Hiking 1 - 2 h 2.4 km
We would like to recommend the culturehistorical hike which takes you to buildings which have accommodated immportant businesses which both in mercantile and stylish terms have contributed to shaping Fagernes from the 1900 and until today. Briskeby café is along the route and can tempt with continental coffee when you need a break and want to experience citylife.
It was Neselva which laid the foundation for the first concentrated industry on Fagernes. In the second part of the 1800's, the mill, the seed separating plant, the dyeworks, and the powerplant were established here. Early on the 1900's, Fagernes became an imporant trade center with a hotel, a manufacturing business, a slaughterhouse, a watchmaker, a post office, a hardware store, a shoemaker, a car garage, a PBX office, coffeeshop, and more. Here you can follow advice for a walk to five culture-historical buildings from the oldest time and until today.
Getting there: From Fagernes you drive on the E16 about 500 meters in direction Lærdal from the bridge over Neselva. Parkring at Valdres Folkmuseum.
From the museum you pass the kiosl at Fagernes camping and down to the fjord and in on the walking path towards the town center. You then cross the Neselva river on the pedestrian bridge and follow the beach and arrive on top at the city hall from the seaside. You get around the city hall on the right side and go to the left up to Neste- and Kampengården farm. You then follow the Jernbarneveg westward to Røedgården, cross the street and pass the gas station. Cross the E16 back again and go around the Anneks of Fagerlund hotel in a U-movement and cross E16 once more. Continue 100 meters along Skrautvålveg, turning slightly left onto Kvitvellaveg, and take the first to the left down Gullsmedveg where the Granhus/Briskeby Café is the first house. A coffee stop should be suitable here before you continue on the Gullsmedveg down to Jernbaneveg. Turn right and follow E16 back to the museum.
Modernistic architecture became common in Fagernes at the end of the 1930's. The architecture was innovative and rid itself of unnessecary details. Along with the cultural house on the south side and the Telenor-building on the northside, this plant consitutes one of the most successful modernistic building complexes in Valdres. The city hall was opened in October 1979. The architect was Bjart Mohr from Oslo.
Nest- and Kampengården is an example of a building which in every detail points to a classist tradition of architecture: Symmetric facade, and pillar and brick imitation. Architect and engineer was Juul K. Strand. The building is a combined residence and place of business from 1929.
Røedgården represents an architecture which was going to get an important role in business in the beginning of the 1900's. Impressive facades were supposed to communicate solidity and trust. In this context the classist form language was consciously used. The antique architecture has since the 1500’s had a strong impact. Røedgarden, built in 1922, is an example of a building which in form and details points towards a classist architecture tradition; symmetrical facades, a protruding middle, brick-imitation.
Fagerlund Hotel and the Annex
In the period 1860-1920 many Swiss houses were constructed in Fagernes. Characteristics; rich ornaments in moldings, beam ends and railings, balconies and big eaves. Knut G. Jonsrud erected the hotel in 1875. The hotel building burned down in 1936. The annex belonged to the hotel, built in 1885. The annex is of the oldest houses on Fagernes today. The building is somewhat remodeled but still has a gallery with original ornated arches.
There are strong coffee traditions at Gran. In 1936 the offer was dinner, lunch, cream porridge and feast cakes, and radio music was played for entertainment. In the 1950’s it was Guttorm Knudsen who ran the café here, and in 1983-1984 it was Fagernes Konditori which ran the place. Briskeby Café opened in the same building on the 15th of june 2001.
Source: Ole Aastad Bråten