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Winterland

Happy new year to everybody.

We spent a few days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve visiting family members and extended family.  This involved driving through two counties on snowy and icy roads.

We had some snow over Christmas, and on the day we left to return home, it was snowing even more. My husband was driving this time, so I could spend the 170 kilometer long trip, plus two ferry rides, taking photos.

When driving, the scenery shifts all the time, so I filled my memory card with more than 600 photos. Of course, most of them were rubbish since we could not stop for every scene I wanted to shoot, and also the light was not very good most of the time.

However, I found some that I liked, even though most of them were shot through the windscreen or the side window.

We had some spells of heavy snowing, but early in the day there was a bit of light shining through the cracks in the clouds now and then:

For a large part of this journey, the road is winding along the shores of islands and fjords:

…….. and there are also ferry crossings. This is the first of two:

The combination of snowy landscape and water is quite fascinating:

Soon the road winds upward, – we have to cross a mountain pass:

Luckily there is not a lot of snow yet.

At the top there are fences above the side of the road to prevent the snow from forming large drifts on the road when it is blowing.

It is quite calm when we are driving through, but still many signs are covered with snow, – not easy to decipher what kind of danger we are being warned of here.

As it darkens it can be difficult to determine exactly where the edge of the road is. Any kind of  markings, fences, or vegetation is a great help. We have to drive carefully also because there are farms and houses along parts of the road, and people are out and about on their “sparkstøttings”, or skiing:

Some stretches have tall trees lining the roadside:

……… and some trees are bowing under the weight of the snow:

Small amounts of water trickling down the mountain sides close to the road, form large icicles over time, and in the end looks like frozen waterfalls:

Even though we did not stop to take any of these photos, we still missed the early afternoon ferry for our home island, and had to wait two hours for the next departure.  It was dark when we arrived home:

As it had been snowing for three days while we were away, there was some shovelling to be done before we could walk comfortably through to the house.

Eldrid

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19 Responses

  1. They are gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing them 🙂

  2. Glad you were safe in your travel and able to take pictures. Absolutely beautiful with all the snow. Definitely a winter wonderland.

    • Thank you for your nice comment, Amy C 🙂
      Luckily we have a four wheel drive, – still, it does not stop any quicker on slippery roads than other cars, so we still have to be careful. I am a lousy passenger, so taking photos prevented me from interfering too much with my husband’s driving 😉

  3. Godt Nytt År!
    Her var det mange flotte bilder, selv om de er tatt i farta!
    Jeg måtte le litt da jeg så hva du skrev – jeg har gjort nøyaktig det samme, nemlig tatt bilder i farta på vei hjem i snøkovet! …og siden jeg fikk kameraet til jul og ikke har lært å bruke det skikkelig enda, så ble svært få av mine bilder av en kvalitet som er noe å vise frem… hadde heller ikke så fine motiver som du. Takk for at du viste dine fantastiske bilder! Det må ha vært en tøff tur over fjellet.

  4. Masse flotte bilder vart det ja, og ein fin tur egentleg. 🙂

  5. Lovely photographs Eldrid – I can’t wait to see snow collages when the holiday season is over. Keep warm – and a happy new year to you all.

    • Thank you, Pat. Maybe there will be a blue and white quilt some day 😉
      We have a lovely fire going in the fireplace, so no problem for now. Hope you are keeping warm too, – and a happy new year to you and the farmer 🙂

  6. I’m so jealous of your lovely snow and surroundings. I was excited when I woke up to snowflakes, falling, this morning, but was quickly disheartened when I learned that there would be no accumulation.

    Lovely photos. Thank you, so much, for sharing them.

    • Thank you for commenting on my blog, Lydia. We always love having snow at Christmas, but other than that I could easily go without 😉 I do not like the cold temperatures much, or the shovelling, but I love the way it transforms the landscape and makes it “new”.

      A happy new year to you!

  7. Eldrid, these images are stunning. I didn’t think trees grew so tall in Norway. The roads look so treacherous, as they are here at times in winter. Glad you arrived home safely.

    • Thank you, Amy.
      The trees grow quite tall in some places that are not so windy, – but we have nothing like the redwoods, of course 😉
      The roads are slippery when the temperature is around the freezing point, – so we just have to take it slowly and be careful. It is always good to come home.

  8. Lots of beautiful pictures, but I just love the last one… seeing the entrance door always makes me homesick. I have to visit more often!

    Btw… Is there an English word for “sparkstøtting”? Do they exist outside Scandinavia?

    • Maybe I should post a photo of the entrance door every day, then, – hehe 😉

      I do not know if there is and English word, – Google Translate suggested “kick knocks things”, which gave me a good laugh. I guess the machine read “spark støt ting”, so it is kind of logical, but I do not think it is correct.

      Perhaps our readers could help with this?

  9. Norway is incredible beautiful. I love posts done this way: full with photos presenting the item. Your photos are so awesome!!!

  10. Thank you very much, Sartenada, – coming from a seasoned photographer, your comment is appreciated even more.
    I guess we like the same kind of posts, then 🙂

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