Cultural heritage and cultural historical environment

The world heritage area West Norwegian Fjords has a very rich collection of cultural heritage and intact historical cultural environments. The depth of cultural history, or continuity, is safeguarded through knowledge of operational methods that are still kept alive in the local community.

Common to all the cultural heritage sites is that they help visualise the access to and use of localised resources in the area. It is very important to take care of the time dimension and the context of the landscape in the complete cultural historical context. As well as the evaluations in terms of cultural heritage that must be carried out to protect diversity, they also have an important function for experiential value, recreation and identity.

Generally a protected natural area will be well facilitated for taking care of cultural heritage objects in their original environment. This is because the surroundings are intact and the pressure on development and other area interventions will be far less extensive than in other places.

Maintaining cultural heritage and cultural environment are valued as one of the overriding objectives of the protection regulations for the protected landscape area in the world heritage area of the West Norwegian Fjords. The formal management authority for cultural heritage in the world heritage area West Norwegian Fjords is allocated to Møre og Romsdal country for the Geirangerfjord area, but for the Nærøyfjord area, management authority is shared between Sogn og Fjordane county council and Hordaland county council. These offices must be contacted in cases that relate to cultural heritage issues.