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View of the farm area, Havretunet
View of the farm area, Havretunet
Havrå is located in Hordaland
Location in Hordaland county
Coordinates: 60°26′22″N 05°34′31″E / 60.43944°N 5.57528°E / 60.43944; 5.57528Coordinates: 60°26′22″N 05°34′31″E / 60.43944°N 5.57528°E / 60.43944; 5.57528
RegionWestern Norway
Elevation71 m (233 ft)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)

Havrå or Havre (sometimes Havretunet or Havråtunet) is a cluster farm along the southern shore of the island of Osterøy in Osterøy municipality, Hordaland county, Norway. Havrå is one of the very last and best preserved of the common farm clusters on the western coast of Norway. Havrå was the first cultural environment to be protected under section 20 of the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Act.[2] It was not connected to the national road network until late in the 1960s.

Havrå is situated on very steep terrain on the south side of the island of Osterøy, along the Sørfjorden. The farm area is shaped in a typical fashion for the steep terrain along the Western Norwegian fjords. It can be clearly seen from both the railway (the Bergen Line) and the highway that goes between the cities of Bergen and Oslo.

Map indicating Havrå

Many of the buildings at Havrå are characteristic to the inner coastal district between Bergen and the Sognefjorden; the combination of dry masonry and juniper cladding on barn façades that are exposed to rain and wind.[2]


The name, with various spellings, dates back as far as 1303. In the oldest sources the name is written Havra (possibly representing Havrá). From the 16th century the name was often spelled (with many variations) Havre.[3]

In 1949-1950, a film called Havretunet was made about life at Havrå. It was released in 1952. Some of the people taking part in the film worked to change the name from Havre to Havrå. This changing of name was accepted by the National Map Service, but the name change remains controversial among the local population.[4][5]

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  1. ^ "Havrå" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  2. ^ a b marit.adelsten.jensen@muho.no (2003-03-06). "Havrå Farmstead". Norwegian Cultural Heritage (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  3. ^ "Brief history of Havråtunet" (in Norwegian). Stiftinga Havråtunet. Archived from the original on 2007-01-16.
  4. ^ "Havre or Havrå?" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.
  5. ^ "Havre is the name" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.

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