A Voyage into Winter
I'm back with some 3000 photos, mostly of scenic landscape, but there's a good deal of culture as well. As usual, I'll give you a first glimpse of my 'shining photo plunder', spread over three posts because I don't want to have too many photos in one.
The cathedral of Roskilde in Denmark dates to the 12th and 13th centuries and is the first Gothic church to have been built of brick. It served as model for the brick churches of Lübeck, Stralsund, Wismar and other towns (most of which I visited in 2004; unfortunately without a digital camera). The cathedral is also the burial place of the Danish kings. The westwork shown in the photo is an impressive structure.Hamlet's Elsinore, Kronborg Fortress near Helsingör
Kronborg castle was developed as Renaissance palace in 1585, with additional fortifications dating to the late 17th century. Because of its location in the town of Helsingör, the Elsinore of Shakespeare's Hamlet, the fortress is connected with this semi-historical character, and the play. It is also said to be the place where the legendary hero Holger the Dane (Ogier li Danois in the French chansons de geste
) sleeps until great need arises and he will awaken again.Winter in the Oslofjord
I took the overnight ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo, and it was a voyage into winter indeed. There were even some ice shoals in the fjord. I love traveling by ferry and train, it gives you a better feel for the distance than flying, and entering the Oslofjord by ship after the sun has risen is a beautiful way to arrive in Norway.Winter evening in the mountains near Geilo
The railway connecting Oslo and Bergen, the Bergenbanan
, competes with the West Highland Line for the most scenic route in Europe, and I'm not going to decide on a winner here. I brought my portable CD player and listened to some of my favourite music while watching the landscape pass by and taking some photos (the above is one that worked out fine); it was a wonderful experience.Hansa Quarter (the Bryggen) in Bergen
The quarter - kontor
- of the members of the German Hansa in Bergen was established in 1360 and still in use until the early 18th century, but the Hansa had long since lost its economical and political importance. After a fire in 1955 the quarter seemed to be lost, but in the end it was decided to rebuild it. The photo shows the waterfront of a veritable labyrinth of buildings, walkways and stairs. Håkon's Hall, Bergen
Håkon's Hall was built as royal banqueting and representation hall by king Håkon Håkonarson between 1247 and 1261. It is part of Bergenhus fortress and a fine example of a Gothic hall, likely influenced by Anglonorman architecture. Håkon was very interested in the Anglonorman culture and had fe. several French epics translated into Old Norse.The Richard With, my home for eleven days
The Richard With
is named after the founder of the Hurtigruten Line. It was built in 1993, is 121 metres long and 19 wide, and has a maximum speed of 18 knots. It's one of the medium sized ships of the fleet with 466 beds. I caught her docking in Sortland after I returned from an excursion.Light in a land of water and mountains
This one was taken near Alesund and is only one of many I photos I took of the various changes of light and atmosphere during the voyage. The gulf stream keeps the waters from freezing, but there's still snow on the mountains at this time of the year, and the climate is typical for a westcoast.