Klokkergården – Stay in nostalgic surroundings on the island of Rødøy
Apartments | At the foot of the majestic mountain called Rødøyløva, is the stately Klokkergården, a sexton’s residence that dates back to 1904. Here you can enjoy warm hospitality in surroundings that recall a bygone era.
Every guestroom at Klokkergården is unique and tells its own story. In the old sexton’s residence you can choose between five different rooms. Two of these have a private bathroom, while the other three share a bathroom in the hallway. If you stay in the building called Kårstua, you have the choice between the upstairs or downstairs apartment. Both offer two bedrooms and a total of five beds, a living room, kitchen and bathroom.
Until 1968, Klokkergården served as Rødøy’s boarding school. Later it was even used as a barn, and fell into such disrepair that the reigning opinion was that the smartest thing would be to burn it to the ground. But its fate took an unexpected turn!
Malin Arntsen and her family decided to save the once-stately building and restore it to its former glory. Today it stands as splendid testimony to their determination and a symbol of their belief that “nothing is impossible”.
Grandma’s cookbook is at the heart of the food made at Klokkergården. Here everything is made from scratch, using ancient recipes and the best of local ingredients. The cosy restaurant seats 40 guests, and during the summer you may be tempted to dine outside on garden terrace. The restaurant is very popular, so be sure to make reservations in advance.
Klokkergården’s marina has three floating docks measuring with a total length of 300 metres. If you are on a boat holiday, you will find conveniences such as freshwater and electrical hook-ups, waste disposal, benches, tables and barbecues. Fresh bread can be delivered to guests at the harbour every morning. The marina has the following position: N 66.39.940 E 13.03,400. Norwegian sea chart no. 62.
The hike to the top of Rødøyløva (443 m) is spectacular. On the steepest portion, you climb a thousand steps on Sherpa-built stone stairs, which makes your ascent easier and more convenient. The summit offers a stunning panorama of the literally thousands of islands, islets and skerries that dot the surrounding waters. Please be cautious! On one side is a sheer cliff that plunges straight down to the beach below. This hike and the view are especially memorable in the midnight sun!
The island of Rødøy is known for its beautiful chalk-white beaches. The sheltered waters nearby are perfect for kayaking. The island also invites your exploration on two wheels. As you cycle, there are many tempting detours and delightful places to take a break, enjoy the view and savour the tranquillity. If you are on a family holiday, do consider visiting Bamsehuset, Norway’s only teddy bear museum, where 1500 teddy bears reside! Or take a take a walk into the magical fairytale forest.
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