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Wool heritage route (Nordhordland)

Nordhordland Biosphere Candidate

Western Norway coastal landscape and the people living here…

From the outermost skerry,
where the ocean swell washes like the planet’s own heartbeats onto the rocks,
across heaths and straits, infields and outfields, knolls and hillocks
all the way to where the landscape climbs steeply up towards the mountains, and farm stands behind farm all the way to the sky,
Nordhordland is Norway in miniature.
Even if the whole region from Fedje to Stølsheimen was torn from the coast and set adrift, it would nevertheless contain most of what this country has to offer.

Gunnar Staalesen, author


Nordhordland is a central part of Western Norway – from the coast to the mountains, safely anchored in a culture with roots stretching far back into history, and with a business life that spans from traditional farming and fishing to modern industry, oil and gas, hydroelectric power and aquaculture. The region is placed between Norway’s second largest city, Bergen and the longest and deepest fjord in the country, Sognefjorden.

Most of the visitors to Nordhordland have traditionally been holidaymakers from the nearby town of Bergen, many who have summer cabins in the area. But more and more, travellers from other part of Norway and from abroad are discovering the many possibilities and the unspoiled beauty of both the coastal and the mountain areas.

The Nordhordland region is candidate for designation as the first UNESCO biosphere reserve in Norway. The decision will be made by the MAB ICC council in June 2019.

Our goal is to ensure a modern, sustainable development of the region, building a common culture and common functions, and help the region fulfil the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Here is our mission statement:

“Nordhordland Biosphere Reserve will be based on the best from the past and will pave the way for a future-oriented societal development that ensures the sustainable use of all types of resources for the benefit and pleasure of both the present inhabitants and future generations.”

The area of the proposed Nordhordland biosphere reserve is approximately 6 700 square kilometres. There are about 55 000 people are living there in 11 different municipalities.

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