Bookshelf of the Week: Roadside bookstand in Fjærland, Norway

I know my Bookshelf of the Week contributions have been sadly lacking of late, but I hope I can make up for it today with its return, by sharing this wonderful shot of a quaint roadside bookstand located in Fjærland, Norway, that comes courtesy of Munich-based photographer, Michael Krutzenbichler aka daitoZen.

Michael stopped off at this place while on a road trip around Norway last summer. He tells me that Fjærland is a Norwegian ‘booktown’ (much the same I guess as what we have in the UK at Hay-on-Wye and Wigtown) and it is here that ‘used books are sold in various abandoned buildings – ferry waiting rooms, old stables, and yes, even at outdoor bookshelves’.

I think Fjærland sounds like a real Mecca for every bibliophile, with this roadside bookcase in particular standing as a shrine to all things bookish. And if the fact that this Norwegian booktown has literature for sale in every nook and cranny isn’t enough to tempt visitors to this little corner of Norway, then one look at the scenery is sure to do the trick. Absolutely stunning, I’m sure you agree?

If you want to find out more about Fjærland, then I suggest visiting the official website. I also recommend taking a wander through the Flickr search results for the Norwegian booktown. Michael also has a couple more bookish shots of Fjærland HERE and HERE (this one reminds me of my previous Hay-on-Wye Bookshelf of the Week), but I do urge you to browse his entire Norway 2011 set

All that remains it to to invite your own comments and thoughts, and to thank Michael once more for taking such a memorable shot of Fjærland, and for sharing it so generously.

As a kind of postscript I noticed that Fjærland was hit by a storm (nicknamed ‘Dagmar’) on Christmas Day, but thankfully there appears to have been little damage to the booktown itself. Word is, the only bookish casualty was a similar roadside construction in the centre of town called the Honesty Bookshop (which if my detective skills are anything to go by, used to look like this). We are given hope therefore, that our little roadside bookstand stood fast in the face of adversity, and survived Mother Nature’s battering.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. stujallen (Twitter: stujallen)

    wonderful idea rob I wonder how something like this would survive in some places in the uk ,all the best stu

  2. What a gorgeous place! Sadly, I think something like this wouldn’t fare well anywhere in the States because of illiterate vandals. There just seem to be no boundaries anymore — nothing is sacred, not even the written word. I bet it would only be a matter of days before the entire thing was lit on fire. 🙁 So, I guess this can just become one of my long list of reasons to travel elsewhere in the world!

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Sorry to hear about these acts of wanton violence Kristen. If it’s any consolation, such a structure wouldn’t last in my town for long either :(. So as you say, if such wonderful book structures can’t come to us, then we must go to them. I’ll meet you in Norway, in July 2013 🙂

  3. elsie k neufeld says:

    Suggestion for a feature: Andreas Schroeder and wife Sharon Oddie Brown live in Robert’s Creek, British Columbia. THeir driveway is flanked by two very cool book cases. Inside their house as well as their cabin next to the ocean, walls are lined with books. Andreas is a “top-drawer” Canadian writer; and Sharon is a writer also. Andreas is chair of Creative Non-Fiction Dept at University of British Columbia.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      This sounds like a splendid choice for a Bookshelf of the Week feature. I shall look into it. Thank you!
      Warmest regards


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