Welcome to Hellesylt, Norway!

We have finally made it here! We are in the world-famous, Unesco listed, most opt photographed fjord in the world! It is a majestic combination of huge cliffs, tumbling waterfalls and deep blue water! I took most of my photos in panoramic view so they might look a tad weird here, but you’ll get the…

What About Alesund?

Every city in Norway, that we have visited, whether big or small, reveal their past….their triumphs, their struggles, their histories.  Today, in Alesund, we are starting out where we left off, on the canal at the statue of the “Wanderer” and now we are headed into the old part of the city …………..Set on a…

Alesund, Norway: The Northwest Coastal Town of Canals

It’s a bright, clear, warm morning and we are pulling into Alesund, Norway! It has a spectacular setting, built on three islands close to the ocean with a backdrop of mountain peeks………… Alesund, (population 40,000) has a small city center and since we have been choosing to see the outposts in other spots in Norway,…

Living the Life at the Kjerringøy Trading Post, Norway

We have a few out buildings yet to see at the Kjerringøy Trading Post! Today, I am highlighting the differences between the merchant lifestyle (Anna Elisabeth’s house) and the fishermen, who traded and sought safe harbor between catches………The fishermen’s timber quarters are simple and utilitarian. There are several additional buildings, where the work was done,…

The Vintage Trading Post at Kjerringøy, Norway

Today, we are touring the Post at the Trading Post in Kjerringøy, Norway. This building was one of my favorites, besides the BIG house of Anna Elisabeth…….. I could just imagine all those fisherman, cold and hungry, returning from waters farther North with their herring catches and ready to make a round or two in…

Anna Elisabeth’s House; Kjerrinjøy Trading Post, Norway

If you have not been following us along from Bodø to Kjerringøy, you might want to! The past posts are just below! Today, we are going into Anna Elisabeth Zahl’s house at the Trading Post. Remember, ten years after her husband died, she married her store clerk, twenty-five years younger than her and together they…

The Wild, Wild North; Kjerringøy, Norway

We are headed to the Wilds of Norway! Let’s look at the scenery on the way there! Most likely, the folks that live here don’t think of it that way, but I do! It is REMOTE! The ship is at the port in Bodø and we are traveling on a very narrow stretch of road…

Six on Saturday; Kjerringøy, Norway

Today, I thought I would show you what gardening looks like when you live in Kjerringøy, Norway (population 450) a village, above the Arctic Circle. The Kjerringøy Trading Post was in its heyday from 1829 until the 1860’s. This was the most northern port for fishermen, who would set out in their small boats, going…

On to Bodø, Norway

This morning we are arriving in Bodø, Norway! We are still above the Arctic Circle, but in August, it is in the 70’s here! Looking at the scenery on the way to the Port of Bodø, we find ourselves surrounded by immense beauty and remote living. Bodø is the second largest city in Northern Norway…

Thursday Doors at Røkenes Farm, Near Harstad, Norway

We’re making our way back to Harstad, but first, we have one more stop! The Røkenes Farm has been owned by the same family since 1673, 10 generations, with the main house dating back to 1750. As you can see from the first photos it is in a beautiful, tranquil setting! We’ve traveled along the…

Home of the Hunstad/Meyer Farm, Near Troms, Norway

We’re still at the Hunstad/Meyer farm, but now we are going to another on-sight building that houses artifacts from days gone by…….This family has made it their journey to save their community’s past and their way of life, that was not so far in the past. One thing, is for sure, one had to be…

Down at the Farm, Norwegian Style

We have been traveling around the island of Hinnøya, Norway and honestly I would like to be able to tell you exactly where we are! But, I can’t. I know we are near Troms. But, now we are crossing over the only bridge to another little island. It is an island on the island! So…

Six On Saturday; Chihuly at Cheekwood Gardens

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Cheekwood Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee for the outdoor exhibit of Dale Chihuly. Once a year, the American, glass sculptor, picks one garden to feature his very large-scale pieces of glass. We were excited about this, because we have never been to a Chihuly event and never…

Trastad Samlinger, The South Troms Museum, Kvæfjord, Norway

We are off again and coming to our next stop……we are looking for a museum……and I can say I never expected to find a museum in a more picturesque setting! Turning off the main road and driving up the hill ……….. A closer look……I think I could wake up to this every morning! and a…

Welcome to Harstad, Norway!

We are 155 miles above the Arctic Circle and what a beautiful blue day we have! We are looking at Norway’s largest island, Hinnøya, which is considered the Pearl of Norway! We will be coming along to the port in Harstad, population 23,000, if you include all the outlying villages, Harstad alone 3,300. It is…