The small trading station at Jennestad

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It is a rainy day at Lofoten today so we have decided not to go out early to explore and hike the area. Instead we try to search for something to do indoors – unfortunately the indoors attraction in this part of Norway is pretty limited – everything is outdoors. There are only a few minor attractions indoors.

Building at the old trading post

We head out for one of the small indoor attractions. We head to a small trading post at Jennestad. This is one of many small traditional trading stations which used to serve the remote areas in northern Norway so the locals had a place to go and buy the necessary supplies from one shop.

The main shop

Most of these old trading stations had long gone out of business with the arrival of roads and small settlements they have been replaced by a small supermarket in a nearby town.

The old trading station was founded in 1820 but it had its heyday when the small harbor was built in 1863 and later were recognized as a trading station in 1870. It was the place people went to sell life animals, hide and fish. They went and bought what they needed.

The storage

The shop had 153 drawers with different supplies in the main counter and a total of 222 different drawers in the entire shop. The business was booming for a few years and in 1900 the shop was further expanded – but it didn’t last forever. When the owner died in 1931 the trading station was pretty much bankrupt but the sons managed to rebuild the business again.

Eventually time caught up with the tiny shop and in 1982 the shop closed down for good. Fortunately this old trading station was preserved as a museum and you can go and have a little look inside the shop during the summer season. It is a small shop so it won’t take much time to explore the shop. You might even think the main attraction is just the main shop room which you can visit for free while the back rooms are less interesting and hardly worth the admission. We had the good fortune the internet connection was down so we couldn’t use the card reader and the woman at the museum decided we could just go in for free and have a look around. I think we would have thought we had overpaid if we had paid the price of admission.

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