13Don’t fence me in
Fencing – the old Norwegian way. To keep the domestic animals in – and the carnivores out? The Norwegian word is «skigard». The location is Sjusjøen, Ringsaker, Hedmark, Norway.
12Many a Norwegian’s dream
A small cabin – in the forest – by a lake: the dream place in many a Norwegian’s mind. Almost 40% of mainland Norway is covered by deciduous and perennial forests.
A boat on the canal. A beautiful and tranquil setting near the south coast. Reddalskanalen, Grimstad, Agder, Norway. Hand-coloured photo.
10The Norwegian mountains are the home of the trolls
Only 3% of the Norwegian mainland territory is agricultural land. This photo illustrates how people settled on whatever soil they could find – here surrounded by massive rock formations. It is not so strange that people believed that mountains like these were the homes of the gigantic Norwegian trolls. The location is the lake Lovatnet – Vassenden, Jølster, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.
9Norwegian bogs and wetland
All over Norway, you will find areas with bogs and wetland. In the old Norwegian farming society, turf from the bogs was cut and dried – and used as fuel for the fire. In the mountains, containers with milk were sometimes dug into the bog during the summer-pasture-season and stored there until people went hunting or berry-picking in the autumn. As there was little oxygen in the bog, the milk would keep fresh for people to drink.
This photo is from the Femundsmarka National Park in Hedmark and Trøndelag.
8Home of the midnight sun
And home of the old Norse gods. Lofoten, Nordland, Norway.
Norwegian landscape – mountains, water, and a lush green forest. I wonder who was the first person to walk through this magnificent scenery. Loelva, Loen, Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.
6The land and the sea
A beautiful and rocky view from northern Norway – near Alta, Finnmark.
5After winter comes spring
A fruit tree in bloom in Hardanger, Hordaland. Hand-coloured photo.
4Haymaking in Valdres
The Lomen church in Vestre Slidre, Valdres, Oppland, Norway. In the foreground, haymaking – hanging the grass on wooden poles to dry. Hand-coloured photo.
3The Briksdal glacier
Old house near the Briksdal glacier in Stryn, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.
2A Buick on the rocks
A Buick 29-51X at Norway’s southernmost point, Lindesnes, Agder. Hand-coloured photo.
1The fjords are valleys filled with sea water
The Norwegian fjords are valleys filled with sea water. The Aurlandfjord and the Sognefjord, as seen from Stegastein.