Norwegians have a word for such diligent joint efforts: dugnad. Lacking a good venue for community events, the villagers restored the old boarding school at Sørfjellet. Mindful of their local history and heritage, they also built an authentic Sámi turf hut (goahti), recreated a traditional Sámi settlement, and build a small traditional bakery where the local bread, kamkake, is baked. In 2014, the mountain village of Bleikvasslia received an award from Nordland County for this impressive achievement.
Today, the school and the adjoining facilities are at the heart of village life. Local youngsters work summer jobs in the bakery and learn the baker’s craft.
Café open in the summer
During the summer, you can enjoy kamkaka, a traditional bread, hot from the oven and watch it being made. Check our Events Calendar for this summer’s opening hours. Also follow the Facebook page of Bygdalaget to see when they offer summer dinners.
Kayaking and barbecues
By the water’s edge stands the goahti – the traditional turf hut – and the recreated Sámi settlement. Visitors are welcome to use the sheltered barbecue. Kayak and canoe rental are also available through Bleikvassli Bygdelag.
The St. Olav’s Rose Award
Sørfjelltunet is the name for the entire facility, which includes the old schoolhouse. In 2017, this outdoor museum was awarded the prestigious St. Olav’s Rose for its contribution to preserving Norway’s cultural heritage. To learn more, click the link to the right.
Welcome to the mountain village Bleikvasslia, at the foot of Okstindan.