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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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A look at Norway's past

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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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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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italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

It is a tiny village you can reach from Bodo in less than one hour including a short link with ferry. There you can find a small ensemble of traditional houses on the fjord, a small church and a lot of magic. Fantastic.

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Bodø, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Yes, visitn at least once a year, often summertime. The grounds are beautiful even in wintertime, but the museum is closed or has limited access. Kjerringøy is a beautiful place, the scenery is marvellous, and the museum is very well presented and worth a visit to know more about northern norway coast cultural life. There is a beach also, perfect... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful little fishing village. Stunning views on the drive from Bodø including an interesting ferry ride. Friendly people.

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is probably the most beautiful place I ever have been to. We did our visit early in June; almost no people and extremely pleasant weather (that means a lot). Very service minded staff has a lot of information to tell about this place. Don't forget to enter the old shop at the beach. Coast life around the Mediterranean is... More 

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