Within short distances from
Herandsholmen, you find several objects of interest in Hardanger.
The unique rock carvings
at Bakko in Herand (5 min. from Herandsholmen) is situated directly
near the main road to Utne - approx. 150 rock carvings from the Iron
Age display human bodies, fertility symbols, ships etc.
The water - driven gang saw
in Herand. (5 min. from Herandsholmen) was in regular use until 1970.
Most of the material was used for ship building. The saw was restored
in 1996 and listed. A mill house lies nearby.
The village Jondal
(10 min. from Herandsholmen) is easily recognizable due to its many
Swiss style houses with slate roofs and well cared for orchards. The
big church boat, intended for ten helmsmen, lies at the harbour from
May until September and may be rented. In Jondal you also find a boat
building school, one of the few left, in Norway.
The Hardanger folk museum in Utne
( 30 min. from Herandsholmen). A traditional village settlement has
been recreated in the outdoors museum. Here`s a country store, a smallholding,
an old ski factory, a mill house etc. In the boathouses you will find
many traditional Hardanger boats. The museum offers guided tours both
outdoors as well as for the permanent exhibitions such as; The
bridal procession in Hardanger", Folk costumes and costume equipment",
Folk music. The Hardanger people at sea" exhibition emphasizes
navigation, fishing and the ancient techniques of boat building.
The Summer exhibition is renewed every year.
The fiddler`s workshop
is part of the folk music exhibition in the museum. The fiddle
maker Olav Vindal has been taught the art of fiddle making from his
great master Håvard Kvandal (b.1910). He is considered one of
the most skilled fiddle makers in the country. In the workshop they
perform fiddle repairs and adjustments, as well as make new "hardingfele"(Hardanger
Fiddle), on assignment, after model of the original ones.
The old settlement of Agatunet
approx. 45 min. from Herandsholmen is a listed heap village consiting
of 30-40 houses from the Middle Ages until today. Towards the end of
the 13.th century Aga was a knight`s yard. The knight Sigurd Brynjulfsson
lived here, one of the king`s trusted men. Today, Agatunet is a museum.
The museumswarf "Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter"
in Norheimsund (approx. 1 hr. from Herandsholmen). gives you
the chance to study the old boats and ships, and watch the various crafts
being performed; Ship carpentry, boat building and ropes. The museum
offers guided tours throughout the summer in Norwegian, English, German
The cafeteria with its lovely atmosphere enables you to enjoy a cup
of coffee or tea together with homemade pastry.
is located approx. 2 km from Norheimsund in the direction of
Bergen. A path leads you behind the water fall, so that you can admire
it from the rear!
to the top
harbour at the village Herand, w. grocery and gasoline station
Rock carvings at Bakko in Herand
The restored gang saw in Herand.
The fiddle maker at work in Hardanger
The boathouse and the country
store , fully equipped. (the Hardanger Folk museum))
The old settlement of Agatunet