While we were in Førde, we made one more stop at the Sunnfjord Museum. I wanted to dedicate a whole post to this museum, since I really enjoyed it much more then I expected to. This museum offer us a personalised experience, which really made me appreciate this history of this region and was a great ending to this road trip.
The Sunnfjord Museum is an open air museum and is one of the four regional museums in Sogn og Fjordane. It is presents the day-to-day life of the farming and tenant families of the traditional district of Sunnfjord in the mid 1800’s. The main feature of the museum is the cluster of 25 buildings which originate from different places in the Sunnfjord district. It is situated on the spectacular location at the end of the Movatnet, which gives it an authenticity to the landscape.
The museum consists of 32 antiquarian buildings, a herb garden, mountain farm and cultivated landscape. Three of the buildings are in their original location, and the rest are from other settlements in Sunnfjord. These buildings are great examples of the building techniques and traditions from the 16th to the 19th century. Many of the buildings can be visited inside and are furnished as they would have been back in their day. If you want to get a closer look at some of the objects you can see them on the Digital Museum.
The museum is opened all year round (opening hours) but they only offer daily guided tours during June to August. However, there are exhibitions, special events and educational programs offered a different time in the year. They also offer exhibitions and educational programs for kids. They encouraged visitors to make the most of their visit, by having a picnic on the grounds, or swiming and fishing in the lake. Also from the museum there several walking paths with information boards describing the natural and cultural history of the area.
When we first arrived to the museum I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. I did call the day before as I wasn’t sure if we had to book in for the guided tour and if it was included in the price. They told me it was and we didn’t have to book in, but they appreciated knowing that we were coming. So when we arrived we had a quick look outside before heading into the visitors centre. Here we met our guides who would take us on our tour. In the visitors centre they do have a shop and cafe, which offers coffee and a few sweet treats. They don’t offer breakfast or lunch, which was no problem since we already had breakfast at Naustdal Dampbakeri AS.
Our guides then took us for a little tour for about an hour. We were a bit short on time so we weren’t able to spend much more then this, but it gave us a great introduction into the history of the building and the kinds of people that lived in them.
The first building we went inside was this three room home. Some of the interesting objects we saw were these amazing carved wood ironing board and treasure box. These would of been carved by young men and given as a gift to young ladies they wanted to impress. In the kitchen we saw some carved wooden butter boxes, wooden salt chests and the blood stained door, to keep evil spirits out.
The next building we went inside was the home of Marte Movik and Nils Husmannsson. Marte was a wet nurse, who worked in Bergen, but she brought her experiences and expertise back to Sunnfjord. Although we had seen many homes in open air museum this one really felt homely and lived in. It was just gorgeous and we really enjoying hearing about Marte’s life. Apparently she really loved keeping fresh flowers in the window, which was unheard of during this time, which made home her look much more lively.
The last building we visited inside was the school house. Where we learned about the lives of the school master and his students. Octavia had fun playing with the chalk, which gave us a chance to relax a little and not worry she would break something. I asked the guides so many questions about their life in Norway and how they feel about the political climate. It was really nice to hear their opinions and experiences in their country.
There last thing we did before we had to make a quick exit was visit baby goats and see amazing view of the village with the backdrop of the lake. Octavia was very happy to feed the baby goats and I was worried they were trying to eat her cloths.
This museum was probably one of my favourite experiences in Norway and a great way to spend our last day of our road trip. I really recommend if you travel as far as Førde to take the time to visit Sunnfjord Museum. You will get a more personal and unique tour then most open air museums and you don’t have to do as much walking since its pretty small.
So this is my last post about trip to Norway. Next we are heading to Stockholm Sweden for a few days and spending a week in Finland.