Thursday Doors at the Herdalsetra Farm, Norway

We are here at the Herdalsetra Farm, near Geirangerfjord, Norway, the last operating mountain farm in Norway, which is also a National Heritage Site. To learn about Geirangerfjord and the history of the farm look at my previous posts. You will see what all it takes to get to this place and how the folks lived and worked here……………We are very far from the modern world out here………and I love it! So, let’s look at some of the barns, shelters, and goat pens on the Herdalsetra Farm! Some of the shelters were the log cabin type….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Our mountain view! Some of the shelters were made from timbered wood……

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

They were in all forms of painted or not……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

All had the sod roofs for warmth……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Some had wood stoves too……or a fireplace…….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Some were connected to each other……….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Some of the doors had a door within a door……

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

They all blended well into the landscape…….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

A closer look at the sod roof!

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Most of the shelters had a bench made from a tree, to sit on outside………..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

The shelters came in all shapes and sizes……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

and don’t throw away anything! You will eventually need it for something!

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Some shelters had little porches……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

all had a view……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Some doors were shorter than others…….they were the shelters where the cheeses were made……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

and some looked newer than others…….the farm has been here for over 300 years.

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Let’s go inside one of the newer shelters. Yes, you can come here to stay on the farm……and learn to make goat cheeses and help with the goats, which are brought here to pasture from early June until late August. That would be quite the adventure! The nearest town is not that near and it had about 10 houses, a general store and a church, that offered services once a month. I didn’t see any power or electric lines here either……….

So come on in!

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Everything in it’s place and a place for everything you need! A sitting room combo bedroom……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

with a wood stove………

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Things to do in your spare time……..in the summer months it would be light outside almost 24 hours a day……   You could embroider or read when not tending to the goats…..you see, only the young girls of the village brought the goats up here in summer to pasture and stayed to take care of them……Kind of a girls summer out…………

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

They definitely believed in witches and spirits……..I have posted about that in previous posts too and more about them to come……….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

and in another one the newer shelters, made after 1960, when the gravel road was put in to get here………we have a more modern kitchen…….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

and more beds in this one too……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

I imagine the girls did a lot of knitting to get ready for the winter months back in the village……..

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

It is so beautiful here and the air is so fresh……….

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Here is the only shelter that was completely made of stone, it was used for the goats only.

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm
Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

Now, for us visitors they offered a separate water closet………

The Loo

Wash your hands at the pump on your way out and don’t fall in the creek!

The Loo

I hope you enjoyed our Doorscursion today from remote Norway! See you soon in another spot of the world!

Near Geirangerfjord, Norway, Herdalsetra Farm

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. BeckyB says:

    How fabulous. Those rooves are so wonderful. A simpler life

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  2. Sheree says:

    Utterly charming photos

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  3. susurrus says:

    A wonderful post. I enjoyed it very much. You’ve made me wish that our terraced houses could have roofs like this. It might stop all the problems we have with leaky guttering!

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  4. Jo Shafer says:

    I’m just so fascinated by all these sod-roof cabins!

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  5. Doors, cheese, a fabulous view, and oh, those roofs!! The inside of the cabin you showed is beautiful. You’d have to be good with being along and working hard, though.

    janet

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  6. Those roofs are amazing.

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  7. Really interesting to read, and the cottages look quite cozy inside. I was amazed to see the sod roofs, and appreciated the closer view of one.

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  8. Dan Antion says:

    I’m sorry I missed this last week, this was a marvelous tour. It’s hard for me to imagine being so remote, but it really looks like it would be a comfortable place to live for a while. I love the buildings, and I was really impressed to go inside the more modern building. All the comforts of home, indeed. Thanks for bringing us along, and for connecting with Thursday Doors.

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    1. I know the post was really long, but I loved this place! And, I had to go in one of the newer shelters, because I am that nosy and wanted to see just how comfortable the shelter could be!

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