Autumn mood in Oslo


I went off the metro one stop before my destination to explore the beautiful autumn colors. Vestre Gravlund (Western Cemetery), Oslo, Norway. Photos taken by iPhone4. Contrast and color adjustment done in Photoshop Elements.

The Amazing Botanical Garden Oslo


Anette and Geir are exploring yet another pearl: The University Botanical Garden in Oslo is Norway’s oldest botanical garden, established in 1814. It is administrated by the University of Oslo. Click on photos to enlarge. This is the “Central Park” of Oslo: This rare cactus, Dvergtistel (Cirsium acaule), is only to be found on a small island, Ulvøya, just outside Oslo: Granite greenhouse: Quinoa: Pictures taken by iPhone 4. Blog post composed in the WordPress … Continue reading

Exploring Maridalsvannet and Akerselva in wonderful Oslo


Today I found yet another pearl in Oslo; Maridalsvannet. It is a lake that supplies Oslo of drinking water. There’s a river, Akerselva, that runs from this lake out into the Oslo fjord. My love, Geir, was my personal guide. Along the river you find plenty of small fresh water “beaches” where you can chill and cool down. The air is fresh the water is pure and clean. A pearl in Oslo. No more industry … Continue reading

Norway: Pearl white beaches and stockfish

Hovden, Norway

Day 4: Today we went to see some really amazing places and islands that can’t even be found on Google Map. Some hidden treasures. Stunning beaches too lonely to be mentioned in Lonely Planet. I have few words to describe the beauty we saw. I leave some photos that give a glimpse of what we encountered in Vesterålen, Norway. Click on photo to enlarge. Geir’s father showed us placed where he and his parents used … Continue reading

Lofoten: Sun and stunning nature


Day 3: We were lucky and the sun was shining a few moments. Today we drove around the Hadsel island. The nature was mindblowing. Geir and Niklas, his oldest son, jumped into the cold Norwegian Sea. If they kept swimming they would have reached Greenland one day. Click on thumbnails to open photo gallery: Click on image to open Google Map.

Lofoten: Cold, cloudy and colorful

An abandoned farmhouse

Day 1, Lofoten (map): Temperatures between 9–16 C (50–60 F) and the weather forecast reports rain the entire week. It is safe to skip the sun screen. Here are some shots of the surroundings where we stay. A valley of grass fields and a fjord with mountains hiding behind clouds on both sides. The midnight sun is behind those clouds somewhere. There’s daylight both day and night.

Lofoten: First impressions, green mountains and fresh blue water

Lofoten, green mountains

Lofoten (map): The nature is wild and untamed. It’s usually hot during summer, but right now it’s only 10 C / 50 F and raining. It’s like driving through a huge green Nordic rainforest. Quite some contrasts to the deserts of Arizona and sandy California we just came back from. Here, even the mountains are green. It’s all clean, fresh and green. I want to share some snap shots taken around 9PM from the car: … Continue reading