Helleren at Jøssingfjord on Nordsjøvegen
Small houses somewhere below a steep cliff in Norway, sometimes without a road connection, I’ve seen that many times. Each of these buildings conveys the hard life of agriculture, the people who planted a field that was barely larger than a garden or, if they were lucky, found pasture land for a few animals. A special feature of such buildings are the two remaining houses under the 60-meter rock ledge Helleren on Jøssingfjord.
Due to its manageable size, the Jøssingfjord falls behind the famous fjords. However, this has the advantage that visitors here are kept within limits and that thousands of cruise tourists do not trample everything down within hours.
Anyone who comes here will appreciate the little gems of Norway, and they are willing to walk a few meters through stony landscapes. The landscape here in the south is spectacular behind every curve. Again and again you may stop and simply immerse yourself in this environment.
And somewhere in this wild and pristine landscape, under the giant rocks of Helleren at Jøssingfjord, they stand, the two houses, more like huts, which are more reminiscent of an office of the miner of a mine.
When it all started among the Helleren at Jøssingfjord
Even in the Stone Age, after the glaciers had cleared the land, the first people knew about the advantage of settling under the rocky outcrop, the Helleren at Jøssingfjord.
From the 16th century there was probably the first verifiable settlement under the rocky outcrop of the Helleren at Jøssingfjord. At the very least, a report by bailiff Bendix de Finne to the Danish king in Copenhagen in 1745 points to these houses and indicates that their families use most of the fields they have ordered for themselves.
Today’s two remaining houses under the Helleren on Jøssingfjord probably date from the 19th century, although parts of the buildings are probably much older. In the 19th century there were even three houses here. However, they were cleared around 1900 when the Jøssingfjord Manufacturing Company took advantage of the site and the approximately 10-meter-high rock niche at Helleren on Jøssingfjord. The two remaining buildings have belonged to the Dalane Folk Museum since 2002.
Visit the houses under the Helleren at Jøssingfjord
The two are listed buildings. Houses under the Helleren at Jøssingfjord have only a temporary roof. Mer is not necessary at all, because the approximately 10 meter high rocky outcrop offers enough protection against wind and rain or snow. The rock itself looks like a roof.
About five minutes away there is a small provisional parking lot, from there you can come here and enter the houses and thus a little bit into the Norwegian world about 120 years ago. However, every visitor should handle this very sensitively and behave as a guest as he would (assuming that he was well educated) would also do so when the residents were present.
Due to a forest fire, fortunately the two houses were spared, we could not get closer to them. We will update the pictures later.