The Bratteli farm, located along the north side of Lysefjorden, is known for its steep mountain sides. With a history dating back to the 1600s, Bratteli is an important cultural landscape with a fantastic view of the fjord.
Bratteli is a farm located on the steep mountainside along the north side of Lysefjorden. The name of the farm is well-deserved due to its high elevation and challenging terrain, which has been known to cause difficulty for the locals. There is a humorous saying that children were tied to the trees with ropes to prevent them from falling down the slope and into the fjord. Moreover, the steep hills have caused travelers along the fjord to wish that one of their legs was shorter than the other.
Bratteli was a working farm from the 1600s until the late 1700s, and over time, several crofters settled on the farm. They cultivated grass mainly for feed on the infield, and the remnants of the haylofts can still be seen today. The field is cleared of stones, and stone fences have been built around the area. However, the cultural landscape is threatened by overgrowth. Brattliåna cuts through deep gorges, connecting several vital natural types, providing potential for high biological diversity.
Throughout its history, Bratteli has been divided into four parts. The lower part was inhabited until 1970. Today, residential houses have been converted into vacation homes, and there are also several cabins in the area. As a result, lights can still be seen in the windows from time to time.
Bratteli is a popular destination for tourists who use the ferry pier by the fjord and hikers who follow the main trail from Preikestolen and continue towards Bakken and Songesand. With a fantastic view of Lysefjorden and the surrounding landscape, Bratteli is a unique place that has a special place in Norwegian cultural history.