Cultural history

Traces left in the landscape show that the fjord areas have been used by people ever since the ice retreated 10,000 years ago.
Trapping pits and hunting hides in the mountains show that wild reindeer was important to the fjord dwellers even in the Stone Age. Along the fjord by the water and higher up on small ridges on the valley sides there are several small farms, most of them abandoned. Even though those who settled there tried to situate their houses safely away from snow and rock avalanches, these remained a risk they had to live with. The settlements show that there was modest agriculture adapted to a dangerous, but rich natural environment.
Old mountain pasture farms are to be found in several of the valleys and woodland hillsides. Very few of these are still in use, but there is still good pasture to be found there.

Many of the fjord farms and houses in the mountain pasture areas have been restored in recent times. Many of the old roads and paths have been cleared and marked, making it is possible to visit them and experience some of the cultural history. Note that getting to some of them may be quite challenging. Most of the mountain pasture farmsteads are privately owned and it is important to show consideration when visiting them.
The cultural dimension of the old mountain pasture farms and the fjord farms complement and increase the total value of the world heritage area.