Crazy beautiful Norway

February 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Last night I finally found time to watch a little independent film I'd heard of while in Norway, called 'North of the Sun'. It's a fantastic documentary created by two young Norwegian lads who decided to spend a year on a beach in northern Norway. They passed the time by surfing (yes, during winter, above the Arctic Circle!), collecting any rubbish which washed up and building a hut to live in with it. In the end, they collected over 3 tonnes of garbage, which got airlifted out by a local company.

So, long story short - we found out about this film after visiting the beach these guys stayed on, and some locals told us all about it. 

Watching the film last night got me all motivated to finish up my Norway photos from our recent trip, so lucky you - here they are!

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. Kate quickly posing before the storm hits - in Å, possibly the town with the shortest name in the world.

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. Rocky streams such as this are no less beautiful for being so common among the fjords of the Lofoten Islands. Incidentally, this was also right where we found our first patch of wild blueberries - heaven for Australians!!!!

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. Most of the traditional fishing huts, or rorbu, are painted red. This hut has seen better days, but had a certain charm against this moody backdrop. 

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. I love bumblebees - we don't have them in Australia, so seeing these lazy balls of fluff buzzing along is always a delight!

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. We stayed a couple of nights in Skjelfjorden, a cluster of dwellings stretched along the shores of the fjord.

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. This was supposed to be on the way over to Kvalvika beach, but we got lost initially… not necessarily a bad thing with a view like this!

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. We eventually made it to Kvalvika just in time for a magical sunset. Didn't make it down to the beach, but that's OK - it was pretty cold!

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. The rocky coastline a bit further up the Lofoten Islands. This particular spot was on the road approaching Henningsvær.

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. After spending some time in Sweden, we popped back into southern Norway. On an overnight stop in Finse (part way between Oslo and Bergen) we hiked a couple of hours up to the Hardangarjøkulen glacier. As you can see, still moody!!! Can't recall seeing much sun in Norway...

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is well worth a visit to see the amazing Viking ships they've uncovered.

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. And no visit to Oslo would be complete without visiting Vigeland's Park and admiring the extensive handiwork dotted throughout the landscape.

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. The Operahuset provided some interesting perspectives of the city...

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013. … including at night.

 

Kate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, NorwayKate in Å, Norway | Iceland and Scandi 2013, 21 Aug 2013.

Our last night in Oslo coincided with the autumn equinox. Each year there is a river torchlight festival, where locals and visitors alike rub shoulders and stroll up and down the river, following lit candles between various art installations, performances and food stalls. 

 

Stay tuned for more photos soon… I have been quite busy lately (more on that soon) but now I am getting right back into it, all for your viewing pleasure!


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