We have a monastery on an island just outside the village- ruins, that is. It is next to Nidarosdomen in Tronheim in size and importance, they say. The cave in this first photo is where SaintSunniva of Selja died. She was the daughter of an Irish king, or so the legend tells. She was a Christian, but after her father died, she was supposed to be married to a heathen vikingking. Instead she took three boats, and her people with her, and set sail. Actually they did not use sails, the legend says she asked the Lord to bring them wherever He wanted them. Two of the boats came ashore on the island of Kinn, outside Florø (a little to the south of us), the third, with Sunniva, landed at Selja. She and her people lived on the island for some time, but then rumours would have it that they were taking the animals of the farmers in the area, so they called for the earl Håkon, he came, they were trapped and died in the cave. Years after, King Olav Tryggvason sailed by, went up to the cave and found Sunniva lying there as if she was asleep. The article linked above has more in Norwegian. Later, a benedictine monastery was built close to the the church of St. Alban. The monastery is now being restored. A lot of work was done around 1930, but now it turns out some of it was not good enough, and they are doing it again. Finally both funds and workers! So this summer there will be a strangelooking tower...
This is "Liljesteinen", a tombstone with a crossmotif of a lily. It needs to be taken care of. A lot of the motif has already dissappeared.
There are no animals left at Selja, there are a few farms on the other side of the island, but they haven't had animals for years. So there is too much vegetation that is nearly impossible to get rid of manually. There are plans to get sheep back on Selja, and we might be able to help with that. That's why we went today, to see what has to be done with fencing and so on.
I'll leave you with an article about the area, so if you are interested, you can read more about Selja here. Enjoy!