Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The good old days

Everything was better before. We had time, we didn't hurry - or so it is said. I found this beauty at the National Railway museum in York, UK, a couple of weeks ago. It looks far to dignified to hurry more than it felt like.

I felt like I wanted to travel aboard it.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


The picture is dark, but that may only be fitting. The ship in front is the "Marjatta" - Norway's most secret ship. It is formally owned av Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt (FFI - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment) as a research vessel. Just what it is really doing nobody knows, at least not I, but that electronics is involved seems obvious after a short look at the picture. In addition, its continuous presence just outside the Russian bases in the north has never been popular in Moscow.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

M/S Lyngen

Hurtigruten / The Norwegian Coastal Voyage is justly famous for its traffic along the Norwegian coast from Bergen in the south/west to Kirkenes in the north/east, close to the Russian border. There are eleven of these ships, sailing all year round in all kinds of weather.

The very often pass below my windows on their way into or out of Bergen, and I have tried to "collect" as many of them as possible. Today I managed to catch one of the last ones, M/S Lyngen. You will find pictures of the others I have caught on this page.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Recycled ferry

The season for the large and magnificent cruise-ships is over in this part of the world for now. But we still have other ships going by. And of various kinds too. Today's representative is a recycled ferry. After many years of steady and loyal work crossing Norwegian fjords, this ferry has been recycled as a supply ship for local works of all different sorts. And a good thing too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Alvøen manor (Alvøen hovedgård)

Alvøen is an example of early Norwegian industrialization. Just outside Bergen a small community was transformed in a patrician manner typical of the period. The main facility was the Paper Mill (Alvøen papirfabrikk), established in 1797, which until quite recently made the paper for the Norwegian paper currency. The pictures show the main manor, which became a museum open to the public in 1983.

The avenue posted a couple of days ago is just in front of this manor.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

An avenue in autumn

I have always felt that nowhere can autumn be felt more clearly than in an old-fashioned alley. The trees are almost naked, the ground is covered with leaves of all possible colours, it is blowing and , of course, it is raining. The melancholy of yet another passing year is in the air.

But, wait, hope is here at the same time. Where there is death there is also life. In just some months this will again be sunny and green...

Saturday, November 18, 2006


From time to time one has to make a detour in life. The road ahead is blocked and one has to change direction. It is not always easy to choose which way to take - the alternatives are often not clearly signposted.

However - in this case it was.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Ruins of a war

Sometimes when one is out walking one might stumble across a bit of history. In this case I did. During World War II Norway was occupied by German forces from 1940 until 1945. And like all occupying forces they did their best to protect themselves against both the inhabitants of the country and anyone who might attempt to help the occupied ones. In the area shown here they had both anti-aircraft artillery, ammunition depots and camps for Russian and Polish prisoners of war used for building army roads. And of course houses for their own troops. Here we can see the ruin of one such site. Exactly what is shown here I do not know, but most of it was removed after the war.

And the nature does its best to cover up the rest.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Yet to come?

Some days ago we were flown to England by a company called A very catchy name. It was what is called low-price company, so we should not expect too much in the way of service. But who cares? Nowadays there is not a whole lot of difference between the whole lot of them. But in this case there was a slight difference. We were promised a selection of freshly made sandwiches at reasonable prices - only, they ran out halfway down the half empty plane. Where we sat. So I took a picture of my in-flight lunch. The beer was excellent (but that was Belgian).

I have since discovered that maybe I had misread the company's name and perhaps I am still waiting for my sandwich?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

A distant relation?

I had the opportunity to visit York in in England just know. A thousand years ago the city was known as Jorvik and was as much part of the old Norse history as of the British one. Extensive excavations have been done and much of the findings are displayed in the magnificent Jorvik Viking Centre. Among the findings were this old skeleton. Maybe one my relatives of old?

Monday, November 06, 2006


After yesterdays bleak, grey picture I think we need a spot of colour. The autumn is often associated with bright colours, but they need not all come from leaves. In this case it is from a scallop shell found on quay nearby. Personally I think it can compete with any leave any day.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Rainy Norway

When I named this Blog Visual Norway I hoped that it would be possible to live up to the name and show you pictures both bright and clear. Not so today. Taking my morning stroll in the wind, rain and fog I had to contemplate a future change of name for the Blog to Rainy Norway.

If you should wonder what the place looks lie in more "normal" weather, have a look here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The first ice of the season

Today is the first day of November. The authumn in this part of the world has been short and sweet. But today there was a change in the air - no rain, a cold nip in the air despite a glorious sun - and ice on the puddles.

Winter is closing in.