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A highly unique building project, where focus for the architecture and design is based on ancient local building traditions, whilst a sustainable and environmentally friendly development has been the objective.
On one of the best fjord-properties in Gloppefjorden, called Elvaneset, we will erect beautiful condos, built in environmentally friendly materials and with clean energy sources such as solar panels that provide electricity and fjord heating that provide heating.
Live here, or vacation here, it’s your choice!
Welcome to Nordfjord – A compact and complete piece of Norway
Experience Norway’s wildest sea, white sandy beaches and the steep mountainsides of Nordfjord - Breathe out. Walk barefoot on white sandy beaches and surf the ocean waves that roll in from the west. Stay in a lighthouse during a storm, and get a sense of your own insignificance when the waves crash against its walls. Stand on the West Cape plateau and see the curve of the earth on the horizon, behind the formidable sea of Stadhavet.
The coastline of Norway extends over 13 degrees of latitude and is a staggering 57.000 kilometres long. This illustrates the length and importance of the coast as a means of transport. The Norwegian coastal culture is truly unique, and the fishing communities have lots of great stories about storms, huge catches and stories of love. In the outer reaches of Nordfjord, people’s lives have always been closely linked to the sea and fisheries. In line with this tradition and forward-looking businesses, the municipalities have developed a large, modern fishing fleet and a state-of-the-art export and fisheries industry.
Those travelling along the coast not only had to rely on the services of pilots, they also had to be able to navigate by navigation aids, beacons and lighthouses. The building of hundreds of lighthouses along our exposed coastline, from Finnmark to the Swedish border, was one of the biggest and most impressive projects in Norwegian history. Four lighthouses were built in Nordfjord: Skongenes Lighthouse (1870), Ulvesund Lighthouse (1870), Kråkenes Lighthouse (1906) and Hendanes Lighthouse (1914).
The conditions for surfing are perfect at Stad, with ocean waves and white sandy beaches framed perfectly by steep mountainsides. Maybe the word surfing sets you thinking about palm trees and tropical temperatures in southern climes. Surfing in the beautiful coastal landscape at Stad is at least as exotic. These fantastic beaches have long been hidden surfing gems, but more and more people have now discovered the joy of surfing out here at the ocean's edge. The kilometre-long sandy beach at Hoddevik is one of Norway's best and most beautiful surfing spots. Thirty kilometres away is Ervikstranda beach, where there are almost always waves. Be aware of undercurrents and the remains of shipwrecks in Ervik.
The Nordfjord coast is a paradise for diving enthusiasts. Countless boats have gone to a watery grave in the treacherous waters at Stad, but few have been found or explored by divers. Maybe you will be lucky and find a new wreck? There is rich vegetation with kelp forests, caves and interesting rock formations. There are also lots of fish and shellfish in the area.
In addition to the activities above, it is also possible to hire a boat from most of the accommodation providers along the coast. You can go fishing, sign up for a RIB boat trip, go out in a boat or take a dip in the sea at one of the fantastic white sandy beaches along the coast of Nordfjord. Bring a bucket and spade and check out the lovely beaches in Selje: Seljesanden, Ervik, Hoddevik or Refviksanden in Vågsøy.
In the 1800s, the spring herring fisheries were a mainstay in the economy of Nordfjord and the rest of the region. In 1868, almost 3,000 locals took part in the spring herring fisheries. Around 900 of them came from Selje and Vågsøy, which were then one municipality. Although the cod fisheries could also be lucrative, herring was the most important fish for the people of Nordfjord and the rest of Sogn og Fjordane.
People who lived in the communities along the coast liked to fish locally. People who came to work in the fisheries stayed in the typical fishing stations. The biggest of these stations was Torskangerpoll in Vågsøy, which was only second to Borgundsund in Sunnmøre. From the mid-1800s, Kalvåg also emerged as one of the most important fishing stations in Western Norway.
THE HANSEATIC MERCHANTS AND MARITIME TRADE
From the 1300s until the mid-1500s, Hanseatic merchants dominated trade between northeast and northwest Europe, shipping raw materials and food supplies to the west in return for western products. The west bought goods such as furs, wax, grain, fish, linen, hemp, timber and timber products, tar and potatoes. In return, the Hanseatic merchants brought industrial, finished products such as fabrics, metal items, weapons and spices.
There is some debate about when the Hanseatic period in Bergen actually began, but what we know for certain is that Bergen started trading with Germany as early as in the 12th century. In Germany, the Hanseatic period is generally considered to be from the 1200s to the 1500s.
Bergen was not, strictly speaking, a Hanseatic city, but it was the seat of one of the four trading posts, alongside Bruges, London and Novgorod. However, the Hanseatic period lasted longer in Bergen than in the rest of Europe, where trade mainly consisted of exchanging grain for salt fish, because Norway had more fish than it needed. When the Hanseatic trading office closed in Bergen in 1754, a Norwegian trading office took over, which was founded by Norwegian, albeit ethnic German, merchants. It lasted until 1899 when it was wound up. The fish trade was transferred to Bontlebo 50 years later, as the old buildings at Bryggen were no longer considered suitable for the most important fish market in Bergen.
"HOLVIKEJEKTA" - BOATS AND TRADE
The boats were used to transport goods along the entire coast of Norway, from Hardanger in the south to Finnmark in the north. Bergen was generally the final destination for most of this traffic. The coastal communities had fish to sell and the fjord communities had wood. The Holvikejekta boat probably replaced the Viking ‘knarr’, which was a trading and transport vessel. It was the last of the traditional ‘jekt’ transport vessels, which sailed the fjords and the Norwegian coast from the Middle Ages up until the last century. They were used to transport wood and timber to Bergen, and could carry 120 cords of wood. If the wood had been split the previous year, it was lighter and a boat could carry 150 cords of wood. In addition to cord wood, the boats could also carry materials such as barrel hoops, bast rope, birchbark, barrels and chests, woven fabric and other homemade products to sell in the city. Children gathered pine cones to sell or tinder for lighting fires. These boats also transported smaller ‘færing’ boats and mast poles. They also transported livestock to Bergen from time to time, and would clear an area for them among the wood. This type of cargo was always ordered for delivery, while the wood was sold in the city in large or small quantities. At 20 metres, the Holvikejekta boat is the biggest preserved clinker-built boat in Norway and unique in an international context. It is one of the most valuable features of Norway’s maritime cultural heritage. You can see a Holvikejekta boat for yourself at Sandane in Gloppen municipality.
LOEN SKYLIFT AND VIA FERRATA LOEN - FROM FJORD TO MOUNTAIN IN 5 MINUTES!
Loen Skylift is a spectacular new attraction and adventure arena, at the inner part of the Nordfjord, in the heart of Fjord Norway. A Cable Car will lift you from the fjord to 1011 m. Here you can enjoy the views of the fjord landscape - from the restaurant table, or while exploring in the mountains.
If you want a more demanding way to get to the mountains, then an experienced guide can take you on the climbing track, Via Ferrata Loen. Then you can take the easiest way down with Loen Skylift.
THE MAJESTIC BRIKDSALSBREEN GLACIER AND THE FAMOUS JOSTEDALSBREEN GLACIER
Guests from all over the world come to visit this famous glacier arm set attractively between roaring waterfalls and high peaks. Briksdalsbreen is an arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier, and located inside the Jostedalsbreen National Park. From 1200 meters the glacier plunges down into the beautiful Briksdalen Valley. See the Briksdalen valley by foot or catch a ride with one of the "Trollcars" up to the glacier.
At Briksdalen you will find a restaurant, the areas largest souvenir shop and an office where you can book guided glacier safaris on the lake or " Troll car" trips.
Due to the ice condition at Briksdal Glacier, there will not be glacier walks here. The location for glacier walks is Tystigbreen Glacier. Please contact Briksdal Adventure for more information.
Take the fishing trip near one of the highest salmon stairs in the world. The area between Eidsfoss waterfalls and Gloppefjord is renowned for good salmon fishing. Many of the promising salmon holes have English names from the time when the "salmon lords" from Great Britain leased the river at the end of the 1800s. To date the biggest salmon caught in the river is 26 kg. Eidsfoss falls is 33 metres high and is one of the world`s highest salmon stairs - a whole 230 metres high. Drive in there from main road E-39. Information board on the site. It is also possible to approach Holvikfoss waterfall from the Kleive pond.
The fjordhorse is Nordfjord's own horse breed, and several towns in Nordfjord enthusiasts can experience beautiful westland nature from horseback.
Horse riding lessons, day trips and riding camps. "Fjordingen" has, for a while, been a central part of the farm work and the traffic picture most of the towns in Western Norway. In the fields of agriculture and forestry, the fjord horse was an indispensable workmate, who helped to lay the foundations for people around Norway in older times.
NORWEGIAN SCENIC ROUTE
Sometimes it is the road itself that is the destination, and this is true of Norwegian Scenic Route Gamle Strynefjellsvegen. As well as being staggeringly beautiful, the tourist route from Western Norway to the eastern part of Southern Norway is also designated as a listed road. The road itself is a landmark and a testimony to a masterpiece of engineering design from a bygone time. Built by manual labour towards the end of the 19th century, it conveys a historical presence. Old stone masonry and long rows of guard stones provide a sense of journeying backwards in time. The old road offers imposing contrasts in the landscape: to the east rounded shapes bearing the stamp of the ice age and to the west precipitous mountainsides. If you take a kayak with you on the trip, you can paddle in the turquoise-coloured mountain tarns. It’s not without reason that the old tourist road has impressed travellers for over a century.
The route was listed as a protected road in 2009. The purpose of the listing is to preserve a well-kept road from 1880 as an important part of Norwegian transport history. Being on the protected list means that there are restrictions with regards to paving and extension of the road. The road is narrow and winding, and there are few passing places.
TRIVSELSSKOGEN (PLEASURE FORREST)
Trivselsskogen is a beautiful hiking area near Sandane center. The trail to the viewpoint is new and built around several elements: first the Solplatået (the Sun Plateau) with barbecue and seating for about 45 persons. Then Kjærleiksskogen (the Love Forrest) - here you can bring a heart and hang up, or cut your name in a tree trunk. Out of the Love Forrest and beyond you'll walk across nice heart stones. Then you arrive at Draumekvila (the dream rest) - a beautiful view point. Here is also a day-hut. After Draumekvila, the sherpa stairs begin, and they almost go up to the main viewpoint with view of the fjord and Sandane centre. The county's first day-cabin is located on Draumekvila. They are supposed to be a low-threshold, a place to eat your lunch, change clothes and get warm. All day-cabins will have a Nynorsk tour library that will stimulate reading and showcase Norwegian books.
Horseback riding in nice surroundings of the farms in Gloppen municipality. Stall Rygg is situated on the south side of Gloppefjord, 7 km from Sandane.
The Monastery boat takes you to Selja and there you can immerse yourself in the exciting history of St. Sunniva. People has traveled here for over 1000 years to experience Norway's first pilgrimage city, with unique cultural monuments from the Viking Age. On the island of Selja, 15 min. from Selje, lie the ruins of Selja monastery, perhaps the oldest monastery in Norway. The monastery was built by Benedictine monks in the early 1100s, in memory of St. Sunniva.
Dramatic cliffs, white sandy beaches and idyllic villages are some of the things you will see on this boattrip. MS "Selja" can accommodate 30 passengers. The boat has seating areas inside, behind the deck and on the flybridge. There are also two toilets. "Selja" will bring you to the fabled island of Selja and Selja Monastery. The season starts May 4 and runs through September.
Sagastad will be a combined science- and experience center, built by the fjord in the center of Nordfjordeid. A central part of the exhibition in Sagastad is the Myklebust ship, the largest Viking ship that there has been found remaining parts of. The ship will be built to full scale, approximately 30 meters long and 6.5 meters wide. The ship shall be able to sail in the fjord, but most of the year it will be exhibited in Sagastad and be one of the main attractions.
The Myklebust ship was excavated from “Rundehågjen” on the Myklebust farm in Nordfjordeid in 1874, several years before Gokstad (1880) and Oseberg (1904). The Myklebust ship differs from the Oseberg and Gokstad ships because the grave was cremated. The ship burning custom was typical for the west Norwegian coast in the 6th and 7th century. The Myklebust grave is both the last and the largest cremation grave we know from the Viking Age. The layer of coal in the grave can tell us something about the dimensions of the ship. The mound has a diameter of 100 feet and is 13 feet tall, there was also a wide moat all around the mound which was refilled in the 1800ds.
There is reason to believe that King Augbjørn of the Fjords is the man who was buried in the Myklebust grave. He was mentioned in the sagas, and died in the battle of Solskjel in the year of 876. This correlates well with the dating of the grave to the last half of the 800ds.
Experienced boat builders from Bjørkedalen in Volda municipality started the construction of the new ship in the fall of 2016, they are building it the way we believe the original could have looked. The construction is being conducted in a hall by the fjord in Nordfjordeid – just beside the location for the Sagastad center and just over 300 yards from the burial mound.
Gloppen hotel is a Swiss-style hotel dating back to 1866. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is located in the center of Sandane. Gloppen hotel is known for high quality food, through local food and its own kitchen: Gloppen food. Gloppen Hotel is also one of four companies in the region that participates in Norwegian Foodprints, Innovation Norways, ranking of the best places to eat.
At Gloppen hotel you will find a activities for everyone, always in combination with the unique local cuisine. The beautiful varied nature with the fjord as a backdrop, creates the perfect setting. The hotel is also located in close to other popular landmarks.
A conference stay at Gloppen Hotell is perfect. With their homemade atmosphere and herelic local food, you have the perfect frame for bright ideas and new inspiration. The hotel also offers premade conference packages, with focus on team building or local food.
Explorers on two wheels will find a multitude of options in Nordfjord. Whether you long for gently winding roads or action-packed off-road routes, the enormously varied landscape has the perfect bike tour for you. The mountains challenge you to test your strength and stamina with steep climbs, while picturesque villages along country roads are perfect for an easy-going scenic ride. Explore old carriage roads that hardly see any traffic, follow the asphalt roads winding through narrow valleys, or bike along the wild coast where the cool ocean breeze is your companion on the road. With such a variety of experiences, challenges and hidden gems to discover, could Nordfjord be one of Norway’s best cycling destinations? We certainly think so – and we invite you to explore the myriad of new trails and roads to discover the true beauty of Nordfjord.
High mountains and clear-blue glaciers frame in a narrow valley, where an emerald treasure lies. Lovatnet lake is a mesmerising sight in hues of green and blue, guarded by ancient mountains.
The Nordfjord region is like a playground, filled with possibilities for adrenaline seekers, leisure hikers and families. Paths for children and adults, long and short, challenging and easy. The unique feeling of spectacular scenery, magnificent culture and a packed lunch with a taste of the mountains and fjord! Choose a trip according to your wishes and ability. Choose your tracks in Nordfjord.
Nordfjord offers a wide range of walks, from high summits that will take your breath away to smooth paths along the exotic coast or on historic trails. These varied trails represent the very best walks in the Nordfjord area. Mt. Skåla – Norway’s highest mountain with its foot in the fjord, towers 1,848 metres above the fjord. Together with Via Ferrata Loen, Hornindalsrokken, Eggenipa, Trollenyken, Hornelen, Skongenes Lighthouse, Selja Monastery and Ytre Fure, these are some of the highlights.
There are many family-friendly walks and cultural trails in the Nordfjord region. The following areas are particularly suitable for children: Trivsselsskogen in Sandane, Harpefossen in Eid, trails in Stryn and Hoven (Loen Skylift). Contact the Tourist Information for more info and useful tips.
The summer pasture farms in Nordfjord are both attractive destinations and unique cultural heritage sites. Running summer pasture farms is a long-standing tradition in Norway, and you can find the beautiful old farm sites in all the valleys of Nordfjord. You can drive all the way to some of them (usually a toll road), others you must walk to. Take your lunch break in a rural cultural landscape, idyllic and rich in tradition and history, and dream of a time of milkmaids and hard toil, but also fiddle music, folk dancing and fun.
More and more walking trails in Nordfjord are marked according to national standards (level of difficulty: green, blue, red and black). Maps can be purchased at the tourist information offices in Nordfjord. You can also buy maps and guidebooks at local book shops.
Jostedalsbreen is the biggest glacier in mainland Europe, spreading across 487 square kilometres. In the Jostedalsbreen National Park you can experience the powerful forces of nature up close, and a guided glacier walk is a magical adventure you simply must try. Skilled glacier guides can take you on an adventure to Haugabreen or Tystigbreen glacier. If you prefer not to walk on the glacier, there are several accessible glacier arms that you can observe from a safe distance. Briksdalsbreen and Kjenndalsbreen glacier are the most famous and easiest to access, but Bødalsbreen, Melkevollsbreen, Brenndalsbreen and Erdalsbreen glacier are also possible to experience from a distance. Up close or from afar, a glacier is truly an impressive sight with captivating hues of blue and white.
The glaciers consist of massive blocks of ice in constant movement. It is very important that we respect the forces of nature! If you do not have the necessary skills and equipment there are many experienced glacier guides ready to take you on a safe walk on the ice.
The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) operates more than 500 cabins across Norway, including staffed lodges, self-service cabins and no-service cabins. Plan your hike at dnt.no, where you will find mapped locations and opening dates.
Daytrip cabins are free-access, simple-style cabins for day hikers, a place to find shelter and warmth while you rest. Every cabin has its own small “library” with many different books, so you can practice your Norwegian language skills while you enjoy your packed lunch.
The daytrip cabins are the result of a collaboration project between Sogn og Fjordane County, Sparebankstiftinga/Sparebanken Sogn og Fjordane and the municipalities.
• Nausdalskamben, Eid
• Draumekvila in Trivselsskogen, Gloppen
• Nakkebruna, Hornindal
• Risnakken, Selje
• Kloppemyra, Stryn
• Kletten, Vågsøy
If you have planned a week’s holiday, you may want to change it to two when you discover the range of activities in the lakes, rivers and fjords of Nordfjord! Imagine gliding across a quiet, clear lake in a kayak, throwing your fishing line into the sea, or getting your adrenaline pumping with rib-rafting or surfing. In wild nature.
SKIING AND SURFING
In Nordfjord, you will find world-class skiing terrain and great ski centres with prepared tracks set in the beautiful and spectacular scenery of Western Norway, many with views of the fjord. At the coast, the winter can be mild and snow-poor, while it is often more snow in inner Nordfjord, giving a large number of days with powder snow. A trip to Nordfjord can be spiced up with summit trips, surfing at Stad, spa and wellbeing treatments, and tasty meals prepared from local ingredients. The winter season in Nordfjord generally lasts from November/December until April.
Choose between peaceful tracks in nature where the only sounds you hear are from your skis gliding smoothly through the snow, or the company of other ski-enthusiasts on one of the more popular routes. Nordfjord boasts national and international-level cross-country skiing tracks, with several kilometres of groomed tracks and snow-clad hills. With good snow conditions, varied landscape and floodlit tracks for evening trips, the possibilities are endless.
Alpepass is a joint ski lift pass that is valid for nine selected destinations in Nordfjord and Sunnmøre. The pass includes the ski centres in Stryn, Harpefossen, Hornindal and Strandafjellet. Alpepass gives you access to: 32 ski lifts, over 60 downhill slopes, terrain parks, free skiing and lots of snow and fun. www.alpepass.no
Stryn Winter Ski is located on Bøanedsetra in Stryn, 4 km from the town centre. They have two ski- lifts that can take you from 325 mas. to almost 1000 mas. The climate varies a lot in western Norway, but there usually are very good snowconditions in the upper part of the resort the whole season through. They offer a total of 12 km downhill-slopes, and they also have a snowboardpark with rails and jumps parts of the season. In the area wich is well suited for children, there are two small ski-lifts, sledging hill and other activities.
Harpefossen Ski Centre for alpine skiing. An all-round ski centre with a variety of activities for people who enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Seven ski lifts including three ski tows for children. Large ski & play area with different activities and sledging slope. The main slope is floodlit. Excellent opportunities for free skiing, as well as a mountain lift for summit trips. A variety of cross-country tracks and a 2 km floodlit floodlit track. Café, skis and sleighs for hire. Big Air Bag.
Kleivane Ski Centre in Gloppen, only 3 km from the centre of Sandane. Great terrain along the mountain’s treeline. Prepared network of tracks and floodlit tracks. Sledging slope, snow activities and a barbecue hut.
Hornindal Ski Centre in Hornindal. Floodlit track for cross-country skiing and ski lift for slalom and ski play. Cafeteria and a 1,487-metre-long T-bar tow lift. Two prepared 1,600-metre downhill runs.
Several guide companies offer snowshoeing adventures, including snowshoe rental.
SURFING AT STADT
At Stadt you will find perfect surfing conditions with big waves, where steep mountainsides and white sandy beaches create a stunning backdrop. The word “surfing” may set you thinking about palm trees and tropical temperatures in southern climes, but surfing in the beautiful coastal landscape at Stad is every bit as exotic. These fantastic beaches have long been hidden surfing gems, but more and more people are now discovering the thrill of surfing out here at the ocean’s edge. The kilometre-long sandy beach at Hoddevik is one of Norway’s best and most beautiful surfing spots. The towering mountains protect the beach from the strongest winds, creating ideal conditions for surfing. Thirty kilometres away is Ervikstranda beach, where there are almost always waves to be found. Beware of undercurrents and remains of shipwrecks in Ervik. Surfers from all over the world come to Stad looking for big waves.
In Nordfjord you can start the day skiing in the mountains and end the day surfing waves on white sandy beaches!
(Source; Visit Nordfjord – www.nordfjord.no)
Sandane is an idyllic urban area next to Gloppenfjorden, which is a southeast running arm of Nordfjorden. Sandane is the municipal centre of Gloppen Municipality and has a population of around 2,500.
Gloppen Municipality has very varied nature, from glaciers such as Ålfotbreen and Jostedalsbreen to beautiful cultural landscapes along the lakes and fjords.
Within walking distance from the centre of Sandane lies Sandane Fjordpanorama, which is an elongated promontory between the salmon river Gloppenelva and the bathing area Selvågane. The promontory is an extension of a rather large ridge. Here there is a gently rolling landscape that slopes down towards Svaberga by the lake. The area is to be expanded, to be just as idyllic as all the way down to the fjord.
Distances from Sandane Fjordpanorama:
- Grocery shop 0.5-1 km
- Bus station 0.5-1 km
- Swimming pool 0.9 km
- Sports hall with climbing 0.9 km
- Cinema/cultural venue 1 km
- Cafes 1 km
- Shops 1 km
- School 1 km
- Doctors surgery 1 km
- Pleasure forest, hiking area 2.8 km
- Golf course 4.3 km
- Cycle path centre 7 km
- Cross-country skiing 7-8 km
- Airport 12.4 km
- Fjord horse centre 15.4 km
- Ski tow 20 km
WORDS FROM THE ARCHITECT
Magnificent architecture is based on a visionary idea with a clear identity and must relate to physical belonging and the local community. The physical is based on a robust design, local building practices and craftsmanship and a simple sense for details and material.
Architecture needs to be more than an aesthetic object, it has to respond to its surroundings, challenge the contemporary mindset, inspire and attract eternally curious people and unfold atmospheric stories. I believe in a humble and subtle architecture that together weaves a form, narrative and emotion, which extends beyond the intellectual, conceptual and visual - an architecture that stirs the senses.
Sandane Fjordpanorama’s potential lies in carefully reestablishing the area by creating new linkages between buildings and the fjord, nature and people and to think innovatively about the form of residences as a community in nature as well as carefully devise relationships with the surroundings. Therefore, the idea is to rethink the way the live together and how we follow and use the landscape.
This is a sustainable vision for how we can build wiser and more sustainably by sharing some area and functions in order to minimise the consumption of resources. At the same time it is largely about inspiring to create new relationships and social communities in the 21st century - a time that as a result of technological advances and competition has given us less time for ourselves, for our families and not least for our neighbours.
The architectural premise has been to find a building practice that is intertwined with the landscape and reflects both the distinctive identity of the local environment of Elvaneset and also has a visible relationship with the nearby coastal culture, the neighbouring villa settlement and historical Norwegian building practices. The residences are positioned around an access road designed as a simple loop that ensures minimal footprint on nature.
Each residence is adapted to the landscape in order to create a varied building structure with varying and attractive views to the surroundings and with respect for existing residences. Shifts in the residences create optimal daylight conditions. The design of the interiors of the residences has been carefully thought through with a focus on maintaining the privacy of the residents and visitors. All of the residences can take advantage of the magnificent views at the same time as having the opportunity to take part in the community should they wish.
WORDS FROM THE DEVELOPER
Sandane Fjordpanorama is truly the most attractive site in the area and is just as idyllic all the way down to the fjord. Here you have 270 degree panoramic view out across the fjord and the surrounding mountains. Such a natural pearl deserves safeguarding the unique qualities and adapting the residences to nature. This has therefore been our primary premise for the design of the residential accommodation project.
A modern cluster farm
Sandane Fjordpanorama is an innovative residential accommodation concept inspired by the cluster farms of the west of Norway. We have prepared accommodation types that combine traditional Norwegian building practices with innovative architecture and quality of the highest class. This is how we pass on the legacy from the traditional west Norway cluster farm in a new guise that we are proud to present to you.
Best possible light conditions, privacy and views
The location of the residences in the landscape and of the patios and windows has been very well thought through in order for all of the residences to have the best possible light conditions, privacy and views out across Gloppefjorden. We have chosen maintenance-free timber from the Norwegian quality supplier Kebony for wall cladding, roof coverings, patios, platforms and the marina. This will give the residences a silver-grey, beautiful patina that makes them fit well into the landscape.
Elegance and practical solutions
An elegant architecture combined with practical solutions. For example, all of the residences have two entrances - a main entrance and a practical entrance to the laundry. In addition, all of the residences have two sliding doors out to the patios and outdoor areas. The sliding doors and the large windows invite nature into the residences and the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces fuse together.
All of the residences have smaller, private plots. Some are sheltered and secluded, whilst others are right at the front of the promontory with uninterrupted views. The transition between the private plots and communal plots is intended to be a gliding transition, marked by strategically located planting that creates space and freedom. In the outside plan we have planned small paths to the play area, platform and marina.
Own berth in the marina and part of the communal building
As a purchase you will have your own berth in the marina and part of the communal building with endless options for use. Together with the communal area between the residences, the communal building will act as an informal meeting place for the residents of the community. From the platform with its sundeck or the large patio outside the communal building you can take advantage of a spectacular view.
Environment and green solutions
Sandane Fjordpanorama is a sunny plot. We want to take advantage of the good sunshine conditions by installing solar panels on some of the roof surfaces that face towards the south. We also wish to install a fjord heating system that utilises the thermal energy from the fjord for both cooling and heating. The result is less expensive energy, better reliability and an environmentally-friendly residential accommodation project.
THE TERRACE HOUSES
The terrace houses are designed as self-contained, single-family residences, where the landscape embraces each side of the properties. A change in volume results in an architectural expression as three composite volumes and creates two important terraces, which invite both nature and daylight into the residence.
The architectural concept of promoting parts of the property creates a fantastic outdoor environment around the property and a spatial composite of its main functions. The terraces invite the landscape into the residences and are strategically moved into the volume in order to create a functional division of spatial synergy between the primary living areas of the residence - the living room and the kitchen/dining room.
At the centre of the residence a double height room marks
the centre or focal point of the residence with stairs to the first floor with the attic and all the bedrooms.
Groundfloor will have a generous hall witf wardrobe, openplan livingroom, dining area and kitchen, a bathroom/toilet, a washingroom, storage and garage.
First floor will have tv-room, 5 bedrooms and a bathroom/toilet.
We have chosen Kebony as supplier of wall cladding, roof coverings and sheet metal for all of the residences at Sandane Fjordpanorama as well as the marina, the pier and the communal building. Kebony is an exclusive timber that is recommended by leading architects. It is sustainable, durable, environmentally-friendly, and not least, maintenance-free. This means that you can use the free time you get on something that is important to you. Enjoy life together with the family and spend time on leisure interests instead of maintenance.
When completed, the cladding on the residences will have a deep, dark brown colour. The colour is a result of the process the timber undergoes. Upon exposure to sun and rain, the timber will gradually develop into an attractive, silver-grey patina.
What is special about Kebony is that it uses a biological fluid that changes the cellular structure or the work and gives it remarkable characteristics:
- Beautiful; exposure to the sun and rain gives a natural, silver-grey patina over time
- Durable; the treatment makes the wood very hard and durable
- Stable; swelling and shrinking are reduced by 40-60 %
- Guaranteed long service life; guaranteed outdoor service life of 30 years
- No aftercare; requires no aftercare apart from normal cleaning
- Resistant; to fungi, rot and other destructive
- Safe and non-toxic; no use of toxic or harmful
- Environmentally-friendly technology; bio-based fluid ensures a natural wood product
- Sustainable resources; raw materials from sustainably-managed forests, all suppliers are certified
Sandane Fjordpanorama will be provided with fjord heating. A fjord heating system pumps low-temperature seawater from a depth of about 15 metres onto land where the thermal energy from the seawater can be directly
utilised for cooling, heating and electricity with the aid of heat pump technology. This is how we utilise the thermal energy of the fjord, for the present and for the future.
The fjord heating system will provide the residents of Sandane Fjordpanorama with eco-friendly and inexpensive power and better reliability of supply. We also avoid extensive environmental impact.
In thermodynamics, thermal energy is a term for the energy contained within a material that is due to kinetic energy as a result of the disordered movements of atoms and molecules. This energy can be utilised for heating, cooling or electricity. Thermal energy can come from low or high-
temperature energy sources. Low-temperature energy sources such as fjord heating require heat pumps to raise the temperature to the desired level. Energy sources can be directly utilised for cooling.
We are investing in renewable, green energy. As far as we know, Sandane Fjordpanorama is the only residential accommodation project in Norway that invests in both solar panels and fjord heating.
The more energy the solar panels produce, the less energy you need to purchase from an energy supplier, which often imports energy from abroad for periods of time. When you produce your own energy on your own roof, this is green energy that is good for both the environment and the wallet.
There is no environmental impact involved in the installation of solar panels. The energy loss is much less when you produce your own energy than energy that has to be transmitted via the electricity grid. The solar panels have been tested in a Nordic climate and have a 25 year
THE COMMUNAL BUILDING
The Communal Building consists of two buildings of two floors, but both floors are better seen from the southern side. By bringing together several functions under the same roof, we achieve an area-efficient solution. The Communal Building is based on the same fundamental concept as the rest of the community. Together we can achieve much more than in isolation, in terms of both quality and the total package.
The Communal Building can act as a social meeting place for the residents, from spontaneous and informal meals to the shared celebration of Midsummer’s Day or New Year. Also, residents can easily invite guests or reserve a party room for birthday celebrations and the like.
ACCOMMODATE GUESTS IN ONE OF TWO GUEST ROOMS
The Communal Building has two guest rooms and two bathrooms each with a toilet and shower. The bedrooms, toilets and kitchen will allow your guests to have greater control over their stay. As previously mentioned, a points system will ensure a fair sharing of the guest days between the residents.
The Communal Building will feature a fully-equipped kitchen and will have space for gatherings of over 50 guests such as baptisms, confirmations, birthday parties or other events. The meeting room can be leased, but it absolutely cannot be used as a venue for young people’s parties.
Here the trestle construction is visible right up to the ridge, which gives a feeling of immense spaciousness. We combine traditional, Nordic building techniques and Scandinavian design with large windows extending from floor to ceiling, giving spectacular views out across the fjord.
Combined with the skylight in the ridge, these windows let in a lot of natural light.
There is shelving in the meeting venue for books, board games, etc. From the large meeting area, there are sliding doors towards a large outside terrace where there are panoramic views out across the fjord. This is a place to sit down and relax while you watch the kids while they are bathing just down from the marina or paddling in the strait between Elvaneset and Selvågane.
WORKSHOP AND HOBBY ROOM IN THE GARAGE
The garage is separate from the Communal Building and will act as a hobby room and workshop for various projects. We have placed emphasis on the importance of area-efficient solutions. Should you need to use a bicycle or want to carry out a hobby project you can use the garage in the Communal Building instead of messing up your own garage or carport.
BETTER WASTE MANAGEMENT WITH COMMUNAL SOLUTION
Communal waste management is provided at Sandane Fjordpanorama, thereby avoiding having rubbish bins standing in the sun directly outside your home. The rubbish bins are placed on one side of the Communal Building in a separate and closed-off space in the garage. These rubbish bins will be emptied more often than usual because of the communal waste management. In other words, you get better waste management for the same price and avoid having smelly bins outside your home. In addition, there is no need to worry about carrying the rubbish bins when the refuse is collected.
UNIVERSALLY DESIGNED ACCESS
A stairway between the Communal Building and the garage leads down to the marina. There is a wheelchair lift here so that everybody can get down to the marina and the hot tub.
HOT TUB - ICE BATHING AND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
A covered hot tub will be installed under the garage. You can sit here and watch the Northern Lights in the winter or take an ice bath and then go into the Communal Building for a hot shower or to change.
STORAGE OF FISHING EQUIPMENT, KAYAKS AND OTHER WATER SPORTS EQUIPMENT
The basement will be used to store kayaks and other water sports equipment. The municipal pump house is adjacent to the Communal Building, concealed beneath the terrace.
The marina is intended to be part of the “blue community”, an obvious opportunity when you have the fjord around the whole plot. All residents will each have a 3 metre berth when they purchase a property at Sandane Fjordpanorama. If boating is not for you, the berth can be rented out and provide you with an income from day one. The marina contributes to linking together the entire blue community and providing unity in the northern part of the site.
The marina provides residents with an opportunity that few others have, to be able to walk down to your own boat from your home and take a trip out onto the fjord, fish for dinner or drive out to experience new places. Being able to be on the fjord for just a few minutes and not to have to drive the car to and from is completely unique.