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. […]
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, […]
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent ….” – John Donne Kjeungskjær Lighthouse is located on a tiny skerry (“skjær” is the Norwegian word for skerry) at the mouth of the Bjugnfjord, about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) west of the village of Uthaug, and 5 kilometers (3.1 […]
Today, one of the fleet of eleven ships departs daily from Bergen sailing north up around the tip of Norway and then eastwards to Kirkenes near the Russian border—and then make the return voyage. Along the way Hurtigruten calls at more than 30 ports, carrying leisure passengers, but continuing to serve ports along the way with delivering cargo as well as port-to-port passengers year round.
Hurtigruten (Norwegian: the fast route) coastal ships have been part of Norwegian life since the 1890s. The company arouse from the demand for safe shipping along the coastal islands and skerries between commercial centers north and south. There were comparatively few lighthouses in those days and navigation maps were not as reliable as they […]
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 […]