Accommodation, Businesses and more pictures from Volda
Volda muncipality has approximately 8.800 inhabitants and covers a area of 547,3 km2. Volda's history goes way back in time, in the saga written by Snorre, Halkjelsvik (Volda) is mentioned in connection with the battle of Hjørungavåg in the year 988. Today, trade and servlce industries play a centrale role, together with a varied industrial environment. Volda is a centre for health, education and research. The County Hospital is a modern, wellequipped hospital for the population of southern Sunnmøre. The Regional College in Volda offers a variety courses in a number of fields, and the Møre and Romsdal Research Foundation and the Student Union for Sunnmøre are both based in Volda. Volda vgs. offers upper secondary education and Hjelpepleieskulen offers quaIifications in nursing and care.
Bjørrkedalen is widely renowned for its boat-building traditions, which go back to Viking times. Join the crew of a "real" Viking Ship with Jacob Helset. You should not miss a visit to Vertshuset Anne Moritsdotter, a tavern really "out of the ordinary". Bjørrkedalen is referred to as a "geological pearl", where there are huge finds of olivine in the valley, together with minerals with the largest known content of strontium. We recommend you to follow the old post road, established at the command of the King in the 1700s. Start at South- Bjørkedalen and follow this ancient track over Gullbrekka to Medvatnet and Olavskjelda. The path continues towards Korsen, St.Olav's memorial, and ends at the farms at Kile.
The local societies round the fjord are the starting point for trips along the ancient tracks to Vassbakkedalen, Storslidsetra and Åmelfoten, as well as walks to the summits of Felden and Blæja. Dalsfjorden is in every way ideal for open-air life and fishing. Local industries include fish farming, furniture and a shoe factory.
Fjord fishing and salmon fishing in Fyrdselva. A starting point for trips to Kalvatn and Grøndalen, or the more strenous mountain hikes to Kyrkjefjellet and Matøskja. Annual cultural and folk festivals like Kvivsstemnet. Glimmerdalen and tha special landscape and cultural remains to be found on the island of Årsetøya.
BERKNES and YKSNØYA
At Berkneset you can see the ruins of the fortress from the German occupation during the last war. Berknes is the point of departure for boat-trips across to Yksnøya.
A stone cross-church built in the neoclassical style, seating 800 and consecrated in 1932. The architect was Arnstein Arneberg. The fresco above the altar was painted by Hugo Louis Mohr and the ornately carved pulpit was the handiwork of Volda craftsman Arne Kinsarvik. Open daily during the summer.
Volda Bygdetun is a collection of farmhouses arranged like an average farm from Sunnmøre around 1850. Garvenmuseet is an old tannery where
you can experience how they have prepared skin for centuries back in time. The Tannery Museum was in 1997 awarded "Olav's Rose" for the way it shows the traditions and quality of the ancient art of tanning skins.
THE MUNTHE-SVENDSEN COLLECTIONS
In Volda and Ørsta Sparebank, Volda. The huge collection of sculptures was donated to Volda municipality by the sculptor Jens Munthe-Svendsen.
THE HOSPITAL PARK
A peaceful, but colourful "oasis", with hundreds of unusual trees, bushes and plants collected and looked after by local enthusiasts over many years.
THE STATUE "SEIER"
In Norwegian "Seier" meaning "Victory". The work of J. Munthe-Svendsen, in the gardens beside the old bank in the centre of Volda.
Sunnmøre is the southernmost traditional district of the western Norwegian. Its main city is Ålesund. Though it is one of the three traditional districts in Møre og Romsdal, Sunnmøre is home to more than half the population of the county. The district is made up of mainland as well as several large islands such as Gurskøy and Hareidlandet, plus many small islands.
There are many local newspapers throughout Sunnmøre, as well as one that aims to cover the entire region, published from Ålesund, called Sunnmørsposten.
THE SUNNMØRS ALPS
It is a great pieature for us to welcome you to our "kingdom" - in the centre of Northern Europe´s fjord and alpine country. The region is spectacular, stretching from deep-blue fjords, via verdant valleys with emerald-green slopes way up to the highest wild peaks with their white glaciers. This is not just a picture, but reality, a landscape which you can become fond of.
Majestic peaks and a rugged alpine massif distinguish the Sunnmørs Alps from other mountain areas. Mountains plunge vertically into the fjord from a height of 1.500 - 1.600 metres and from the summit of Jakta at 1.588 metres, ther is a perpendicular fall of 1.821 metres to the bottom of the fjord. This will give you some idea of the enormous dimensions between the summits and the seabed below the waters of the fjords.
The region has many areas that offer rich opportunities for both small and big- game hunting. A permit can be obtained from the individual landowner, from self-service boxes. The general season for hunting in 0rsta and Volda (guidelines): Deer hunting: lO - 25. September and 10. October - 15. November. Small game: lO. September - 28. February. Black grouse and wood grouse only until 23. December. Hunting is prohibited from 24. - 31. December.
Rivers and lakes in Volda: Kilselva is most well-known for good salmon fishing. In the Austefjord area you will find the river Fyrdselva and the Kalvatn lake. Bjørkedalen has a joint fresh-water permit for the local rivers and lakes. Other good rivers and lakes are Steinsvikelva and the area round Storlidvatn, both in Dalsfjorden. Contact the Tourist Information in Volda for more details.
Fjord fishing: From the innermost heads of the fjords in both municipalities and all the way out to the islands on the coast there is plenty to challenge the fishing enthusiast. Both from the shore or from a boat it is possible to land a useful catch of cod, pollack or haddock. The fjords of the district offer many idyllic fishing spots, from sheltered bays to open stretches of the fjord where a more salty experience awaits you. Hobby - fishing for your own consumption is free, you can use rod, line, trolling line or net.
Volda Golfclub is a golf course with 6 holes and a variation of difficulties. The course lies at Rotevatnet, approximately 15 km from Volda Center.