Change Is Hard

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Visiting rural Norway


The red barn in all that green caught my eye.

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 thought this was an abandoned house along the coast, but it’s a new build, just meant to look old.

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!

Boat garages near a boat ramp.

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 seaside village just begging to be photographed.

Another day trip took us to this scenic seaside village full of white houses, so cute I could hardly stand it.

White houses, red roofs, the town shone even without the sun that day.

I especially liked this little boat garage.

Stormy skies didn’t diminish the color here.

And then there was our walking tour of Farsund, a larger town quite near where we were staying.

We had a pretty day to walk the town.

With it’s steep roads and even more steeply pitched roofs, it reminded me of towns in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Farsund is a sea port.

I enjoyed getting a closeup look at this place. So many pretty things to notice.

No air conditioning required in Norway.

I haven’t shown you nearly enough…

An alpaca farm near the coast.

…there’s so much to see.

The village of Faed, tucked up against the mountains was where my husband’s grandmother was baptized.

I haven’t even shown you the lighthouses, the churches or the mountaintop. I don’t think I can share it all.

Color reflected.

I hope, if you get a chance to go you don’t hesitate to grab the opportunity to see this beautiful country.

The only sunset I saw, but it was spectacular.

Meanwhile in the next post I’ll show you lighthouses. Or churches. Maybe a little of both.

We’ll see.

The Lista lighthouse.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Visiting rural Norway

  1. Wow, I would love to visit there. What a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing your trip.


  2. Thank you for sharing. I love being able to visit Norway vicariously.


  3. I’m enjoying your posts. Norway is being considered for our next trip!


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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!


  7. 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!


    • 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.


  8. 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!


    • 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.


  9. How magical your photos look Dawn. Beautiful


  10. 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.


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