Tuesday, December 16, 2008

V is for Voss in ABC Wednesday

Voss is a municipality not far for from Bergen - many would call it a small town. Wikipedia describes it like this:

Voss is a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Voss. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Vossevangen.

Voss was established as a municipality on January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Vossestrand was separated from Voss on January 1, 1868 and Evanger was separated from Voss on January 1, 1885. All of Vossestrand and the main part of Evanger, were merged back into the municipality of Voss on January 1, 1964.

The main centre of population is the town Voss or Vossevangen. Voss is situated on the main road and railway line from Oslo to Bergen, about 100 kilometres east of Bergen. The people of Voss make their living mainly from agriculture and tourism, both in the summer and winter.

When you look at the snowcapped mountains in the distance you could be excused for thinking that you were now into the Norwegian "Highlands", but you are not. The picture above shows the station building, and it says clearly that you are now all of 57 metres above sea level. However, Voss has fostered a number of Olympic champions in the winter games and Voss was also for a number of years a training centre for winter warfare for NATO-troops.

The lake "Vangsvatnet" is in many ways the centre of Voss, with most of the town on one side and agricultural areas on the other.

The main church is called "Vangskyrkja" and is a stone church from 1277 with room for 550 people.

You may have noticed that I have mentioned winter sports several times, but only shown summer pictures. There is a very good reason for this: Voss arranges a festival called Ekstremsportsveko (The Extreme Sport Week) where anyone with a suicide complex can take part in a number of death-defying activities. A quote from their homepage should give an indication:

Ekstremsportveko is build upon the four elements; water, air, earth and fire. Kayaking, rafting, kiting, big air and freeride represent water. BASE, skydiving, paragliding and hanggliding represent air. Longboarding, climbing, MTB/BMX and multisport are based on the earth element, whereas the festival program is rooted in fire.
The pictures were taken this summer, but I stayed on the ground...



Today's post is part of the the third round of ABC Wednesday. The founder, Denise Nesbitt, has changed the rules to make the system more practical. There is now a no-comment blog where you can post a copy or short version of your post with a link-back to your original post for the full version and comments. Scanning through this no-comment blog will give you a Variety of Vs. She has also set up a site where you can log on via Mr. Linky if you want to do that. However, Mr. Linky has lately been somewhat uncooperative, so I do not know how it will be today.

37 comments:

Ackworth born said...

I'd be firmly on the ground too!

david mcmahon said...

Beautiful photo essay - that last shot is wonderful.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i think i like the church most of all with its very long history - voss sounds like a very peaceful place

Ivar Ivrig said...

Sjekke denne linken å se om du kjenner igjen noen :

http://www.twingly.com/top100?lang=no

Miss_Yves said...

The grey stone used for builgings looks like those of Auvergne.
Beautiful landscapes, perfect for tourism!"V"is for"Visual Norway!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

oow RuneE,
I was here a minute before and than there wasn't a V shot , now yo show more that 1 for VOSS< interestin g to read about this municiplally, Thanks!

My V is a slideshowVIEW, watch mine here:
www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

Bye greetings from JoAnn/Holland

Dina said...

Beautiful place! That old old stone church is amazing.

Thanks for your comment. It gave me a much-needed laugh! LOL Trying to imagine what you would use it for.

Anemone said...

Nydleig post Rune, og virkelig en god Norgesreklame. Gaula akkuat til mannen her..., for å spørre om vi har vært der, men ingen av oss er sikre faktisk... begynner visst å bli gamle .-)

John said...

Flott serie fra Voss, Rune.
Ser helt klart at vi må innom her på neste korsvei til vest.

richies said...

I think photographing extreme sports would be the way i would participate.

An Arkie's Musings

Aileni said...

Your first picture looks as though it was taken from the air... are you sure you stayed on the ground.

naturglede said...

Flotte bilder fra Voss. Hyggelig tekst også. Ha en fin kveld:)

Reader Wil said...

Voss and Vossevangen are so beautiful and you know how to show this. Thanks!

Vossevangen reminds me of a song I once learnt:
På Vossevangen der vil jeg bo...

anthonynorth said...

What a beautiful place! And perfectly captured.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Whoa, these are stunning photos and yeh, I'm not doing any of those death-defying activities! Sheesh!
Awesome post!
~Michele~

Life with Kaishon said...

What very pretty pictures!

babooshka said...

It's another virtual voyage around a visual treat. I find myself saying Wow too much on your sight, but that's what it does each time.

Rune said...

Dette var en informativ og flott post Rune med utrolig flotte bilder!

ellen b. said...

All your shots are so beautiful. I love them all and I really like that church!

kayleen said...

what an absolutely beautiful place. thanks for sharing.

Tash said...

I'd be happy to just walk the beach and hike in the hills. The views are incredible. Gorgeous photos and glad I got to see Voss.

Leslie: said...

Ah, more stunning shots of a stunning country that some day I will visit! By the way, does the water get warm enough in summer to go swimming in it?

Samantha Ysabelle said...

great photos and essay! i especially love your shot of that old church. i love old churches... now i know where to go should we visit norway someday!

mine is here: http://seasons.pinoyvibes.net/2008/12/17/v-is-for-vow/

happy wednesday!

Rinkly Rimes said...

The mountains look impressive, but they're obviously 'pimples' as ours are in Australia.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

V is also for your blog title... Visual Norway.
It turned cold here with snow this week, about 3 inches of the white stuff.

spacedlaw said...

Voss is also famous for its water, isn't it? I remember seeing very elegant bottles of it.

ArneA said...

Gleder meg til du spenner på skiene og følger Kari Traa i kuleløypene på Voss en vakker vinterdag

stitchwort said...

Beautiful photos!
You live in a very lovely country.

roentarre said...

Simply spetacular in deed!

Jay said...

That looks like a wonderful place to visit!

But, no extreme sports for me, either!

Alan said...

Suicide complex indeed. :)

Looks like a beautiful place, like everything you share with us. :)

photowannabe said...

Simply beautiful area and your photos are stunning. I like the choice for V.

Ida said...

Flotte bilder fra Voss og en annen årstid.
Der har jeg mange gode minner fra. Etter ferier hos mormor som liten. ;)

Barbara Martin said...

Great photos, though I really like the first one best.

antigoni said...

Great photos. Awesome place!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your photos are all wonderful, Rune. The series is a lovely contribution to ABC Wednesday.

Congratulations on your mention in David's POTD. Well deserved!!

Dragonstar said...

Voss sounds like a lovely place, and perfect for "V". I don't think I'd want to participate in the extreme sports!
Thank you - ABC Team.