Visit a pearl at the old Bjørnsund fishing village!
Bjørnsund is a small archipelago located between Kristiansund and Molde, on the southern end of a weather-beaten and dangerous coastal stretch called Hustadvika. Here we find two ancient fishing villages, Søre (Southern) and Nordre (Northern) Bjørnsund, and the light house island, Moøya. The islands once played a central role in the coastal fairway and are situated close to rich fishing grounds. In 1930, 616 persons lived on the islands, but modernization of the fishing industry, lack of drinking water and governmental centralisation policies led to the decision to depopulate them in 1971.
Bjørnsund lies exposed to the Norwegian ocean, and enjoys beautiful scenery and offers well-maintained houses, gardens, piers and protected harbours. Today the village dwellings are used as summerhouses. During the spring and autumn, the Fræna municipality runs a camp school on Northern- Bjørnsund, where around 1500 twelve to fourteen year-old pupils stay for a school week to learn about marine biology, local culture and history, as well as how to row and fish (see www.bjornsundleirskole.no ). During the summer vacation and weekends, the rooms at the camp school can be rented for holidays, meetings or parties. It is also possible to rent a rowing boat, crab pots and some fishing equipment.
In the school building thera are 44 beds; 10 four-bed rooms and 2 two-bed rooms. All rooms have their own bathrooms. There are 2 living rooms to share with basic kitchen fasilities. In the internat there are 4 rouns with the total of 14 beds and their own bathroom and kitchenette.
Getting to and from Bjørnsund
Bjørnsundruta, a small passenger boat, leaves during the summer season from Bud harbour to Bjørnsund.See schedule at: www.frana.kommune.no