Fosen is a traditional district in Trøndelag. Here you’ll find landscapes ranging from forested valleys, lakes, and coastal cliffs. The coastline at the Norwegian Sea is dotted by skerries and islands.
Fosen Region In the past, Norway was divided into districts with deep historical roots and which only partially coincide with contemporary administrative units of counties and municipalities. Until the early Viking period, the late 700s C.E., many of these regions were independently ruled by local kings. Fosen is one of these traditional districts in Trøndelag. […]
Asenvågøy Lighthouse (also called Asenvågøya) is in the municipality of Bjugn in Sør-Trøndelag county. It is located atop a rise on the eastern edge of the small island, Asen, in the Norwegian Sea about 6 km (3.5 mi) northwest of Lysøysund. This is at the entrance to the Lauvøyfjorden and about 7 km (4.3 mi) west of the […]
This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigruten's ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. This is her dispatch from day three. After a stormy night, with waves 16–40 feet, I woke up in Trondheim. The captain of MS Finnmarken is nothing less than amazing. After having watched the waves last night, I cannot see why the ship didn't roll more than it did. In Trondheim, we were greeted by rain.
This week, Lighthouses of Norway photographer Sigrid Thorbjørnsen is sailing on Hurtigruten’s ship MS Finnmarken from Bergen to Kirkenes. After a stormy night, with waves 16–40 feet, I woke up in Trondheim. The captain of MS Finnmarken is nothing less than amazing. After having watched the waves last night, I cannot see why the ship […]
Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen. Translated and edited by Michael Holtermann. In Sør Trøndelag County, out in the sea on the Ørland peninsula, there is a little piece of paradise called Hovde Gård. It can be reached within an hour by boat from Trondheim or an hour’s flight from Oslo Gardermoen airport. Hovde Gård, […]
Norwegians love the summertime. The long hours of sunlight due to the high latitudes encourage people to get out and stay out late.
From the southern coast all the way up to the farthest north, there are music, dance, and art events. There are regattas, film festivals, speed boat shows, food festivals, etc., etc., etc. Following is a list – just a sampling – of some of these festivals, focusing somewhat on events that take place at or near […]
The settlement of Nidaros, later to become Trondheim, was founded in 997 as a trading post, and was the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217. From 1152 to 1537, the city was the seat of the Archdiocese of Nidaros. Most of the downtown area of Trondheim is scattered with small specialty stores […]
Vingleia Lighthouse (Norwegian: Vingleia fyr) sits on Skarvflesan in the archipelago Halten in Frøya municipality, South Trondelag. The name Vingleia is probably derived from a term meaning “route that is exposed to wind.” This lighthouse was built in 1921 and automated in 1985, stands 49 feet (15 meters) tall. It is part of the lighthouse […]
Kjeungskjær Lighthouse is located on a tiny island – in the Fosen region – 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) northwest of the village of Uthaug, Ørland, in Sør-Trondelag county. This red brick, octagonal lighthouse is 68 feet (20.6 meters) tall. Built in 1880, it was automated in 1987. The light is lit July 21 – May […]
This article was originally written by Michael Holtermann and Kenneth Kiesnoski for Faces of Scandinavia. Mid-Norway’s Fosen region northwest of the Trondheimsfjord is the area where I was born and raised. Undiscovered by U.S. travelers, Fosen offers a wealth of unique experiences. Trondheim, or Nidaros as it was called by the Vikings more than 1,000 […]