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Art Nouveau Ålesund – mid-summer evening light

Art Nouveau Ålesund – mid-summer evening light

Photos © Rick Shupper and Michael H. Holtermann.

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Dispatch #2: My epic Hurtigruten voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes

Dispatch #2: My epic Hurtigruten voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes

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.

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The Jugendstil town of Ålesund and Molja Lighthouse

The Jugendstil town of Ålesund and Molja Lighthouse

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 […]

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Getting to know my country en route to Molja Lighthouse

Getting to know my country en route to Molja Lighthouse

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 […]

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Lighthouses of Møre og Romsdal

Lighthouses of Møre og Romsdal

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 […]

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Hurtigruten & lighthouses – companions for more than a century

Hurtigruten & lighthouses – companions for more than a century

  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 […]

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