Traditional life at the coast and in the fjords of Hordaland

Making an existence in rural areas of Norway by exploiting both land and sea has for centuries, if not thousands of years been the natural way of living.

The fisherman farmer`s followed the rhytmn of the seasons. Taking care of the land and the livestock would be a main focus in spring, summer and early autumn. Fields were dug up after laying unused since the fall. Manure had to be spread across the meadows. Stone fences had to be mended. In the summer it was vital to secure as much food for the animals through autumn and winter as possible.

The grass had to be cut, dried and stored in the barn, ready for animals to eat. In the autumn barley and oat were harvested and stored safely indoors, as well as the potatoes. The spring and summer evenings could be spent fishing, but it was autumn and winter that was the most important time for fishing. The herring fishery in winter and early spring was of the most important fisheries.

The familiy constitued a working community. There were specific tasks but also a lot of cooperation. 

The fisherman farmes`s life in Hordaland is presented through artefacts and photography, collected over a period of 75 years.