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View of the village
View of the village
Valestrandfossen is located in Hordaland
Location in Hordaland county
Coordinates: 60°30′20″N 05°25′57″E / 60.50556°N 5.43250°E / 60.50556; 5.43250Coordinates: 60°30′20″N 05°25′57″E / 60.50556°N 5.43250°E / 60.50556; 5.43250
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Hordaland
District Nordhordland
Municipality Osterøy
 • Total 0.93 km2 (0.36 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 17 m (56 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 1,154
 • Density 1,241/km2 (3,210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 5281 Valestrandsfossen

Valestrandfossen[3] or Valestrandsfossen[4] is a village in Osterøy municipality, Hordaland county, Norway. The village sits along the Sørfjorden on the western coast of the island of Osterøy, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) west of the municipal centre of Lonevåg and about 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of the village of Hamre where Hamre Church is located. Valestrandfossen has shops, a gas station, primary school, hairdressers, pubs, and Lerøy Fossen AS, the world's largest trout smokehouse.[5]

MF Ole Bull

Valestrandfossen is the largest settlement on the whole island of Osterøy. The 0.93-square-kilometre (230-acre) village has a population (2013) of 1,154; giving the village a population density of 1,241 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,210/sq mi).[1] Located by the Sørfjorden, it has a regular ferry (the MF Ole Bull) that crosses the fjord to Åsane in Bergen.[6]

Ole Bull summer house at Valestrandfossen

The famous Norwegian violinist and composer Ole Bull had his summer house here. In 1858, he bought a farm in Valestrand. The house was designed during 1865 by his youngest brother, architect Georg Andreas Bull. Ole Bull lived there for a time principally between tours. In 1872, he bought property on the island of Lysøen in the municipality of Os, south of Bergen which became the primary residence of his family.


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Valestrandfossen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  3. ^ According to Statistics Norway.
  4. ^ According to Statens kartverk: SK Website
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Valestrandsfossen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Osterøy Ferjeselskap AS - Me reiser saman" (in Norwegian). Osterøy Ferjeselskap. 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-11.