Situation and how to get here
General travelling info
The nearest airport Nærmeste from Terråk is Rørvik, about 1 hour of driving. For the cabins in Vassbygda the nearest airport is Brønnøyund (a bit less than 1 hour). Fom Værnes it is about 3,5 thour of driving to Terråk, a bit further to Vassbygda. Driving distance from Oslo is about 11 hours. you can get a detailed travelling instructions from place of departure to Terråk on gule sider.
In Trondheim it is possible to rent a car at reasonable prices at Rent a wreck (a bit better than the name suggests). In Brønnøysund you find the most reasonable car rental at Ivar og Trygves bilverksted AS. Plane tickets can be ordered onNorwegian or SAS. The latter has lately got a direct flight between Oslo and Brønnøysund.
The Plahte Estate is one of the largest privately owned land areas in Norway. It covers 160.000 acres, offering a variety of sceneries ranging from fjords and varied forests to vast mountain plateaus. Only 12.000 acres are suited for forestry, so our main source of income today is offering exclusive hunting and fishing.
We are 3 persons permanently engaged in the running of the estate, and about 10 people are hired in upon need.
It all began with Julius Jakhelln from Bodø being short of supplies for his lumber company in Spain. He was offered and bought large forest covered areas in Bindal and established a sawmill on Risøya, a small island at the outlet of Bindalsfjorden. In 1877 he invited his Norwegian friend, Frithjof Plahte, who had established a prosperous lumber business in England, to become his associate. Frithjof Plahte accepted, bought a large farm and property at Høvik, outside Oslo, and ran his business with Jakhelln from there.
They later also became the founders of several important industrial enterprises in Norway. The Spanish lumber enterprise changed its name to “La Compania de Maderas” and sailing ships carried timber from Risøya to Spain, the Netherlands and England. Only lumber from large sized trees was in demand, and by 1885 most of those large trees had all been harvested. That same year a law was passed by the government which forbade the export of timber from northern Norway. As a result the sawmill and community at Risøya closed down, and both Jakhelln and Plahte saw more problems than opportunities in the near future. Ownership was settled by a secret bid from each being tossed in a hat, resulting in Frithjof Plahte becoming the sole owner of the estate.
Frithjof Plahte died in 1899, leaving the estate to his widow, Marie Plahte. She was strongly attached to Bindal, spent her summers at Terråk, and was very conscious of her responsibility towards everything and everybody until her death in 1937..I
In connection with the financial set backs and banking crisis in the 1920’s, Viktor Plahte mortgaged, and later lost, his half of the estate in Bindal. It was bought back in 1931 by Frithjof Möinichen, who the same year married Asta Poulsson. They moved to Terråk and started the building of the new Bindalsbruket with a hydro power plant, sawmill, planing mill, a door and window factory, quay etc. Plahte had a Master degree in Forestry from the University of Toronto in Canada, and became a pioneer in introducing modern forest management in Norway.
Asta og Frithjof M. Plahte’s son, Frithjof Herbert, took over the estate in 1964. He further developed Bindalsbruket into a highly efficient and modern industry as well as running a long-term management of the forests and the estate. The state of the market in the 1970’s as well as unwise central political decisions, however, forced a refinancing of the company in 1976. The industry was separated from the rest of the property as an Ltd. company, AS Bindalsbruket, where the family today only holds a share interest.
Simone and Frithjof H. Plahte’s son, Frithjof Möinichen Plahte, and his wife, Linda Arlén Flåten Plahte, are the fifth generation now managing the Plahte Estate. They are the third generation to live at Terråk. The business was handed over from father to son in 2004, and Frithjof Möinichen aims to manage and develop the estate with the same long-term perspective as generations before him have done. The sixth generation is represented by Asta Marie Plahte, born in 2001. Inger Arlén Plahte , born in 2002 and Frithjof Erik Plahte born in 2004.
In 1999 a renowned Norwegian author, Arvid Sveli, wrote a book about the history of Bindalsbruket and the Plahte Estate. The first part of the book describes conditions in Norway around 1600 which lead to the King having to pay his war depts by giving his creditors huge land areas of the northern part of Norway. Parts of these areas were later split up and sold, like for instance to Jakhelln and Frithjof Plahte. Arvid Sveli tells the history of our family, but also describes the rough way of life up north, the endurance of hard working people and their every day life. The book can be ordered through us, but is unfortunately available only in Norwegian.
The last 50 pages of the book is a journey through our estate describing the scenery, the hunting and fishing, and sharing stories about people having lived here since the time of the Vikings. This part of the book has been made as an offprint and can be ordered through us. You can download the offprint, pictures and all. (PDF format, 1,3 MB).
We have a distinct goal to manage all the natural resources viably in a loing-term perspective. We keep the harvesting of fish and game on a low level, primarily by restricting the number of people getting into the area.
Our philosophy is to be able to experience large areas and use the nature in a traditional way without the strain on the nature you often see in other places. Most of the cabins are primarily built from local raw materials and we try to be invironmentally conscious as regards all our purchasing in the daily management.
In the woods we have little final logging, but have some thinning in the big plant fields that will be ripe in 10-20 years. During logging we take into consideration biological variety, biotopes for woodland birds and estetique. There are many areas with old wood that are situated in places where only closed logging has been possible, or where it has been practically untouched at all times. On the estate you find one of the largest reserves for conifer forest, and several other protected areas.
We think it is possible to use the nature without destroying it.. We therefore allow sensible exploitation of the nature around us, like building a fire and sleep outside under the open sky. On the other hand is throwing of garbage in the nature a certain way of not being allowed to come back. We have a distinct goal that we want to manage all the natural resources viably and in a long-term perspective.