These are "rorbu" cabins: old fisherman wooden houses placed on rocks and built on wooden poles upon the fjord waters.
This image witnesses the preservation of wood culture.
This Norwegian traditional type of seasonal house is normally located in the Lofoten islands.The buildings are built on land with the one end on poles in the water, allowing easy access to vessels. With its bright red paint, the rorbu is a great example of local architecture.The first rorbuer were built from wood, they consisted of one room for living/sleeping, and a secondary room for the storing of tools and supplies.
The first Rorbu cabins in Lofoten were commissioned by King Øystein in 1120 as housing for the fishermen during the Lofoten fishing season.
In the old days, when fishing boats were open vessels without shelter from the elements, fishermen’s cabins were an absolute necessity providing a few hours of relief from the intensely demanding weather and were a refuge for the exhausted fishermen.
These historic cabins are reminders of a time that has now gone by, for the most part.
Nowadays, fishing is still important to the economy (you can see codfish drying on wooden racks in many of the small villages) but tourism contributes more and more dollars to Lofoten every year.So many rorbuer have been converted to tourist accommodations and used for different purposes.If you like the warmth of natural wood, then you’ll love Lofoten’s rorbuer.
Photo taken in Mortsund in my summer holiday 2007