Adventures near Bodø
Kjerringøy is a half hour’s drive north of Bodø. It is a picturesque, alpine landscape farthest out towards the Vestfjord, sheltered from the ocean by a garland of small islands, rocks and skerries. Together with fjords abundant in fish and fields of varying sizes on a narrow stretch of land, it has formed the basis for settlement dating back to the late Iron Age.
In order to access Kjerringøy, drive north on Rv. 8345 until you reach Festvåg, take the ferry to Misten and drive the last stretch of road until you reach community center of Kjerringøy. Ferry timetables are available here: The ferry to Kjerringøy is the Festvåg-Misten ferry.
Alternatively, you can during the summer tourist season catch buses from the centre of Bodø.
North Norwegian coastal history
Today, Kjerringøy is a small, modern rural community with 350 inhabitants in all age groups. In this compact and varied landscape you will find everything from polished mountainsides and white, sandy beaches, to active agricultural communities, and not least historical Kjerringøy Trading Post.
Kjerringøy Trading Post
The museum facility is intact and is today one of the country’s most important architectural monuments from this period. Here, you will be given a unique insight into the lives of the powerful local merchants, an environment masterly depicted by Knut Hamsun. For this reason, the trading post has been location for the filming of many of his novels. You can see a 360 degree panorama presentation of Kjerringøy on the Nordland Museum web site.
Hamsun in pictures and food
In the Zahlfjøsen, the trading post’s old barn, you will find the film and picture exhibition entitled “Hamsun in pictures,” which includes, amongst other things, illustrations by Karl Erik Harr. You can also meet the boatbuilder Ulf Mikalsen, who builds Nordland boats in the traditional manner. Markens Grøde is a new eating place next-door to the Zahlfjøsen, where you can also take a closer look at the cheese-making process, and taste bread baked in a stone oven and cured meat from the farm’s own eco-production.
Many protected areas and other natural wonders offer unique experiences. Whether you are seeking hair-raising challenges on precipitous mountains, languid boat trips or quiet walks, you are guaranteed to find them in Kjerringøy. Get ready for a true adventure in Kjerringøy.