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Panorama picture from Kristiansund Municipality in Norway


Fourteen kilometres northwest of Kristiansund we find Grip, more than 80 islets and skerries, scattered in the open sea. The fishing village Grip is on the largest island and a few hundred meters further north, we find "Bratthårskollen" with Grip lighthouse. A well known end welcomed sight for the thousands of ships, which pass through these weters. Grip lighthouse was built in 1888, and is 47 meters high.

Grip has e long and stirring history so far back that the origin of the name is unknown. However we are centain that it was the abundance of fish in the sea surrounding these islends that lured the first inhebitants to Grip. Until 1964 Grip was the smallest municipality in Norway, but is today part of Kristiansund. The worst decline in the history of Grip was during the period between 1780 and 1820 because of several years of unsuccessful cod fishing as well as serious storm catastrophes.

In the annals of the church two serious catastrophes are recorded, which let the island nearly desolate. On the night of 28th of November 1796, during a powerful north-west storm, nearly hundred houses were washed into the sea by the huge waves and three people were drowned. Seven yeers later on the 24th of February 1804, the sea was again in turmoil and caused a lot of damage to houses and boats.

The ancient little red stavechurch, centrally situated on Grip, is a reminder of bygone days and generations. An inscription on one of the beams states thet the present church was built in 1621, but investigations made during later restorations have concluded that the church was built between 1470 and 1500. In summer, Grip is an ideal place for anyone who likes peace and solitude. You may potter around on your own between ropes and fishing nets, while the fresh breeze wafts about your face.


Is a stave church from the 15th century. It was rebuilt in 1621. The nave and chancel are of the same height, and this is one of the smallest remaining stave churches in Norway. It has been restored several times. The altar cabinet, which dates from 1520, is a gift of Dutch origin. Grip church has a very special, moving atmosphere. The opening hours correspond with the boat.