Giske Municipality, Møre og Romsdal on the west coast of Norway Storholmen is located on a tiny skerry in the Norwegian Sea about 6 km (3.5 mi) due north of Erkna and 8 km (5 mi) northwest of the populated island of Vigra. Storholman Lighthouse was established in 1920 and automated in 1980. Storholmen Lighthouse is […]
Flatflesa Lighthouse Flatflesa Lighthouse (Norwegian: Flatflesa fyr) is a coastal lighthouse located in Sandøy Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The lighthouse lies on the small island of Flatflesa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) west of the island of Gossa and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the island of Sandøya. The original lighthouse was […]
Ålesund is Norway's Art Nouveau gem. On a beautiful mid-summer evening, near the longest day of the year, the slowly setting sun adds its colorful polish to Ålesund. After a devastating fire in 1904, during the course of which pratically the entire town was destroyed, Ålesund had to be rebuilt. Warships arrived with materials to build temporary shelters and barracks. After a period of planning, the town was rebuilt in stone, brick, and mortar in Jugendstil (Art Nouveau), the architectural style of the time. The structures were designed by approximately 20 master builders and 30 Norwegian architects. Photos © Rick Shupper and Michael H. Holtermann.
Photos © Rick Shupper and Michael H. Holtermann.
Svinøy Lighthouse is located southwest of Ålesund, off the Stad peninsula, 12 nautical miles from the Norwegian coast in open ocean — in an area renown for some of the wildest weather Norway has to offer. It is found in the municipality of Herøy in Møre og Romsdal county. The island lies within sight of […]
This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigrutens ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. This is her dispatch from day two.
This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigrutens ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. This is her dispatch from day two. Read Sigrid’s dispatch #1. Learn more about Hurtigruten. Click here to see Dispatch #3 photo report.
(This is part two of Sigrid's travel from Oslo to Ålesund.) The Rauma Railroad took me to Åndalsnes in the Romsdalsfjord, and from here, by bus to Ålesund, my destination. There is always the option of flying from Oslo to Ålesund, but there was no way I wanted to miss out on the scenic tour across Norway. The bus trip was also beautiful, passing fjords, green mountains, snowy peaks, flowers, and farms, with colors so intense that no one would believe my photos were not color enhanced.
Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. Ålesund is one of the most photogenic cities in Norway. On the night of January 23, 1904, the whole city burned to the ground in a big fire. 10,000 people were left without homes. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany sent four warships with materials to build temporary shelters. After a […]
I had been invited to visit Molja Lighthouse in Ålesund and Kjeungskjær Lighthouse outside Ørland, and chose to take the opportunity and get to know more of Norway by traveling by train, bus, and speedboat ferries. For two decades I have been traveling all over the world. One of my favorite ways of traveling is by train. I have always felt at home on a train. I get to have my own seat. It always says so on my ticket. It is like a “welcome, we have reserved a place only for you” feeling that gives me a sense of home. This space is for me. It’s my seat. My home for some hours. (Article continues after the photo gallery.)
Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. The train takes you where you usually don’t get to go. It runs on its tracks where no car can follow. It is as if I am getting a break from the road. No traffic, no honking, and it doesn’t matter if I want to text someone. I can. Traveling […]
Møre og Romsdal is one the Norway’s most scenic coastal counties. Its ten biggest communities are situated on the coast or a fjord. Here the land breaks up into myriad islands as it approaches the Norwegian Sea and this accounts for the area’s long dependence on boat traffic. These islands also encourage north-south traffic by […]
Information updated: July 2014 … a very popular place for island-hopping Ulla Lighthouse was first lit in January 1874 and automated in 1975. In October 1944, the lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper’s house were bombed and destroyed by allied planes. In 1950, reconstruction of the lighthouse and other buildings was undertaken. Today’s lighthouse is a square […]