Book village Fjærland – Turn. Arrive. Stay
The Fjærland book village is one of more than 20 book villages in Europe and the first book village in Scandinavia. Finally people come to the village and the actual book village of Mundal. But it was the need that gave people the idea of getting enough reading material in the book village Fjærland. We tell the story of a village, located off the new main street.
That was different. Because before 1986 there was no bypass from Fjærland. The people who wanted to go north took the ferry in Balestrand on the Sognefjord and stopped right behind the ferry pier in Mundal (municipality of Fjærland). Even the people who wanted to take the ferry to the south quickly bought from the merchant or sat down in the small café.
But with the completion of the three tunnel connections east of Fjærland in 1994, the desolate moved in. The ship connection was discontinued and the fast road connection meant that no driver felt compelled to turn into Fjærland, three kilometers away. The question that troubled the approximately 280 inhabitants of Mundal at the time: “How can we get people back here to our municipality Fjærland, in our picturesque village of Mundal …”
Revival as a book village Fjærland
The Sogndal school board Claus Kvamme remembered a vacation in Wales, more precisely in Hay-on-Wye. The first book village was founded here in 1961 and has since inspired more than 20 villages in Europe to adopt this idea. The school board Kvamme supported the idea of establishing a book village here in Mundal. And so he created the first book village in Scandinavia in 1996, the book village Fjærland.
To date, over 20,000 books can be found on shelves with a total length of around four kilometers in nine book stores. These are located in old barns or boathouses. Whether children’s books or non-fiction, whether travel reading or novels, each shop is dedicated to its own topic. The hot seduction is in the Kaffistova book café. Because here you can buy both cookbooks and erotic reading.
However, all books have something in common: they are used, read and partly rediscovered. The books in the book village Fjærland often come from apartment resolutions or are left to the book village by bookworms with space problems.
The highlight of the book village Fjærland is Midsummer. Because this is also the night of the books. Then traders and visitors come from all over the country and increasingly from abroad. There is a pavilion next to the other along the village street in Mundal and the book village Færland then smells of used and rare books. How nice that analog life is ahead of the digital age.
By the way, besides the book village Fjærland there is also the book village Twedestrand in Norway. In Norway more and more people read from books, young people are increasingly discovering the classic book for themselves.