Monday, July 31, 2006


My favourite ship, the QE2, has been in town again. She was as beautiful as ever. This is not a boat - it is a SHIP! She is no longer the worlds largest cruise ship, but she sure is the best-looking one. They just don't make them like they used to do.

Too bad I just can't aford to be aboard.

Busy as an ant

Yesterday I showed you a day of relaxation - today I am as busy as an ant. Or rather - the ants are.

I found this anthill not far from our cottage. It is the largest anthill I have ever seen in Norway, and the activity shown by the inhabitants was enormous. The traffic would have led to total collapse of all systems if it had been in a normal, human city. But not here. No sign of anything but well-ordered behaviour.

I am glad I still have some days left of my holiday.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Gone fishing

Fishing is a very common hobby. A lot of people find it exciting as well as relaxing. In this case the relaxing part is obviously the main motive.

The picture is from Kilefjorden; a widening of the Otra river in Setesdalen, Norway.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Glass Hut

If you find yourself in Bygland in Setesdalen in Norway you can do nothing better than to visit Inger Tone Hommeand and Tor Birger Egge in Glasshytta (The Glass hut). Here you can experience a unik handcraft. The floating mass is being blown and shaped by skilled craftsmen designers. Everything is blown and shaped by visual estimate. This is the way glass has been made for hundreds of years. Some of their products can be seen here.

Highly recommended.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Røldal stavkirke (stavechurch)

Norway has a more or less unique type of old wooden churches - "stavkirker" (stave churches) . They date from the middle ages and get their name from the way they are constructed with the roof hanging on four or five vertical logs ("staves") mounted on a timber frame. There may have been nearly 2000 of these churches in Norway before 1350, but only 28 of them are now left.

The one shown here, Røldal stavkirke, is supposed to be from around 1200 and is not the most typical. There is indications that it is based on an even older form of church where the staves were mounted directly on a founding of rocks. Also, it has not the fancy roof architecture that many people associates with stave churces. It is still in daily use.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

M/F Tysnes

Norway is known for its fjords. But both Norwegians and visitors have to cross them. The traditional way is to use ferries like the one shown here, "M/F Tysnes". Here it is seen coming into Kvanndal after having crossed Hardangerfjorden from Utne. Hardangerfjorden is criss/crossed by ferries, but it has recently been decided (after much debate I may add) to replace several of these with a gigantic bridge that will do nothing for the beauty of the area.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The "thing" is back

Some time a ago this Blog had a picture showing a mysterious "thing" in the middle of Lille Lungegårdsvann in Bergen. As a joke I blamed it on the oil industry, but a young American woman visiting Bergen had herself wondered what it was and named it the "thing" and mentioned it in her own Blog. What it really was can be seen here.

Well, now the thing is back!

Monday, July 03, 2006

"Fjord Norway"

This sounds like a bit too much of Norwegian advertising, but it is in fact the name of the ship above. "M/S Fjord Norway" is a ferry that connects Bergen with Newcastle in England and Hanstholm in Denmark. It belongs to the company Fjordline. The size is 31 356 BWT, and it was bought from Australia in 2003 where it was called "Spirit of Tasmania".

It may not be the prettiest ship around, but we plan to be aboard in the foreseeable future anyhow.