Experience beautiful Veiholmen and see how daily life on the coast unfolded in the 1800 and 1900s.



24th June to 7th August

Tuesday to Sunday: 13:00–17:00


Adults: 75 NOK

Children: Free

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6571 Hopen

Phone: 47 32 07 70


The property at Veiholmen consists of five buildings, where everything is preserved as it was when the last owner lived here. Sanden shows us a story about trade, fishing, owning of property in fishing villages, emigration to America and how people lived their daily life at Smøla approxiamately 100 years ago. 


Sanden belonged to the Eckhoff family from 1795 till 1984, when Smøla museum bought the properties. Anders and Berndine Eckhoff married in 1875, and had nine children. Six of the children emigrated to America. The youngest of them, Astrid, was born November 1st 1897. She lived almost all her life in Sanden. She lived alone in the house for the last few years. Today, all the houses in Sanden are in the same condition as they were when Astrid died in 1983. 


Sanden shows us what the lives of families that engaged in trade, fishing, agriculture and accomodation of fishermen in the 1800s and 1900s was like. 
It is evident from the authentic interior at Sanden, that the people who lived there were influenced by people and things both in Norway and beyond its borders. The storehouse was built before 1861. The barn is built with wood from a shipwreck. We can find marks of heavy tention in the timber, that can have originated from the ship. The sea dock is mentioned in 1795. If you have a look in the dock, you'll find nets for cod and salmon, as well as fishlines and the fishing equipment normally used at this time. In the boathouse we find the boats that belonged to the family. 

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