11Bringing in the hay

Photo: Unknown Oslo museum – digitaltmuseum.no OB.FS0138 – cc by-sa.

This magnificent photograph shows how horse and man worked together as a team to secure the winter feed for the domestic animals. The year is 1950, and the location is Linderud farm in Oslo, Norway.

10The Norwegian Elkhound

Photo: Per Magne Grue – digitaltmuseum MINØ.100835 – cc by.

John Blæsterdalen and his Norwegian Elkhound in front of the storehouse – stabburet. The location is Folldal, Hedmark, Norge – and the year is 1968.

9Preparing the soil for a new growing season

Photo: Esther Langberg – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Z16621 – cc by-sa.

A man and his Norwegian Dole horse are preparing the soil in early spring. The location is Volvat, Oslo, Norway – and the date is 17 May 1940. Norway has only recently been invaded by German forces. It is presumably the hill of Holmenkollen in the background.

8The cow’s milk and its by-products were and are an essential ingredient in the Norwegian diet

Photo: Esther Langberg – digitaltmuseum.no OB.Z17968 – cc by-sa.

On the old Norwegian farm, milking the cows and the goats was usually the women’s domain. However, the men also took their turn on occasion. Notice how clean and well-groomed the cow is. The photo is from around 1930.

7Are we certain about the dog being man’s best friend?

Photo: Finnmark fylkesbibliotek – digitaltmuseum.no FBib.13004-004 – public domain.

This beautiful 1940s photo shows the close connection between two Norwegian Fjord horses and Alf Larsen – son of Sara and Lars A. Larsen. The location is one of the slate quarries in Friarfjord, Lebesby, Finnmark, Norway.

6The bliss of Norwegian mountain pasture

Photo: Paul A. Røstad – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_PR_000749 – CC BY-SA.

A Norwegian Fjord horse and a young cow on summer pasture. The location is Jotunheimen and the year is 1968.

Historically, the Norwegians sent most of their livestock to the mountains or forests during the summer months. There, the animals fed on everything that Mother Nature had to offer. The first proper summer pasture animal-headcount took place in 1907. Here is an overview of the results:

  • Summer dairy locations in use: 44 239
  • Horses: 17 050
  • Dairy cows: 186 987
  • Bulls: 8 358
  • Young cattle: 79 562
  • Sheep: 367 805
  • Goats: 142 319
  • Pigs: 6 172

In 1907, the human population was 2.3 million – and 60% of the people lived in rural areas.

5The working day is over. Norwegian Dole horse. Lyngdal parsonage in 1929. Lyngdal, Agder, Norway

The working day is over. Norwegian Dole horse. Lyngdal parsonage in 1929. Lyngdal, Agder, Norway. Hand-coloured photo. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – digitaltmuseum.no DEX_W_00453 – CC BY.

4Enjoying the wonders of summer pasture

Norwegian sheep enjoying the wonders of summer pasture. Near Likholefossen, Gaular, Sogn og Fjordane. In the old Norwegian farming society, the sheep’s wool provided clothing for the whole family. | Photo: compuinfoto – adobe stock – copyright.

3Norwegian horses ready for service

The steamer Alden, Loen, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane. | Photo: Anders Beer Wilse – kulturminnebilder.ra.no T309_01_0034 – Public domain.

2The beautiful Norwegian Fjord horse

Norwegian Fjord horse – mare and foal. Ørsta, Møre og Romsdal. | Photo: googleme – wikimedia – CC BY-SA.

1Resting in the sunshine at Gjendesheim

A Norwegian pig enjoying the sunshine. Gjendesheim, Vågå, Oppland. | Photo: Paul A. Røstad digitaltmuseum – CC BY.