Großfeuer 1928 Berlevag, Museene for kystkultur og gjenreisning IKS

Berlevåg on June 27, 1928 - The disaster

A remote fishing village in the subarctic on the Varanger Peninsula on the Barents Sea, without any fire fighting equipment. Instead, dense timber construction and a dry arctic climate: the best prerequisite for a disaster that began in Berlevåg on June 27, 1928 ...

Berlevåg, Eismeerstrasse, Ishavsvejen,Barentssee, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Berlevag at the Varanger

We arrived in the central town of Berlevåg on our tour along the Barents Sea, the weather is giving us the cold shoulder on these summer days. The better we get a little insight into the everyday life of the people who feel at home here regardless of such influences in the harsh environment.

Vesterålen, Hurtigruten Museum, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph

The Hurtigruten Museum in Vesterålen

Anyone who knows Norway also knows about the old mail line and today's Hurtigruten. And even those who are very critical of the current hype and gigantism of the crusaders cannot escape the fascination of the Hurtigruten. It is the same with us. The Hurtigruten are a pleasant change from the floating social buildings. We immerse ourselves in the history of the Hurtigruten and visit the Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarknes, a small village in Vesterålen, north of the Lofoten Islands.

Nesseby Kirke, Varanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar | © mare.photo

Nesseby Church at Varanger

To find a church in Finnmark that was built before 1945 is almost a miracle. The Nesseby Kirke on the Varanger Peninsula by the Varangerfjord is such a small wonder. We can see this church from afar, long before we reach the small town of Nesseby. Soon we will turn onto the small headland, at the end of which the Nesseby Kirke is waiting for our visit.

Berlevag 1944:45, Finnmark Fylkesbibliotek

The destruction of Finnmark in the winter of 1944

Nordtroms and Finnmark were mercilessly razed to the ground. But the homeland did not let go of the people. Not everyone survived this drama. Others were born in this hell. Displaced people came back and rebuilt ...

Nyksund-Versterålen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | © mare.photo

The rediscovered ghost village of Nyksund on the Vesteralen

If you want to revive abandoned areas today, you just have to market them as lost places in the relevant forums. Immediately people will flock here and end the loneliness. Somehow that must have happened to the ghost village Nyksund on Vesteralen in Northern Norway, because Nyksund looks a little like risen from the dead.

Hamningberg, Barentssea, Barentssee, Barentssjø, Ishavsvejen, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Is it going to the moon or Hamningberg here?

We are on the way on the Varanger Peninsula in northeastern Norway on the Barents Sea and drive the dangerous narrow road from Vardø to Hamningberg. It feels like the world is over here. As if by a miracle, Hamningberg did not become a victim of the "scorched earth". And so we discover a piece of Norway from the early last century

Bugøynes, Barents Sea, Barentssee, Varangerfjord, Finnmark, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.| © mare.photo

The pearl of the Arctic: Bugøynes on the Barents Sea

You don't even drive to Bugøynes. To visit this beautiful village, this pearl on the Barents Sea, you need a warm sweater, a full tank, love for the arctic region and the willingness to discover one of the most beautiful places in the north. A place that you won't find anywhere else.

Sulitjelma, Lost Places Norge, Norwegen, Norway, Kodak Tri X, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Sulitjelma - As before. Only today.

Sultijelma is about 60 kilometers east of Fauske. And it is exactly in the opposite direction of Lofoten. So you have to drive inland almost to the Swedish border and leave the comfort zone of the tourist highlights. With us we have our Leica M7, the Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. and the legendary Kodak Tri X as analog black and white film.

Slettnes Fyr, Nordkinn, Nordkyn, Gamvik, Bartenssee, Barentssea, Barentssjø, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

The northernmost lighthouse in the world *: Slettnes Fyr in Gamvik

The northernmost lighthouse in the world that has been built on the mainland is located in Gamvik on the Barents Sea. We are in Eastern Finland visiting Slettnes Fyr. Not without meeting young people from all over the world and having a fresh waffle and hot cocoa with them ...

Gamvik Kirke, Nordkyn, Nordkinn, Finnmark, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

The northernmost church: Gamvik Kirke

The Gamvik Kirke is the northernmost, on the mainland built church in the world and stands on the coast of the Arctic Sea, the Barents Sea. We visited Norway's northernmost church and tell its touching and dramatic story ...

Gamvik, Nordkyn, Nordkinn, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Gamvik on Nordkyn - it doesn't get any further north

In the summer we come to the tourists for about eight weeks. In winter, storms and snow cut Gamvik off from the rest of civilization. The way from Mehamn to Gamvik is already spectacular. but there are people waiting for us in the village who would never give up their homeland ...

Gamvik, provisorisches Wohnhaus nach der Rückkehr 1945 aus Bootsteilen, Troms og Finnmarks Fylkesbibiotek

Gamvik and the Scorched Earth Tactics

On October 27, 1944, Hitler ordered the destruction and destruction of everything that could be useful to the enemy in advancing. That was the scorched earth command. In Gamvik, too, the soldiers should now withdraw.

Nesseby Kirke, Varanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar

Nesseby Kirke

To find a church in Finnmark that was built before 1945 is almost a miracle. The Nesseby Kirke on the Varanger Peninsula by the Varangerfjord is such a small wonder. We can see this church from afar, long before we reach the small town of Nesseby. Soon we will turn onto the small headland, at the end of which the Nesseby Kirke is waiting for our visit.

Ekkerøy, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar, Varanger

Ekkerøy

Ekkerøy is a small tip, a peninsula on the Varangerfjord high in the north-east of Norway. It is located on one of the most beautiful tourist routes in the country near Vardø and even offers a real beach in this arctic region. But during the Third Reich it was also a staging area for the German Wehrmacht against Russia.

Vardøhus, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar, Varanger | © mare.photo

Vardø

We are on the Varanger route and follow the never-ending coastal road north. There is now only one gravel road straight ahead. We turn off and drive through the two-kilometer tunnel to the island of Vardøyer with the small town of Vardø. Then as now, Vardø is of enormous strategic importance. A large satellite system is supposed to officially take care of the location of space debris.

What you should know about Norway

Norwegenflagge, Norge, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Summilux 1.4 50 asph.

The Norway flag: history. Layout. Meaning.

The Norway flag shows an asymmetrical blue cross with a white outline on a red background. The Norway flag looks nice, but its design also has a background. And so we get to the bottom of the origins of the Norway flag and find out why it is the way it is.

Grimstad, Aust Agder, Agder, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

The Norwegian national anthem: "Yes, vi kere dette lands ..."

We present the Norwegian national anthem “Ja, vi kere dette lands ...”, both in Norwegian and in its translation. Some information about the origin and the author of the hymn and an appearance on the national holiday ...

Hamningberg, Barentssea, Barentssee, Barentshavet, Ishavsvejen, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Travel information about Norway

All important information and notes on the provisions such as the right of public access, whether with a dog or with a mobile home for relaxed travel planning IN PREPARATION 1

Suldalsosen, Ryfylke, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

Holidays in Norway

If suddenly there is no shop left and the streets are closed for moving, it could be on one of the holidays in Norway. We introduce the holidays and their meaning ... IN PREPARATION 1

Lindesnes Fyr, Lindesnes, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Numbers and facts about Norway

We have put together some of the most important facts about Norway here. Whether the number of inhabitants or the length of the coasts, whether the number of islands or ... IN PREPARATION 1

Die weissen Busse, Graf Folke Bernadotte, Fröslevlejren Danmark

The white buses - a dramatic rescue operation

The Norwegian government worked in exile in Stockholm. It was their representative, Niels Christian Ditleff, who, out of the concern described above, initiated a rescue operation with the Swedish Foreign Ministry under the leadership of the Red Cross. That was in November 1944. The government commissioned Count Folke Bernadotte, as Vice President of the Red Cross, to negotiate with the Germans.

Steinmännchenplage Steinmännchen, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Summiux 1.4 50 asph.

Flatten the cairn - The sense and nonsense of the cairn

Now we are tourists ourselves and it is part of it that we want to banish all other tourists. However, more and more tourists provide sustainable reasons to issue more and more bans and to get more and more undesirable feedback - in this case from the nonsensical breeding of the oh-so-boring cairn.

Norwegen Plastikmüll, der Curvier Schnabelwal hatte keine Chance | © mare.photo

Only plastic left in the stomach - the cruel death of the Cuvier beaked whale

How desperate was the Cuvier's beaked whale that it could no longer see a way out. He was emaciated, had hardly any fat left, and his bowels were completely emptied. This sea bull had starved to death. What was the Cuvier's beaked whale sick with? Why couldn't he eat anymore?

Norway – The Story

barnevernet, child protection servive norge

Child Protection Services Norway (Barnevernet) - The fear of losing your child to the state

We hear about Child Protection Services Norway (Barnevernet) for the first time and suddenly our dreams of this liberal and modern country are completely shaken up. Because we are discovering a totalitarian side to Norway that we would only assign to countries like China.

Finnkongkeila, Finnmark, Nordkyn, Digitalmuseum | © Digitalmuseum Norge

Finnkonkeila - simply erased

Finnkongkeila is a place on Nordkyn to which there is no road. Finnkongkeila is located in the inhospitable area of ​​Nordkinn on the Barents Sea. To discover this place needs a feeling for the surroundings, for the people and - for the history. In contrast to the former settlement, it is anything but beautiful and so we stay touched and ashamed in Finnkongkeila for a while.

Flyfoto av Kjøllefjord. Fiskehjeller på Galgenes. Nærmeste fiskebruk nær midten av bildet er Hustadbruket | Photo: Vilhelm Skappel, Finnmark Bibliotek

Scorched Earth Tactics: Kjøllefjord on November 4, 1944

In Kjøllefjord, on November 4th, 1944, people look in amazement at the Kjøllefjorden. Numerous German warships are at anchor. Something like that is not common in this small, remote place. What happened? What will happen. The people here are still ignorant of the scorched earth tactics. But that's about to change.

Dream roads in Norway – The most beautiful scenic routes

Saudafjellet, Ryfylke, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Discover Norway - In Saudafjellet / Ryfylke

So, if the moon landing really didn't happen and the photos of the first people were just fake, then they were definitely taken here, in the lunar landscape of Norway, in Saudafjell. And if the moon landing did happen, a landing in Saudafjell dwarfs the moon landing.

Orrestranda, Jären, Jæren, Nordsjøvegen Norge Jæren, Leica M 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar

Dream roads in Norway | Jären National Tourist Route

The southernmost national tourist route Jären (Jæren) runs over a length of 41 kilometers on road 44 between Ogna and Bore and lies parallel to the North Sea coast. This beautiful, somewhat remote route brings us into the middle of Norway's granary

Hardanger, Hardangerfjord, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar | © mare.photo

Dream roads in Norway | Hardanger and Hardangerfjord

The Hardangerfjord is one of the longest and deepest fjords in Norway, but also one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. The country's orchard is on its southern slopes of the Hardanger. The innumerable fruit trees bloom here in late spring

Atlanterhavsveien Norge, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Dream roads in Norway | Atlantic Road / Atlanterhavsveien

Norway has a coastline of 25,148 kilometers on the mainland. Our journey along the coast alone will be around 12,000 kilometers. Many connections are via ferries, tunnels or bridges. The fact that Norway's roads are not just traffic routes,

Gamla Strynefjellsvegen, Stryn, Strynefellet, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar | © mare.photo

Dream roads in Norway | Gamle Strynefjellsvegentraße Jären

In the last century, Strynefjellsvegen was the only connection between Stryn and Skåg to the east. The road, which is well over 100 years old, was painstakingly carved by hand over a length of 27 kilometers through the Strynefjell (Strynefjellet) and tells one today

Architecture in Norway

Under Restaurant Lindesnes | © Ivar Kvaal

Under in Lindesnes - Visited in the largest underwater restaurant in the world

Anyone who has always wanted to enjoy their fish dish five and a half meters below the surface of the sea has been able to fulfill this dream since 2019. The first underwater restaurant in Norway and Europe has opened on the southern Lindesnes peninsula.

Nordlichtkathedrale Alta, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

The Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta - architecture in Norway

Where are hotels located around a church? This is the case here at the Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta. The hype about Northern Lights for everyone makes it possible. And now they come here from all parts of the world to admire or snap a picture of the aurora borealis, a million times unique, which were otherwise only reserved for people who were also prepared to freeze for a while.

Helgelandbrücke, Helgeland, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

One of the largest inclined strut bridges | The Helgeland Bridge

Helgeland is the southernmost part of the Nordland province and was once the holy land of the Vikings. Today the RV 17 road leads through the Helgeland as one of the most beautiful scenic routes. Shortly after Sandnessjøen, one of the largest strut bridges in the world crosses the Leirfjord, the Helgeland Bridge.

Stavkirke Heddal, Stabkirche Heddal, Kodak Portra 160, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

Heddal Stave Church - Norway's largest stave church

If you have something in common with Norway, then next to the dreamy fjords, the legendary trolls and the North Cape, there are certainly also the famous stave churches. We visited it, the largest of its kind in the south of Norway.

Helgeland, Petter Dass Museum Alstahaug, Kystriksvejen, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Architecture in Norway - Petter Dass Museum Alstahaug

If you travel through Norway with open eyes, you will discover exciting and atypical Norwegian architecture in many places. Today we are in Alstahaug in Helgeland and are approaching the architecture of the Petter Dass Museum.

Kongsfjord, Landhandel, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Land trade in Kongsfjord - a journey through time

We discover what is perhaps the northernmost and thus one of the few remaining land trade in the world - the land trade Kongsfjord on the Varanger peninsula.

Mundal, Fjærland,Norsk Bremuseum Fjärland, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Norsk Bremuseum Fjærland

Scientists from all over the world travel regularly to Fjærland to explore the impressive but changing glaciers of the region around Fjærland. This was taken as an opportunity in Norway to design a thematic museum. And so, in 1989, the respected Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn was commissioned to design the Norwegian Glacier Museum.

Skjævelandsbrua, Klepp Norge, Egersund, Nordsjøvegen, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

The stone arch bridge Skjævelandsbrua

The stone arch bridge Skjævelandsbrua has crossed the small Figgjoelva river since 1853. In the coastal region of Jæren, it connects the municipalities of Klepp and Sandnes near Egersund. The stone arch bridge Skjævelandsbrua is the first road bridge in Rogaland.

Hamar Norge, Hamardomen, Domkirkeodden, Kodak Tri X 400, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

Hamardomen on Domkirkeodden

In the small town of Hamar near Lillehammer in Norway there is a structure that was not completed until 1998, but has its origins in the 12th century. The Hamardomen on Domkirkeodden.

Famous travel destinations in Norway

Nordkap, Magerøya , Kodak Ektar, Leica M Summilux 1.4 50 asph.,

The North Cape - all about one of the most famous travel destinations in the world

It is not the first and hopefully not the last time that we will visit the North Cape in Finnmark on the island of Magerøya. Admittedly, one of the most beautiful travel destinations used to be an experience, today it is an event. Although the visit to the North Cape has lost a lot of its very individual charm, we will describe why a visit is still worthwhile and what needs to be considered.

Europastraße E69, Porsangerfjord, Kodak Ektar, Leice Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

European route E69 Olderfjord - North Cape: the northernmost road in the world *

Whether by bike or motorcycle, tractor, van, camper or coach, the last 129 kilometers lead on the northernmost road in the world * between Olderfjord and the North Cape via the European route E69 and thus via one of the most beautiful and exciting traffic routes.

Magerøya, Mageroya, Gjesvær, Gjesvar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar

Magerøya: What else was there besides the North Cape?

The north magically attracts us again and again. And so we approach it as far as we can: We get to the North Cape island of Magerøya in the Barents Sea. We introduce the island of Magerøya and show that it has much more to offer than just the wonderful North Cape. A longer stay is definitely worth it

Norway – When beauty doesn’t need words

VW T6 California Beach 110 KW TDI 4Motion

Kjerringøy, an old trading post

We actually want to go to Lofoten. After all, every Nordland tourist goes there today. But when we arrive in Bodø, we decide to make a detour to the Kjerringøy open-air museum on the peninsula of the same name. And then it happened to me ...

Forsøl, Forsol, Hammerfest, Kvaløya, Kvaloya, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Forsøl on Kvaloya near Hammerfest

The road to Hammerfest is thought to be a dead end. But a narrow road leads through the mountains to the end of Kvaloya. There is the small fishing village of Forsøl. For some the end of civilization, for others a building site for a new home ...

Fresvik, Sognefjord, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Fresvik at the Sognefjord

From Vik a narrow road leads along a branch of the Sognefjord. Halfway the ferry waits for the crossing to Balestrand. But we keep going until we can't go any further. And after about 30 kilometers you come to the small village of Fresvik. A village where, by Norwegian standards, poverty is still at home today. But that doesn't change the happiness of the people who live here.

Slettnes Fyr, Nordkinn, Nordkyn, Gamvik, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

The northernmost lighthouse in Norway

Slettnes Fyr lighthouse is the world's northernmost lighthouse ever built on the mainland. We have made an appointment right here and meet young people whom we did not expect in this seclusion

Veinesodden, Veines, Kongsfjord, Eismeestraße Norwegen, Polarmeer, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph.

Veines at Kongsfjord

On the way to the Ice Sea Road to Berlevåg we pass through the small fishing village of Kongsfjord (Finnmark). Not that we spontaneously fell in love with this small fishing village, its arctic beauty increases in the one just a few hundred meters away ...

Stegastein, Aurlandsfjord, Aurlandsfjorden, Aurlandsfjellet, Aurlandsfjell, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph

Stegastein Norway viewpoint at Aurlandsfjord in Aurlandsfjell

The Stegastein in Aurlandsfjell is certainly an architectural symbol of the tourist highs. Originally a simple construction road led through the lonely Aurlandsfjell. Until the end of May, the Aurlandsfjell is inaccessible due to its enormous snow masses. There is no all-wheel drive in the world and no Norwegian winter experience either,

Nyksund-Versteralen, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph. Kodak Ektar | © mare.photo

Nyksund - The rediscovered ghost village

If you want to revive abandoned areas today, you just have to market them as lost places in the relevant forums. Immediately people will flock here and end the loneliness. Somehow that must have happened to the ghost village Nyksund on Vesteralen in Northern Norway, because Nyksund looks a little like risen from the dead.

Lindesnes Fyr, Lindesnes, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph. | © mare.photo

Southern Cape Norway - Lindesnes

The dream of every Norway vacationer seems to be the North Cape. For many, the journey of a lifetime or an unattainable dream. But how is it actually at the southernmost point of Norway? We visited the southern cape of Norway and with it the diverse peninsula of Lindesnes, in order to start slowly north from here.

Lindesnes fyr, norge, Kodak Ektar, Leica Elmarit M 2.8 28 asph.

Lindesnes lighthouse

Lindesnes lighthouse is arguably the southernmost Norwegian lighthouse on the mainland. Illustrations on many calendars have made him a little celebrity and so not only is Highway 44 one of Norway's most beautiful holiday routes, the Lindesnes lighthouse is also one of those places where you can only fall in love.

Lindesnes Fyr, Lindesnes, Under, Kodak Ektar, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph

Under - The largest underwater restaurant in the world

Anyone who has always wanted to enjoy their fish dish five and a half meters below the surface of the sea has been able to fulfill this dream since 2019. The first underwater restaurant in Norway and Europe has opened on the southern Lindesnes peninsula.

Norway in historical pictures

Lastebil med sjåfør på tomta til telegrafbygget i Tromsø, 1955 | Photo Norsk Teknisk Museum

Tromsø in historical pictures

We went in search of old and historical images of the city of Tromsø and discovered stories that have shaped Tromsø. The beautiful and the sad moments give us a sense of how Tromsø became what it is today. By the way, I can freely choose where I want to live, Tromsø would be my home.

Kirkenes 4. juli 1944 Brannen sett fra Sydvaranger mot Wiullsgate og Kongens gate | Photo: Grenselandmuseeut Kirkenes

Kirkenes as the city with the most bombings

Only Malta was bombed more often than Kirkenes during the Second World War. Here we tell you what Kirkenes looked like before, during and after the war ...

Gamle Kirke Kjøllefjord | © Finnmark Fylkesbibliotek

The old church Kjøllefjord on Nordkinn (Gamle Kirke Kjøllefjord)

Until it was destroyed in the winter of 1944, there was a wonderful whitewashed wooden church in Kjøllefjord. We tell their story as a place that tells and wrote many stories itself ...

Sennalandet-Kapell, Áisaroaivi Sami Kirke, Sennalandet-Kapelle, Áisaroaivi Sami Kirche | © John Ole Nilsen, Varanger Samiske Museum

The Sennalandet Chapel (Áisaroaivi Sami Church)

Our cover picture shows cars parked in front of the Sennalandet Chapel (Áisaroaivi Sami Church) on the Sennalandet plateau in West Finnmark in Northern Norway. Presumably the visitors were here for the service. The photographer captured the picture on Sunday, July 10, 1966. It has been in this location since 1962 in the municipality of Kvalsund, which has been ...

Berlevag August 1965, Museene for kystkultur og gjenreisning IKS

Berlevåg at Varanger

We tell the story of one of the northernmost fishing villages in the South Arctic with their everyday life, the various disasters, social life and the feeling of being at home here

Gamvik 1938, Finnmark Fylkebibliotek

Gamvik at Nordkyn

Gamvik is a small town in the southern Arctic on the Nordkinn peninsula (Nordkyn). Unfortunately, as everywhere in Finnmark, apart from such pictures, there are no more evidence from before the Second World War. IN PREPARATION

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