Museum (HFS - Hardanger fartøyvernsenter) was established in
1984, and started with the rotten sloop, Mathilde. 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
Ship preservation and conservation at the wharf dominates
our museum when it comes to space.
We focus on a variety of maritime crafts:
- We build new and restore old clinker built small
boats in our boatbuilding workshop.
- You can watch rope making in our ropewalk
- Iron is beeing formed into tools in our smithy.
All workshops are open for our guests to experience.
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. The Centre is
located in Norheimsund, Hordaland County, some 70 kilometres from
the city of Bergen on the west coast of Norway.
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
You can come and be a part
of it by experiencing the atmosphere and learn about Norway's
international maritime history.