Cultural landscapes in Norway
Cultural Landscapes of Norway - slideshow
Gjuvsland by the Hardanger fjord
Gjuvsland belongs to the Fjords and valley landscapes of West Norway. Outfield hay meadows and improved grasslands are situated in the hillsides along the fjord, summer grazing pastures are found in valleys and hills on higher grounds.
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Havrå at Osterøy, Hordaland is one of the oldest remaining farms in west Norway. From written sources, Havrå is known as a medieval farm, but actually the first signs of activity at the site was between 2045-1815 years BC. Havrå consists of 8 farms, that escaped the nation-wide landconsolidation of the last century. Thus the houses of the 8 small farms remain in a dense cluster, surrounded by numerous small fields with different owners scattered around the farm buildings.
Ulvund belongs to the valleys and mountains of west Norway. The farm is situated in the hillsides and mountainous areas of Myrkdalen valley, on both sides of Myrkdalsvatnet, in Voss, Hordaland county of west Norway. Ulvund(1611:Ullfuen)is one of the oldest farm names in Myrkdalen.
Coastal heathlands of West Norway
North European coastal heathlands are large-scale cultural landscape ecosystems dominated by heather (Calluna vulgaris; ling). In Norway, heathlands are distributed along the west coast up to Lofoten at about 68°N latitude. In addition they are found along the western coasts of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany.
Hardangervidda is a high mountain plateau in central south Norway at more than 1000 m elevation(highest points 1700 m).It has an area of almost 7000 km2.As a relatively flat and teeless alpine region,it is extensively used for hill walking during the summer and skiing in the winter.These southern Norwegian alpine areas have been used over the course of millennia,first by hunters and later by farmers.