Bremnes Fort


In northern Norway, about 200 kilometres south of Narvik lies the coastal town of Bodo whose strategic location on the coast made it part of the German Atlantic Wall, which was built from southern France up to northernmost Norway. Along the Norwegian coast, no less than 300 forts were built as part of the German coastal defence in the event of an allied invasion of Norway. 68 Of these were located in Nordland county (swedish county) and one of these was at Bromsneset (Bremnes), about five kilometers north of Bodo. Construction of the fort started in the autumn of 1940 and was ready for battle already in the autumn, but the expansion of the fort continued in the coming years. The fort consisted of anti-aircraft guns, field guns, anti-tank guns, mortars, machine gun and flamethrower nests, crew bunkers, ammunition storage, water reservoirs, trade fair and radar station. At the top of the fort was built a command bunker from which any battles would be led. Just outside the fort there was also a small prisoner-of-war camp for Soviet prisoners of war, which was used as labor in the construction of the fort.

Current status: Preserved with information boards (2023).

Location: 67°19' 17.89" N 14°27' 31.94" E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

After the war, the fort was taken over by the Norwegian army and the area was until 1994 military area. Since then it is a hiking area and for the historically interested, it is easy to orient yourself in the area because it is well signposted. In the summer, however, it is dense vegetation that does what it can to hide the historical but it is still well worth a visit and does not take more than about an hour.

Follow up in books: Saunder, Anthony: Hitler’s Atlantic Wall (2014).