The village Sæbø

Sæbø is a village in Ørsta commune in Møre and Romsdal county, Norway. It is located along the Hjørundfjorden in the valley of Bondalen, about 5 km north of the mountain Skårasalen.

In former times, it was farmland. The first church was built in 1584, today’s church in 1880. Since 1837 there is a municipal administration, the town hall was built later. It was followed by a bank, a post office, shops, a guest house, a nursing home and a bakery, by a doctor, a lawyer and a midwife. Most of this services do not exist anymore.

A camping site was established in 1950-60. In the 1980s, a new hotel opened its doors. During the sixties, seventies and eighties the salmons in the river attracted many anglers – also from foreign countries. The quantity of salmon has decreased and with them the anglers. Nowadays, Sæbø and its surroundings are popular with extreme athletes, who visit the mountains in the winter and the springtime. Some tourists come to Sæbø in the summertime, fishing is a popular amusement for them.

In Sæbø and the surrounding farmland, artefacts from the Stone and the Bronze Age have been found, as well as buried viking longboats.

Sæbø has several hundred inhabitants and few jobs. There is no industy, most people work at a nursing home and at the school. Some inhabitants move daily to Ørsta or to other places for work. A few work at the Noth Sea.