The flowers were similar to what we have here in Michigan, but that’s just about all that was. We took several day trips exploring the Southern end of Norway, all of it pretty rural.
I especially enjoyed a car trip where our host graciously stopped whenever I asked so that I could pop out and take photos.
I’m sure by the end of the day he was quite ready to park the car at home! But just look what beautiful places we saw!
The coastline was rocky but far more level than further inland. There were a lot of farms, complete with beautiful little (and sometimes large) barns and rolled bales of hay that looked like large marshmallows dotting the countryside.
Another day trip took us to this scenic seaside village full of white houses, so cute I could hardly stand it.
I especially liked this little boat garage.
And then there was our walking tour of Farsund, a larger town quite near where we were staying.
With it’s steep roads and even more steeply pitched roofs, it reminded me of towns in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
I enjoyed getting a closeup look at this place. So many pretty things to notice.
I haven’t shown you nearly enough…
…there’s so much to see.
I haven’t even shown you the lighthouses, the churches or the mountaintop. I don’t think I can share it all.
I hope, if you get a chance to go you don’t hesitate to grab the opportunity to see this beautiful country.
Meanwhile in the next post I’ll show you lighthouses. Or churches. Maybe a little of both.
July 5, 2019 at 10:36 am
Wow, I would love to visit there. What a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing your trip.
July 6, 2019 at 5:12 am
It’s very beautiful. Go if you ever get the chance.
July 5, 2019 at 1:54 pm
Thank you for sharing. I love being able to visit Norway vicariously.
July 6, 2019 at 5:13 am
And we only saw a tiny portion of the country. I think it gets more rugged further north.
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July 5, 2019 at 2:13 pm
I’m enjoying your posts. Norway is being considered for our next trip!
July 6, 2019 at 5:13 am
We stayed in the very Southern part of Norway and it was beautiful. I hear it’s more rugged further north. Maybe next time we will explore further.
July 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm
The white houses, the ‘marshmallows,’ the open windows (no A/C)….I love it. I am ready for more photos when you are. I had no idea what Norway looked like, so this is a wonderful trip, as Carol says, to take vicariously.
July 6, 2019 at 5:30 am
More photos will, indeed, appear like the magical place they show.
July 5, 2019 at 11:41 pm
What exquisite photos. Had my DNA tested a year or so ago and found out that … not only am I Scottish and Irish and Welsh, which I already knew, but also that about half my DNA is from northern Norway, likely those pesky old Vikings. I keep thinking I don’t need to go to Norway, but oh my word your photos they are pulling me on! You can post more photos here any time, Dawn.
July 6, 2019 at 5:14 am
Oh, no you HAVE to go! We were in the very most Southern part…but if you want to visit further north I’d go with you! 🙂
July 6, 2019 at 10:55 am
Alpacas! And those reflections in the water! And those cute boat houses! All so tidy and photogenic! Keep ’em coming, Dawn — I’ve not had my fill of Norway yet!
July 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm
Everything seemed to be tidy and clean no matter where we went.
July 6, 2019 at 2:33 pm
Thank you so much for sharing the photos from your trip, Dawn. I am enjoying my armchair travels with you!
Is their primary source of income in that area farming and fishing? It appears to be a much simpler (but maybe harder?) way of life. Glad that you were able to check Norway off your bucket list. Thank you for letting us tag along!
July 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm
There’s income off of Norway’s oil that is shared by everyone. There’s a few very large companies there that we saw, GE Health makes prescription drugs there, Alcoa Aluminum is there too. Those are just two we saw as we were driving around, I’m sure closer to larger towns there are more. Other than that it’s farming and definitely fishing.
July 7, 2019 at 6:11 am
When I was in Norway, I was amazed at how little flat farm land there was. Which lead me to scour real estate listings for arable land. Expensive! We take it for granted to have 50 acre plowable fields, they make the most out of 10 acres here and there!
July 7, 2019 at 1:44 pm
I think everything in Norway is expensive. Yes, the flat land is closer to the sea, inland it’s all rocky mountains. We spent quite a lot of time with a niece, who is 20 something, saving up for an apartment, hoping to get something for under $2M krone, that’s about $285K. We saw apartments with a water view at Farsund (not a big city, about 9,000 people) that went for $6M krone.
July 7, 2019 at 7:21 pm
How magical your photos look Dawn. Beautiful
July 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm
The whole place was that way…sort of like Brigadoon.
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July 8, 2019 at 8:06 am
Norway has long been on my list of places to visit and your photos make it look even more magical and beautiful than I already thought.