The Blood Road Museum in Saltdal


At the top of Saltdal Rural Museum stands the Blodvei Museum. Housed in a German barracks from Dunderlandsdalen, it recounts the history of prisoners of war and their lives and work under German rule from 1942 to 1945. Tens of thousands of prisoners were sent north to construct roads and railways, enduring inhumane conditions, and many never returned.

Nordland was the primary county for prisoners in Norway, with most involved in road and railway construction. Saltdal had the highest concentration of prisoners by the end of the war. The Blodvei Museum portrays the prisoners’ lives and their encounters with a brutal and heartless system, as well as their interactions with locals who did their utmost to aid starving prisoners.

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