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 Steinsdalsfossen waterfall

Hardanger Maritime Museum was established in 1984, and started with the rotten sloop, Mathilde. Hardanger Fartøyvernsenter, a national centre for the restoration of wooden boats. HFS is a part of Hardanger and Voss museum. The centre is a commercial foundation, and is engaged in a broad spectre of crafts, activities and services.

Apprenticeships, museum management, camp schools and activities related to tourism are also important activities at the museum. HFS is one of three national ships preservation centres appointed by the Directorate of Cultural Heritage. HFS owns and operates the Hardanger sloop (one-masted sailboat) Mathilde.

It all started with a wild idea off restoring an old ship and sail it with youngsters. It has grown to a tremendous force regarding maritime rehabilitation and history in Norway. It has become a fairytale.

You can come and be a part of it by experiencing the atmosphere and learn about Norway´s international maritime history.

Norheimsund is the administrative and service centre in Kvam. This is the meeting point for boat routes. Kvam received an award for its work restoring the shore front in Norheimsund. There is a new dock for visiting boats, a nicely decorated promenade along the docks and lots of parking space.

The historical Sandven Hotel is a part of this shoreline. The hotel in "Swiss dragon style" architecture, its surrounding buildings and an old courthouse make a very special historical setting in the centre of town. From the town centre you can take a walk along Mo lake to the famous Steinsdalsfossen waterfall, especially well-known for its path behind the falls.

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