S: Norge 2010
BC: Takk For Alt
FC: To: Janet: Happy Mother's Day 2011 love, Kris & Christine | Norway 2010
1: Our trip of a lifetime began in Oslo... | We walked up and down Karl Johan's gate: a pedestrian street. Our hotel was on one end & "Slottet", the Royal Palace, was on the other. | Oh, the places we saw with our all day pass on the "Hop On- Hop Off" Bus Tour
2: Frogner Park | Frogner Park, Vigelandsparken, is home to 212 bronze and granite statues that were created over the life spanning career of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The statues celebrate the humanity of every day life from cradle to grave. One of the most popular and most photographed of these statues is that of the Angry Little Boy, "Sinnataggen". Maybe, sadly, on different levels, we can all relate to his frustration. | Among the statues in this park, Kris was able to locate his doppelganger.
4: Vigeland portrayed people in the process of experiencing life's moments of unbridled exuberance , everyday pleasure and of quiet poignancy, It was both fascinating and heart warming to observe.
5: The 46 foot granite monolith is composed of 121 human figures and it took 3 sculptors 14 years to complete. It was unveiled to the public on Christmas 1944. The entwined figures are meant to represent our common upward struggle toward salvation.
6: Historic buildings from all over Norway were brought here to represent traditional ways of life from the 1500's to the present. * The little grocery store, below, was in the Old Town area where there are buildings from Oslo & other towns. | Stave Church ca. 1200.
7: NORSK F O L K E M U S E U M | The farmstead below ,called Trondelag, gave us a glimpse back at life on a farm in 1959.
8: We loved our little stroll through Norwegian History.
10: BYGDOY The view across " Frognerkilen" from the Kon-Tiki Museum toward the center of Oslo
11: We " hopped off" the bus to see: The Vigeland Park, Folk Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Kon Tiki/ Thor Heyerdahl Museum, Aker Brygge, City Hall,, Akershus Fortress and The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet
12: The Viking Ship Museum | Looking at the harbor from Aker Brygge | Then... | Now... | Steve & Coco
13: We loved the scrumptious Coco Baller. | The late August weather was chilly and wet.
14: I heart F R E I A choc -o- late | Laurie's friend, Andre Myhre, was our fun & generous "tour guide". | yum | yum | Janet
15: View from Bygdoy | view from Tjuvholmen | The view from Tingvallakaiai, an upscale pier, on the Oslo waterfront.
16: Myrdal | We traveled the Flambana Railroad across "the roof of Norway" from Myrdal (866m.) to Flam (2m.) ; from mountaintop to fjord. | On the Roof of Norway
17: Flam | Along the way, we were awed by the beauty of the rugged mountain scenery and the athletic, omni-present Norwegian cyclists. | Flam
18: The Flam Railway Flamsbana
19: Making the 20,20 km. , 863,5 m. descent into Flam on the Aurlandsfjord | Kjosfossen
20: Majestic Flam
21: Our next stop was the charming town of Balestrand, set like a jewel, on the banks of the blue Sognefjord. | An ancient viking settlement, Balestrand is now a resort town with many hiking trails. and good fishing. Just like Utah. :)
22: Lucky us: We stayed at the landmark Kvikne Hotel built in 1877.
25: We boarded a speedy hydrofoil for our scenic trip down the fjord to the bustling port city of Bergen. | Kris & Christine
26: Edvard Grieg's beloved home he shared with wife, Nina. | Concert Hall chez Grieg | Near the harbor at Bergen | Troldhaugen
27: A waterfront building & heather from the fish market. | "In the Hall of the Mountain King" | Bergen | Bergen's manhole cover
28: We could not walk fast enough to see all of the sights in Bergen. | Bryggen district: We chowed down on fish and chips overlooking the waterfront, the Vagen. | deliciousness
30: We set sail from Bergen northward to Kirkenes, on the Russian border. | The next leg of our trip was aboard the Hurtigruten ship: "Midnatsol" | Alesund | Finnsnes | from Bodo toward Lofoten | Honningsvag | Bodo, 1st stop in the arctic circle. | Alesund: art deco town
31: Aboard the Midnatsol, we enjoyed delicious food and stunning vistas. | Polarsirkelen | Geirangerfjord | leaving Trondheim | Trondheim | Trondheim | The old capital of Norway during the viking years, Tronheim is now a university town and a hub of technology.
32: The Midnatsol picked up 2 baby seals for transportation to their new home in Tromso | Looking toward the Lofotveggen, past the lighthouse on Landegodoey Island. | Stamsund | Baby seal hitchhikers
33: Above the Arctic Circle
34: approaching Finnsnes | Finnsnes | Tromso | Tromso | Tromso
35: Trondheim | Bodo | Leaving Bodo | Trondheim | Our usual hangout | Bodo
36: Steps of the Tromso Cathedral | Approaching Tromso. See the fishing huts which are now vacation cottages. | outside Tromso Library
37: Tromso | The sign? No comment needed; plenty were made at the time... | Tromso: The largest city in northern Norway
38: Honningsvag | Our comfy cabin | Honningsvag | Yet another heavenly meal; praise be to the talented chef. | Honningsvag
39: Honningsvag | Here we are, braving the arctic winds. Literally. | Stop after next: Kirkenes & the end of the line. We will fly south to Kristiansand.
41: At Mehamn, the northernmost point in our journey, we met this Sami Family who gave us a taste of their traditional lifestyle. We were even treated to reindeer broth.
42: After landing in Kristiansand, we headed straught for the Lyngorporten resort, which is on the coast , withn sight of the islands of Lyngor.
44: We arrived at this popular resort area on September 5 , just after the end of the summer season. All was calm & quiet . Lyngor's summer residents had mostly packed it up for the season, too. So, we got to see Lyngor and its waterways as they are without the flocks of tourists. Nice. | Janet's cousin, Reidar Christensen and his wife, Solveig, live nearby in Tvedestrand. They were our kind & helpful hosts. | Reidar & Solveig's son, Knute Ivar, and his family, live a short distance away, too. They celebrated their wedding anniversary at the hotel restaurant.. The local style fish soup was very tasty & comforting.
45: L Y N G O R P O R T E N
46: It's called Lyngorporten Bokhotellet, or Book Hotel because books are the inspiration and theme of the hotel. There was a dock right outside of our doors where Janet's cousin, Reidar brought his boat to pick us up for days of sightseeing and visiting.
47: Lyngor is a village that is sits astride a small grouping of islands off the coast of southeastern Norway. Janet's father, Carsten Adler Hubertz, was born and raised on Lyngor . He descended from a long line of sail making, seafaring men ; and at 19, he bade farewell to his family , friends and home as he boarded a ship set to sail the world.
48: The sailboat at right was used in a reenactment of the historic battle where the Danish Norwegian navy was defeated by the British. A cannon ball was lodged in the Hubertz' house during that battle. | Lyngorporten
50: Reidar took us, by boat, to the church in Dypvag where the Hubertz family has long worshipped and where some members are now buried.
51: Solveig packed us a yummy picnic to eat on the beach.
52: The wooden ships hanging from the rafters in the church reminded us of the ships that Morfar craftedto hang in the Norwegian Seaman's Church in San Pedro.
53: Everyone was fascinated by the church and graveyard. The wooden surfaces in the church are covered with traditional, hand painted folk art. The man at right, with Solveig, sang a lovely hymn for us. With the cousins' help, we found some familiar family names in the graveyard. The graves are well maintained and planted with brightly colored flowers, but if someone doesn't pay the fee, the plot is passed on to a new "tenant." | Thor Bjorn, Laurie. Steve, Janet, Kris and Reidar | Solveig
54: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace. | This is the gun given to Morfar... | ...by his father, for his 16th birthday. | Haakon, Reidar, Janet & Petter: cousins. | Lyngor is a pedestrian island. | Knut Ivar, Reidar, Petter
55: Reidar and Solveig treated us to a wonderful dinner in their bright home. However good these photos of food may look, the taste was so much better. | Marzipan. Enough said. | Salmon, shrimp or ground beef. Mmmm | Berry Cheesecake | Knut Ivar, Reidar, Petter | Petter and his wife, Ranghild are on the end
56: On a hill, behind the neatly painted, red boat garages is the Christensen house. | Tyvede-strand
57: Lyng ( heather) on Lyngor | the lighthouse of Lyngor | Lyngor "Street"
58: Probably all of the family houses that we visited displayed reminders of Mormor"s generosity& skill. There were shell pictures and pine-needle baskets.
59: Boating through the Isles of Lyngor.
60: Haakon & Berit's house. Berit is at the top of the stairs. | Lyngor
61: The Hubertz house | Hubertz house balcony | Janet and her cousins: first reunion since childhood | Hubertz' view... | Haakon at home | Soil must be acidic
63: The Hubertz Family was reunited in Lyngor on the occasion of their parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary
64: The Sorlandet, southeastern Norway | Lyngor & Grimstad | Lyngor
65: Tyvedestrand | Lyngor
66: We visited Reidar and Knut Ivar in their sporting goods store, then strolled down the streets of Tyvestrand.
67: Reidar and his son operate their family business together.
68: In Kristiansand, we met up with Ron Olsen and his son, Norman, who not only showed us the town, but taught us a history lesson. Ron actually knew the family of the famous fish wife memorialized the statue below.
70: The Lutefiske may have been tempting, but we held out .
71: S E P T E M B E R 9, 2 0 1 0
72: Ronald and Norman showed us the town.
73: We all went to Ronald's house for cake. Marzipan cake. | Sofie Olsen
75: Ronald knew where to find the most scenic views of Kristiansand. Ron knew pretty much everything. Amazing.
76: A Huge Heartfelt thanks to Janet | Karsten, Janet & May | Ronald, Norman, Steve, Kris, Laurie & Janet
77: It was good to finally see with our own eyes, what it was that Morfar had been describing with such affection, for so many years. Norway, yes, but especially Lyngor. | Karsten Adler Hubertz 1903-2000 | The Hubertz Family