Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Lyderhorn - once more

My last post showed among other things, the mountain Lyderhorn seen as you enter the Bergen area from the south. Today you can see it closer up, more from south-east. The picture was taken this morning from what is called "Canada-skogen" ("The Canadian forrest"). I don't know why it is called that. I certainly haven't met any Canadians there. It is a recreational area much used by local people. An oasis between the suburbs and the motor-ways.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Entering Bergen from the south by sea

When you come to Bergen by sea you usually come from the south. You can't see all the "famous" seven mountains from here, but at least you can see this one - Lyderhorn. For visitors to this Blog it is not unknown since it forms the background for many of my pictures of ships passing in and out of Bergen. But then it is seen from the west.

Lyderhorn has been a sailing mark for many centuries (not to say millenia) since it can be seen from far away. According to legend it was also the meeting place for the witches on midsummernight's eve. I have also been told that it originally was a volcano (some millions of years ago). I belive the latter more than the former. At least the view from the top is spectacular

BTW, in the middle you can see the entrance to Haakonsvern, Norway's main naval base.

Friday, August 25, 2006

One new - one old

Sometimes a photographer can be a little bit lucky. In this case the modern cruiseship "Golden Princess" is seen with the sailship "Statsraad Lehmkuhl".

Some contrast.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Fjord Norway" in Newcastle

Some weeks ago I had a picture in this space showing the ferry "Fjord Norway" outside Bergen. There has been some "activity" around this picture (don't ask me why) . Among other things, some also wanted to see what she looked like when she was in Newastle, England.

Here she is - taken a month ago.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Red Currant ("rips")

It has been a lovely summer. A summer for, among other things - berries, in this case red currants. We are so lucky that we have some bushes which have carried more berries than I can remember. Many berries means lot of juice. Very few things beats freshmade juice made from red currants, especially if you can add in a few black currants. Which we can. Life is beautiful.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

An apple a day...

Everyone knows that apples are both healthy and tasty. And they even look great! I found these hanging on a tree at Aga in Hardanger (Norways foremost fruit growing area). I think they are called Summer Red; in case I'm mistaken someone will surely tell me.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Agatunet (Aga village)

I recently visited Agatunet (Aga village) at Aga in Hardanger. It is one of a few unique places in Norway which have kept the original structure as a village. Today it is a museum.

Have a look at the pictures and the web-site. Then go visiting.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The ketch "Loyal"

This weekend I had the chance to spend a little time aboard the ketch ("galleas - Hardangerjekt") "Loyal". As you can see it is a beautiful sailing vessel - in fact it is the sister ship of "Gjøa" that Roald Amundsen used to find the Nort-West Passage. It was originally built in 1877 in Rosendal in Hardanger, but has now recently been fully restored.

The pictures are all taken in Sørfjorden, a sidearm to Hardagerfjorden in Norway. The first shows the ship in the middle of the fjord, the second moored at Aga on the western side of the fjord and in the last one it is moored at Lofthus on the eastern side of the fjord.

The ship also has its own website. The text is in Norwegian, but the pictures are for everyone.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Husdalsvannet and a dam

In a former posting to this Blog, I mentioned an old factory in Bjørsvik by Osterfjorden which has been both a mill, a sardine factory and is now engaged in the salmon business. What I did not mention was that this factory has it own hydro-electric plant. It has its own lake (Husdalsvannet - seen above) from which it gets it water supply. The dam shown in the other picture is at the end of the lake and is used for the regulation of the system. As you can see, not all dams have to be gigantic structures to be useful.

Small can still be beautiful.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Nice beaches with white sand can be found many places in the world. This particular one is located in second smallest municipality in Norway, Modalen. It has only 366 inhabitants, but on the other hand they have each 1 sq. km. to play around in.

Modalen is located at the end of Osterfjorden (mentioned several times in this Blog) and you have to go through the magnificent salt-water current called Mostraumen to get there by boat. Nowadays you can of course get there by car.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Norway in America in Norway(?)

If you ever come to Sletta on the island of Radøy somewhat north of Bergen in Norway, you may find it a bit strange to encounter an American church, an American school, an American jail(!) and various other American buildings. No, you have not arrived at the local version of Disney World, but at The Western Norway Emigration Center (Vestnorsk Utvandringssenter).

According to their Web-site the aim of the Center is to:

Over 800.000 Norwegians have immigrated to America. The official starting date is generally considered to be the fourth of July 1825, when the “Restauration” set sail from Stavanger. The scooter “Ægir” sailed from Bergen in 1837 with many residents of Hordaland aboard. Emigration was thereafter to leave it’s stamp on Norway for over a century. The Western Norway Emigration Center stands today as a memorial to those who left and their descendants
To this end they have brought home from America the buildings mentioned and also other memorabilia. It is all in the eyes of the beholder, but to me original buildings belong in the area where they were built. As it is, it gives more an impression of imigration than emigration.

But they do have an emigration archive that has helped many with their research into family history:

The Emigration Archive
Includes the names of 96.000 emigrants from Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane regions up until 1924. Jahn Sjursen has, throughout the years, searched and found the information which is there preserved. Many books, articles, pictures and historical objects from the emigration period are also collected there. The archive, as well as the rest of the collection, were donated to the Emigration Center on the 5th of July 1997 by Jahn Sjursen. The collection has since been enriched through several new books and artifacts.