Molja Lighthouse

 Rick

Stay at a Norwegian Lighthouse

Stay at a Norwegian Lighthouse

So you want to visit and stay over at a Norwegian Lighthouse! Here are some resources to help make your dream come true. There are really a lot of choices. Some offers stays in former lighthouse keeper’s residences, some in the lighthouses themselves. Some are on tiny (really tiny) islands while others are on larger […]

 Rick

Art Nouveau Ålesund – mid-summer evening light

Art Nouveau Ålesund – mid-summer evening light

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.

 Michael

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.

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.  

 Sigrid

The Jugendstil town of Ålesund and Molja Lighthouse

The Jugendstil town of Ålesund and Molja Lighthouse

(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 […]

 Sigrid

Getting to know my country en route to Molja Lighthouse

Getting to know my country en route to Molja Lighthouse

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 […]

 Rick

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 […]

 Rick

Hurtigruten & lighthouses – companions for more than a century

Hurtigruten & lighthouses – companions for more than a century

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 […]

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