Fotograf: Ranveig Marie Photography. Bondhusvatnet.
Øyriket, fjorden og fjella i Sunnhordland byr på ein svært rik og variert geologi som har prega både regionen og Vestlandet i oppsiktsvekkande grad. Geologien vår har sogar sett sitt preg på København og St. Croix i Karibien.
The unified geographical area of Sunnhordland with its archipelago, the fjords, and the mountains close to the ocean owns sites and landscapes of international geological significance. The geopark is managed with a holistic concept of protection, education, and sustainable development, and was accepted as Norwegian Geopark in 2018 and UNESCO Global Geopark in May 2023.
BOARD & COMPANY
Geopark Sunnhordland is a joint stock company 100% owned by The Region Council of Sunnhordland.
The Board Members are:
Mette Heidi Bergsvåg Ekrheim, Chairman of the Board and mayor of Etne municipality.
Magne Rommetveit, Deputy chairman & representing Vestland County. Former MP.
Liv Kari Eskeland, Member of Parliament
John Inge Svendsen, prof. geology at the University of Bergen
Bård Gram Økland, archeologist at Bergen Maritime Museum
Stina Nordbak, const. municipal manager in Austevoll municipality
Torstein Hatlevik, hotel & restaurant owner & entrepreneur
Brynjar Stautland is CEO and secretary of the Board.
The geology of Sunnhordland has been of interest to many from stone age till oil age, and the bibliography from this area since late 1800 is impressive. The archipelago and geology along the coast have influenced our culture for 11 000 years, either it was tools, food, communication, tradition and business.
Greenstone and rhyolite from Bømlo was utilized by Mesolithic and neolithic cultures during 6000 years, the medieval churches of Bergen is built of our soapstone, most of medieval baking plates along the Norwegian coast comes from chlorite schist from Ølve, our marble adorns the bridges and castles in Copenhagen and the former Danish-Norwegian island of St.Croix (colony during the Triangle Trade) in the Caribbean, our pyrite laid the foundation for big industry during 100 years, and the biggest gold mine in Norway built dreams and industry on the barren coast against the North Sea from 1880-1910. The city of Bergen is «built of Sunnhordland rock», says the geologists Øystein J. Jansen and Tom Heldal in their book Steinbyen Bergen (“Bergen, the city of stone”). In modern times, the construction and move of many of the biggest oilrigs in the world was possible because the fjord depths in the Hardanger fjord, e.g. to the Utsira Height in the North Sea where international surveys of erosion in the granite of Bømlo led to the detection of hydrocarbons. In granite!
With our three main visitor centre Moster Amfi, The Museum of Sunnhordland and Folgefonnsenteret, our Geopark is well equipped with interpreting facilities presenting our geo-heritage of international interest.
Based these visitor centers our Geopark shall interpret geology- and landscapes to schools and entrepreneurs in tourism. It shall contribute to knowledge and identity for the inhabitants, and to creating values for tourism. Interpreting will be on geosites, websites, printed maps, and brochures, guiding, via teachers and staff at partner hotels in Sunnhordland.
The UNESCO-status will give Sunnhordland international credibility as a sustainable destination of special interest.
Moster Amfi is Geopark Sunnhordland's main visitor centre. Here you find experiences, information about the geopark, geology and cultural heritage. Welcome!
Geopark Sunnhordland presented itself as an aspiring geopark in EGN 2019.
Many thanks to Aker Solutions, that have contributed to the revisjon of the website spring 2022.