Text and photos by Sigrid Thorbjørnsen.
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer’s day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock
- Welcome to Kråkenes Lighthouse! As the sun rises over the “Storm House,” the dirt road lit up, and welcomes you to an amazing view over the wildest ocean areas in Norway.
- Blue mountains, blue ocean, green grass clinging to the rocks. Morning haze. The road leads to Kråkenes.
- The Storm House is a part of the lighthouse complex and houses bedrooms, laundry room, living room, and kitchen. It is for rent. The view is fantastic, and this is where the lighthouse assistant used to live.
- Bettina Bickhardt is running the lighthouse. She is the one who makes sure there are curtains and clean bedclothes, and she handles bookings and organizes the culture and activity program at the lighthouse for all seasons. She is the founder of “SlowTour” that focuses on slowing down, enjoying the view, and let Kråkenes Lighthouse give you peace and rest of the mind.
- I was told that Stadt is the area in Norway with most storms and hurricanes, but, during my stay, I just felt a light breeze. This blue sky followed me all day. Still the ocean movement whispered “enjoy it while you can, this will change.” What a wonderful spot on earth.
- Bettina Bickhardt, who runs Kråkenes Lighthouse, is also one of seven female entrepreneurs who meet up once a month, and today they were gathering at Kråkenes for inspiration and networking. In this photo, from left: Photographer Helle Frogner, Natur til Inspirasjon Rita Borgundvåg, Stadt Naturguiding Grethe Solborg Fure, SlowTour Betting Bickhardt, Selje Fotklinikk Linda, Stadt Yoga & Grafisk design Gry Hansen and Stadt Regnskap Miriam Friberg. A wonderful crew of creative females to brighten up the lighthouse and the people surrounding them.
- There is noting. Nothing but peace, ocean, blue, and meditational view. But in rough weather, waves can crush over the rooftop. But that is not on my mind today. Today everything is quiet.
- A little climb gives the best of views. From this angle, the stones and mountains that rise up from the ocean look like dinosaurs swimming around.
- Before reaching Kråkenes Lighthouse you will pass the village of Kråkenes. Farmsteads on the edge of Norway. These people know all there is to know about weather – this is where the Nordic Sea and the Norwegian Ocean meet, dance, and fight.
- Taking a walk up the mountain behind the lighthouse, gives a wonderful feeling of hiking in the mountains. Blue sky, blue water, blue ocean. This is the spot where I took a nap. After 30 minutes, and a renewed tan, I woke up, and kept on walking. I think this is the most wonderful and peaceful sleep I’ve had for ages.
- The view from the same mountain towards Stadtlandet, the boathouses, and a tiny chapel at a graveyard.
- There is a perfect view over the inland mountains. This is what nature gives you. A full pot in colors, peace, and goosebumps all over. This is nothing less than majestic.
- I found the road, and the sign, and headed back to the lighthouse after taking a couple of detours. There is a lot to take in.
- This pier is originally a project from WWII, and Norwegian engineers wanted to finish it after the war. The locals told the newly educated engineers that so far out in this ocean, this could not hold the weather. And as young people never do, they didn’t listen. But after some hurricanes, they realized that no boat was safe here … so today this is a reminder of no matter what you do, nature will always overpower you. And it is an awesome photographic spot.
- It always feels good to see the horizon. It is strange how small the lighthouse looks, not thinking about how grand the nature really is.
- The sun is on its way into the west, and the seagulls are taking a break.
- I have no idea of who or what put this stone there, but I suddenly saw it. This is “SlowTour” in one photo.
- The Storm House, the Lighthouse, and humanity in the middle. This is the balance.
- I love the ocean. I love the smell. I love the sound of the wind when it talks. I love the mountains and the rocks. I can stand for hours and look at the movements of the sea, and observe the change. Of all the places on earth, there is no place like this.
- The ocean rolls over the stones, every second, every minute, every day. All the time, there is a new wave, new pattern, new sound.
- Sun is setting while flirting with the curves at Kråkenes. The mountains have a new glow before turning dark.
- Kråkenes Lighthouse watches over the horizon where two powerful oceans meet. Today it is all calm.
- A seagull is singing, not a velvet tune, but rather with its own sound. I really hope it was not a lullaby, cause this scream is more likely to wake up the dead than getting anyone to sleep ….
- A goodnight kiss on the cheek from the sun. The night will soon arrive at Kråkenes Lighthouse.
This has been a rejuvenating place to be. To slow down, to feel the pulse of nature. To let the ocean calm everything down. To walk and take in what nature has to offer. To sit down and let good thought manifest themselves in the heart. To feel whole again as a human being, in balance with self and nature. It is like starting all over again. Fresh. Good. Peaceful. ~ Sigrid Thorbjørnsen