Photographer Nils Olsson Reppen was born in 1856 on the farm Reppen in Sogndal in western Norway. His pictures from the Sognefjord area from around year 1900 is a treasure that needs to be shared.

In 1882, Nils Olsson Reppen immigrated to America and worked as a photographer in Browns Valley and Morris in Minnesota. He returned to Norway in the late 1800´s and continued to work as a photographer in Sogndal, the village where he was born. Nils lived until 1925.

Pictures from the Sognefjord area by Nils Olsson Reppen

Phototographer Nils Olsson Reppen
Nils Olsson Reppen

Nils Olsson Reppen is said to have had two periods where he lived in the USA. The first time he moved to USA was in 1882. The second time was in 1895. In 1898, he moved back to Sogndal and lived in Tårnhuset in Sogndalsfjøra.

In 1965, Tårnhuset burned down to the ground and most of his glass plate negatives were lost. There are 424 negatives left from Reppen, they are stored at Fylkesarkivet in Vestland. Vik Lokalhistoriske Arkiv also have some of Nils Olsson Reppen´s photographies.

The pictures which is presented below is mainly from the nature, the farms, the mountain farms, the fjords and the villages in the Sognefjord area around year 1900.

Press the “i” on the pictures for more information. All the pictures are downloaded from Fylkesarkivet in Vestland´s album about Nils Olsson Reppen at Flickr. Thanks to Fylkesarkivet for digitalizing, archiving and sharing the pictures.

Reference/Author/Photo: Nils O. Reppen / Fylkesarkivet in Vestland
Copyright: Creative Commons


Self Portraits – Photographer Nils Olsson Reppen´s archive

The Sognefjord Area – Photographer Nils Olsson Reppen´s archive

Reference/Author/Photo: Nils O. Reppen / Fylkesarkivet in Vestland


The Sognefjord Area – What to See and Do

The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The fjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep. Hike on the Nigardsbreen Glacier, see the Stave Churches, join a Fjord Safari, a Fjord Cruise or experience the Sognefjord in a kayak. The Sognefjord is located  located in the northern part of the county of Vestland, in the middle of Western Norway.


Nils Olsson Reppen lived in Norway and in USA – Map Overview