Ever since Sven Kornelius Gylseth bought the island of Sakrisøy in 1889, we have done our best to maintain our family's proud traditions and craftsmanship.

A Rose by Any other Name

In old church registers the island was referred to as «Zachariasøen» and in the early 1800s, Zachrisøen. However, in old christening records from 1867 and 1870 the versions Sakkariasø and Zakariasø appear, and in 1883 the name Zakrisø turns up in confirmation records. And as if that wasn’t enough, the 1875 census spells the island’s name Zacariasø, without an H. Same place, a whole lot of names.

The Family

Sven Kornelius Gylseth bought the island of Sakrisøy in 1889 and built the manor house there. He was originally a headmaster in Steigen on the mainland, but was also public guardian and overseer of the poor. In Sakrisøy, he ran the country store, which was a large shop at the time, but his main profession was fish buyer. Sven Kornelius had four children.

The Generations

1) Sven Kornelius Gylseth
2) Johannes Gylseth
3) Svenn Gylseth
4) Tor Erik Gylseth, amongst others
5) Carl Fredrik Gylseth amongst others
6) Johanne Cornelia amongst others

Olstind Cabin

Olstind Cabin is a typical fisherman’s cabins (rorbu) built in Steigen in 1874 and rebuilt in Sakrisøy in 1928. It has, however, been moved a number of times since then. The Highways Department expropriated a parcel of land in conjunction with the construction of the road, and the cabin had to be moved. In 2012, Anita and Tor Erik Gylseth filled and levelled out an adjacent site and relocated the cabin there, but in 2014 it was moved once again, this time out onto what was once an islet, where it stands today.

The M/V «Pøyken»

The M/V «Pøyken» was built at Hemnesberget in 1928 for Gunnar Bendiksen, who bought the engine at the same time, a 7 hp Wichmann, for NOK 3000. The Gylseth family has renovated this venerable vessel and bought an identical engine from a museum in Bergen.

From the summer of 2018 you can now see the boat right next to the Ole Moen cabin.

The Fishing Net Rack

The fishing net rack was originally erected in the 1950s, at the time when seine fishing was common in Lofoten. It was used to dry and repair the seines. Today’s fishing net rack is architect-designed and based on the original. It is used in the production of vulnerable products like cured cod (boknafisk), stockfish snacks and split, salted and dried cod (klippfisk). So now, the fishing net rack is being put to practical use, while at the same time emerging as a cultural monument.

Mount Olstind

As we look out across the Reinefjord from Sakrisøy, the iconic Mount Olstind towers up in the foreground. The gneiss of which the mountain is comprised is about 2.8 billion years old, and as a photo motif this craggy mountain peak has probably been captured equally as many times. The bedrock here is among the oldest in northern Europe and it was the glaciers and the tough climatic conditions that created these spectacular, jagged formations.

Sakrisøya is also set against a striking backdrop consisting of the mountain peaks of Reinebringen, Kista, Veinestinden, Hammarskaftet and Navern – a mountain range that frames the tiny island in a spectacular fashion, and which has also been photographed innumerable times due to the raw power and majestic beauty of the motif.