An exciting tale to tell!
Skåri is located on a mountainside, overlooking the Mørkrid Valley and village of Skjolden at an altitude of 225 meters above sea level. Most likely the area has been inhabited for at least the last 3000 years. Most of the buidlings on the farm are from the Middel Ages, but some of the houses are older and known to date from around 1150. The houses are placed in such a way that the farmyard divides the farm into two parts; the buildings for people and their food on the top, while the ones for animals and their winter feed below.
Skåri is, as one of the few farms in the area, blessed with direct sunlight all year. This provided for a fertile soil and good crops which was obviously the reason for its placement. Mørkridsdalen is well known for the rich and special flora. It was, however still a surprise for researchers in Norway when a new and rare species of birch tree was discovered on the farm in 1969. This kind of birch has since then been called «Skåri-birch» and is a part of the farm's logo today.
Skåri was bought by Geirr Vetti in 2000. The work with the restoration of the many buildings on the farm, was a considerable job which took many years. The heavy nature of the work was a challenge to Geirr. He tried to find suitable workers for this task several times, and finally succeed firstly when he heard about the Sherpa people in Nepal. They are known to be very strong and use special techniques when handling heavy stones. From 2001 and until today, Skåri has risen to become a community of over 20 buildings, rebuilt and restored to how they would have been like in the Middle Ages. The storehouse is known to date from the time of The Black Plague, around the year 1349. Still today, exciting discoveries are being made from time to time.
An inspiring and challenging work for 18 years.
Skåri was built upon a dream of restoring a typical West Norwegian farm without most of the modern machines available today. Some of the buidings were possible to save, others were totally damaged and had to be rebuilt. To handle wood and stones with hands and tools, just the way it was done hundreds of years ago, the Sherpa people from Nepal did the job nobody else were able to.
Eventually, the owner wanted to show and share this way of life with people from all over the world. Today Skåri is a farm very much alive, with animals and crops and the possibility to offer an fairytale adventure of one of a kind.