Pop. 1,379; Area 1,110 sq. km. (429 sq. mi.)
Fyresdal is the
westernmost township and the westernmost valley in Telemark. For many years
it was also the most isolated. Nature in this area is
well represented by large and beautiful
Fyresvatn, or "Pine
Lake." The lake is 26 km. long, dotted with larger and smaller islands and
surrounded by hills and mountains. The kommune has many Viking-age mounds (graves) and the
Moland church was in medieval times a destination for people
from all over
Europe, as the stream that ran behind the church was believed to have
The area was called
Moland until 1879, when the name was changed to Fyresdal. The emblem
for this kommune is a set of broad axes against a green background, acknowledging the
importance of forestry in the area. The village of Moland is the
municipal center for Fyresdal.
Sights to See
The Fyresdal District
Museum is located in Moland on a site marked with prehistoric grave
mounds. In the new museum building there are displays of household items,
utensils, farm equipment, folk art, etc. Old buildings representing
traditional styles from various parts of the township have been set up on
the museum grounds. These include cottages, storehouses, a bathhouse, a
summer kitchen and a flour mill.
Veum Church was built in 1863. Among
the oldest items in the church are an ancient collection of sermons, 2 brass candelabras and an old chalice.
Moland Church was built in
1843 on the site where a stave church, torn down in 1662, had previously
stood. The church contains several valuable items from earlier churches,
among them 2 brass candlesticks from 1661 and a Bible from 1633. The
altarpiece from 1738 comes from the old church at Heggland.
The Skei Stone (Kjeisteinene)
is a large stone with runic inscriptions from 1100 located at Moland just
north of Fyresdal center. According to legend, people from miles around met
here to fight and race. Originally there were four stones; placed
at each corner of a square they formed a sort of "ring" for combatants.
Telelaget's Volunteer Genealogists for Fyresdal
Ancestor Database: Fyresdal
emigrant ancestor information
Bygdebøker for Fyresdal
What's a Bygdebøk?
Taraldlien, Bendik. Fyresdal, med Bilæte. Oslo:
Veum, Bendik. Fyresdal. Oslo: Fyresdal Kommune, 1943
Bd. I. Ætter og folkeliv.
Marvik, Steinar, 1947- Fyresdal gards- og aettesoge
Steinar Marvik. Oslo: Fyresdal kommune, 1992.
Official Fyresdal kommune Website
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