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Location Map History environmental profile


Plahte’s properties are located between Brønnøysund and Namsos, four hours north of Trondheim. The nearest airport is approximately 1 hour’s drive from the property. The property consists of three separate main areas, where Åbjøra with its 400,000 acres, is the largest. By clicking on the links below, you will get overview maps and detailed maps of the various parts of the properties.

General travelling info

The nearest airport from Terråk is Rørvik, about 1 hour driving. For the cabins in Vassbygda, the nearest airport is Brønnøysund (a bit less than 1 hour). From Værner it’s about 3,5 hours 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 og gule sider.

In Trondheim, it’s 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 on Norwegian or SAS. The latter has lately got a direct flight between Oslo and Brønnøysund.

Map over the property


The Plahte Estate is one of the largest privately owned 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 people 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 solutions 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.

Fithjof 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 der death in 1937.

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 building 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 and 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 for 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.

Enviromental profile

We have a distinct goal to manage all the natural resources viably in a long-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 environmentally 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 ripe in 10-20 years. During logging we take into consideration biological variety, biotopes for woodland birds and esteique. 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’s possible to use the nature without destroying it. We therefore allow sensible exploitation on 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 natural resources viably and in a long-term perspective.