Lofotr skjeltersjåen kafe brynje-element

Skjelterskjåen Café

Located near the Viking Ship Harbour and open from 15 June to 15 August. Skjelter is a word used at a number of locations in our northerly part of the country.

It is normally used for a wall with vertical panelling. A skjelter wall is a wall that protects against sunshine and most kinds of precipitation, but which is nonetheless airy.

Skjeltersjå is a compound of the words skjelter and skjå. Skjå denotes a smaller thin-walled building used for storage, like a shed or hut. The word skjelter is, in turn, derived from the Old Norse word for shield (skjald or skjold, denoting shelter from the weather). A skjelter is normally regarded as an airy wall consisting of planks standing on end (known as skjeltre). A skjelterhus is built as a combination of log and skeletal construction techniques, depending on the building’s function. The Skjeltersjåen was built as a combination of the two and is approx. 9 x 5 metres in size, with the ground beam in direct contact with the ground and the planking (skjeltre) in all the walls.

There is plenty of evidence to justify the use of such buildings, one such instance being the Gokstad Ship’s burial chamber dating back to the early 900s. The reconstruction at Lofotr Viking Museum, however, is based on the K60, excavated from Skiparkrok on the River Nidelven in Trondheim. The foundations of the building have been dated back to 915 A.D. using dendrochronology, while two datings of the building’s ground beam pointed to the years 991 and 1004 A.D., i.e. the late Viking Age. K60, found within Trondheim’s city limits, is the oldest preserved skjelter building closest to Lofoten, but we know of similar buildings at Bryggen in Bergen, in Oslo, etc.

Hot and cold drinks, light meals based on ingredients available in the Viking Age.
NB! Outside seating only. Toilet: outside lavatory approx. 200 metres from the café.

TEL: +47 76 15 40 00

EMAIL: vikingmuseet@lofotr.no

WEB: www.lofotr.no