July 15, 2017

Spot the biker by the little pond. Tisleifjorden. Norway

Biking around Tisleifjorden. Part IV
At this time we have come to the end of Tisleifjorden on our biking trip around this lake. We have left the gravel road and entered a smaller track while we cross from Golsfjellet over to Valdres and the other side of the lake.

On our way we have stopped by this little pond that looked very inviting in the fair weather. As you can see we also spot some other bikers between the trees that had the same idea to have a little break along the route.

The tracks both for hikers and bikers are well marked in every place there is a road cross - illustrated in the photo below:

For a BBQ - why not have your own island. Tisleifjorden in Norway

Biking around Tisleifjorden. Part III
We are under way on our 38km biking tour around Tisleifjorden. We pass this very tiny island where a family is in full swing with their BBQ.  After a short voyage from the mainland with their small rowboat there they are with everybody set for a great afternoon out on the island.

From the mainland there is an old man sitting on the pier keeping an eye with all and any activity that takes place in his souroundings.

Probably the smallest Stave Church in the world. Golsfjellet. Norway

Biking around Tisleifjorden. Part II
Just some minutes after our start of the tour around Tisleifjorden, from the Oset mountain hotel we pass this little Stave Church. It is a fine modern work - based on the 1000 years old craftmansship used to build the original Stave Churches.

This tiny version of the Stave Church can accomondate some 17 people - very popular for small weddings etc. It was original a gift from the Hotel manager to his daughter some years back. 

It is app. 40km to bike around Tisleifjorden in Norway

It looks faraway the end of Tisleifjorden when seen from this point by the dam where we start our biking tour around this fjord (lake). We can also see the big mountain in the back: Skogshorn where we some hours later will pass  the point where the track to the summit  start.

A fine day for this 38km bike tour up here in the central mountains between Oslo and Bergen in Norway.
...not least only a 20 minutes drive from our mountain cottage to the parking.

July 6, 2017

Summer evening by the lake Øymarksjøen in Norway

A fine moody detail from the afternoon by the banks of the lake Øymarksjøen SouthEast in Norway.
This narrow "arm" of the lake was the entrance in former days to a small canal that led in to the canal and lake system in Sweden - only a very short distance away.  From here you could follow the canal and lakes as far as to Stockholm in the East and Gothenburg in the West of Sweden,

In fact was the house on this estate, build app. 1840, the residence of a local toll officer.

Another capture with my iphone6+

July 1, 2017

Mountain biking in Valdres, Norway

At this fine summer day we made a biking tour up to the summit of this low mountain in Valdres. We was offered a fine vista to the big plain Flotenhovda and the sourrounding mountains. 
Our collabsible travel EL-bikes are not real montain bikes - but does a fine job on the small gravel roads in this area. In this up and down terrain the batteries will last app. 40km - good enough for us.

June 26, 2017

June 25, 2017

Waiting for the next rain shower. Storefjell in Norway

Oh yes - half an hour later we was in the middle of the passing rain shower under this little hike to the summit of Storefjell (Big mountain) between Gol and Fagernes in Norway.
Typical for the weather in this very cold and rainy month of June.

3 iphone6+ photos stitched

Sunday in the valley Tisleidalen, Valdres, Norway

A Sunday in the end of June we pass an old mountain farm on our way along the valley Tisleidalen on our bikes. From the gravel road we have a fine view over to the low mountains on the other side of the valley. 

3iphone6+  photos stitched 

June 20, 2017

Global warming but summer frost in Valdres, Norway

Rain and cold weather have dominated the weather in June up here in the mountains only 3hrs NorthWest of Oslo. And the last night we had freezing 0 degrees Celsius - not much tast of summer in that. But the landscape seeems to thrive all set in strong green.

June 15, 2017

Tranquil mountain lake. Valdres, Norway

A small lake along Panorama Road in Tisleidalen valley up in the mountains in the middle of Norway South.  A bright day in between all the days with rain now in June. Only app +15C in the day with no more than +4C in the night. We are still awaiting some better summer temperature up here.

June 11, 2017

Rain and water everywhere. Valdres in Norway

I am up at my mountain cottage and waiting for some nice weather with a touch of summer. But for a long periode there is mainly rain and lots of water everywhere - like here in Høgefoss in the neighboorhood. Nice for a photostop when passing on a grey and rather cold day in June

May 30, 2017

Road trip from Bergen to Oslo, Norway

There is some mountains between Bergen and Oslo.
Some days ago I had a road trip home from Bergen after picking up my wifes new car in Bergen. 
On the photo the last leg before crossing over the mountain range app. Halfway on my way back.
App. Distance Bergen - Oslo 500km

Farm between mountains (in backlight). Borgund, Norway West

After visiting the Tvindefoss waterfall I continued along the highway E16 through one tunnel app 16km and the world longest road tunnel some 24km long. And then coming up this valley leading up to the mountains to be crossed between West and East in Norway.

Going East I had the sun in my back - but stopping for a small walk it was worth turning back and shoot to the west with the backlight there. Again the camera in the iphone6 surprises with an interesting result (with a little help from the PP treatment in the app Camera+

Tvindefoss Watererfall by Voss, Norway

Just by the highway E16 close to Voss in the West part of Norway. 150m high a great view now in May/June when the melting snow contributes to the powerful impression.

I was returning from Bergen where I landed in the morning to pick up the madams new (lightly used) car. The trip back home was app. 500km with an option to spend one night at our mountain place app. Half the way from Bergen to Oslo. BTW a very touristic and popular road trip in Norway.

May 25, 2017

Meet the late Swedish Trubadur Evert Taube in the harbour of Gothenburg. Sweden

Gotenhenburg harbor one of the most busy in Scandinavia. I am not sure why the placed this statue of the in Sweden word famous trubador Evert Taube right here - also close to the Gothenburg Opera building. Here some more from the net:

Evert Axel Taube was a Swedish author, artist, composer and singer (1890-1976). He was born in Gothenburg, and brought up on the island of Vinga, where his father, a ship's captain, was the lighthouse keeper. Taube is best known for his folk songs.
The sculptor was Eino Hanski (1928-2000) and this monument was erected on 10 August 1996 by Västanvind, the Taube Association.
In the background is the barque Viking (see the associated Ships & Harbours web site), and the Göta Älvbron bridge, linking the two halves of Gothenburg.

Gothenburg, Sweden - Åvagen (the river road)

Moody along the Å - the river - in  the city of Gothenburg - close to Svenska Mässan

A fine day for biking in Gothenburg, Sweden

I was coming in to the city of Gothenburg - biking from my camp at Lisebergsbyn. On my way I passed one of the entrances to the big entertainment park: Liseberg.

Later I went down to the harbour and other places of interest in this town next in size next after Stockholm. Biking this day was app. 25km - inclusive a stop for a lunch by the harbour.

Some history from the net:
Gothenburg was founded as a heavily fortified, primarily Dutch, trading colony, by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. In addition to the generous privileges (e.g. tax relaxation) given to his Dutch allies from the then-ongoing Thirty Years' War, the king also attracted significant numbers of his German and Scottish allies to populate his only town on the western coast. At a key strategic location at the mouth of the Göta älv, where Scandinavia's largest drainage basin enters the sea, the Port of Gothenburg is now the largest port in the Nordic countries

May 12, 2017

The hanging and freezing Wood Anemone. Østfold. Norway

The month of May have been rather cold up here in Norway. The last two days we even waked up to snow on the ground. No problem to understand the Wood Anemone who will not open their flowers - instead keep them closed like a tent protecting themselves from the uninviting weather.

From the net of Anemone Nemorosa:
Anemone nemorosa is an early-spring flowering plant in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to Europe. Common names include wood anemone, windflower, thimbleweed, and smell fox, an allusion to the musky smell of the leaves. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 5–15 centimetres (2–6 in) tall. 

From my forest walk this morning in May I also include a photo of this tiny new branch on a young Spruce fir:

Photos with my iphone 6+

This little branch is also a part of the The taiga, which is also known as the boreal (meaning northern) forest region, occupies about 17 percent of Earth’s land surface area in a circumpolar belt of the far Northern Hemisphere. Northward beyond this limit, the taiga merges into the circumpolar tundra. The taiga is characterized predominantly by a limited number of conifer species—i.e., pine (Pinus), spruce (Picea), larch (Larix), fir (Abies)—and to a lesser degree by some deciduous genera such as birch (Betula) and poplar (Populus). These trees reach the highest latitudes of any trees on Earth. Plants and animals in the taiga are adapted to short growing seasons of long days that vary from cool to warm. Winters are long and very cold, the days are short, and a persistent snowpack is the norm. The taiga biomes of North America and Eurasia display a number of similarities, even sharing some plant and animal species.

May 11, 2017

Another walk along the cliffs by Cap Bear. France Sud

Today another look and walk with a view to the Naval Station and the old lighthouse at Cape Bear, backed by the Mediterranian.  

A most popular area for hiking along the cliffs from Port-Vendres and further to Banyuls sur mer.
This time of the year (springtime) the vegetation is green and the first wild flowers is starting to come.

From France-Voyage.com 
The Lighthouse of the Cap Béar is a monument in the municipality of  Port-Vendres (Pyrénées-OrientalesOccitanie). It is an attraction for holidaymakers staying in the region.