Vikøyri – the historical shore dweller site

Vikøyri – the historical shore dweller site
Photo Karen Weichert
Vikøyri is the name of a densely built area by the fjord with characteristic tiny wooden houses. The first settlers were impecunious farm labourers or maidservants who leased small plots of land, keeping a few sheep in the cellar and fishing in the fjord.

Many of these so called shore dwellers later became tradesmen or craftsmen. The development of the shore dweller site started in the first half of the 17th century. In 1900, 464 people lived here.

Today, approximately half the remaining, nicely refurbished houses still serve as permanent residences. Many of them can still tell us a lot about life in pre-modern Vik.

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