Skåri and the company Stibyggjaren

Ruins turns into a farm

There has probably been people living in Skåri for 3-4000 years. The farm is located at an altitude of 225 meters and has direct sun all year around. There are ground terraces all over the farm, and stone walls carefully built to keep the precious water and nutritious soil.

The work of Geirr Vetti has resulted in many awards throughout the years:

• ARILD HÅLAND'S RESTORATIONS AWARD, 1995

• RIKSANTIKVARENS CULTURAL HERITAGE AWARD, 2012

• LUSTER KOMMUNE CULTURE AWARD, 2012

• CLAUS HELBERGS MEMORIAL AWARD, 2014

• BEAUTIFUL ROADS AWARD, STATENS VEGVESEN, 2014 

In the year of 1861 a large family of 26 people lived on the farm. Mum, dad, grandparents, two uncles, 18 children and two servants lived on this self sufficient farm. There were about 20 houses on the farm like it is now. 

From 1946 the farm was uninhabited until 1993, when new people bought the farm and settled down here.  Only a few houses were standing and could be used. The farm desperately needed a total makeover.

The current owner, Geirr Vetti, bought Skåri in 2000 and started the work that should take him nearly 20 years to complete. His skills as a carpenter and an architect was very useful when dreams were about to be realized. His cooperation and friendship with the hardworking sherpa people from Nepal was essential for this enormous project to be completed. After many years of hard work, the farm was opened for private rental the summer of 2018.

The sherpa people live at an altitude of 2800-5000 and have bigger heart and lungs than others. Their muscle tendons are larger and more flexible than others. This strength and their special technique makes them able to carry heavy stones from 100-200 kilos. Their are very skilled stonewall builders and this led to many enquieries for their work all over Norway. The company "Stibyggjaren" was founded in 2012 and more than 40 sherpas work here every summer to bring home a lot of money to their families and others in the village Khunde in the Himalayas.

The old restored path up to the farm
The old restored path up to the farm
The Sherpa people working for "Stibyggjaren"
The Sherpa people working for "Stibyggjaren"
The building of stone steps all over Norway
The building of stone steps all over Norway