Traditional houses are scattered throughout Norway. Some are still lived in, some have been turned into open-air heritage museums, and others have been left to survive on their own.

The little folk museum, Straumen Gård, is one of the most unassuming heritage sites I have seen so far. Tucked away on the south side of Kvaløya, next to Tromsø city island, the old farm site has a delicate sweetness afforded to its quiet coastal surroundings and overgrown vegetation.

Built in the early 1800’s, the farm consists of a barn, tool sheds, a well and a few charming houses, which are open to the public at certain times of the year. The museum is a nice little stop along the way to the Senja ferry, but you must be on the lookout for it otherwise you’ll pass it by in a blink of an eye.

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