Laksevåg is a borough of the city of Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway. The borough is located in the western part of the municipality. Historically, the area was called Laxevaag, and it was a separate municipality until 1972 when it was merged into Bergen.[1]

Laksevåg bydel
Central Loddefjord
Central Loddefjord
Coat of arms of Laksevåg bydel
Coat of arms
Map of the 8 boroughs of Bergen
Map of the 8 boroughs of Bergen
Coordinates: 60°22′23″N 05°14′24″E / 60.37306°N 5.24000°E / 60.37306; 5.24000Coordinates: 60°22′23″N 05°14′24″E / 60.37306°N 5.24000°E / 60.37306; 5.24000
CountryNorway
RegionWestern Norway
CountyHordaland
CityBergen
Area
 • Total29.96 km2 (11.57 sq mi)
Area rank5th
 6.7% of total
Population
 (2014)
 • Total39,584
 • Rank5th
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
 14.6% of total
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-120105

The borough of Laksevåg has residential areas on the hillside of the mountain Damsgårdsfjellet facing the Puddefjorden. By the fjord itself are several industrial buildings, many of them connected with the maritime industry. The rococo-style Damsgård Manor is located in the borough.

Like the neighboring borough of Fyllingsdalen, many of the neighborhoods of Laksevåg consist of apartment buildings, especially in the area around the main service centre, the Vestkanten shopping centre. The main road to Sotra passes through the Loddefjord area in western Laksevåg.

HistoryEdit

The municipality of Laksevåg was established on 1 July 1918 when it was separated from the municipality of Askøy. On 1 January 1972, the municipalities surrounding the city of Bergen were merged with the city to form a large new municipality of Bergen. The municipalities involved in the merger were Arna, Fana, Laksevåg and Åsane.[2]

Since the merger, the area is now the borough of the city of Bergen, with very similar borders to those of the old municipality. After it was merged with Bergen, the former municipality was split into two boroughs: Laksevåg, which consisted of neighborhoods south of Puddefjorden separating it from the city centre, and Loddefjord, consisting of neighborhoods further west, closer to the islands of Sotra. In 2000, the boroughs were merged forming the borough of Laksevåg.

GeographyEdit

The mountain Gravdalsfjellet peaks at 351 metres (1,152 ft) in elevation.[3]

Villages and neighborhoodsEdit

The borough of Laksevåg includes the villages and neighborhoods: Alvøen, Bjørndal, Drotningsvik, Godvik, Gravdal, Hetlevik, Håkonshella, Kjøkkelvik, Loddefjord, Loddefjorddalen, Mathopen, Olsvik, and Vadmyra.

Local attractionsEdit

  • Alvøen Mansion (Alvøen Hovedbygning) – Historic building constructed in the 1790s, reconstruction in 1830. opened as a museum in 1983[4]
  • Damsgård Manor – Historic manor house and estate[5]
  • Gravdal Manor (Gravdal hovedgård) – Historic Gravdal manor house, later military command headquarters [6]
  • Kvarven Fort – Coastal defense built to protect the local port and naval installations[7]
  • Lyderhorn – One of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen
  • Damsgård Mountain (Damsgårdsfjellet) – One of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Laksevåg – bydel i Bergen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  2. ^ "Laksevåg før og nå" (in Norwegian). Bergen kommune. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23.
  3. ^ Viggohytten har brent ned til grunnen
  4. ^ Alvøen hovedbygning (bymuseet i bergen museene)
  5. ^ Damsgård Manor (bymuseet i bergen museene)
  6. ^ Mølledrift og annen virksomhet i Gravdal (Ole Kristian Jørgensen) Archived 2012-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Kvarven fort (Mediesenteret ved Høgskolen i Bergen)

BibliographyEdit

  • Fossen, Kjell (1984–1991). Laksevågs historie. Bergen. ISBN 8271280783.
  • Frichsen, Sigurd (2000). Sånn va' det. Folket, kirken og fergen. Laksevåg. ISBN 8299559308.
  • Frichsen, Sigurd (2001). Laksevåg forteller. Sånn va' det II. Laksevåg. ISBN 8299559316.
  • Hellesund, Kristian (2002). Årbok for Laksevåg 2002. Olsvik. ISBN 8299653002.
  • Lyngvi, Arne (2000). Bomber over Laksevåg : 4. oktober 1944 og tiden som fulgte. Bergen. ISBN 8279160086.