Flekkefjord is a small town marking the transition between the southern coastline of Norway, Sørlandet, and the western part of Vestlandet.
During the era of the sailing ships Flekkefjord offered a good and safe port for visiting ships from the Netherlands in the early 18th century. The export of paving stone was important. Later timber and fisheries became dominant industries, along with tanning. By the end of the “Age of Sail” Flekkefjord dwindled into oblivion as did so many white painted Norwegian coastal towns.
And that is why they are so fascinating to visit today.
Audio: Elvira Nikolaisen – Love I Can’t Defend. (The artist is not exactly from Flekkefjord but not far away)