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Kjerringoy Trading Post

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Address: Kjerringoy Gamle Handelssted, Bodo 8093, Norway
Phone Number: +47 75 50 35 05
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Description: A visit to northern Norway`s best preserved trading post is a journey back...
A visit to northern Norway`s best preserved trading post is a journey back in time. Here you can feel the past, with "jektefart" and fish trading, Herring and the daily life in northern Norway coastal communities in the 19 century. Kjerringoy Trading Post is a unique example of coastal heritage set in magnificent scenery. It consists of 15 old buildings retaining many of their original contents. It is one of the country's most important collections of buildings from the nineteenth century. The beautiful slide-show "Anna Elisabeth of Kjerringoy" provides an excellent introduction to a visit. It lasts about 20 minutes. Guided tours are then available around the various yards and buildings. You can shop in the store ("Kramboden") or enjoy refreshments in Nyfjosen Cafe or in the garden. Occasionally various crafts are demonstrated in the buildings. Cultural events are also held here. (See the programme for the season). For a guided tour of the main building a special ticket must be bought. During the tour you will hear more about the competent merchants of Kjerringoy: Sverdrup, Ellingsen and Zahl. You will also gain an insight into the daily lives of the fishermen and smallholders on the coast. The golden age of the trading post was at the end of the nineteenth century. At that time Zahl enjoyed profitable business in the fish trade, coastal shipping, exports and imports. In time Kjerringoy grew to become the wealthiest trading centre in North Norway.
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nice place with very interesting history

This is a really interesting place that is now a tourist attraction in Bodo, Norway. When you first arrive at this place, you are treated to a video presentation which tells the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is a really interesting place that is now a tourist attraction in Bodo, Norway. When you first arrive at this place, you are treated to a video presentation which tells the history of the amazing lady who ran the trading post. The main house where she and her husband(s) lived with their hired hands is open and it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It's in a very pretty location and is the ideal place to go if you want to learn about Norwegian history. You will notice the ceiling is quite low in these old buildings. The building where the owner lived has hand painted tapestry and rooms divided up Downton Abbey-style, the other buildings are completely different. They have guided tours were... More 

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

THis little island (requires a ferry) just north of Bobo has a lovely museum built on the site of an old trading post - very well done, very pretty, and worth the visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We had a great time here. Luckily we had perfect weather which made the whole experience. Make sure you taking swimming shorts and goggles too. We took a pair of waders to use for fishing www.chesties.co.uk

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Long before oil was discovered, the people of Nordland province depended on fishing for survival. This trading post was a key center where fish were exchanged for necessities and occasional luxuries. This is beautifully preserved with excellent guided tours. This is north of Bodø and involves a ferry ride.

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Bodo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It is a kind of museum but also a place where you are allowed to stay and swim. We were there at the perfect moment: it was very hot, we needed a swim and there were both shadow and sunny places to be.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

interesting site. Learned a lot of Norwegian history. It was a pity there was no English guide. Good Kaffee with great local dishes.

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Bodø
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Me and my friend was there last summer. And the movies they sent were simply breathtaking. It's hard to take in how Norway was back in the olden days, but this place really takes you back. And you absolutely have to try out the møsbrømlefs. A North Norwegian traditional lefs.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We visited with Norwegian friends and feared that language would prove a problem. We need not have worried, the staff, in common with most Norwegians speak English. There is a leaflet in English and a version of the explanatory film is also shown in English. Best of all we are given a guided tour round the main house also in... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The trading post is an open air museum in a spectacular bay on an island you can reach within 30 minutes from Bodo. We sat with a picnic of arctic shrimps on the pier over the small fjord. The views are absolutely amazing and one of the nicest in Norway. I can wholeheartedly recommend the trip out.

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