The Folgefonn Centre
The Folgefonn Centre
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The Folgefonn centre opens in May 2017. Here you will find an exciting exhibition on the nature around Folgefonna glacier, the Hardangerfjord and how climate changes affect us here. Situated on the southern shore of the beautiful Hardangerfjord in Hordaland County, Folgefonna National Park boasts one of Norway's largest glaciers. In words and stunning images, our website tells you about the glacier and how ice sculpted the fjords and surrounding landscape. We'll show you great cultural attractions and scenic highlights, point out hiking trails that take you there, give details about guided glacier treks, kayaking beneath ice falls, and much more.
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Ms_LAW_12
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia59 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Part of the Folgefonna National Park Centre is The Steinparken – The Stone Park. It’s fabulous, set among superb trees and wild plants with a river running at the side and another smaller creek with gentle waterfalls through the centre of the park. It’s free entry and was developed by Rosendal Stiftinger in cooperation with the sculptor Bård Breivik and stone cutter Rolf Karlsen. The park is open to visitors for the presentation of natural science subjects of the Folgefonna National Park Centre and sponsorship comes from the community and several others.
Placed in a beautiful setting of woodlands and ponds, with towering mountains above, the large stone blocks, gathered from varied sites throughout the region, show a striking variation. Parts of the blocks have been worked, so you can see each mineral in both its rough and its polished state. Included are coronite, the county rock of Hordaland; orbicular gabbro, formed in a cooling magma chamber and one of Norway’s rarest minerals; a 1.3-billion-year-old conglomerate rock, evidence of a beach at what is now 1300 metres above sea level; and polished serpentinite as iridescent as a jewel – all the specimen are large and with each having the one polished surface people can see the really beautiful features of each rock type. There are excellent simple descriptions throughout the park together with a free hand out with an excellent map and stainless steel plaques with numbers on specimen make it easy to identify what you are looking at.
Earth’s 4.6 billion year long history is full of incredible dramatic events, from the very beginning of our planet’s history until mankind’s predecessors started walking upright – which from a geological perspective is very recently. These time spans are so vast that they’re almost incomprehensible for many people and so in order to make it easier, they’ve made a 23-metre-long stone wall that tells the history of our Earth. Unfortunately it’s all in Norwegian; however it’s still easy for lay people to understand irrespective of any language barrier.
Adjoining the park is an old timber mill, that once a month puts on a demonstration of the timber man’s skills, there are lovely swings and see saw for kids to play on and a teepee made completely from timber
Written July 27, 2015
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Sbangsuk
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,253 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Its very hard to describe the beauty of the area in such a short amount of space. A must see if your into the outdoors.
Written September 15, 2015
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LostInTime
Pittsburgh, PA11,701 contributions
Jun 2018 • Business
I took the ferry out to Rosendal to look around. The people here were very nice and helpful with directions. The building also had some interesting displays and a very clean restroom.
Written June 11, 2018
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Thank you! We are glad you liked it here!
Written July 30, 2018
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torharald69
Bergen, Norway12 contributions
Sep 2017 • Business
The museum offers a cinema showing rather poor short 2D movies, otherwise only an exhibition of pictures and words. Bad attempts have been made to make the exhibition exciting. Too bad. Could easily be made exciting for both kids and adults. Opening hours only weekdays approx 1030-1430, Saturdays 1130-1630 and Sundays closed.
Written September 28, 2017
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Hello Tor Harald, we are sorry that this was your experience visiting our new centre. Our goal is to give our visitors new information on important topics, such as marine life and climate change. We also hope to inspire visitors to visit the national park after coming here. We have 18 varied interactive stations in our new exhibition where our visitors can learn about life in the Hardangefjord, about Folgefonna national park and weather as well as local businesses. The 4 films we show in our auditorium are 15 minute short films meant to give visitors easy access to themes like geology, life in the fjord, water and about the red deer. Our opening hours are 10-18 every day in june-july-august, with shorter opening hours the rest of the year. Velkommen tilbake
Written October 5, 2017
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Malcolm072
La Herradura, Spain138 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
We find all Norwegian Museums to be of an exceptionally high standard. There is such National and Regional Pride.
We started by viewing models and recreations of ship and boat building.
The highlight, however, is interactive Climatology Displays. Very enlightening about the Gulf Stream both in the ocean and in the atmosphere. Galaciers discussed too.
Written July 31, 2017
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Thank you for your review, Malcolm072! We are glad to hear that you liked it.
Written August 17, 2017
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TLV4
Tel Aviv, Israel53 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
Suzy gave me priceless tips for the Rosendal area as well as Hardangerfjorden area, including a drive up to Folgefonna from Jondal. She was so lovely, listened and therefore understood exactly what I was looking for. I didn't enter the exhibition.
Written May 31, 2017
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John T
Toronto, Canada52 contributions
Sep 2019 • Solo
Great for the history of boatbuilding locally and environmental introduction to the surrounding area... A good starting point for a visit to the Rosendal area
Written September 29, 2019
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southofoz
Tasmania66 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We found the centre very informative and you can spend easily half a day here. Situated right on the waterfront, it is accessible via ferry or by car along a scenic narrow road that winds along the fjord and passes Furebergsfossen waterfall. The centre gives information on fjords, the Folgefonna Glacier, weather and climate, boatbuilding, aquaculture and much more.
Written October 16, 2018
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Thankyou for your review! Happy that you liked it here.
Written January 14, 2019
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J P
40 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
Good place to start as it provides an overview of the Westlands and its historic development. Definitely a place for boat building enthusiasts. Remember to get a map with the list of stones at the stone park.
Written May 20, 2018
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Thank you! We are glad you liked it here!
Written July 30, 2018
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Ann R
Oslo, Norway172 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Top modern top tech top everything. New visitor centre in Rosendal is so high tech and very informative and a must when you're here.
Written August 12, 2017
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Thanks for you review, Ann!
Written August 17, 2017
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