Friday, August 3, 2012

The booktown of Fjærland

On my ride through some of my favourite destinations in Norway from a tourist point of view while being here on holidays, today I’m taking you to the booktown of Fjærland.


Also located at the end of a fjord (Sognefjord) and being a tiny little town (about 300 inhabitants) just like Gerianger and Flåm, Fjærland is still very different. Why? First of all cause of all the books.

Ever heard of a booktown? I hadn’t some years ago to be honest, but being a book-lover and coming from a family full of book-lovers this caught my interest and I had to explore!

Fjærland is a little town filled with second-hand bookshops! The town was dying, and the booktown was born. Now the old store locals, barns, boat houses and sheds are fiilled with second hand books -  about four shelf kilometers! The fact that such a variety of locals has been utilized gives the town a lot of character! Some of the shops also has a café, art gallery or arts and crafts sales. 

"Map" of the bookshops



My favourite! Take your pick and leave the money in the postbox. Only 10 nok.

Kaffistova is a book-café with homebaked goodies, coffee and Norwegian waffles, set in a very old fashioned café, I believe they haven’t changed a thing since it first opened.


The booktown is open from the end of April till the end of September (with online sales the rest of the year).


Picture from website of "Bokbyen"
Picture from website of "Bokbyen"
But there is more... The second thing making the town special is this:

A glaciar arm coming down the mountain side just outside the town! Not everywhere you can access a glaciar arm with a car! This one is called Bøyabreen and has its highest point at 1700 meters above sea level and the lowest at 300 meters asl. It is a part of Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glaciar on continental Europe. To try to put this into perspective, Jostedalsbreen covers 487 square kilometers, it is 600 meters at the thickest and the total length is more than 60 km.

Fjærland also has a glaciar museum

I would absolutely recommend a visit to Fjærland, because of
  1. Its stunning location at the end of a fjord, between mountains and a glaciar
  2. The fun booktown, and although most of the books are in Norwegian there are quite a lot of books in other languages too.
  3. The possibility to see a glaciar without having to hike for hours to reach it



Have you ever been to a booktown?

24 comments:

  1. For et fantastisk sted!!! Her kunne jeg ha tilbragt mye tid på leit etter skatter i bokhyllene:-) Jeg må også skryte av deg som fotograf; du tar virkelig flotte bilder!

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    1. Tusen takk!! Koser meg med kameraet jeg!
      Ja det var herlig i bokbyen, og så så nydelige omgivelser!

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  2. Oh wow! I need to travel there as soon as possible! I am speechless, it looks like paradise for me! Thanks for all the wonderful pictures!

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    1. Thank you Katrin! It's wonderful to hear you like it :)

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    2. I love it! :)) I really need to travel there as soon as possible!

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  3. I have never been to a book town, nor had I heard of one! I would love to have purchased handfuls of books... but although I've desperately attempted to learn other languages, it doesn't seem to be something I can do... So if they weren't in English they'd just be for decoration! Oh, well!

    The photos are beautiful! I can't believe how pretty the water is and those mountains! Oh they're GORGEOUS!

    Stopping by from Sara in Le Petit Village and I'm glad I did!

    <3 <3 <3
    Mrs.Biscuit

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    1. Thank you Mrs. Biscuit, for stopping by and taking time to comment! Apparently a booktown is an American concept, but I haven't heard of one before nor after I heard about this one.. (They have English books too, you know, if you would ever be in the neighborhood ;)

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  4. That is so cool! I had no idea things like this existed!

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    1. Apparently it's an American concept (booktowns) but I haven't heard of any other booktowns since this one.. But yes, very cool!

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  5. Hvorfor i all verden har jeg ikke hørt om dette her?? Håper det er ok at jeg deler bloggposten din...

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    1. Nei hvorfor har du ikke det? :) Anbefales på det varmeste! Og så er det jo så vakkert.. Selvfølgelig kjempekoselig om du deler!!

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  6. https://www.facebook.com/gmnisja

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  7. How adorable and beautiful all at the same time!!

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  8. Ok! Norway is on my travel list now.. I guess only harsh cold weather will get anyone away from such paradise

    Enjoy!

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    1. How nice to hear Awadh! Well, yes the cold harsh climate was an important factor in my moving!

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  9. Ah, that sounds like my kind of place. Love the honor system being used on that public bookshelf too!

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    1. I think you would like it too! And I loved the bookshelf out in the street.

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  10. I would LOVE to visit Norway. I've heard it's a bit expensive, but it's so gorgeous!

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    1. Unfortunately it's quite expensive yeah, especially coming on a Spanish salary! Maybe I should make a guide on how to travel in Norway for less?

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  11. I do love the concept of book towns but haven't been to any myself. Did you pick up any 'special' books? And I'm all for you doing a guide on how to travel in Norway for less - I still haven't heard from the conference people... :/ I should come to Spain instead!

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    1. I didn't find any 'special treasures', but bought a few! I love browsing and looking and smelling them just as much :) Maybe I should think of tips for seeing Norway in a less expensive way, I'll keep it in mind, see what I can come up with! But yeah, you could always come to Spain instead :):)

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  12. I've never heard of a book town before, but that sounds neat. That's also pretty cool you can see the glacier arm there also.

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    1. Good to hear I wasn't the only one who didn't know book towns existed before hearing of this one! But I love the concept!

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