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Ålvik
Ålvik

Ålvik is on the north side of the Hardanger fjord, about a two hours  drive from Bergen. Ålvik is about a 20 min. drive from Øystese on the road towards Kvandal and Voss.
Ålvik has a pleasant little centre with a food store, post, school and church. 

Ålvik has a special micro climate where spring comes earlier than in the rest of Kvam. This makes for a very fertile environment for a variety of plants. One of the rare species is the “Kvit skogfue” (Cephalanthera longifolia), this plant is on the protection list even though it is prolific in Hardanger. It can be found as a single plant or in small groups along the side of the road.

Ålvik is maybe best known for its smeltery Bjølvefossen ASA with about 150 employees. Elkem owns the smeltery and produces ferrosilicon and MgFeSi. It is now decided that the smeltry will be closed in the near future. This will end a long history of a typical industrial centre that was started because of the cheap local hydro-electric power for the nearby waterfall, “Bjølvefossen”. Ålvik is now in a process of finding alternatives to the large industrial complex of the smeltery. There is a very active group of cottage industry projects sprouting up.

 


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