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Veiholmen

– a fishing village on the Atlantic Ocean



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Veiholmen is a tiny island, or rather a group of tiny island west of the 280 km2 island Smøla (which is also the name of the administrative district), north of Kristiansund. Originally it was a fishing village. Still fishing and fishing industry is important, but tourism is playing an increasing role. There are about 240 all-year inhabitants on the island, and several houses are sold as 'summer houses'.


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Map of Veiholmen found close to the excellent grocery store. The local name of the site, "Været", means "fishing station". "Brygge" means on this and similar sites "combined wharf and storehouse, originally built for taking in fish from the boats".
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A small lighthouse on poles on the southwest side of the islet.
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A part of the harbor, the main reason for this village.
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Another view of the harbor, seen from the hotel/restaurant balcony.
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An outer harbor inside the breakwater with the old white wharf storehouse.
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Another view towards the breakwater.
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'Dampkaia' (the Steam(ship) Wharf) inside the breakwater was abandoned long ago.
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Most power lines seem to be on poles, maybe because the ground is tough rock just below the surface.
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Almost all houses here are well kept, and most of them are white.
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But some houses are red.
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And a few houses are yellow.
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Shallow soil (transported from the large island?) and salt spray from the ocean don't seem ideal for gardening, but Loosestrife (Lysimachia) has shown to be a safe bet.
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A decorated house with lots of other garden flowers. Evidently one of those converted into a vacation house.
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'Feskarkjerringa' (the Fisherman's Wife), a sculpture by Ola Staveng, 1997.
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The road to the large island Smøla was finished in 1977. It runs off the right edge of this picture and continues for ten kilometers across several small islands, moles and bridges.
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On the road from Veiholmen. This is Hopen on Smøla where it joins other roads. The blue mountains are nearly 40 kilometers off, behind the flat island Smøla, on another island close to the mainland.
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