fought against Harald Hårfagre and the consolodation of Norway? Watch the documentary "The Burned Ship": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKHNxVrDDMk In another big burial mound, graves dating from a time period of 250 years have been found. These are probably family graves.
The stone monuments at Naustdal, Eid
These stone monuments are associated with the story of King Vemund of the Fjords and his army of 90 men who Ragnvald Earl of Møre trapped and killed in a fire in the fall of 870 A.D. However, the stone monumentd may be older.
Old meeting place at Moldøen, Vågsøy
This most likely were Magnus the Good gathered the farmers in Nordfjord in 1035 A.D. Magnus wanted the farmers to swear allegiance to him as the King of Norway. In return, Magnus promised the farmers improved laws and more freedom.
Evidence of the Viking period at Refvik, Vågsøy
At Refvik, there are several burial mounds from the late iron Age. In one of the burial mounds, an unburned grave from the Viking period has been discovered.
The rune stone at Barmen, Selje
Runic writing was often used in connection with religious ceremonies. Some rune inscriptions probably had a magic character, whereas other rune stones were set up in memory of the dead.
Boat hauling across Dragseidet, Selje
When the weather was bad and sailing around the Stad peninsula was difficult, travelers sometimes hauled their boats across Dragseidet. According to written sources, Olav Tryggvason christened four counties at Kongshaugen on top of Dragseidet in 997 A.D.