The Havrå farm is unique in both historical and architectural terms. It lies in a dramatic fjord landscape, and is an example of a Western Norwegian cluster-type farm with a variety of farm buildings and the surrounding farmland.
Protection order adopted by the King in Council on 4 December 1998
The Havrå farm was the first cultural environment in Norway to be protected under section 20 of the Cultural Heritage Act.
The complex consists of eight holdings. The farm was run on traditional lines up to the 1950s, but the farmland has gradually fallen into disuse since then. The year 1950 is used as an important historical reference point in protection order, and farming techniques that will restore the traditional cultural landscape are encouraged.
The protected area covers 200 hectares, In addition, four of the buildings have been protected separately under the Cultural Heritage Act. One of the buildings, Gulliksbua, has been shown to date back to the Middle Ages, and is therefore automatically protected under the Cultural Heritage Act. It has stood on the same site since the 1200s. This means that both the exterior and the interior of these five buildings are protected, while only the exterior of the remaining buildings is protected.