Join us on walking tour to visit the venerable Vangssago sawmill, unique Stone Park, and gardens at Rosendal Barony, which include both a 300-year old Renaissance garden and a landscaped park from 1850 - with viewpoints overlooking the fjord, mountains and waterfalls.
A short distance from the charming fjord-side village of Rosendal, you find Rosendal Barony, deemed the smallest "palace" in Scandinavia and the only one of its kind in Norway. Among many other things, the 17th century manor house is famous for its magnificent Renaissance garden. A beautiful landscaped park was erected around 1850, where during summer you can experience up to 2,500 blooming roses. A local English-speaking guide leads you through the gardens and tells you more about the history of the barony and the flowers and trees outside.
Next we visit nearby Stone Park, one of the attractions at the Folgefonna National Park Centre. Here large blocks of stone have been sculpted and placed together in a unique almost Zen-like fashion exhibiting the geological diversity of the Folgefonna region.
By the entrance to Stone Park, you also find the old Vangssago sawmill that started operating the late 16th century. During the latter part of the 19th century, the ship building industry was in great need of wood, so Marcus Gerhard Hoff Rosenkrone rebuilt the sawmill, the one we find here today, which remained in use until 1930. We watch a demonstration of the sawmill in operation complete with the water wheel that drives its powerful saws.
Afterwards we walk back to the pier where the tour ends.
- Port: Rosendal
- Duration: 3 hours
- Language: English
- Included: Local guide. Guided tour of Barony Garden, Stone Park and Vangssago sawmill with demonstration
- Remarks/requirements: Casual clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Walking information: Not suitable for guests with walking difficulties