Norway: Tingvollost ÉCONOMUSÉE® -New member

On Saturday, June 1, Tingvollost Économusée was officially opened. - It was celebrated with sending the cows on their summer pasture and a concert with Frode Alnæs, says CEO Solvor Waagen. The cheese producer is widely known for making the world's best cheese.

Contribute to viable local communities

- It was The Royal Norwegian Society for Development who took the initiative to transform Tingvollost into an Économusée. They also contributed with scholarship funds and applying financial support from others. We were very pleasantly surprised, they have done a great job, says CEO Solvor Waagen.

The Royal Norwegian Society for Development has also written the extensive feasibility study that forms the basis for becoming an Économusée, and has been advisors to Tingvollost in building up the various elements that such a "living museum" consists of.

- When a craft company becomes an Économusée, it is more than just the development of the business itself. The cultural heritage is preserved, it contributes to recruitment to the craft industries, and not least, it contributes to the development of the local community, said development manager Kari Clausen in her speech during the opening.

Family-run dairy farm and the world's best cheese

Tingvollost is a family-run farm where they produce white and blue cheese based on pasteurized cow's milk from their own farm, Saghaug gard. The cheese production take place in a separate dairy which was built in 2006, and which has now been expanded with 225 square meters. Next to the dairy is the barn, built in 2008. From here, fresh milk comes straight into the two cheese vessels, each with a capacity of 700 liters.

The cheeses have won numerous awards, both nationally and internationally, but the most prestigious prizes came in 2016 when Kraftkar was rewarded as World Champion (the world's best cheese), and Champion of Champions (the world's best cheese through the competition's 29-year history) during World Cheese Awards in San Sebastian, Spain.

Foto: Hanne Stensvold

Great support

In the autumn of 2018, the construction of larger premises at Tingvollost started. Now they have more space and facilities for production, employees and of course for visitors who want to see how the cheese is made.

Innovation Norway has contributed funding the expansion of the dairy. The local bank Sparebanken Møre sponsored the opening event and the dairy. Møre og Romsdal county council, Tingvoll municipality and The Royal Norwegian Society for Development have contributed with funds to the development of the Économusée.


Eighth Économusée in N.Ireland

Hot Milk Forge in Martinstown was launched as the eighth Économusée artisan workshop in the Causeway Coast and Glens area on Saturday 13th April 2019.


Hot Milk Forge joins the elite network of food and craft artisans who open their doors to visitors and tourists to share the story of their journey and acquired knowledge, skill and passion.  


Guest speakers at the launch included Brenda Murphy, Tourism N.Ireland and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and lead partner of the Économusée Artisan At Work project in N.Ireland. Graham commented: “I am delighted to see the Économusée network growing from strength to strength and to see the launch of the eighth Économusée workshop in the area. We are pleased to welcome Hot Milk Forge to the ÉCONOMUSÉE network in Northern Ireland”.


Hot Milk Forge was founded in 2014 by professional Artist/Sculptor Eamonn Higgins.  Visitors to the workshop can participate in evening and weekend Classes in Blacksmithing and Bladesmithing with an artistic twist.


Carole O’Kane, Corporate Services Manager said “By visiting each of the eight Économusée artisan workshops, tourists and visitors will gain an enhanced experience; learn about the history of the craft and the business; the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite. We are thankful to our funders; Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and Tourism NI to enable us to increase the Économusée network in the area”.


These unique visitor attractions add to the overall experiential tourism of the Causeway Coastal Route.  Three of the artisan workshops are in the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and five in the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.”


Eamonn said: ‘I would like to express my thanks to everyone present for attending this special launch and all those that helped us reach the stage we are at today.

As part of our commitment to the Économusée network we will offer visitors pre-booked artisan black/bladesmithing classes; tours of the workshop where they will see the storyboards, which tell the history of smithing and the process.


Économusée Artisans at Work is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Haiti, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. 


Within Northern Ireland there are currently seven ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops; Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Limavady, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel, Steenson’s Jewellers in Glenarm, Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill, Ursa Minor Bakehouse, Broughgammon Farm and North Coast Smokehouse in Ballycastle.  Each workshop is situated on or close by the famous Causeway Coastal Route making it an ideal craft trail for visitors.


Seventh Économusée in N.Ireland has been launched


Saturday 30th March 2019 saw the launch of North Coast Smokehouse as the seventh Economusee artisan workshop in the Causeway Coast and Glens by local celebrity chef and presenter Paula McIntyre. 

North Coast Smokehouse in Ballycastle joins the elite network of food and craft artisans who open their doors to visitors and tourists to share the story of their journey and acquired knowledge, skill and passion.  

North Coast Smokehouse is a family run specialist artisan smokehouse producing all-natural smoked food products under our own brand for the hospitality, retail and online markets which are both domestic and international.

Proprietors Ruairidh Morrison and Melanie Brown established the business in 2013 by producing hot-smoked salmon at markets, for customers to eat there and then. Almost everyone who tried it loved it! As market research, the approach worked very well and provided the confidence needed to proceed. A year later the couple had secured premises, fitted it out, complied with all the necessary regulations and were finally able to offer packaged ready-to-eat smoke-roasted salmon!

Since then Ruairidh and Melanie have added smoked sea-salt, pepper, and a local delicacy—dulse seaweed, to the product range, and secured numerous hospitality and retail clients.




Welcome Erpsstaðir Creamery Économomusée!

April 8th Erpsstaðir Creamery in Dalir, Iceland, celebrated the opening of a exhibition on traditional Icelandic skyr and became official member of the Économusée network. Erpsstaðir is a dairy farm which opened a creamery in 2009 and has since been developing its business as a tourist destination. In the beginning ice cream was sold with great popularity soon then the question came: what to do with the skim milk? It was a natural decision to start to produce and sell skyr made in a traditional way. Skyr is made of skim milk and has been part of the Icelandic diet since the country was settled in 9th century. Slow food Presidium has been established for Traditional Icelandic Skyr and is Erpsstaðir Creamery one of its members.


Soon after starting its skyr production Erpsstaðir Creamery has experienced a great demand for education, both production and history. Over the past four years, around 15,000 visitors a year, journalists and several TV shows have come from around the world to learn about the traditional Icelandic skyr.


Setting up a skyr exhibition creates an opportunity to convey the uniqueness of traditional skyr as well as the Icelandic cow breed, milk and dairy products, farmers and the conditions in which the animals live. Guests are welcomed throughout the year, invited to taste and buy skyr. At predetermined times are short courses on skyr production, including producing skyr and more detailed information on the history of skyr.


Erpsstaðir Creamery is the forth Économusée in Iceland, other are the Tannery visitor centre, Leir 7 and Smávinir.  We welcome Erpsstaðir Creamery to our group!

Smavinir become an Économusée®

A lot of joy, pride and warmth, marked the opening of Smávinir Économusée on December 7th. A number of people shared Lára Gunnardóttir‘s joy, the owner of Smávinir, when the company became a formal partner of the international organization ÉCONOMUSÉE® network.

The event started with Lára welcoming the guests and Anna Margrét Ólafsdóttir sang the beautiful poem Smávinir fagrir accompined by Jón Svanur Pétursson on the accordion. Guests were served „jólaglögg“ (Christmas drink) and „eplaskífur“ (small pancakes with apples), creating a wonderful  festive atomsphere.


Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir, general manager of Snæfellsnes Regional Park, spoke on the importance of companies such as Smávinir for the community: „ It is important to us Snæfellingar to have powerful, artistic and creative people in our ranks. People who see the opportunity and has the qualities to go all the way as we can see that has been done here.

Smávinir is an open workshop in Stykkishólmur, Iceland, where guests are given the opportunity to watch and learn about the production of handmade pieces of Icelandic birch. Smávinir together with Leir 7, a ceramics Économusée located in the same place, form an unique collaboration to behold. „Collaboration of the women here; Sigga in Leir 7.. and Lára‘s Smávinir, is examplary, exchanging visitors and increasing both opening hours and revenue. 1 + 1 can be more than 2 if corrected managed.“ as noted by Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir in her opening speech.  

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Thora Valsdóttir, Matís, presented the Économusée network and welcomed Smávinir to become part of it: „Congratulations Smávinir, congratulations Lára Gunnarsdóttir.“ Matís is the representative of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network in Iceland through Craft Reach, a cooperative project of seven countries in the Northern pheriphery area. The project is funded by the European Union's Northern Program (NPA), with the objectives to help artisan businesses prosper, lodge artisans firmly in their local communities, to deepen embeddedness and internationalise the artisans.

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Teagasc Project Supports Diversification of Rural Enterprises

Ireland’s fifth Économusée was officially opened today, Thursday 12th October 2017, at Kelly’s Butchers, Newport by Maireád Lavery, Editor Irish Country Living – Irish Farmers Journal. It’s the third food Économusée in Ireland and is part of an EU funded project led in Ireland by Teagasc.

The Économusée movement is an international network of artisans which was started in Québec, Canada and is spreading worldwide. These rural artisan food and craft producers are supported to develop a tourism aspect to their operations providing a learning and interpretive experience for visitors. In Kelly’s case, the visits will be by pre-booking only. The Économusées form a tourism-based network, or trail, which helps the businesses expand their sales, to sustain employment and offers an enhanced visitor experience.

For over 80 years Kelly’s Butchers in Newport, Co. Mayo have been quietly making their mark with superior black and white puddings, the traditional putóg and speciality sausages. The company motto is “We make up to a standard, not down to a price” a confident declaration of a commitment to premium quality. The family business maintains their traditional methods and recipes, using only the highest quality Irish ingredients. These time-honoured processes are now the focus of the Économusée. Kelly’s sought after artisan products are multiple award winners both in Ireland and internationally.

An Économusée is an important heritage tourism attraction and contributes to the sustainability of rural areas through the creation of direct employment and by providing an attraction that disperses tourists to rural regions. Speaking at the opening, Mairéad Lavery said, “Kelly’s involvement in the Économusée movement arose because of The Craft Reach project, which is led in Ireland by Teagasc and funded by the EU Northern Periphery and Artic (NPA) Programme 2014-2020. The term Économusée is copyright protected and it is a recognised badge of quality which carries the tagline ‘Artisans at Work’. A network of 80 Économusées now exists internationally, with 45 based in Canada and 35 in 7 European countries including Ireland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Norway and Sweden. There are five Économusées in Ireland. Three are food producers, two are craft based, and there are plans for more in 2018”.

Dr. Kevin Heanue who is leading the project for Teagasc commented, “The ÉCONOMUSÉE concept is an innovative model of rural enterprise support which helps artisan producers diversify their businesses into the cultural tourism market by providing them with a 6 step template to help them structure a visitor experience and also links them with an international network of like-minded artisan producers. The network will benefit greatly from a producer with the reputation of Kelly’s becoming a member”

The Kelly’s Butchers Économusée is well placed to attract the “culturally curious” tourist, who represents a significant market segment in Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland’s marketing strategy. As Seán Kelly said, “The Économusée is all about bringing our history right into the present day. It’s a showcase for the time honoured, traditional ways of making black pudding and a chance for us to introduce visitors to Newport and our local area”.

Picture: At the recent launch of Kelly's Artisan Butchers as Ireland’s fifth Économusée were (front row) Sue O’Toole, South West Mayo Development Company; Sean Kelly; Mairead Lavery, Irish Country Living;  Bridin McIntyre, Teagasc;  Maria Heneghan, former Teagasc; Kevin Heanue, Teagasc; (back row) Declan  Coppinger, Bord Bia; Brian Quinn, Fáilte Ireland and Gerry O’Neill, South West Mayo Development Company, CLG. 

The first Économusée in the county Møre og Romsdal is launched

Mylna opened as Économusée on November 30th, and leader of Culture and public health Marit Nerås Krogsæter Møre og Romsdal county opened Mylna officially.



 Picture 1: Marit Nerås Krogsæter Møre og Romsdal county opened Mylna  Économusée.


Many greetings and congratulations were given to Mylna from national and local actors:

Greetings from Volda municipality by the chairman Jørgen Amdam greet Mylna, and councilor Rune Sjurgard attended. Greetings came also from Høgskolen í Volda by Høgskulelektor Food Culture and Health, Kari Ryslett, and Chief Executive Officer Karen Lomeland Jacobsen. Rector Johan Roppen also participated.

Greetings came from Kari Clausen, Director Development in Royal Norwegian Society for development, and Kåre Spissøy project manager Craft Reach Économusée network.

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Picture 2: Manager Elias Moe, his son Thomas Moe, Kari Clausen from the Norwegian Society, and Elias daughter Janne Moe. 

Music and song with wooden ornamentals was conducted by John Inge Bjøringsøy and Tonje Aakre. 

Director Simen Bjørgen  Norwegian Cultural Memorial fund “Norsk Kulturminnefond) , gave Mylna a plaque for good conservation work. The building and the machines have been preserved for the future and were supported by the Norwegian Cultural Heritage Fund in 2010

Mylna appears as a professional and important company in the protection of the cultural heritage within the mills field. Volda Electric Mylna is the only mill of this kind in Norway, and the Économusée establishment is important for strengthening the dissemination dimension.

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Picture 3: The shop.

Mylna will be important far beyond the local area and also of national interest. It was great that Mylna became a new Économusée, and it will ensure the transfer of knowledge about both raw materials, equipment, processes and end products like flour for private consumption and the bakery industry.



Picture 4: It was served porridge with oats and spelt, and blueberry cake of spelt and wheat.

The company is innovative and try new products that can be used in the bakery. The blueberry cake contained, among other things, leaflets that have valuable fatty acids, sugar and minerals.

The manager Elias reports of a lot of positive feedback from the presenter, and Gunnar Bakke, general manager of the bakery and confectionery industry, told us that it was a very interesting and enjoyable day and think that Mylna has developed an exciting business. He will try to realize a craft bakery related to the mill.

-With Mylna there is in total 13 Économusée in Norway, mostly in the county Hordaland where it all began. The objective is to establish a national organization and a network of Économusée for the whole country. The concept will organize the craft companies in a way that should increase visitors and the turnover. At the same time the old handicraft will be kept and create new jobs in the local society, says Asbjørn Stavland, project leader from Norwegian Society for Development.  

We all welcome Mylna as a new Économusée and wish good luck.


Last conference details are ready!

THE 2ND CONFERENCE OF THE ÉCONOMUSÉE NETWORK is only a week away and the last details are ready. We are looking forward to welcome you all to Bergen.  

The conference is Monday and Tuesday in Bergen, but for some it already starts on Sunday with a visit to the ÉCONOMUSÉE Arven, Oselvarverkstaden, Fjordtønna and Tønnegården. Arven is located in the middle of Bergen center, and the other ÉCONOMUSÉE are in the outskirt of Hordaland county. You will get a typical homemade Norwegian lunch at Fjordtønna and a lovely dinner at Tønnegården. This day the Project steering group will start its meeting while the other participants travel back to Bergen by bus.

Monday and Tuesday are conference days. We will start at Hotel Terminus 08:30 with coffee and networking, one of the main objectives is to wash away borders and get closer together. During the first conference day we will hear from Carl-Éric Guertin, Director general, ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society, about what has been achieved since the beginning in 2012. We will get examples from how artisans can collaborate from three different artisans and how we can build a stronger network. There will also be a speed-date session to bring artisans closer. After lunch we’ll have two exciting speeches from Susanne Poulsson about creative tourism, and the director of The Historical Hotels in Norway, Nils Henrik Geitle. They will also be part in the panel with artisans KGB Jan Zakrisson from Sweden and Don Sheehan from Atlantic Canada. In the end of day one we will divide the participant into eight groups and have a fruitful discussion.

In the evening (16:30) we will go by bus to ÉCONOMUSÉE Hillesvåg and then to ÉCONOMUSÉE Oleana, where we also will have our dinner.

Conference day two starts with a speaker Jason Bent from Tourism Cluster Magdalen Island. This day will also have plenty of time for networking, breakout groups and discussions. You have all answered a questionnaire about making the network stronger, and the result will be presented by Helen Conneely.
After lunch on the second conference day we will put focus on circular economy. We will get different speakers emphasizing this topic. At the very last session Project leader Kari Clausen and Carl-Éric Guertin will sum up and talk about further development.

It will be an optimal tour to ÉCONOMUSÉE Glassblower Stine Hoff, or free time to do some shopping or exploring a little bit of Bergen. In the evening we will go by the famous funicular to Fløyen, to have a look at Bergen at night. We close the conference with an informal and nice dinner in Tollbodallmenningen.

Wednesday and Thursday will there be a special tour to Sogn area visiting more ÉCONOMUSÉE, Aurland shoemaker and Cider House.

About the weather in Bergen – in this time of year we can expect everything… At you can have a look at the forecasts, but, today it is sunny abhorrent to what claims, so, it is not 100 % trustable. We hope for sun, but be prepared for rain and a bit chilly weather.

We are all looking forward seeing you in Bergen and wish you all a good journey!

Program in detail follow below. 

The Conference Team
Terje Inderhaug, Carl-Éric Guertin, Kåre Spissøy, Asbjørn Stavland and Marit Gjerstad



SUNDAY OCTOBER 15                                                                                                          

09.00     Guided walk from the Hotel to Bryggen and Arven Economusee                            

(09.30   Alternative bus from the hotel to Arven)                                                                        

10.00     Guided visit to Arven Economusee                                                                                  

10.45     Bus from Arven to Oselvar boat builder Economusee                                                

11.15     Guided visit Oselvaren boat builder                                                                                 

12.00     Bus to Fjordtynna Economusee – small barrel maker Economusee.                       

12.45     Guided visit and lunch– one group for lunch and one group for guiding               

14.10     Bus to Holdhus church                                                                                         

14.45     Arrival church and visit w/local guide                                                                             

15.30     Bus to Tønnegarden Economusee                                                                                   

16.00     Arrival Tønnegarden – welcome by Lord Mayor Fusa Municipality                         

Dinner at Tønnegarden                                                                                         

(PSG stay behind at Tønnegarden for first part of the steering group meeting)                  

18.15     Travel by bus to hotel                                                                                           

19.00     Arrival at hotel Terminus                                                                                                    



MONDAY OCTOBER 16                                                                                                       

8.30 - 9.00          Registration                                                                                               

9.00 - 9.30          Icebreaker - Coffee time and informal meeting between participants                    

9.30       Building a stronger Network                                                                                              

               Session Moderator : Carl-Éric Guertin, Director general, ECONOMUSEE Network Society

9.30 - 10.00        Welcoming remarks                                                                                              

  1. MS. Beate Husa, Concillor, Hordaland County                                                                                        
  2. Mr. Claude Dubé, Board member of the ENS                                                                           
  3. Ms. Kari Clausen, Director of Development, The Royal Norwegian Society for Development, Norges Vel                                                                                                   
  4. Ms. Helen Connely, artisan representative, Ireland                                                               

10.00 - 10.20     Economusée Network - update and what has been achieved since 2012                             

                Carl-Éric Guertin                                                                                                     

10.20 - 10.50     Presentation of collaborations / projects between artisans from the Network    

  1. Michael Scullions, Scullions Hurls, Northern Ireland                                                              
  2. Mette Bakketun, Aurlandsskoen, Norway                                                                                
  3. Carl-Éric Guertin, Québec Canada                                                                                               

               Questions and Answers period with Carl-Éric Guertin as moderator                                     

11.00 - 12.00     Speed dating type of meeting - artisans bring samples and promotionnal tools  

12.00     Lunch                                                                                           

13.15     Reaching out to key tourism stakeholders                                                                                     

               Session Moderator: Kare Spissoy                                                                                                     

13.20 - 13.50     Susanne Poulsson, Amaze (AS)   & Ass. Professor Kristiania University College    

13.50 - 14.10     Nils Henrik Geitle, Director, The Historical Hotels and Restaurants in Norway     

14.10  - 14.30    Panels with artisans and partners :                                                                                  

  1. Sweden - Jan Zakrisson                                                                                                    
  2. Atlantic Canada - Don Sheehan                                                                                                    
  3. Susanne Poulsson and Nils Henrik                                                                                               

14.30 - 14.45     Questions and Answers period with Kare as moderator                                             

14.45 - 15.00     Break                                                                                            

15.00 - 16.00     Breakout groups / workshop                                                                                              

16.00     End of session                                                                                           

16.30     Discovering more Norwegian ECONOMUSÉES                                                                             

16.30     Bus to Hillesvåg Economusee                                                                                             

17.15     Arrival Hillesvåg Economusee and guided visit                                                                            

18.30     Bus to Oleana Economusee                                                                                                

19.00     Arrival Oleana and guided visit                                                                                          

19.45     Dinner at Oleana                                                                                                    

20.30     Bus to hotel Terminus                                                                                            

21.00     Arrival hotel                                                                                              

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17                                                                                                        

8.30       Creative tourism - bringing added value to the ECONOMUSEE Experience                          

               Session Moderator: Graham Thompson                                                                          

8.35 - 9.15          Jason Bent Tourism Cluster Magdalen Islands                                                

9.20 - 10.05        Breakout groups                                                                                                     

10.05 - 10.35     Break                                                                                            

10.35     Developing stronger relationships                                                                                                   

               Moderator: Dr Kevin Heanue, Evaluation Officer, Teagasc                                                       

10.35 - 10.55     Presentation of TEAGASC survey                                                                                       

10.55 - 11.05     Presentation of the Brand Guide by Carl-Éric                                                                

11.05 - 11.15     Phase 4 - Grham Thompson - confirmed                                                                         

11.15 - 12.00     Breakout groups                                                                                                     

12.00    Lunch                                                                                           

13.30     Introduction to the circular economy                                                                                             

               Session Moderator: Þóra Valsdóttir - confirmed                                                           

13.30 - 14.00     Prof. Ove Jakobsen, Nord University, Norway                                                               

14.00 - 14.15     Prof Geir Atle Ersland, Unesco Chair UiB. Synergi between Cultural heritage, Unesco and the Economusee network.                                                                                          

14.15 - 14:30     Prof. Claude Dube, The Unesco links to the Economusee concept                          

14.30 - 14.45     Questions and Answers period with Thora as moderator                                           

14.45 - 15.00     Break                                                                                            

15.00     Closing session - What's next                                                                                             

               Kari, Carl-Éric and Helen Connelly to present key findings / suggestions                              

               Closing remarks Kari Clausen and Carl-Éric Guertin                                                                     

16.00    End of conference – start of evening program                                                                                            

16:10     Extra for special interested - a visit to Economusee Stine Hoff, Glassblower - limited, max 20 people                                                                                          

Free time and/or shopping for the main group                                                                                          

18:15     Trip to Fløyen, walk to Tollbodallmenningen                                                                                 

20.00     Dinner at Norges Vel - Tollbodallmenningen                                                                                 





WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18                                                                                                                

08:43 Train from Bergen arrival Myrdal Station at kl.10.51. Change of train                                      

10.58 Departure Myrdal & arrival Flåm kl. 11:55                                                                                       

12.05 Departure Flåm by bus to the Aurland shoemaker (1/2 group)                                                  

12.25 Arrival Aurland shoemaker for guided tour                                                                                     

12.05 Buffet lunch at Flåm (1/2 group)                                                                                          

Bus change around with 1st shoemaker ½ group back to Flåm for lunch and the other ½ group to Aurland shoemaker for guiding.                                                                                                 

14.00 Departure by bus over Vikafjell to Balestrand from all participants/both groups                  

16.05 Ferry from Vangsnes - expected arrival Kviknes hotel at 16.45 where we will stay overnight. 

17.30 Walk to visit the Ciderhouse Economusee. Guiding and tasting of cider.                                 

19.30 Dinner at Kviknes hotel.                                                                                           

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19                                                                                                                    

On Thursday, we take the boat from Balestrand quayside by the Kvikne hotel to Bergen.

07.50 Speed boat from Balestrand to Bergen harbor                                                                

11:50 Arrival Bergen harbour at Strandkai terminalen.                                                                            

There’s an airport bus stop nearby – buses to Flesland every 15 minutes.  (From the quayside to the airport it takes about one hour altogether).                                        



2nd International ÉCONOMUSÉE® Network Conference

Ocotber 15-19, 2017
Bergen, Norway

The ÉCONOMUSÉE Network (EN) is growing rapidly in different countries, provinces, and territories, and is soon to welcome the100th Économusée to the fold. Artisans have met at national and provincial forums over the years, the last international meeting taking place five years ago in Quebec City, Canada.

Artisans across the network now want to explore all the benefits of being part of an international body and to look at how the EN could be strengthened. The Craft Reach Project currently under way, funded by the Northern Periphery and Artic Program and bringing together Northern Europe partners and the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society, aims at building cross border relationships between artisans so that they can share experiences and ultimately increase their sales throughout the network.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the first expansion of the network in Northern Europe and to mark the 25th anniversary of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society in 2017, it was high time to organize this second international meeting of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network for the benefit of member artisans. The event consists of three parts, starting with one day of économusée visits, continuing with a two-day conference, and closing with more économusée visits, including a tour of the fjords of Norway. The first and last parts of the event are optional.


— Bringing artisans together to learn from each other and establish new connections across the growing international network

— Fostering a sharing of experiences and best practices among artisans

— Strengthening relationships between all partners

— Discovering the Norwegian ÉCONOMUSÉE

— Crafting the future of the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network

Fully program for the conference:

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Craft Reach project steering group meeting in Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden

The Craft Reach project had its 7th partner meeting in sunny Östersund 12-16 June 2017. The local partner, Ingela Fredell and her staff from Region Jämtland Härjedalen had put together an exciting program including visits to Nybo Gård and KGB Économusée.

On Tuesday, the project steering group had its long meeting with many different matters on the agenda. How to continue the important work after ending the project was one of the important matters. Every country wants to continue working with the Économusé concept, and increase the network. It is also an objective to get the artisans in the international network closer and identify how they can collaborate more. That is one of the reasons why we will arrange the 2nd International Conference in Bergen, Norway in October this year. The program is soon ready to be launched, and we hope that it will be a fruitful conference for the artisans from different countries.

Back to Sweden. On Wednesday, we visit Nybo Farm, the farm is run by the family Anna, Torbjörn and Manne. Thorbjörn’s father built the farm in 1931, and they now breed Highland cattle and sell their meat in different products. They have a restaurant in the middle of the forest, that is very popular during Christmas. They also have a farm shop with a bakery where they sell flatbread and meat. At Nybo Farm many of us tasted meat from bear for our first time! Nybo Farm is in the process of becoming an Économusée.

We also visited KGB Économusée – Klövsjö Gårdsbryggeri – that is a microbrewery located in Klövsjö in Jämtland. The brewery was founded by brewer Jan Zakrisson and has been running since 2010. They offer guided tours in the brewery, an exhibition, a restaurant and a shop, beer tasting, and you can even make your own beer! Jan’s daughter and her husband run the restaurant, and we were lucky to have dinner at this lovely place. Reindeer from Sweden was on the menu, and it was just delicious. Highly recommending a tour to the KGB Économusée!

In our last day, Thursday, circular economy was on the agenda. How could we not waste anything? How can waste from one value chain be used as a resource in another value chain? Johan Åkerström led a workshop with this as a theme. We had good discussion about how our Économusées can be more aware of this, although many of the Économusées already are focusing on this critical issue.

After the workshop, we visited Storsjöhyttan Économusée in Östersund. It was founded in 1995 as the first studio glassworks in the county of Jämtland, and it is owned and run by three women. They have succeeded in building up a reliable market for their confidently designed glassware. The three owners, Nilla, Ulla and Anna Lena met at the Orrefors School of Glassmaking and there they conceived the idea of a glassworks of their own. We all got the opportunity to try to blow glass, which is quite difficult!

Outside the glasswork studio Ingela had asked a black smith, spinnery-maker and a ceramist to put up a small workshop so that we could try the different handicraft. Great fun!

See you all at the conference in Bergen!

Ingela Fredell, with the magic key! 

Dinner at KGB Restaurant, highly recommended by the Craft Reach project steering group! 

Workshop with circular economy on the agenda!

Welcome to the sixth Économusée in the United Kingdom, Broughgammon Farm

Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle was launched as the sixth Économusée in the United Kingdom on Thursday 8th June 2017. Guest speakers included celebrity chef Paula McIntyre and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust and project partner of Économusée Craft Reach in Northern Ireland.

Paula McIntyre said: ‘It is an honour to launch and welcome Broughgammon Farm into the Économusée network. This artisan branding has been making a lot of noise lately with the recent success at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards and the Économusée launches of Ursa Minor Bakehouse in Ballycastle and Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill. 

The Cole family and Broughgammon Farm through their commitment to holistic farming, passion for good food and award-winning products is a champion addition to this network. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Broughgammon Farm and all the artisans within the Économusée network a very successful future’.

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The Cole family, GrahamThompson from CCGHT, and Paula McIntyre

Graham commented: “Économusée translates to working or living museum and by visiting one of our six Économusées, tourists and visitors will get an enhanced experience; learn about the history of the craft and the business; the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite.

Our six Économusée artisan workshops include Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill, Steensons Jewellery in Glenarm, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel, Broighter Gold in Limavady and Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Broughgammon Goat Farm in Ballycastle. 

These unique visitor attractions add to the overall experiential tourism of the Causeway Coastal Route.  Two of the artisan workshops are in the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and four in the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.”

Charlie Cole commented: “Broughgammon Farm is a family run, forward-thinking farm, specialising in artisan food production. We have an ethos based around sustainability, focussing on Kid Goat, Free Range Rose Veal and Seasonal Wild Game. 

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As part of our commitment to the Économusée network we will offer visitors pre-booked artisan butchery classes; tours of the farm where they will see the storyboards, which tell the history of the farm and the butchery process and, with our farm shop, visitors will have the added opportunity to purchase our ‘farm to fork’ products. ”

Économusée, is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  There are currently 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops across these 8 countries with an additional 23 to be launched by March 2018.  Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project entitled Craft Reach began in April 2015 and is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020

Special thanks to Northern Periphery & Arctic Area Programme, SEUPB, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council, Tourism NI, Heritage Lottery Fund and Impact Print in Ballycastle.

More information:

Broughgammon Farm Shop, 50 Straid Road, Ballycastle, Co.Antrim, BT546NP

Hillstown Brewery Économusée launched as the 5th in the United Kingdom on Wednesday 31st May 2017

 Raising the Bar at Hillstown Brewery

Freelance Television presenter, Pamela Ballantine officially launched Hillstown Brewery as the fifth ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom today; Wednesday 31st May 2017.  The launch took place at Hillstown Brewery in Randalstown; a short drive from the vibrant town of Ballymena.  The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT) is the lead partner in Northern Ireland managing the ÉCONOMUSÉE Craft Reach project, funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020, Tourism NI, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. 

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Nigel Logan from Hillstown Farm and one of the Directors of Hillstown Brewery commented: ‘A few years ago we produced a craft beer to feed to our cattle to create wagyu Beef which is a popular Japanese style beef. This led to a partnership with Get ‘er Brewed and the development of Hillstown Brewery.  We approached the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust about the Economusee concept as we felt that Hillstown could offer visitors an insight into the craft and heritage of farming and the unique diversification into the brewery business.’

Nigel’s business partner Jonathan Mitchell added: ‘We have worked closely with Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust and Circle Creative Communications to design, develop and install storyboards and infographics which explain the history and process of the brewery business here at Hillstown.  Visitors will be able to take a tour of brewery which is guaranteed to stimulate all five senses!’

ÉCONOMUSÉE, (Artisans at Work) is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  By March 2018 there will be 93 Économusée workshops across these 8 countries.   Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project began in April 2015   Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Hillstown Brewery to our growing Economusee network in the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust area, especially as they become the second Économusée artisan within the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council area. 

We are also delighted to announce that at the 2017 Tourism NI Annual Awards the Économusée Artisan at Work concept was Highly Commended in the Tourism Innovation Category. Visitors to our region can now experience a unique and cultural tour of six Économusée workshops; Broighter Gold Rapeseed Oil in Limavady, Scullion Hurls in Loughgiel, Steenson’s Jewellers in Glenarm, Hillstown Brewery in Ahoghill, Ursa Minor Bakehouse and Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle.  Each workshop is situated on or close by the famous Causeway Coastal Route making it an attractive and accessible craft trail.’.

By visiting each of the ÉCONOMUSÉE artisan workshops, tourists and visitors will gain an enhanced experience, learn about the history of the craft and the business, the enthusiasm of the artist along with the added opportunity of meeting the artisans face to face and discovering the beauty and authenticity of the products made and sold onsite.

Each ÉCONOMUSÉE artisan has their own story to share; this is illustrated with storyboards, carefully mapped throughout the workshops to capture the journey, the history, craft and skill of the artist.

The season is starting.

Kåre Spissøy, Craft Reach project leader, continued his tour of the partner countries in May. Next in line was Iceland, May 8-9th.

After short visit to Matis, two very different Economusee where visited together with Thora Valsdóttir, Matís: Erpsstaðir Creamery and the Tannery visitor centre.

At Erpsstaðir Creamery in Dalir the preperation for the following season is on full swing. Despite officially closed until May 15th and in full action redesigning the visitor centre, customers were standing on the door to buy. No worries, all customers were of course served. Official opening as Economusee is planned in late June. This will be the first phase of the visitor centre transformation, second will take place next winter.

The Tannery visitor centre in Sauðárkrókur is one of the first Economusee in Iceland. This is a very good example of how Economusee can be. It has unique production, based on tradition and innovation. A very conseus company focusing on sustainability from all aspects. From its perspective Economusee concept is a good match to the way the company operates, however to use its full potential, more cooperation would be beneficial on the marketing site.

On the way back to Reykjavík, we had a very good meeting with the the Federation of Municipalities in West-Iceland (SSV), located in Borgarnes. The topic of the meeting was How to use the Economusee concept as a driving force in regional development. The concept of Economusee was introduced as well as the network, the Craft Reach project and its activities. Lively discussions where possibilities for future cooperation were explored.


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Kåre Spissøy with Thorgrimur Einar Gudbjartsson

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The Tannery Visitor Centre: from the store, fish skins in all kinds of colours 

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The Tannery Visitor Centre: Steinunn Gudsteinsdóttir explaining the production of fish leather for Kåre Spissøy


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ÉCONOMUSÉE opening of The Cider House in lovely sun

With beautiful tones from St. Edmunds Church choir and sparkling cider in our glasses The Cider House was launched as the 12th ÉCONOMUSÉE in Norway. In the garden 60 guests were gathered from the local society, the municipality of Balestrand, representatives from the government, other ÉCONOMUSÉE companies and students from an Erasmus project. It was a beautiful sunny day in Balestrand and in perfect surroundings the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale, and the Ambassador /Head of the EU Delegation to Norway, Helen Campbell, officially launched TheCider House as a member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE family.



The Minister of Agriculture and Food and head of the EU delegation to Norway opens The Cider House ÉCONOMUSÉE. Photo: Hordaland fylkeskommune. 


ÉCONOMUSÉE, (Artisans at Work) is a concept that was developed in Québec and involves partners from Canada, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  There are currently 70 ÉCONOMUSÉE workshops across these 8 countries with an additional 20 to be launched by March 2018.  Phase III of the ÉCONOMUSÉE project began in April 2015 and is funded by Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Area Programme 2014-2020.


Behind The Cider House we find the couple Eli-Grethe Høyvik and Åge Eitungjerde, their children Gard and Heidrun and daughter-in-law Tuba Ardic. The Cider House produce traditional Norwegian apple cider. They grow their own apples and have over decades developed different sorts of fine cider, from sparkling to fruit brandies. Åge’s grandfather planted the orchard in 1922 and Åge continued managing the farm from 1995. He then looked at a new way to exploit the fruit and the result was establishing Balholm and the The Cider House. Balholm was created as a pioneer product, the first completely natural fruit juice at the Norwegian marked. The Cider House was completed in 2005, however they are constantly improving. Gard and his wife Tuba from Turkey established a restaurant and they have remarkable success with the food, other activities and international cooperation through Erasmus-projects.

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After a tour in the museum and we had a lovely lunch, made by Tuba and her family from Turkey. With dishes from Turkey and Norway and off course homemade cider. During the lunch, there were many congratulations and good wishes for the future from many of the guests.

Recently the Norwegian government changed the law concerning sales of product that contains alcohol produced on the farm. Fortunately, The Cider House, can now sell their products that contains up to 22 vol % in their farm shop. Many of the guests appreciated this change in the law. 

We whole heartily welcome The Cider House to the ÉCONOMUSÉE international network, and give our best wishes of luck in the future!

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The shop where you can buy products from The Cider House.


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Eli-Grete Høyvvik is guiding The Royal Norwegian Society for Development in Balestrand. A lot of history in this beautiful village. 

Kick-off of a summer-long celebration of the senses

Vancouver, B.C., May 5, 2017 – The Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDE) launched yesterday its summer-long "Celebration of the Senses" at Townsite Brewing, which was also celebrating its admission as a new member of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® BC Artisan at Work network.

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Ursa Minor in Ballycastle was launched as the fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE in the United Kingdom on Thursday 13th April 2017. Guest speakers included John and Sally McKenna; the faces behind and McKenna's Guides and Graham Thompson, Chief Executive of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust. Graham commented: “I am delighted to see the launch of the fourth ÉCONOMUSÉE workshop. We are pleased to welcome Ursa Minor to the ÉCONOMUSÉE network in Northern Ireland”.

Project Manager’s Notes

The next events coming up for the Craft Reach project are first to get started with the reporting of the 4th project period, which ends the 12th of April. During the following month, all the partners shall have their claim 4 ready for submitting to the controllers. The controllers then have two months to check through everything. Before June 12th, we shall have a finalized project report including all the FLC certificates, ready for submitting to our Joint Secretariat in the NPA.

Great activity of Économusée in the Faroes

These days, the establishment of new Économusée in the Faroe Islands are well under way. The new Économusée members; Atlantic Basalt and The Wood Artisan, Joel Cole, are expected to be officially launched as an Économusée and will open their doors to visitors in late May. This will bring the total number of Économusée on the Island to six.

New Project Manager for Économusée Craft Reach

Kåre Spissøy has recently been appointed as Project Manager to lead the final part of the Économusée project safely to finish line. He is 52 years old and live on an island south of Bergen. He has a vast range of experience including large international projects in Telenor, advising entrepreneurs and also several startups on his resume.


Get in contact with the partners.

Craft Reach project steering group meeting

The Craft Reach project had its 6th partner meeting in lovely Ballycastle in Northern Ireland in early February 2017. The local partner, Causeway Cost and Glens Heritage Trust put together an exciting programme including  visits to several enterprises that are soon to be launched as Économusées. 

What is an Économusée?

Each ÉCONOMUSÉE is carefully concocted to make your visit memorable. Whether it's outside on the porch, inside the front doors, or woven through the garden, the RECEPTION area is where you meet the artisan or one of their helpers, and get oriented to their trade and to the working studio you're about to explore.