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Breathing new life into an old fishing village

After a casual encounter with Ringholmen Seahouse during a family fishing trip,

25-year-olds Christopher Larsen and Julie Fauskanger decided to leave their old lives in Kristiansand

behind and jump into managing the island’s guest houses, restaurant and café.

Located a short boat ride away from Tustna in Møre og Romsdal,

which is the northernmost part of western Norway, Breathing

Ringholmen boasts a long history as a fishing village.

It has been a central part of the fishing industry in the area since the beginning of the 1900s,

starting up the Norwegian production of klipfish and stockfish.

“There is a long tradition for stockfish and bacalao in Møre og Romsdal,” says Larsen.

“Historically, Ringholmen was a meeting point for fishing boats when they came to deliver their fish, Breathing

and the building they used to come to is the exact same building that you can now sit in and eat bacalao – the same walls and interior,

just slightly modernised.”

Visitors arriving on the island can expect to have dinner in the restaurant together

with the new owners – followed by a night in one of the sea cottages,

drifting off to sleep to the sound of waves and waking up seeing the sea straight ahead.

“We want people to feel like we’re welcoming them into our home – which we are,” says Larsen.

“It’s not a typical hotel where you’re greeted by a receptionist; the staff who come to greet you are lovely people who’ll sit down to have a chat with you.

It’s a home rather than a hotel, which makes the atmosphere very different.

We want people to feel like they can relax and properly unwind.”

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