Reflections in Water

We have a lot of nice photos that somewhat is difficult to fit into the “normal” posts, so here we go with some random photos with a common theme, reflections in water. All photos were taken in Norway last year.

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Maihaugen open-air Museum, Norway

Maihaugen is a open-air museum in Lillehammer, about 135 km north of Oslo. The museum has a collection of more than 200 houses and is divided into a rural area, city (mostly old Lillehammer buildings) and a residential area. The majority of the buildings originates from the Gudbrandsdalen from the last few centuries, but also has older buildings like Garmo Stave Church from 12th century.

We visited Maihaugen in 2006.

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Heddal Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Heddal Stave Church is one of the most visited stave churches in Norway, located just next to the E138 in Notodden in Telemark county. The church is the largest of the remaining stave churches, reaching 20 meters in length and 26 meters in height, and was built in the beginning of the 13th century.

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Ridderspranget (Knight’s Leap), Norway

Legend has that a King’s Knight stole a gorgeous woman from another Knight in the area, and after setting the houses on fire, he escaped with the woman over the nearby gorge and the followers didn’t dare to jump it.

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Borgund Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

The Borgund Stave Church is one of the most known and popular stave churches in Norway and it’s a so-called triple nave church. The church was built around 1180, and it’s one of the best preserved of the remaining ones.

On a side note, the Gustav Adolf Stave Church in Hahnenklee, Germany, was built in 1908 with the Borgund Stave Church in mind (means its similar but not a replica). In United States there is a replica in Rapid City, South Dakota, and on Washington Island, Wisconsin.

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Sunrise over Langsjøen

The morning a couple of days after the previous post HERE, we woke to a beautiful sunrise, and my wife raced out to take some shots before the moment was over. Its amazing to see how the nature has its own canvas to paint on.

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A Melancholy Day

Think about a place where you can connect with nature through silence, through beauty and introspection. Think about a place and time where the very end of Autumn meets  the very beginning of a long winter. Think of a time, tinted in black, white and gray, where there is just you and that companion feeling you tried to hide underneath your skin instead of indulging in it…

~ Melancholy. ~ It calls for you right here, in this collection of photographs we took in Hedmark a week ago.

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Hopperstad Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

The Hopperstad Stavkirke is one of the oldest Stave Churches still standing, believed to be built about year 1130. The church was mostly unchanged until the 17th century when among others the nave was lengthened and a bell tower was added. In the end of the 19th century it was redesigned into “Borgund style”.

On a side note, there is a full scale replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church in Hjemkomst Center (Homecoming Center) in Minnesota, USA. Built as a reminder of all the Norwegians who emigrated to the Midwest area in the 19th century. The replica is one of very few remaining Stave Churches outside Norway.

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Autumn over Tyin, Norway

Tyin is a lake at slightly above 1000 meters over sea level in Oppland county in Norway. The lake and the area is a part of Jotunheimen National Park. We where there in the middle of September as a part of our road trip.

The first couple of photos are from the road leading up to the lake.

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Briksdal Glacier (Briksdalsbreen), Norway, revisited 2017

In the middle of September this year, we revisited the Briksdal Glacier. Even we knew it has withdrawn considerably since last time, it was still a bit disappointing to see it was hardly hanging over the edge of the mountain. Anyhow, the drive up the valley was spectacular as always, even more so this time with the dramatic clouds covering the mountain sides.

As carefully suggested in the previous post about the Briksdal Galcier we strongly urges everybody to walk the 2.5 km from the parking, although they offer transport most of the way, its an easy walk.

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Kaupanger stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway

Kaupanger Stave Church is located not too far from Urnes Stave Church, only little bit further out and on the other side of the Sognefjord. The church is dated back to about 1140, and has gone through several restoration projects and alterations. Of the remaining stave churches, Kaupanger is the longest and the nave has 22 staves, 8 on each of the longer sides, 3 on each of the shorter and the elevated chancel has 4.

This is the third post about Norwegian Stave Churches.

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