The Great Scandinavian Road Trip Norway 4

It’s hard to believe at the violence that happened in Norway a week after we got home. Somehow it seems worse to me that it was one of their own who did all of the bombing and killing and that, at the bottom of it all, seemed to be anti-immigrant feelings, especially anti Muslim. What is shocking to me is that I have been told that some people in France agree with what this fanatic did. Can you believe that?
So with a heavy heart I’ll go ahead and post the last blog on our trip to Norway.


We finally made it to Trondheim where Britt-Arhild lives. What a lovely city it is, next to the ocean with a river winding through it, full of modern interesting shops. This is a bridge near the cathedral that I think must have once been a drawbridge.


The cathedral-I posted this photo because of the light shining on it. It was beautiful inside, though very dark. It’s the largest cathedral in Norway. As is the case with many cathedrals started centuries ago, it has many different areas built at different times.


Also near the cathedral is this old section of the city built up on the river. I liked walking around this area.

After our visit to Trondheim, we headed back down towards Oslo. On our way, we stopped in the old mining town of Røros (I had to copy and paste to get that line through the o). It’s a Unesco Heritage Site and was really nice to visit.


There was a pretty church there freshly painted inside in light blue.


This was where the pastor’s family sat. I don’t know if they closed the curtains or not. There were curtains where the poor and outcasts sat and I bet the curtains were closed so the wealthy church members didn’t have to look at them.


They mined copper here and some of the old homes of the miners remained with sod roofs. The sod was used to keep the birch bark in place to make it waterproof. It was probably good for preventing fires. I saw quite a few sod roofs around Norway. I think it has now become a “green” thing to do.


A big slag heap which is what is left of stone when the copper has been extracted.


A closeup of the sod roof.

We headed back to Oslo and spent the night and then took an overnight ferry to Germany, thus avoiding driving though Denmark.The boat was like a cruise boat, sort of a cross between Las Vegas and Disneyland, with live entertainment, shopping and many place to eat. By then we were getting tired of driving so it was great to save on some driving time. We spent the night in the outskirts of Cologne, Germany and by the next day were back in Paris. We really enjoyed our trip and just loved Norway. Someday we may return, maybe in the winter, so we can see those famous northern lights.

8 thoughts to “The Great Scandinavian Road Trip Norway 4”

  1. Lovely pics as always. That church with the painted interior must have been even more gorgeous in person. Re: the sod roofs… I’m a big Little House on the Prairie fan and I recall that at one point in her life, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s family lived in a “soddy” in Minnesota (in that case the “house” was dug into a hillside and had a sod roof as well) — a place where many Norwegians and other Scandinavians settled. So it stands to reason that they would have brought their home-building techniques to the New World, right? Very interesting to see some sod-roofed homes in the present day! You make me want to tour Scandinavia now… so much of Europe to see, so little time.

  2. Hello Linda … such a shame that your trip to Norway and Oslo inparticular has been marred by this tragedy .. horrendous and yes one of their own …..!!!! What must be going through the families minds, all those lives lost.

    I have throughly enjoyed your trip .. so great that you and Maurice have had such super experiences.

  3. Linda, You have really intrigued me with the Scandinavian trip. First, driving — so very brave and American of you. I’ve loved the pictures and architecture, something I’d never thought about in Norway or Sweden before. Your photos, as always, are marvelous. I love the sun on the cathedral and that blue wall in the church is just confusing. Good thing you included the close up.
    I was sad to hear about the Norway shootings. I guess there are people like that in every country. How can anyone think it was right to kill innocent bystanders to prove a political point?

  4. Linda, I was concerned for you and Maurice when I heard the shocking news – glad you were already home as I think Norway would have been such a sad place to be during those awful days.

    Sod roofs are amazing – I’ve seen a few here around the country. Right here they would be yellow hay like our lawn right now – weeks of intense heat has cooked everything green unfortunately.

    Hugs – Mary

  5. Love the photos of Norway. We’re back from Boston and NE /Maine. Just ahead of Irene.

    Ctaching up with all your posts and loving it!!!

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