Easter in Norway

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Here in Norway, Easter is called Påske and after a long dark winter Norwegians are more than ready to celebrate. They do so by filling backpacks with goodies (mostly chocolate and oranges) and go ‘tur’.

Going tur means getting out. Skiing, hiking and boating are at the top of the list. And this year we’ve been blessed with beautiful weather. It’s a bit nippy here on the southwest coast of Norway, but the sky is clear and SUNNY!

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Jøssingfjord

Here are pictures from this year’s Påske tur

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Gloppedalsvatnet

Songdalstrand, which was once a busy fishing village is now a quaint little tourist attraction, adorned with well-preserved wooden houses. The narrow road leads out to the open coast.

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My kind of town, complete with an outside library!

My kind of town, complete with an outside library!

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Songdalstrand

Rosslandsguden, here we had to trudge through some snow to get up to the Sacrificial Stone and Giant Rossland God’s Head, which dates back to the Iron Age (500 B.C. – 550 A.D.). The God’s Head is actually a replica, the original is in the Dalane Folkemuseum.

This is a duplicate, the real head is in a museum.

This is a duplicate, the real head is in a museum.

I don't even want to know what was sacrificed here...

I don’t even want to know what’s been sacrificed here…

Helleren, is an overhanging rock formation 60 meters long and 10 meters deep. Archaeologists have traced settlements from the early Stone Age here. The two houses standing today date back to the early 1800s and were abandoned in 1920.

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Gloppedalsura, is the site of a tremendous landslide, caused by the melting of glacial ice and is one of the largest in Europe. Blocks as large as houses fell from these steep cliffs.

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There is no way to get all of the landslide into one picture.

We also passed by a frozen lake where we saw cars racing on the ice! We did not join in on the fun… I’m not even sure it’s legal.

Racing on a frozen lake, I don't think so...

Racing on a frozen lake, I don’t think so…

I hope where ever you are in the world – you’re having a fun but safe, Easter also!

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on March 30, 2013, in all things Norsk, Photos, travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. Beautiful! Enjoy the good weather!

  2. Gorgeous pics Maggie! Happy Easter from Canada – we’re off on an Easter Egg Hunt!

  3. What a beautiful post, Maggie! Love the look of that village with its bench and outdoor library, and the overhanging cliff photos are magnificent.
    Cold and sunny here too. (fingers crossed) Happy Easter.

  4. Happy Påske, Maggie! 😀

    I’m pretty sure I could never live under that cliff with those rocks hanging over my head – yikes!!! 😀

    The pictures are absolutely beautiful – what a lovely place Norway is! 😀

  5. Thank you so much! That was beautiful! Happy Easter!

  6. Jeannette from the CA coast

    Thanks for the pics Maggie and a little history of Easter in Norway! A very happy Easter to you and your family!

  7. Great shots, Maggie! I love hearing more about Norway thru your eyes. Happy, Happy Easter!

  8. What amazing pictures Maggie! They remind me of home (Nova Scotia). Happy Easter to you!
    Anne 🙂

  9. I’ve never been to Nova Scotia but I hear it’s amazing! Happy Easter to you too and congrats on the new book, Mental Pause! I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂

  10. Here in Minnesota we also drive on frozen lakes. I can’t tell you how many vehicles go through the ice every year, but it’s more than a few.

  11. Eek – what scary daredevils!!! I would not be participating in that! 😦

    Another wonderful post! I really want to visit here. You make Norway sound so magical and it always looks so beautiful and enticing in your fab photographs! Glad you’re having a fun Easter! 🙂

  12. really beautiful images today maggie. i hope you had a lovely easter, i was so happy to see an update from you!!!

  13. So adore the outside library…very precious indeed!

  14. I came back a couple of times to look at this post! Your live in a remarkable country – it reminds me a lot of Canada, especially the west coast. I look forward to every one of your posts!!! Thank you….

  15. It tried snowing here yesterday but we don’t get it anywhere near as bad as you

  16. What gorgeous photos! Makes me want to take the next flight out!

  17. Beautiful pictures, Maggie. I’m shocked I’ve missed so many of your posts and can only assume you have not been showing in my reader. I finally thought to click your button so I can be notified via email. Duh. I’m also going to unfollow and follow again.

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