Norway Tour on Flickr.
An amazing tower of rock perched on the hillside behind the areas main town, with the two giant blocks of ‘the horns’ balanced on its crest. The first ascent of The Goat in 1910 was a seminal point in the history of Norwegian climbing, in a two week period the same team made the first ascent of Stetind on the Mainland (after sailing up the fjord to reach it!), as well as Trakta, and Store Klokktinden on Lofoten. It is ‘traditional’ to jump the gap between the horns, though fortunately this isn’t actually compulsory!
First color photos of Norway, by Auguste Leon.
In 1909 the French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn launched a monumentally ambitious project: to produce a color photographic record of human life on Earth. An internationalist and pacifist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome - the world’s first portable, true-color photographic process - to create a global photographic archive that would promote cross-cultural understanding and peace. Over the next twenty years, he sent a group of photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, amassing more than 72,000 images. Until recently his collection was all but forgotten.
Aurora Borealis, Norway - Who needs tv when you can watch this natural wonder all night? (outstandingplaces.com)
Uh oh … it’s almost time for … you guessed it … RUSS!
I talked about this a while back when the blog first started. What is russ? It’s a tradition done by the graduating class in Norwegian secondary (high) schools, where students dress up in colorful overalls (red, white and blue like the Norwegian flag) and perform outrageous tasks and pranks, wearing the outfit the entire time. It officially runs from May 1-17, the last day being Norway’s National Day, but students start well up in April. At the end of the russefeiring, the event culminates with students receiving a russ hat decorated with knots for every successful task they complete. As the hat complete the russ outfit, students then march in various parades on the 17th of May.
If you’re in Norway and you see them around, don’t be afraid to say hi or help them with their pranks! (Or maybe just head the other direction!)
Skjæringsdalsseter, Oppstryn, Norway by Bergen64
Norway has got a frog now, I really mean it, the frog is called Norvegicorum (http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10102663 if you know norwegian)
[Due to Norway’s large financial aid to help the deforestation; a new species of frog has been named after the country. Aw yiiiis]