CBIS 6650906

Vingen

Between steep mountains and the spectacular mountain Hornelen kneeling over,
lie Vingenpollen, on of the largest and most distinctive petroglyph fields in Northern Europe.

Here you will find nearly 2500 figures, all of whom are about 7000 years old. The deer is the most common motif, but one also finds human figures and abstract symbols, as well as staves with animal heads that often become interpreted as important links in shamanistic ceremonies.

Vingenpollen must be seen in the context of the Stone Age settlements found in the Skatestraumen area, where a most likely have had continuous habitation for 8,000 years. 150 such settlements have been found, a strange number at a time where there was no farming. There is a lot of information about this at the resting places Gloføøge on Rugsundøya, by the mainland connection to outer Bremanger.
It is the University Museum in Bergen that owns and operates the area, which they conduct active research there constantly coming up with new discoveries and theories about the mystery Vingenpollen. Several of the researchers have stated that Vingenpollen certainly should be topical to get on the World Heritage list. The area is totally protected and only organized visits are allowed.
The experience of walking around and seeing where they sat and making all the figures, why they made them, and trying to understand the purpose of the carvings is unique. In collaboration with well-experienced guides, this is a trip you will hardly forget.
Tours are held on Fridays during the summer, but can be arranged for trips outside on request-
Contact the tourist information in Bremanger for booking and more information.