Thursday Doors at Røkenes Farm, Near Harstad, Norway

We’re making our way back to Harstad, but first, we have one more stop! The Røkenes Farm has been owned by the same family since 1673, 10 generations, with the main house dating back to 1750. As you can see from the first photos it is in a beautiful, tranquil setting! We’ve traveled along the main road!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

and parked on a little knoll……..

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

and looked across at the other side of the inlet, which we’ve just weaved around on our outing today.

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

The first thing we notice is the schoolhouse……..and the door!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

with bell and all…………

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

and poppies behind the schoolhouse……..

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

and as we look up at the farm grounds, we see that the traditional farm has evolved over the past ten years! The large barn has been converted into a fine quality and highly sought restaurant! There are seating areas both indoors and out and the setting couldn’t be better!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

There is the work door entrance at the barn, that is surrounded by a swag of vine and flowers……….

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

There is another door by the old milk cans…………

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

Outside, we were greeted by this little fella! He could have cared less about us!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

But, the main entrance was at this door……..

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

So relaxing ………just to sit and enjoy this beautiful weather and take in the pristine, clean air!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

and watch the flowers grow……..

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

I wondered, who had cut down and sculpted…….the old tree……..

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

Inside the barn/restaurant they are ready to serve…………

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway
Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

There is also the drink station to one side …….

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

and how about this cash register?

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

The restaurant is large enough to host gatherings, weddings, etc. I was wondering, because the island is very isolated. You have to make your own entertainment and places for it too! It is few and far between! There is no running into town, every few minutes, when you live 140 miles above the Arctic Circle on an island off the coast of Norway!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

And what were we served today? Kvæfjord Cake, which has been selected Norway’s National Cake! In the 1920’s, Hulda Ottestad, who was from Kvæfjord near Harstad, opened a cafe in Harstad.  In the 1930’s, she purchased two recipes from a Danish Pastry chef for 200 kroners, (about $22.00) a very high price at the time. One of the recipes was for a “kongekake or king cake. It contained an excessive amount of almonds. Because almonds were so expensive Hulda had to modify the recipe. Meringue layers made from either vanilla or rum custard were added, and you could also add whipped cream to the meringues. The recipe was passed down to each generation, but the exact recipe Hulda used, remains a mystery. Whatever! The cake we were served today was awesome!

Kvæfjord Cake, Harstad, Norway

We’ll have to stroll the grounds after all that cake and coffee! Here is the main house today…….

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

And, the best door here was this one!

Røkenes Farm, Harstad, Norway

I hope you have a chance to see all the farms and museums we visited here on the island Hinnøya, Norway. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience! See you next in Bodo!

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PS All photos were taken on our IPhones …….we are traveling lighter!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    So enjoyed today’s visit which concluded with such a magnificent door.

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  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    I love the herringbone patterned grey and white door and of course the beautiful scenery. Lovely post 🙂

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  3. scooj says:

    That last door is outstanding. What a beautiful place

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  4. Of course the patterned door is beautiful and unique, at least to us, but the entire place is just lovely. I could spend time there…preferably in the summer, though.

    janet

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  5. DrJunieper says:

    Happy voting! Love the outside views and the inside interiors of Norway. That was probably not this summer, or? (forgot if it was included in the travel ban). My goodness, you evil woman, tempting us with this scrumptuous dessert and not being able to eat it!

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  6. Teresa says:

    Thanks for taking us with you. Wonderful scenery and that Red Barn is gorgeous. And that cake looks mouth watering

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