The small village of Stongfjorden has a big and interesting history. From Bronze
Age rock carvings to the British Aluminium Company making their European base here
at the turn 0f 1900.This created a wealthy village and as a result many fine villas
and a tennis court, The Turner House was the Directors house and consequently one
of the earliest, built in 1906 and possibly the grandest. The house occupies prime
position at the head of the Fjord providing a unrivalled view along the length of
the Fjord out to sea. Aluminium production ceased after the second world war leaving
just the history behind. If you are interested in even earlier history, the SunnGeoCenter
holds conferences and tours of local Geological sites. The Grand Canyon starts here!
Honsehagen Medieval Winecellar and restaurant is a unique experience,pre booking
essential, sistered with Olde Hanse, Tallin in Estonia. Local paintings and loom
weaving crafts on sale in the local weaving house, formally the Temperance Hall.
Nearby, Rivedal honours the founder of Iceland,Ingolf Arnarson who came from there,
his statue looing out to sea. Visit Dale, a 20 minute ferry ride across the Dalesfjord,
home of poet Jakob Sande. Take a ferry ride to Vaerlandet and cycle over 6 bridges
out into the Atlantic to beautiful Bulandet. Drive to a Glacier in Jostedalsbreen
National Park with a museum and ice walking trips. Spend time in Fjaerland Book Village.
Sunnfjord Outdoor Museum in Forde is a collection of antique buildings from the area
with walks and picnic areas. Askvoll, 15 minutes drive away is the seat of the Kommune
and has fast ferry links to Bergen in the South and Alesund in the North each being
some 2 hours 30 minutes beautiful sea journey away (the latter includes a coach ride
as well), each well worth a visit, Alesund was completely rebuilt in 1906 after a
fire completely destroyed the town. The south going fast ferry links with a fast
ferry cruising the Sognafjord, the worlds longest and deepest fjord. A stop can
be made at Balestrand which is home to some stunning architecture and one, if not
the, finest wooden hotels anywhere, frequented in the past by Kaiser Wilhelm and
Queen Victoria. You can also drive there, it entails a rather steep pass.
Førde, our local city is 40 minutes drive away and, should you need to shop, has
a number of shopping precincts.
Alternatively you can just relax, find your own secluded beach or use the local tennis
or Volleyball court, stride out on one of the many local walks of varying standards,
fish in the fjord from either the shore or a small boat. Try yachting with Butesail
or kayaking or just relax indoors or in the garden taking in the splendid views.
Should you decide to visit in the winter, there is a down hill ski slope and lifts
just 30 minutes drive away with other ski areas a little further on. Cross country
skiing is widely available. What could be better than a days skiing followed by
your feet up by a log fire.