Agatunet

This sheltered hamlet is situated between Utne and Odda on the western shore of the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangefjord. Agatunet is known to date back to pre-Viking times, although there is evidence of settlement as early as the Stone Age.

Today, Agatunet comprises 31 slate-roofed farm buildings dating from the Middle Ages. Lagmannsstova, built in 1250 by Sigurd Brynjulvsson, magistrate and advisor to King Eirik Magnusson, is the country’s oldest secular building still standing on its original site.

Norwegian building tradidtions

Although there were once many clustered farm communities, Agatunet is one of the few that remains. It provides unique examples of western Norwegian building traditions, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Down by the fjords are old boathouses. If you take time to explore the surrounding landscape, you may see old burial mounds, petroglyphs and ancient sacrificial sites. The 300-metre-long and 17-metre-high barrier on the hillside was built in 2000 to protect Agatunet from avalanches.

Café

Hens still wander Agatunet freely, providing eggs for the waffles served in the café, which we suggest you savour with a glass of locally produced apple juice, and perhaps a cup of coffee.

 

See also: The gateway Agatunet.