What is the Folgefonn Centre?

The new Folgefonn Centre in the village of Rosendal, on the Hardangerfjord, offers interactive exhibitions on the Folgefonna National Park, aquatic life in the Hardangerfjord, the world’s water cycle, sustainable use of natural resources, and climate change.

Visitor Centre for Folgefonna national park

As a part of the exhibitions you will also find information on Folgefonna national park. Here you can also get information on activities and hiking in the national park, gateways and attractions around the Folgefonn peninsula.

Four films are shown at the centre:

  • “Of Water it is created” – A Journey in the Waterscape of Western Norway
  • “The Drama of the Mountains” – geology
  • “The Life of the Hardangerfjord”
  • “The Roar of the Rutting Stags”

The Boatbuilding Museum – Skaaluren Collection

Folgefonn Centre and the Boatbuilding Museum have joint admission. The Skaaluren Collection documents the history of wooden boatbuilding in Hardanger, with emphasis on the peak years 1850–1950. At the museum entrance, there is information about the region’s modern maritime industries.

 Organization

The Folgefonn Center is a non profit, self-governed institution, which is founded by the municipalities on the Folgefonn Peninsula (Jondal, Ullensvang, Odda, Etne, Kvinnherad) and the University of Bergen.

Its goal is to operate the Folgefonn Centre as a center for research-based knowledge dissemination on themes relevant to the Folgefonna Glacier and the landscape and fjordsystems on the Folgefonn-Peninsula.

The center enjoyes substantive support from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Bjerknessenteret/University of Bergen and the Folgefonna National Park visitor Centre.

The Board of the Folgefonnsenter Foundation

Knut Førland, Kvinnherad – chair
Sigrid Brattabø Handegard, Jondal – vice-chair
Elisabeth Wesenlund Hauge, Odda
Kåre Grønsnes, Ullensvang
Siri Klokkerstuen, Etne
Roald Aga Haug – Folgefonna Besøkssenter National Park Visitor Centre
Jostein Bakke, Bjerknes Center
Øystein Skaala, Norwegian Institute of Marine Research